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A dream is a wish your heart makes!

  • Aug 11, 2009
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It's my 50th review. What should I write about, I thought to myself?
And the first thing that comes to mind, McBook Air. 
I reckon there would have been some reviews on it on Lunch by now. But was I surprised! Me, the first?
Oh, wow....

McBook Air was touted as the thinnest notebook in the world in 2008 and it was then in May that I bought this notebook. In fact, I even took it with me on my trip to the Grand Canyon. It was in safekeeping with the staff when I was doing my "skywalk"! And thereafter, I lugged it with me around the West Rim with my cameras and all other usual stuff. It was a breeze carrying it around on my back, I must say. Light... just like air!

However, buying it and carrying it is one thing. Using it is another. Before I get onto that, the best thing about McBook Air is probably the fact that it makes a fashion statement, esp. at internet cafes or lounges. It's attractive and captivating. I've strangers coming to take a look and wowing at this innovative machine. It's certainly one of a kind, well at least it was in 2008! Until the next new invention from Apple, that is.

The practicality of this machine lies in whether you are a Mac user or not. If you are not, don't go buy it. You won't convert yourself just like you won't convert from a Buddhist to a Christian or vice versa. Perhaps that's even more probable. Let's say you won't convert from a Christian to a Hindus is more like it! Hence, I found my use of the Air is limited to that of a netbook. That's a very EXPENSIVE netbook to be lugging around! So, it's not value for money where I'm concerned. But I'm an early adopter and I love all things innovatively new. That's the only reason for buying MY McBook Air. I hope it's not yours!

Perhaps the good thing out of this is I did learned my lesson. I haven't got my iPhone yet! Not even now that the 3G version is out. Is that a mistake? Perhaps. With the recessionary environment in the world, I suppose the best thing out of it is I'd think twice before I splurge my money on these machines again!  Design wise, kudos to Apple and Steve Jobs! None can beat them although Sony does come a very close second. And I've the Sony SR25 too! ;-)

For the Apple enthusiasts, don't go buy the Mcbook Air. The next in thing is just around the corner... a dream is a wish your heart makes! And it's Steve Jobs' job to make that comes true............ with, the laptop without keyboard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard
A dream is a wish your heart makes!

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August 11, 2009
You're awesome for reviewing this!  I've been lugging around a gigantic 17" laptop for the past few years, so I'm now in the market for a new one, and the MacBook Air is one of the ones that I've been considering.  You make some good points about who should, and shouldn't get this.  I never was a Mac user, but I, too, am mainly attracted to its looks and innovative design and technology and would mainly use it as a netbook.  I'm also considering the Dell Mini, but I'm going to go to the Apple Store and check this out first.

By the way, congrats on your 50th review!  And I love The Onion ;)
August 11, 2009
Thanks, Debbie! It might be better to wait for the one with no keyboard though. Since you are a Mac user, you probably should stick to Mac. I've a Dell too (1420, not Dell mini although I'm very much tempted to get one!) and it has a good LCD screen. The best after Sony's.
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The MacBook Air is a Macintosh notebook computer designed by Apple. It is positioned as the ultraportable in Apple's MacBook Family and was introduced at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 15, 2008. Apple describes it as the "world's thinnest notebook".

To reduce the computer's size and weight, Apple omitted certain features long standard on laptops. It is Apple's first notebook since the PowerBook 2400c without a built-in removable media drive. Users may purchase an external USB SuperDrive, or use bundled Remote Disc software to access the optical drive of another computer. It is the first subcompact laptop offered by Apple since the full-featured 12" PowerBook G4 was discontinued in 2006.

Similarly to the PowerBook Duo series which preceded it, it lacks many features of the larger MacBooks, including a security slot and an Ethernet port, (although a USB-to-Ethernet adapter may be purchased separately). The MacBook Air has a single USB port. Like the entry-level MacBook, the MacBook Air lacks Cardbus and ExpressCard slots, and does not have a FireWire port.




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