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Why I’m the Perfect Candidate for the MacBook Air

I’ve read a lot of lists on various blogs about what not to like about the MacBook Air and what to like about the MacBook Air. I didn’t want to write a post like that so instead I want to explain why I am the perfect fit for the new Air.

I will start my explanation by saying that I am not currently planning on purchasing the MacBook Air, but I will explain that later.

Here’s what I need in a laptop:

•    Super light weight that can be taken with me anywhere
•    Good battery life
•    Good keyboard
•    And the ability to do my everyday tasks, which include:
?    Read RSS feeds
?    Email
?    Listen to music
?    Listen to and watch podcasts
?    Blog
?    Browse the internet

I don’t do any Audio editing, I don’t do any video editing, and I don’t do any photo editing. The only time I really need any power in my computer at all is the occasional time I want to convert a video for my iPod which is done exclusively on my much faster desktop PC.

So now that all of you know my needs (which I believe to be very typical of most computer users) what would keep me from buying this? No, it isn’t the inability to change the battery myself. No, I don’t care about the lack of Firewire, all of my peripherals are USB. Speaking of USB, yes it does bother me that there is only one USB port, yes, the hard drive is a little slow and the price is a little high.

But, all of the problems I have with the computer are simple little problems. USB hubs are incredibly small and light and can be purchased for a very low price. The hard drive is a little slow but it isn’t something that I couldn’t deal with. Also, I think that for what you get, the price is very reasonable.

the real reason I’m not buying a MacBook Air is because I’m not in the market for a new computer right now, if I was though I can guarantee that I would purchase the MacBook Air.

It’s too bad that I’m not in the market for a new notebook, the MacBook Air is one awesome little notebook.

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Apple Announces MacBook Air, The World’s Thinnest Notebook

At the keynote yesterday Apple announced the world’s thinnest notebook. At it’s thickest point the notebook is 0.76 inches thick, amazing. The display on the notebook is 13.3″ (the same size as the MacBook) and uses LED backlighting for energy saving and more vibrant colors.

The new notebook weighs in at a little over 3 lbs. and has a full sized keyboard that is backlight similarly to how the MacBook Pros keyboard is. The notebook also has a very generous trackpad with multi-touch gestures (check out the video guided tour here for more on that). Above the display there is an iSight camera.

The MacBook Air has a nice little drop down set of ports on the right side that include 1 USB port (not enough in my opinion), headphone jack, and a Micro-DVI port (support for displays up to about 23″).

The hard drive in the MacBook Air is pretty interesting, to slim the notebook down to it’s small size Apple used 1.8″ hard drives instead of traditional 2.5″ notebook drives. The notebook comes with an 80GB 4200RPM hard drive standard with the option of a 64GB SSD.

The whole thing is powered by a 1.6GHz or 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo and 2GB of memory (not upgradable). Built in 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. Apple is claiming the notebook will get about 5 hours of battery life although my guess would be closer to 4 hours.

One thing missing from the notebook is an optical drive, Apple offers an external SuperDrive for $99 but another option is the ability to “borrow” another computers optical drive with a feature called “Remote Disc.”

The notebook will ship in 2 weeks and pricing starts at $1,799. Oh, and here is the ad for the MacBook Air: