MacBook Air: It's Bairly ThairFebruary 10, 2008
So, I’ve had my MacBook Air for ten days. My impressions are, well, that it does everything I used my MacBook for. Once the thing is open and I’m using it, my experience is essentially the same as it was before. Sure, the keys light up, the trackpad is a bit bigger, and there are a couple of differences in the keyboard layout. But the experience is not drastically different.
I don’t find myself panicking because I suddenly have need of any of the features that the Air is “missing”. No, the main components of a computer that I use are, believe it or not, the keyboard, the trackpad, and the display! The MacBook Air includes all of those and more! It has a processor, and it runs applications. These are the things that I care about.
What’s different with the Air, though, is that I can have my keyboard, trackpad, and display with me all the time. I just don’t hesitate to bring my bag along anywhere I go, because I know it’s going to be a negligible burden. It’s also more likely that I’ll pick up the Air and pop it open when I’m at home, because the size and weight really make a difference in instant grabability.
Mac OS X already makes sure you have a pretty excellent experience when you’re using the machine. The MacBook Air tries to make handling and transporting the device a pleasure, too, so that you’re more likely to have access to the usage experience wherever and whenever you are.