Review of 11.6in Macbook Air
I've posted elsewhere about the bags, but I finally got my hands on the 11.6inch MacBook Air. After a lot of debate I went with the fully spec'd version (4GB RAM, 128 GB hard drive). I hope to keep this for a long time and wanted to be sure it would be able to run any current and future software I may have. Gotta say, I love this computer! For me, it's the netbook I put off buying for two years, and the iPad I resisted because it didn't quite suit my needs. This little guy is amazing - so thin and light it hardly seems possible.
I don't know if I'd have settled on this if it was my only computer. The small screen and hard drive are certainly limiting. But as a take-everywhere and bring-on-vacation device, which I use alongside my slightly larger and more spacious Macbook Pro, it's wonderful. My eyes are not that great, but I don't mind the screen. It's miles ahead of any netbook I've ever seen. On the other hand, if I was going to do my regular work on this, (Excel spreadsheets, databases...), I'd go crazy, with all the scrolling that would be necessary. It is strictly a computer to use for leisure activities, like in-the-field photography downloads, and family history research. And of course email and web browsing.
I wondered how I'd get by without an optical drive, but found that I can actually install software by placing the CD in my other computer, turning on sharing, and installing over my wireless network. Pretty neat!
Thought I'd post this for anyone else who travels a lot and was considering it. I'm going on a trip soon and looking forward to NOT carrying a heavy computer through one airport after another. My shoulders are already thanking me.