Originally Posted by Logisticaldron
It doesn't just look faster, it is faster. That SSD isn't an illusion of the drive being faster than a HDD, it is absolutely faster ...
To be fair, the new MacBook Air's are not really much faster than the originals, at least subjectively in day to day use. I'm writing this on an original 1st gen Air but I test, and use the new ones at work regularly also. The new ones start faster (obviously) and are (so far) more robust than the originals, but they aren't really speed demons at all.
The originals were very ... delicate
, and had heat problems.
I literally don't know of anyone
who owned one that didn't have it just stop working at some point for no apparent reason at all. My best friend had this happen three times despite being very careful with it and owning a custom padded case for it. Twice the motherboard simply stopped working, and the third time the drive just crapped out.
Servicing one is a nightmare, there are several delicate little wires that have to be put back "just so" or it won't start up at all, and many many screws of different lengths that can ruin the whole thing if you put them back incorrectly. For that reason, I'm almost certain that poor re-assembly by various Geniuses is the root of a many of the subsequent failures.
The reason to buy the new ones is that they have solved all these problems now. They are almost sealed units so servicing them means basically that you just get a new one (for free if you have AppleCare). Heat is no longer an issue, the motherboards seem more stable, and the delicate little hard drives have been removed as well. They aren't really that much faster, but they are much more reliable and a much better, more stable design overall IMO.