Unboxing the Apple MacBook Air 11.6″

Wherein I present unboxing pictures (slide show) of my special ordered Apple MacBook Air 11.6″, complete with cameos by my MacBook Pro 13″, iPad, iPhone 4, and Acer Aspire 1410 – enjoy :)

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  1. Wow, thanks for posting these. I’ve been looking forward to them. I’ll be interested to get your impressions on performance

    1. I special ordered a 1.6 GHz model with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD. I switched from a MacBook Por 13″, 2.53 GHz model with 4 GB and a 128 GB SSD.

      Frankly, I don’t notice any difference. Screen resolution is similar, the MBA’s GPU is faster than my 1 year-old’s MBP (possibly offsetting the slower CPU), and I loose maybe 1.5 hour of battery life and the optical drive (which I rarely use) but gain tons of portability.

      If you ever use a Mac with an SSD, you’ll never go back to one with an HDD. After picking up my MPB, I upgraded my Mac mini (2.53 GHz, 4 GB RAM) to a 128 GB SSD as well.

      I think the 11.6′ form factor is the sweet spot for me (hence my Aspire 1410 PC), and I’ve been longing for a Mac that size for a long time.

      My primary Macs have been a PowerBook G4 12″ (Rev B, 1 GHz), a MacBook 13″ (Rev A, l.6 GHz Core Duo), a MacBook Air (Rev. A, 1.6 GHz, HDD), the aforementioned MBP 13″, and now the MBA 11.6″.

  2. Do you ever stop to think about how your thoughts and interests on this Friday morning are reaching a random guy in Houston while he sits at his desk working? Your life has affected mine!

    Sorry for the philisophical moment. Great post, Myriam. I love your work and have the utmost intrigue and respect for your opinions on tech. You are easily my favorite engadget analyst and I just felt compelled to tell you that today! Keep doin’ what your doin’ and I’ll keep readin’!

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