I recently bought an Apple MacBook Air. This is the 13″ model with 128GB flash storage released in mid-2011. In Singapore, it retails for S$1,688.
While I already own an iPad, iPhone and multiple iPods including the iPod Nano, this is in fact my first Mac machine ever. Before this, I have been a Windows user all my life!
The MacBook Air comes in a slim box, a far cry from the huge bulky boxes that my previous laptops were packaged in.
The box contains:
- MacBook Air (with OS X Lion and iLife)
- 45W MagSafe Power Adapter
- AC wall plug and power cord
- Printed documentation
- 2 Apple logo stickers
I like the fact that the box includes a separate extension cord to double the length.
The various connection ports on the MacBook Air include:
- Two USB 2.0 ports
- Headphone port
- Thunderbolt port
- MagSafe power port
- SD card slot (13″ model only)
For technical specifications, you can refer to the official Apple MacBook Air website.
The backlit keyboard is just gorgeous! For protection, I use a palm guard, trackpad guard, keyboard cover and a simple sleeve (will review these another day).
As a life-long Windows user, it may take a while to get used to the Mac interface completely. iPhone/iPad users will find the Launchpad application launcher very familiar and a breeze to use. I’m pleased that all my files work on the Mac. It’s also very easy to find software and apps with the functionalities I need for work.
Here are the software that I have installed:
- Browsers: Firefox & Safari (using Xmarks to synchronise bookmarks)
- Video player: VLC
- Text editor: Sublime 2
- Twitter: Tweetdeck
- Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat 5.5
So far, I’m loving the MacBook Air! As of yet, my primary computer is still a Windows desktop (Lenovo IdeaCentre B310). The MacBook is put to good use when I’m working at a café, meeting clients, going on overseas trips or testing websites. In time to come, I may switch to an iMac permanently.
Just out of curiosity, how many of you are Mac users?