"Excellent portable laptop"4.5 starson by jaff74
Pros: Style, screen brightness, weight, Keyboard
Cons: No optical drive
Summary: I just wanted to give an honest opinion of what my experience has been with this laptop. For starters, I have been a PC user for the last 20 years. I own a SONY VAIO ultraportable which I bought a few years ago and have been very happy with it. But lately windows was driving me crazy and I decided to try a MAC product.
I have to say that the airbook is a superb machine. It is absolutely gorgeous. It starts with in 20 seconds (as oppose to my sony which can take about 2 minutes to get goin) and it is extremely quiet. I can't even tell that it is running. It has been extremely fast for my everyday uses, ie web surfing, itunes downloads, internet chating. I am still getting use to MAC OS but it seems pretty intuitive. I have had no crashes or failures.
The Battery life is pretty good. I am getting about 4 hours with my daily use. I have not missed the ethernet port sine I have a wireless network at home. I suppose it will be a problem when I travel to hotels which donot have WiFi, But i did buy the little converter.
I do miss the optical drive sometimes. It is little tedious to hook up a portable superdrive every time you want to watch a DVD. Although I have started to rent movies from itunes and that is pretty cool and easy ( I guess that is what apple wanted anyway.)
Overall it is a wonderfull machine, albiet an expensive one. (FYI my little sony notebook cost me 2500 about 5 years ago). So I guess the price is relative. If you can affoard it and want a well built portable machine, this maybe for you.