The MacBook Air: Lust & Logic

I’ve talked before about my lust for small computers, particularly the 12-inch PowerBook. That’s why yesterday’s news about the new MacBook Air models was a welcome relief for me. But at the same time, a bit disappointing as well.

The specs were just as the rumors pointed out, and that’s a good thing. The SSD swap is a pretty interesting concept, and it’s where Apple sees the entire lineup going. Just imagine buying a MacBook Pro that has the processor power to get the job done, but has mammoth battery life. Or maybe it’s extra thing to compensate. There are all sorts of possibilities in those scenarios, but one thing remains constant: Upgrading hard drives on a MacBook will soon be a thing of the past.

Another interesting note about the MBA is the super low processor speed, which is just 1.4GHz for the base model 11-inch (a 1.6 is available for an extra $100). My theory is that the SSD is helping to make up the speed in both of those areas, and probably makes it about as quick as a regular MacBook. I haven’t played with one yet though, that’s just my theory.

Problem is, as much as I want the 11.6-inch MBA, I just have no need for it in my life. If I only wrote for Apple Gazette and didn’t need to use programs in the Adobe Creative Suite, then the MBA would be great. I could be super mobile, and never worry about a thing. All I’d need is my web access, word processing programs, and maybe a second hard drive to hold onto my iTunes library.

But as it is, I need to do more with my computer. I need the processor speed and the large hard drive. I need that extra oomph for my job, and that’s where the MBA just doesn’t cut the mustard – at least in my scenario.

Since it starts at a much more reasonable $999 now, I can see many people hopping on the MBA train. I’ve already suggested one to my boss, and even my Dad thinks it would be a great toy to have. But until my disposable income grows, I just don’t see this being a logical choice in my situation. Of course, I’m still going to lust for it.

Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.


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