"Why I love the new 13" MacBook Air"5.0 starson by tinybutshiny
Pros: feels really fast because of the flash storage; glossy screen isn't all that reflective, and everything looks super crisp and beautiful; trackpad is AMAZING; keyboard superior to most others; comes with iLife '11; stays cool and barely makes noise
Cons: no backlit keyboard (would've wanted that!); battery calibration necessary (look it up on the Apple support site), otherwise, you can never get near the promised 7 hours
Summary: This is a physically stunning machine and works really well for the average user. I'm a college student and I mainly use my Mac for websurfing, video and music playback, schoolwork and some webdesigning on the side; it's been a very reliable computer for those things. I haven't tried playing games on here, but I'm sure it'll work splendidly for such purposes with the Nvidia graphics card. Also, it's very light and thus incredibly portable; I hate lugging around heavy devices, so this works great for me!I've experienced the fan going off pretty loud whenever I play videos or songs. Just a note I wanted to put out there. I suppose this type of thing will happen when you run games on here too.
This is my first Mac and I can really say that it provides a computing experience superior to that of the PC. Mac OS X allows you to do a lot of gestures on the awesome glass trackpad, and these gestures actually boost productivity while being fun to do. I'm also loving the Dashboard, and though I haven't tried using iMovie and Garage Band yet (they come pre-installed for free), I think they'll be a pleasure to use as well.
I had no problem learning the new keyboard shortcuts and my way around the new OS, so if you're a PC user and you're a little daunted by the switch, don't be! There are lots of helpful articles and videos online that'll help you with the transition.
I ordered my Mac online via the Apple store. I highly recommend the 4GB RAM upgrade if you intend to keep your device for a while.. I think it'll be necessary too once the new OS Lion comes out. If you're a student, don't forget to take advantage of the student discount! It also allows you to get Microsoft Office pre-installed on there, so you won't have problems conforming with the Microsoft dominated world of computers.
Overall, I'm very pleased with my new MacBook Air. You should seriously consider this product if you want a fast, reliable, and very portable notebook.
Updated on Dec 16, 2010