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Michael Knutson
11-16-2010, 12:30 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.gottabemobile.com/2010/11/15/macbook-air-review-part-1-the-best-laptop-ive-ever-used/' target='_blank'>http://www.gottabemobile.com/2010/1...-ive-ever-used/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"I picked up a new MacBook Air a few days after it was first introduced and have been using it as my primary mobile computer since then. If you want to skip reading a long block of text, I'll get to the point. The new MacBook Air is the best laptop I've ever purchased or used."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/lpt/auto/1289863501.usr17748.jpg" /></p><p>Can't really say that I disagree here. My experiences with my smaller (11.6-inch, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD) MacBook Air are pretty similar. Astoundingly easy to carry around, although I don't think I'd get as extreme as the author - I don't want to carry it in a jacket pocket. Powerful? I've done some admittedly non-scientific performance tests against my new MacBook Pro with a Core i7 processor: simultaneously installing MS Office 2011 for the Mac, the MBA finished far ahead of the MUCH faster processor-equipped (but standard hard drive equipped) MBP. Of course, your mileage may vary. I expect that it'll be a great travel companion as well, but I haven't had a chance yet to test it out on an airplane tray table. Despite all the gnashing of teeth when the (only) 64GB SSD is mentioned, after installing everything that I need for (business) travel, I still have 40GB free. Even throwing on a movie or two and some music will not tax storage capacity. Coming from the days of floppy-only laptops, I find it a (fun) challenge to manage storage. This may not be everyone's best laptop ever, but it is for me! So far ...</p>

11-18-2010, 07:36 AM
And what would the tech press reaction have been if, say HP, had made an identically sized computer with no user upgradability and very limited storage space? I suspect it would have been correctly critical.

The Air is indeed an attractive laptop. But it is thin for the sake of being thin. I doubt people will carry a device this expensive in their jacket pocket. Given that most laptops are carried in padded bags with their accessories and/or other work or school material, the notion that the handful of ounces and millimeters Apple has shaved off the Air makes it easier to carry is laughable.

Lee Yuan Sheng
11-18-2010, 10:13 AM
I agree with that. As I've mentioned, the thinness means it is actually wider than my current notebook. It means that it is not going in some bags I use. Not exactly easier to carry for me.