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Old 12-13-2010, 03:00 PM
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Default Apple's Macbook Air 13 (2010 Model) Unboxing & First Impressions

<p><object width="600" height="360" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/U-SrXG_25_w&amp;ap=&fmt=18" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/U-SrXG_25_w&amp;ap=&fmt=18" /></object></p><p>This is an unboxing and first impressions video of the Macbook Air 13. This is the maxed-out model has a 2.16 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 4 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce 320M GPU, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n WiFi. It has no CD/DVD drive, two USB ports, no Ethernet port, a built-in microphone and Webcam, and a headphone jack. The slender (0.11-0.68 inch) profile weighs in at 2.9 pounds.&nbsp;The full specs can be found <a href="http://www.apple.com/ca/macbookair/specs.html" target="_blank">on the Apple site</a>. <MORE /></p><p>If you're curious about my requirements for my next laptop, you can <a href="http://www.laptopthoughts.com/news/show/101151/" target="_blank">read my original post</a> that outlines my needs. Since making that post, I've looked at a few Asus and Acer models, but nothing was quite right - or if it was close, it wasn't something I could go see in a store or try out. That's part of the problem you see: at many stores in Canada, only the mainstream laptops are in a place where people can see them. The thinner/lighter/more expensive products are special-order only and dropping $1000+ sight-unseen isn't something I'm keen to do.</p><p>Since shooting this video, I've been using the Macbook Air intensely, and there's a lot to like about it. The screen is absolutely superb: it's the best screen I've ever seen on a laptop this size. Wait until you see the benchmarks on the battery life - you may be surprised how accurate Apple's battery life estimates really are! Stay tuned for the full review.</p><p>Interested in buying a Macbook Air? Purchase one <a href="http://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http://is.gd/iwhjL&amp;session_token=RcH4LbWIrOr79zla6yfCtBfgXkZ8MTI5MjEyNzg4Mg==" target="_blank">via our affiliate store</a> and help support the work we do here. Thank you!</p><p><em>Jason Dunn owns and operates&nbsp;</em><em><a href="http://www.thoughtsmedia.com/" target="_blank">Thoughts Media Inc.</a></em><em>, a company dedicated to creating the best in online communities. He enjoys&nbsp;</em><em><a href="http://photos.jasondunn.com/" target="_blank">photography</a></em><em>, mobile devices,&nbsp;</em><em><a href="http://www.jasondunn.com/" target="_blank">blogging</a></em><em>, digital media content creation/editing, and pretty much all technology. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his lovely wife, his wonderful son Logan, and his sometimes obedient dog. He's felt kind of conflicted about buying the Macbook Air. The conflict has now been resolved.</em></p><p><em></em><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com//ppct/auto/1240336793.usr1.gif" /></p><p><strong>Do you enjoy using new hardware,&nbsp;<a class="iAs" href="http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/93798/dell-s-inspiron-mini-10-reviewed.html" target="_blank">software</a>&nbsp;and accessories, then sharing your experience with others? Then join us on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thoughtsmedia.com/reviewteam.php" target="_blank">Thoughts Media Review Team</a>! We're looking for individuals who find it fun to test new gear and give their honest opinions about the experience. It's a volunteer role with some great perks. Interested?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thoughtsmedia.com/reviewteam.php" target="_blank">Then click here for more information.</a></strong></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com//ppct/auto/1240336793.usr1.gif" /></p>
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Old 12-13-2010, 04:10 PM
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Wow, Jason! First a mini and now a MBA. Won't wonders ever cease!
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Old 12-13-2010, 04:46 PM
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Not sure if this will apply to the MBA, but power management under Windows 7 is NOT as good as it is under OS X, at least on the regular MBP. My MBP only gets about 1/2 as much time on battery under Win7 as it does under OS X. I don't know if the SSD will make Windows 7 more power efficient though on the MBA. It'll be interesting to see what you find out.
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:11 PM
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Nice review! I'm glad that you remembered to point out the 'restore drive' hidden away in the packaging. Sounds like you're having a great experience (so far) with your MBA. One option to consider if battery life becomes a problem with BootCamp is to try VMWare Fusion and/or Parallels to run your BootCamp W7 system under OS X. I'd be curious to see if the power management from OS X superceeds that from W7 (using BootCamp). I'm amazed at how fast my 11.6-inch MBA is ... with 4GB RAM and only 64GB SSD. Have fun!
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:42 PM
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Jason, regarding 6:40, it is a dual headphone/microphone jack. I tested it with the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic, and microphone input via the headset works.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:45 PM
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Wow, Jason! First a mini and now a MBA. Won't wonders ever cease!
Well, they've sort of half ceased...I returned the Macbook Air last Friday night. You'll understand my reasons why when you watch the review video.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:47 PM
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Not sure if this will apply to the MBA, but power management under Windows 7 is NOT as good as it is under OS X, at least on the regular MBP. My MBP only gets about 1/2 as much time on battery under Win7 as it does under OS X.
I've discovered some VERY interesting stuff about OS X and Windows 7 in terms of battery life and performance. Let's just say the results don't make Windows look very good. More later...
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Old 12-13-2010, 11:10 PM
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One option to consider if battery life becomes a problem with BootCamp is to try VMWare Fusion and/or Parallels to run your BootCamp W7 system under OS X. I'd be curious to see if the power management from OS X superceeds that from W7 (using BootCamp).
That's an interesting thought actually - sadly, I have no way to test that scenario any longer. But, call it a hunch, there may be another Macbook in my future unless the Windows OEMs really kick it up a notch. I'm hoping I'll be pleasantly surprised at CES this year!
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Old 12-13-2010, 11:11 PM
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Jason, regarding 6:40, it is a dual headphone/microphone jack. I tested it with the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic, and microphone input via the headset works.
Aha! Thanks for the confirmation - I looked on Apple's tech spec page for the Air, and couldn't find the answer...
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Old 12-13-2010, 11:20 PM
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Vivek at AnandTech posted an article about using a Macbook Pro as a Windows machine: http://www.anandtech.com/show/3889/a...indows7-laptop. Now I'm really anxious to see your video review and why you returned it and see if your experience is anything like the one reported on AnandTech.

For me, using the MBP occasionally as a Windows 7 machine is fine, but if I wanted a full-time Win7 machine I'd just buy one. The hit to battery life alone is enough to discourage me from using my MBP as a full-time Windows box.
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