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Mmmm, Air...
We decided to drop by the Apple Store tonight, and I'm trying out a MacBook Air. What better way to try than a LiveJournal post! I really need to trim my fingernails, though. Typing with them at this length is just not easy, and it's not really a fair test of the keyboard like this. I really love the way Apple laptops handle the trackpad now, though, and I appreciate a lot of it being added to my old iBook in software updates.
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esuperlife From: esuperlife Date: February 20th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Your nails are completely gorgeous, even if they aren't as functional as you'd like..

Oh wait, I'm supposed to be typing about the MacBook Air... I haven't gone into a store yet to use one. Just don't think there have been that many revolutionary improvements since my Core Duo MacBook Pro and the current generation. The same applies to my Mac Pro system, which only recently received an update.

Compared to an iBook though, that must feel like a huge performance upgrade. The battery life is of great appeal to me, along with the lightness of it. Otherwise, I'd prefer to have built-in functionality over a really neat form factor. I suppose every Mac fan has an opinion on this new model. Either they really love the machine, or they just don't feel it offers enough for them.

So, the big question is... Are you going to purchase one. Why or why not? Do you think the next Pro update will be more compelling for your needs? Give us the dirt. ;)
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: February 20th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
For what I do on my iBook, there's very little need for any performance upgrade at all. The only annoyance is poorly written flash ads sometimes cause Safari to use a lot of CPU which heats the thing up. So I have SafariBlock block them, and it's all good.

The Air isn't about performance, though. It's about size and weight. And it is lightweight. But my iBook is still serving me well. It's not time for anything new yet. I'm not sure about the difference in cost between an Air and a normal MacBook. I don't know that my "lightweight" needs are enough to justify the extra expense. Going to the flash storage, instead of a traditional hard drive, could make me significantly less concerned about traveling (especially in my car) with the laptop.
eliset From: eliset Date: February 20th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Jas and I were at the Domain at around 7:50 - we must've just missed you!
ghewgill From: ghewgill Date: February 20th, 2008 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I saw an Air today, in a glass case at http://magnummac.co.nz. For all I know it's the only one in town. :) It is indeed very skinny and I had to look around a bit before I found the "outside world" connectors.

I was there for my own MacBook issues and they were pretty busy, so I didn't ask to play with it. I'll be back next week and might ask to take it for a spin.
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