Originally Posted by Zc456
That's no surprise. It's basically the definition
of a netbook, only expensive as hell. Until optical-drives become an option and SSDs becomes more common on laptop, it is what it is.
Also, it would help if we start using low-voltage processors if we're gonna go this route. Since flash memory doesn't need that much power.
People may dismiss the Macbook Air 11" as an "expensive netbook" but that is just missing the point.
The reality is that the CPU is about 60-70% the CPU performance of the latest MacBook Pro 13". Depending what you're doing though certain tasks may be faster or simply not that bad because of the pure-flash storage.
The design, feel, weight, finish, responsiveness, Mac OS X, multitouch, widescreen LED-backlit, instant on. Capability to run the "big boy" software... I tried one out briefly today. This thing will not be for everyone, or fit in the casual cheapo-laptop cash-strapped consumer.
If one has trouble keeping up with the mortgage, this is *not* the laptop to get.
But, it is, yet another gadget of desire. Should do a good 500,000 to 800,000 units in the Oct-Nov 2010 holiday quarter. It's a stocking-stuffer, for sure. And any kid going to college would love to have one. Business execs, etc. etc. The only thing holding it back is Apple's production capacity but also the usual rigmarole that people are used to Windows, MS Office, etc. etc.
The widescreen is a little weird initially but web browsing ain't that bad, spreadsheets should be alright, and video and movies will be sweet, iLife should be alright too at 16:9 at that resolution. Keyboard and trackpad feels good, makes any cramped netbook keyboard and plastic trackpad just look and feel like junk.
I don't think the MacBook Air 11" will propel Macs to the stratosphere, but it will bulk up Apple's Oct-Nov 2010 results to be best revenue, best profit, best number of Macs sold, ever. To be followed up with iPad 2 in the Jan-Mar 2011 quarter to make everyone that bought the original iPad feel like a total schmuck...
In any case, the MacBook Air 11" and the iPad 2 will be the computing revolution of 2011. Netbook? Yeah, Apple showed them how to do it right with the MBA 11" and iPad/2.