Why my next laptop will be a MacBook Air

Why my next laptop will be a MacBook Air

Summary: The new MacBook Air notebooks from Apple have the attention of a lot of folks, and rightly so. The Air is highly portable, powerful and has good battery life. It will be my next notebook purchase.

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The new MacBook Air notebooks from Apple have the attention of a lot of folks, and rightly so. The new Air epitomizes what mobile computers should be, thin and light for maximum portability, yet augmented with outstanding performance and battery life capable of lasting a typical work day. The MacBook Air meets all of these needs, and comes bundled with the first operating system designed to optimize the user experience on notebooks. All of these features combine to produce the notebook that will be my next purchase.

I'm not ready to jump yet which is purely a financial matter. But before long I will be ordering a 13-inch MacBook Air from Apple that will become my primary computer. I will use the Air in the same way I use my old MacBook, as a standalone notebook on the go and a desktop replacement in my office. When my finances permit I will likely get the new Thunderbolt powered Cinema Display to turn the MacBook Air into a full desktop system.

The 11-inch Air is very tempting given its highly portable size. Even so, I will go with the larger model to get just a bit more screen real estate to display a little more information. I also like the additional two hours of claimed battery life of the 13-inch Air, an important criteria for a mobile computer.

I have only used OS X Lion for a day but it is already the best operating system I have used on a notebook. The many features that Apple have developed to make it easy to deal with multiple programs on small screens have already proven their worth to me. I have even gotten used to the new natural scrolling, which is backwards to everything else. It all works wonderfully on the large MacBook trackpad, and will work just as well on the Air.

I will certainly pay more for the MacBook Air than I would a notebook from one of Apple's competitors, but in the end it will be worth it. I will be able to get more done and with less trouble, and that is worth the extra cost to me.

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    Linux Geek
    • RE: Why my next laptop will be a MacBook Air

      @Linux Geek
      Again, you pay for quality... the reason why I chose to drive an Acura TL instead of a Chevy...
      Hasam1991
      • Apples history of having faulty component problems rivals any other oem

        there is no increase in quality to speak of. They are on par with everyone else. That's not a bad thing but definately not worth paying extra for...
        Johnny Vegas
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        Linux Geek
      • RE: Why my next laptop will be a MacBook Air

        Linux Geek

        "I don't see the why 'the quality' would be so different." and yet Consumer Report has consistently rated the reliability of Apple computers well ahead of others. Perhaps this limited think is also why you can not see the value of these systems.
        KBabcock75
      • RE: Why my next laptop will be a MacBook Air

        @KBabcock75 "... yet Consumer Report (sic) has consistently rated the reliaiblilty of Apple computers well ahead of others."

        False. In the most recent survey of laptops, Toshiba and Acer were tied for first. Apple was tied with Gateway and Lenovo.

        I guess you were stating what you'd like to believe in lieu of fact.
        NameRedacted
      • RE: Why my next laptop will be a MacBook Air

        @Hasam1991

        B.S they break @ some point this is mechanics for you. Same goes for electronics they are all made in the same Chinese,Japanese,Vietnamese and any other ese's that you can think of.
        MLHACK
      • RE: Why my next laptop will be a MacBook Air

        @Hasam1991

        In terms of your quality comment, that's nothing but myth. No doubt spread by the apple people and the ifans. The same BS i hear about droid phones being prone to viruses when i never heard any droid users ever being infected by a virus.
        business owner
    • RE: Why my next laptop will be a MacBook Air

      @Linux Geek
      Though it may be a waste to you is not a waste to him nor thousands of others.

      Linux and Windows are very good OSes, however many of us prefer Mac. Has nothing to do with a fruity logo.

      In our case we have two Macs that are still running with original hardware that are ten years old. Yes, some Windows PCs do that as well, but I do not know many folks that still have ten year old Windows hardware.

