Why I Chose My MacBook Air
Having been a Windows user my entire life, I felt recently that the time had come for me to step into the Apple world and say hello to a very different way of computing. After taking the plunge and choosing to invest, I’m now ready to explain how the MacBook Air came to be my ticket to techno heaven.
As Light As Air
Besides the fact that my Dell laptop has become slower than a messenger-pigeon, I needed something light and compact to carry around with me for working on the go. I also knew I wanted a 13 inch screen (squinting isn’t my preference) and an 8GB memory if possible, as I plan to be using this precious gadget for many years to come. Visit: http://www.buysellram.com/what-we-buy/we-buy-cpus/, if you are also going to replace your used gadget.
But why a MacBook Air over a MacBook Pro? Both are neat, svelte, whippy little things. The MacBook Pro would certainly have been a delightful alternative, but the Air is even lighter, its 13 inch model weighing in at just 1.35kg (vs. the 2.04kg of the Pro) and I was drawn to the prospect of its easy portability, which would surely allow me to boost my productivity two, if not three-fold. At just 17mm of depth at its thickest point, the Air is ready to slip into any satchel or rucksack like some spectacularly advanced notebook.
Small Yet Durable
Looking at the Air’s overall spec, its not difficult to see why even in light of its smaller processor and lesser storage ability than the Pro, it was going to be the natural choice for a keyboard-tapping runabout such as myself. The Air’s solid state drive (SSD) is one of it’s leading features – which means its marvelously speedy to turn on and jumps out of sleep mode like an excited child on Christmas morning. Despite this, some people feel it necessary to visit a computer repairs Springfield store to increase the physical memory of the system, and transform it to a gaming system. Surprisingly however, this also makes it more power efficient, as it doesn’t need to put its all into sustaining the moving parts of a serial ATA drive. It’s ability to last for 30 days without being switched off is also a dream for those who like to work on projects or tasks over a sustained period without taking their head out of the game (taking time to eat and sleep, at least). Simply close the lid to put it to sleep, then reopen to continue working from where you left off.
The 13 inch Air also delivers a higher screen resolution that its Pro equivalent – 1440 x 900 vs. 1280 x 800 – so you get more screen-space within a smaller body. This is bound to be more desirable for those interested in heavy photo editing and design – good news if you’re an avid Photoshop user. The Air also supplies all the basic ports a casual user is likely to need: 2 USB ports; a headphone jack; an SD card slot and a Thunderbolt port. If you’ve got special requirements for a FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet port or a line-in jack on the other hand, then a Pro would be your best bet (line-in jacks coming only with the 15 inch model). It’s worth considering here which ports you’ll actually be using and whether they’d be worth the extra matter.
Everything You Need?
Of course the Air has its shortcomings like almost any piece of gadgetry. It’s probably not the best option, for example, if you’re a hardcore gamer or dedicated programmer, or will be needing a MacBook for heavy-duty professional purposes (like design or illustration, as mentioned earlier). This is due to the Pro’s higher graphics card; its larger processor and the higher storage and flash drive options available. As MacBook Airs only reach 4GB as standard, it requires an extra fee to configure to an 8GB memory. The Pro too can be configured to include a SSD instead of a serial ATA, so you really can have the best of both worlds if you’re happy to pay the slightly higher cost.There’s also no disc drive in the Air, FYI. But in this modern age, where movies and programs are carried around on hard drives and USBs, and box sets can be substituted with streaming services like Netflix and Lovefilm, it’s unlikely this will be a bother.
Airs start at £849 for an 11 inch, and £1099 for a 13. Even with a configured memory (up to 8GB, as I wanted) and a higher flash storage, it still works out cheaper than a Pro of the same equivalent (if that Pro comes with a SSD, that is). Its worth noting though that the slightly lower price comes at the cost of a less powerful processor, lower graphics card and in most cases, a smaller storage and memory. But these are not necessary for most Mac users like myself, if internet browsing and word documents are going to be your main field of activity. Its only if things are going to start getting app-heavy that you’d want to consider various configuring options before you purchase (I say ‘before’ because Airs can’t be upgraded due to the construction of their thin bodywork).
A Bite Of The Apple
Its worth also noting the more superficial reasons for choosing a MacBook Air (and there are always superficial reasons). The Air is an elegant and beautifully designed piece of hardware, with a large, spacious touch-pad that feels surprisingly nice to use and is much more responsive than the one on my Dell. Apple’s new OS X, which I installed upon set-up, has also been described as a mature, well-designed system, and even though I am a new Mac user and would not know the difference, this is comforting to know.
Then of course there’s Apple itself. After being a Windows user for such a long time, one reaches a point where they get antsy. They want to understand for themselves the hype surrounding Apple products, and what the fuss is all about. Some may say that buying one is an expensive way to find out…but if you’ve done your research and know how a MacBook could deliver for you, there should be very few disappointments.
With the risk of sounding elitist, purchasing an Apple product feels like implicitly entering into some kind of club that nobody talks about. Yes this includes other Apple users, but it’s also with Apple itself. With AppleCare packages available for substantial periods of time and new purchases guaranteed for at least a year (with 90 days worth of complimentary phone support), you feel safe and secure after your new acquisition. And one only has to read the reviews to know that Apple’s customer service is in a league of its own.
Now its just a case of getting to grips with my MacBook Air, and finding out if it really lives up to expectations…