First look, MacBook Air

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As you may have heard, the first MacBook Airs become available today. Gigantic Apple Fanboy Terence Spies has been waiting for weeks to buy one, so naturally when we heard they might be available we hoofed it over to Apple Store Palo Alto.1 They didn't have any SSD Airs in stock, but plenty of hard drive ones, and since the imperative here was to get something, anything, and there is a $999 price premium for the SSD, Terence went for the hard drive.

Anyway, I got to spend about 2 minutes with the gadget before Terence whisked it away to his next meeting. Based on that experience, I'm totally unqualified to say anything useful about it other than it's incredibly thin and light, and the screen looks pretty good too. On the other hand, unlike the iBook I'm typing it on, it's got this creepy third eye thing going on in the top center of the LCD bezel. If I buy one of these suckers, I'm definitely going to need to invest in some electrical tape.

1. Actually, I called first, but just got some sort of IVR and then no answer. This is actually a bit surprising, since you'd expect that their IVR would automatically recognize from caller-id that I was an iPhone early adopter and automatically transfer me to the the "Apple Sucker MacBook Air availability hotline."

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The Air is truely droolworthy.

The SSD is not worth it (the reliability win is minor if you spring for the extended warantee and actually believe in backups, the power win is minor, and the performance win is minor as SSD is only really better on random access, not linear, and the biggest disk-bandwidth operations (wakeup from hibernate, boot, app launch) are linear)

For me, however, I'll stick with my MacBook.

"Apple Sucker MacBook Air availability hotline"...

And, while you're there, they'll try to upgrade your iPhone to the new $500 model, now with 16GB of flash.

(Personally, I've got a MacBook Air with SSD on order. Yes, you pay a hefty premium for the SSD, but my current Thinkpad X41 has one of those 1.8" drives, and it's slow as molasses. If SSD is even marginally faster, then it will have real impact on the speed of the system.)

Gigantic Apple Fanboy reporting in. Had the Air for a few hours now, and I'm incredibly happy. I've been suffering with a G4 PowerBook for a while now, in anticipation of something smaller appearing. Having used one of the small VAIOs for a while, I was pretty grumpy at having to carry six pounds around. Getting back to a 3lb laptop makes a big difference.

I'm still trying to figure out where they hid the computer in this thing.

Your observation about their IVR system recognizing you as an iPhone user gave me a thought. Why don't they play hold music from the list of songs you bought on iTunes? Come to think of it, Apple has a frightening amount of information about me various media tastes.

Does the creepy third eye on the Air have the magic light next to it that turns on when the camera is active? (My MBP does.)

The camera weirded me out for a bit, too, but I got over it. I don't do video chat or things like that, but It is handy for ad hoc pictures of small things. No need to haul out the phone or my SLR.

Terence, the Air has finally convinced me to switch platforms. Although I'm sure I'll buy another one in a year if they improve the battery life to something approaching my 3 lb Thinkpad X60s.

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The macbook Air is really stunning... but it has too many drawbacks for now. I really hope Apple are going to fix them soon, cause many peopel will be happy to have such a laptop

The Macbook Air is really nice and it has stunning design, but it has too many drawbacks.
I don't really think it's worth buying for now.

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