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1 August, 2011

love is in the Air (MacBook Air 11-inch)

So, I got myself one of those, and it arrived last Friday. Due to other issues, I was unable to post the entry on Friday.

Anyhow, presenting the ultra-portable 11-inch full featured MacBook Air:

MacBook Air

In May 2004, I bought my first Apple laptop - PowerBook G4 - a 12-inch laptop running PowerPC G4 1.33 GHz. Then in early 2008, I bought my second Apple laptop (and the first Apple Intel laptop) - my MacBook Pro - a 15-inch laptop running Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5 GHz.

(as usual, more photos follow...)

Without a doubt, the PowerBook G4 is outdated, since it is running PowerPC CPU. As for the MacBook Pro, it works pretty well to this day, however, due to its weight, it is not that portable at all. The new specs of MacBook Air looks great, so I ordered myself one.

Don't worry Don, this cheap MacBook Air is not faster (clockspeed-wise) than Don's laptop which run at 2.0GHz (64bit, dual-core), and nowhere near Don's 11 hours battery life (at a cost of additional 5.2 kg for the external battery).

MacBook Air

And I have decided the replacement for my 3+ years old 15-inch MacBook Pro, which has been proven to be way too heavy (2.45 kg, 5.4 pounds) to carry around.

And here's the comparison of the three Apple laptops I have: (the MacBook Air still had original plastic wrap on at time of photo)
PowerBook G4 (12-inch), MacBook Air (11-inch), MacBook Pro (15-inch)

PowerBook G4 (12-inch), MacBook Air (11-inch), MacBook Pro (15-inch)

As a matter of fact, this MacBook Air is a huge saving (Don: Antony is poor). Without a doubt, the 11-inch MacBook Air is the cheapest laptop available from Apple. -> saving money.
The ultra-thin, compactness design -> saving storage space, carrying space.
The super-lightweight -> saving on weight (energy required to carry it.)

At end, getting this MacBook Air means saving, saving and saving.

So the weight saved?
PowerBook G4MacBook ProMacBook Air
This translates to from 2.121kg in 2004 I carried, and 2.474kg in 2008 I had to carry, and it is now down to merely 1.088kg to carry, which is less than half of the weight of the 15-inch MacBook Pro. A very impressive saving in weight.

For the sack of completion, this the setup photo:
the Apple familyalso lid closed version

If you look at the photo careful, you can see the 375ml version of Mountain Dew. Apart from Doing the Dew, it is also good for size comparison.

the Apple familyOh, so what did I order exactly, as usual, I customised the machine. This is also to follow Don's longevity purchasing principle. I max'ed out the specs where possible
I upgraded the processor from 1.6GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 to 1.8GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7, upgraded the flash storage from 128GB to 256GB, and it is a 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM version.

Of course, right after taking photos, I have invisibleSHIELD applied to the new MacBook Air. I even leave it to ‘set’ for more than 24 hours. I know I am very patient. invisibleSHIELD works really well for me and many of my friends. (Except for Don, who has friends enjoy intentionally destroying other people's properties at other people's expense.)

invisibleSHIELDFinally, a bit of advertisement. invisibleSHIELD has all sorts of precut protective films designed for almost all sorts of gadgets you can think of, including all Apple iPods, Sony PSP, BlackBerry, mobile phones, GPS, PDA, digital cameras and even laptops (many brands including Apple, Dell, HP, and Sony). If you have some gadgets you don't want to see scratches on them and you don't like the bulky skins or cases, invisibleSHIELD is your best friend.

Conclusion: (Don:) Antony is very poor.

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Related blog entries:
The Fug (29 July, 2011)
more MacBook Air predictions (15 July 2011)
my humble MacBook Air 2011 rumour (26 June 2011)
my MacBook Pro hath arrived, finally (10 March, 2008)
presenting PowerBook 12" (4 May, 2004)

Posted by Antony on 1 August 2011 7:48 PM | Mac hardware, all things Mac, photos

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Go Ant! Enjoy the Air mate, it is a beast of a machine!
Posted by Sam on 1 August 2011 9:36 PM.
Thank you Sam. How's your iPad?
Posted by Antony on 1 August 2011 9:40 PM.
The biggest problem with the Air's are the touchpad I find. After about a year mine became almost unresponsive and now I need to caress it for half an hour before it even debates working.
Posted by Random Dude on 6 August 2011 2:46 PM.
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