The new Macbook Air. My first thoughts.

20 01 2008

Macbook Air

So it’s that time of the year again, macworld has just finished and the onslaught of new apple product reviews will ensue, grabbing some completely unearned reads comments and traffic for blogs … …
And I will be no different.
So I’ll start on looks. Well, what can I say. I didn’t think that they could improve on the macbook/pro design, but they have. I think the very thin form of the machine makes it very sleek, I also like that they kept the simplicity that the macbook has. And the black keyboard sets everything off nicely. 
Macbook Air Elevation 

Now onto features. 
Both laptops come with multi-touch. Multi touch is the same way the iPhone is controlled and has been given critical acclaim. 
Basic spec. is 1.6GHz core 2 duo and 2Gb memory with a 80Gb hard drive.
Ok, so for £1200 you could get way, way more.
The top end version gives you a 1.8GHz core 2 duo with 2 Gb of memory and a 64Gb solid state hard drive for £2028.
So, again the mantra is “wheres the money going?”.
Well. I have to say that whether this new computer is a bit rubbish and overpriced depends on the way you look at it.
I suppose they’ll be loads of people thinking those exact things. And I hear sony has been doing exactly this.
But you need to look at the way I see it (self involve much? . . . well, Yes).
The macbook air isn’t really a marketing laptop, designed to make money for the company. It seems more to me to be a push forward in development and technology.
After the macbook air it seems unreasonable for a laptop maker to make anything even close to the size they make right now. It would also be reasonable to assume that more laptops will become available with SSHD’s making accessing files and copying and moving large files alot faster than current disc based drives. 
Another way to look at  it is in about a year to 2 years time most other affordable laptops will have features like this and will be around this size.