The ModBook is a really interesting product that received a lot more attention at Macword this year around!
I’m hoping to get my hands on a ModBook for review very soon, so stay tuned.
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to grasp how thin and gorgeous the MacBook Air really is until you handle one!
The Internet is still abuzz with people debating the pros and cons of Apple’s new portable – it’s definitely not for everyone, but I’ve ordered one :)
So I’ve played with the MacBook Air a little, and yes, it’s absolutely gorgeous and incredibly thin!
As such, there’s no doubt that Apple continues to impress :)
However, with a 13.3″ screen and a large screen bezel, the MacBook Air is almost the same footprint as the Macbook – I was hoping for an 11.1″ screen in a casing just wide enough for a full-size keyboard (like the 12″ PowerBook, but widescreen).
At 3 lbs, it’s 33% heavier than the former ultra-thin champion, the Sony VAIO X505…
I think the base price of $1799 is reasonable, but the $999 64 GB SSD option is too expensive. Also, physical connectivity is limited to only one (micro) DVI port, one audio ourput jack, and one USB 2.0 port – strangely, there is no FireWire port!
Processor (Core 2 Duo) speed is 1.6 GHz with a $300 1.8 GHz option, making the MacBook Air the fastest ultra-thin portable yet…
Standard features include WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a webcam, and a multi-touch trackpad with gesture recognition. As expected, there’s no optical drive – I was hoping for some kind of 3G/4G connectivity (like HSDPA or WiMax), though.
Unfortunately, Twitter is up and down a lot, so don’t be surprised I’m not posting there as much :)
I’ll be blogging live from Macworld next week, uploading pictures in real time and broadcasting live videos.
As much as I’m excited about mobile WiMax (4G), there’s no real coverage in the US yet. Sprint is supposed to introduce its WiMax service (named Xohm) sometime this year – the service is supposed to be contract free, but pricing is still unknown!
Unless Apple becomes an MVNO, why would they deal with another carrier when they already have a relationship with AT&T? Then again, they also have a relationship with Intel, one of the major forces behind WiMax.
Perhaps Apple will introduce a WiMax base station along with WiMax equipped devices. Apple adopting WiMax would definitely tip the scales in favor of the standard (like when Apple pushed USB and WiFi) – so I’m skeptical, but I’m hopeful.
One thing is certain – Macworld promises to be more interesting than ever this year :)