Originally Posted by eyeless
Who works with a computer on an international flight for 12 hours? I know there are insane people, but didn't know they are sitting on first class tickets on long-distance air flights. Who many people could be in this weird group that it is important that Apple take great care to accomodate -- maybe 5 people worldwide? -- Why are these people so important?
People complain about design limitations -- well build your own computer then, stupid! Or buy another one ... .
The most stupid comment I saw here must be the one who suggested that the MBA should not be one's primary and only Mac. -So, is the MBA not pricey enough and do you enjoy the hassle of syncing and backing up different computers? Weird ..... ! (I did not read all postings so I am sure I missed some even more stupid comments.)
The only interesting thing is this topic is just how easy / costly it will be to eventually change the battery when the time arrives and supposing this happens before one has gone on to another newer computer.
I bid you welcome, but not the best start I've seen from a new poster on AI.
I wouldn't say I'm working
for 12 hours, but I certainly like to use my computer for the duration of a flight. I can't sleep on flights often; something about sitting up. I do not like the low res analog video that the setback displays have so i will watch many movies, TV Shows, or even read webpages and forums I've saved just before flying. The longer I can use my computer the shorter the flight feels.
I use a MacBook and have 2 spare batteries, so with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off and the brightness down to the lowest, or second to lowest, setting I get about 9 hours from the 3 batteries. The hibernation mode makes it easy to remove a battery and put another in without having to restart.
I'm not sure why that would be a stupid comment. The specs clearly make this less than ideal to be one's only computer, unless you back you to a Time Capsule at home or some other large HDD. Leopard's Time Machines does make backing up transparent to the user, that is even easier than easy. Many people, even people who don't like the MBA, realize that it wouldn't be ones only machine, and the reviews even point that out.
I have no clue what you getting to in your last comment. It would be an inconvenient for any part of a computer to be sent in for repairs if it was your primary computer. It's not for everyone, that is fine. Apple doesn't make a computer for everyone or they'd make a MacBook at half the price. I think this is meant to attend to the Japanese market, which is very different than the Western world. If the reaction from the Japanese I saw playing with the Air is any indication I think it will be a hit.