First impressions, having just read the spec.
For the record, I like small laptops. And I mean, I REALLY like small laptops. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a sub-notebook I’d actually consider purchasing, be it Mac or PC.
And I can’t see that changing with the announcement of the MacBook Air.
I’m using a 1.83ghz Core2 MacBook with 1.5gb RAM at the moment.
An entry level MacBook Air is running at 1.63ghz and shipping with 2gb RAM.
While there’s not a lot of difference here, it is worth noting that the Air has 4mb of L2 cache on the chip (versus 2mb on the MacBook) and an 800mhz FSB (versus 667mhz on the MacBook). I’m unsure as to how much of a performance increase we’ll see from this. Have to wait and see.
Interesting to see a PATA instead of a SATA hard disk in the Air.
Multi-touch trackpad is a nice feature too. Looking forward to playing with that!
The Air certainly looks the part. It’s small, it’s light, spec is pretty good, looks amazing. Couldn’t ask for more.
A: No Firewire.
B: No removal/upgradeable memory.
C: No optical drive as standard (available as an option)
D: No removable battery.
E: Hefty price tag
Any one (or maybe even two or three (at a push!)) of these would be acceptable, but all five really makes me shy away a bit, which is a real shame.
I was really hoping Apple would release a sub-notebook and not the iPhone-esque tablet thing that everyone’s been praying for, so I was really excited to see the MacBook Air release news.
I’m a little disappointed on initial inspection. That may change when I actually have one in front of me.
I’ll let you know when that happens.