I got my Macbook air early February 2008 and it has been sent off for “10” days to be repaired (the screen fractured after many falls) almost exactly a year later, presenting me with the need to buy something on the spot to travel with as my business requires me to have a computer when I travel.
This brings up a series of interesting topics;
– Apple provides no Mac support for smaller business – in a business environment there is in effect no way to get Apple Business service or support – the Genius bar is great for consumer service but it sucks for a working person)
– What is the point of the warranty and apple care if you have normal use is not covered by Apple and what is Normal use for a laptop?
But the most pressing question I had to deal with was what would I buy to use instead of my Air? The new Macbooks are reasonably powerful and very cost effective (read Cheap), and the Macbook Pro’s are very powerful if not cheap. Assuming my original Air comes back in good shape having on of these others would be great to have around or update one of my kids computers.
Well I can now answer that question as I bought a Macbook Air. There is simply no other computer that works as well when traveling. I considered the other Apples and they all end up requiring me to carry a second case when traveling on long trips and I simply do not take it every where like I do with the Air. The Macbook is small but to heavy – the Pro’s are great but way to big.
I looked at the net books and Steve Jobs was right they are simply to limited in what they can do – not often but is great to run Photoshop when I need to. And I do not want to have to hassle with linux and windows is just too unsafe and unreliable. My son Jacob tried to convince me that he could get Mac OS X running on the new little Dell (and I am sure he can) but that just seemed a support nightmare waiting to happen. I imagine myself in Russia or Italy and having to try and figure out what why it is not working.
I love my Air it is small fits into my “man bag” / murse. I carry to all my meetings. The new one fixes my biggest complaint about my original – it has a 120 gb drive so now I don’t spend to much time figuring out what I need to take with me or carry around an external drive.
It still should have more memory (4gb is minimum in all my other computers). But otherwise I love it.