Tuesday, 15 January 2008


Apple has done it again with their new ultraportable, the Macbook Air. Thin does not quite describe it. Using the 1.8" HDD from the iPod means it can get thinner than a normal laptop with the old 2.5" HDDs ever could. There is a 64GB solid state drive on offer too, but for an additional £639!

Full size keyboard, 13.3" display. 3lbs. 5hours productivity time*.

Roger is still on the old G4 Powerbook. Before today, this beastie was a classical beauty. Slim, elegant and retaining many of the styling cues from the original TiBook. It cut a dash wherever it went, even though it is now almost 3 years old.

After seeing the Macbook Air, it does rather look more jet starter than jet setter. The top speed CPU** but without the Solid State drive is £1389. The MacBook Pro, a straight replacement for my existing beast is £1759 with the 2.6Ghz Core 2Duo. Considering the Air is probably about 2-3x as fast as my G4 already...is it worth the extra £400 to get 1.7" extra screen and higher resolution? I am going to ponder this one...especially as the MacPro 8CPU monsters are out now - just the platform for some Erlang.

* so that is Harriet Harman sorted for the remainder of this parliament.
** A special ultra thin, lower power 1.8GHz Core2Duo

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