First I haven't actually seen a new AIR as I'm avoiding the Apple store right now. Entering isn't good for the wallet if you know what I mean.
Let me start by saying I'm no fan of the old model AIRs in fact in the past I advised people not to buy them. However the just released AIRs are a whole new ball game, I'm actually impressed. The question is will the machines live up to first impressions. Right now it looks good but some of the original AIRs problems did not show up right away, the big issue being faulty hinges. So really all we have right now is first impressions.
Originally Posted by Kali
The new MBA is so thin, I'm wondering about its fragility. Can it be bend easily ? Is it sturdy enough for a "road warrior" ?
Others have already commented on that. However as my lead in stated some issues simply aren't noted until after a bit of use takes place. So the AIRs appear to be sturdy but that doesn't perclude issues like the original had down the road. In any event the machine is likely better than average for its size class.
Inside you do not have any mechanical drives so from that standpoint you should have a more reliable machine. The SSD reliability is another issue that will take some time to generate statistics. For some people an SSD may wear out faster than an old magnetic drive, for the average user it should last longer.
Those who saw it in real, what are your opinion on this ?
Well I haven't seen it "in real" but I have an opinion anyways. Everything I've seen implies that these are impressive machines that should perform well on the road. One just needs to make sure none of the limitations are a problem.
Oh by the way just about anything made of metal can be bent. Steel, Aluminum, Titanium or what ever can be bent or dented given the right factors. The AIRs thinnest works against stiffness so relatively speaking it should be more bendy than a thicker notebook made in the same fashion. I just don't see this as a problem, just remember the best insurance you can have for a laptop is a good case. My MBP has taken several tumbles in a good case and is still fine.