Originally Posted by Rokken
Is the current white MacBook anti-scratch? If yes, I would rather go for it in the near future before they refresh. I like the white enclosure
I've bought one recently and am very happy with it. I doubt they will improve on its looks in the next iteration. It may look different, but not more elegant.
Montevenia and led backlighting of the screen is all I would ask for, as well as a multitouch trackpad, leaving the rest just as it is right now! It's the perfect machine for me, though I do need to use special reading glasses to work at a comfortable distance. Curiously enough I don't need them on the 12" screen of a friend's think-pad! (The screen fonts are fatter and the screen is more luminous). The screen from the Air would be a godsend. I made an A-B comparison at the local store.
The trackpad is the newer, sturdier one, addressing old complaints, and it is silky smooth in use. The weight is perfect, a smidgeon over 2 kilos.
The controversial keyboard is smooth and comfortable in use, the keys don't stick, key travel is fine for my taste. Over the years I've worked with dozens of keyboards that click and clack but are not more comfortable after hours of work.
From the point of view of esthetics I find it the most stylish notebook on the market, but then I like subdued, pure classic design. Apple pioneered that route and only of late have they tried to 'entice us' with glass beads and mirrors. How could the designer of the 'Next' have foisted Leopard's dock upon us?
Let's face it: Apple is gradually 'tarting up' both the machines and the interfaces. The Air's general theme may signal a welcome return to subdued elegance.
I haven't run any 'scratch-resistance' tests on my new MacBook ;-) , but there IS a way to restore its luster with fine polish and a wad of cotton. It's an old trick picked up on the internet. Use it at your own risk. I've opted for a pouch or 'envelope' whenever it's not in use and careful use of the chamois that came with it. Peple say it's fussy to keep it looking like day one, but with a bit of TLC it should keep the gleam on your eye.