      I am sure we can find much that you spend your money on that could be called wasteful as well. Some folks drive Mercedes others Chevys, nothing wrong with either choice. Both takes one from point A to B.
      BubbaJones_
      • RE: Why my next laptop will be a MacBook Air

        @RicD_ Good Luck running Lion on those machines!!
        jatbains
      • RE: Why my next laptop will be a MacBook Air

        @RicD_
        yes but apples hardware today is stock hardware. 10 years ago they were having it custom bult for them
        Apple went to intel/amd/nvida/sata to be able to use stock parts and lower cost per pc to make. So that they can encrease the profit per over priced mac. And until the current gen of macs on pc hardware. was 2 to 3 years older then the hardware on pc
        rparker009
      • I See Ten Year Old Hardware in Action All the Time

        @RicD_
        We just recently retired some ten year old Windows 2000 machines where I work. They had 384 MB of RAM and some kind of old Nvidia card. They still work, but we needed to upgrade the hardware in order to upgrade software.

        I now have one of these machines as a back up server at my house. It is now running Slackware 13.37 instead of Windows 2000, and I added an additional hard drive for storage space (it only came with a 20GB one). Just because I had the modules to do so, I upped the RAM to 512MB.

        There are other machines around ten years old still in use at my workplace as well, running XP mostly at this point.

        Personally, I have an old HP laptop with 64MB of RAM and a 500MHz Celeron processor that still works fine (battery is no good of course). It's around twelve years old (maybe slightly older). I don't really use it at present, but I think it has Debian on it, and if I slip a PCMCIA wireless card in it, I can get on the Internet with it. It only has a 6GB hard drive, which makes it not terribly desirable as an everyday machine. I could make it more desirable for everyday work by maxing the memory to 256MB and putting in a bigger hard drive, but I haven't been low enough on available computers to bother.

        I also have an IBM Thinkpad that is probably around 9 years old that works as well as it ever did (it has a buggy old Intel video chipset). It has 256MB of RAM and is able to run Xubuntu reasonably well. I run it with Fluxbox to conserve memory for apps, but it runs fine with XFCE as well -- it just swaps a bit more.
        CFWhitman
    • Nothing to do with the logo; there is just no competition in this segment:

      @Linux Geek: other devices are platicky and thicker.
      DDERSSS
    • RE: Why my next laptop will be a MacBook Air

      @Linux Geek

      Doubtful. Please provide a link to a machine that is thin, light, has a SSD, long battery life, runs a real OS (Chromebooks need not apply) and all the specs of the Macbook Air for 1/2 the price.

      I'm waiting.
      itguy10
      • RE: Why my next laptop will be a MacBook Air

        @itguy10
        You seem to base your requirements on the Apple's particular specs.
        The only one you've missed is the fruity logo.
        Linux Geek
      • I'll Bite

        @Linux Geek

        Ok forget that. Spec up a machine with the same processor from any company and get it under that price. remember these are the latest i5s i7s... Otherwise you cannot support your "too expensive" claim. Just tilting at windmills.
        jgpmolloy
      • They are not Apple "particular" specs

        @Linux Geek they are simply specs that others have yet to match but they are not limited to Apple:P So what you are saying seems to be that "IF" Apple has superior specs they can not be counted? How does that work? It's like saying in a race the fasted guy can't be the winner because he's faster than the rest. CHEATER!!!

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
      • RE: Why my next laptop will be a MacBook Air

        @itguy10
        OSX is not a os. Unix is the os
        rparker009
      • Keep on waiting

        SSD cards have limited lifetime. Very limited. It will be interesting if its still worth anything a five years down the line.
        Uralbas
    • RE: Why my next laptop will be a MacBook Air

      @Linux Geek <br><br>There's a simple answer to the question of WHY? James loves Apple with all his heart and soul, rationality doesn't come into it. Once he gets over confusing lipstick with functionality, he'll be installing Windows like most of them.
      tonymcs@...