Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:02 UTC
Apple So, Apple held its usual autumn press get-together just now, and after a few rather uninspiring ones (to me, at least), they finally managed to blow me away, with the new MacBook Air (especially the 11.6" variant). They also gave a sneak peek at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which has... An App Store. An App Store Apple is going to open on Snow Leopard within 90 days.
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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Morgan on Thu 21st Oct 2010 00:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
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Yes, it's the size of a netbook (actually, it's smaller). It's just not an utter piece of shit like 90% of the netbooks out there, and is actually usable.

While looking at the photos posted on Engadget earlier today during the liveblog, I couldn't help but notice how much it looked like a slightly wider, much thinner, aluminum version of my HP Mini 210 (which I was viewing the liveblog on incidentally). The resemblance is uncanny. I think I'm going to refer to the 11.6" Air as Apple's netbook for the foreseeable future; they finally figured out how to make one that doesn't suck!

Now, in defense of my "utter piece of shit" Mini (as you would call it), in the few weeks I've owned it I have found only two things I don't absolutely love about it: The trackpad and the battery life. The trackpad tries to be a buttonless multitouch unit like Apple's, but falls far short. In Windows it is manageable, but in Linux it sucks big time. I'd much prefer a trackpoint or even a traditional touchpad with normal buttons instead of a clickable "button area". The 3-cell battery barely gets me three hours of video or heavy browsing, which is adequate but far from ideal. At least I can swap it out it though!

Other than those two niggles, I really enjoy using it. The screen looks great, the keyboard is miles beyond other netbooks and many full notebooks I've tried, the processor speed is more than enough for its intended use, and the video is highly responsive and fluid especially under Linux. I also love the fact that it's highly upgradeable; if I want bluetooth I can either add a standalone module to the extra PCIe slot, or replace the WiFi card with a WiFi/BT combo. I can add a 3G data card to that extra slot, or tether to my phone and put an HD video accelerator there instead. The hard drive is a standard 2.5" SATA that can be upgraded to a larger capacity, or to an SSD for speed. There are three USB slots, an SD card reader, and a webcam.

In short, it's all the netbook I need and it was under $300. As much as I am drooling over the Apple netbook, I can rest comfortably in the knowledge that my money was well spent on what I have now, and it meets my every portable computing need.

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