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  • #275
    rob
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    I believe this will be nothing but a gush-fest. Also, keep in mind, this is coming from someone who has a 2 1/2 year old PowerBook, so anything in the Mac line would be faster than what I have now.

    You have to also look at what I do on a regular basis. No digital camera, so no photo stuff. No video camera, so no video editing. The photoshop stuff I do is so basic and small that I don’t need a huge processor or screen. I download quite a bit of movies and TV shows, but I delete them when I’m done watching them. I do have quite a bit of music, but I switch it out regularly, because I don’t like listening to the same music all the time. I watch quite a bit of video on my computer(s), but very little would be on a DVD, as most of it would be trailers. All future audio stuff can still be done on my PowerBook.

    So if you look at that, the Macbook Air seems tailor made for me. It’s just the best laptop for me. I got the stock Air, no 64 gb ssd, just the 80 gb hd, and no external Superdrive.

    Now, yes, it is thin, but sometimes on your lap it’s a little annoying, because it shakes so much when you type, but not so much, you know, it’s awesome. Just like the Pro series laptops, it automatically adjusts to light, but this one’s a little sensitive. So much as a shadow, and it will change the display and keyboard backlight. Not a big deal, but different. The MagSafe connector can work from the back or the front. The headphone jack on the side won’t accommodate even the iPod headphones, which is pretty annoying. I haven’t tried Remote Disc yet.

    A lot of the Leopard things are still new to me, as I don’t mess around with April’s iMac. I love all the screen sharing stuff. I didn’t try to do any of the Migration Assistant bullshit, I just copied what I needed to an external hard drive.

    The gestures are pretty cool. The pinch stuff is pretty neat, but I’ve found myself changing desktop icon size a few times. The rotate stuff is cool, but have only used it a couple of times. There’s something new I’ve never seen before — if you want to zoom in on a part of the screen, you can hold down control and use two fingers up and down, and it will zoom into the screen. It’s a pretty neat feature that I didn’t expect. I’m also not big on using a mouse on a laptop, so all of these new gestures, as well as the old ones, like two fingers to scroll and two fingers then click to right click, are very welcome.

    The thing’s almost silent, and it doesn’t heat up at all. I’m so used to having to stop processes on my PowerBook because of memory issues, so not having to worry about that with 2 gb of onboard RAM is a plus.

    Overall, I have very few problems with it. It’s very sturdy, the screen is crazy bright, it’s got iChat so I can videochat with April, so you know, it’s good. I can’t really see my opinion changing on it in a couple of days. So yeah, there you go. Go get two!.

    #4463
    Frank
    Participant

    Personally, I’d be afraid I’d break the damned thing.

    #4455
    Newman
    Participant
    Frank wrote:
    Personally, I’d be afraid I’d break the damned thing.

    This is what I’ve said to myself about most Apple products since the iPod Nano came out.

    #4454
    rob
    Participant

    Know what? Surprisingly solid. Really. It’s fucking metal.

    #4462
    Jor-El
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    rob wrote:
    Just like the Pro series laptops, it automatically adjusts to light, but this one’s a little sensitive. So much as a shadow, and it will change the display and keyboard backlight. Not a big deal, but different.

    Is there not a setting in Preferences to adjust how sensitive it is?

    I like titties.

    #4453
    rob
    Participant
    Quote:
    Is there not a setting in Preferences to adjust how sensitive it is?

    If there is, I don’t know about it.

    #4445
    Version3
    Keymaster

    I suggested he “gush” or speak about it naturally, then give his ‘review’ after several days of lugging it and using it and stuff.

    solid: I’ve messed with them a bit already, the aluminum enclosures are super solid no matter how thin the stuff between them is, so I’d imagine it’s not so flimsy feeling as many suspect. However, as someone who has dropped a 17″ MBP off a table in it’s first week, I can tell you that bent aluminum case parts will haunt you forever, so you’d still have to be reasonably careful with it… it’s still a computer.

    quiet: Rob, you should fire up SMC fan control and see how loud the thing CAN get. If you really want to see how it would heat up in ‘normal use’ open 1 QT movie and pause it, and open a page like 2advanced.com (or any Flash movie that keeps updating). Let it set there for a minute or two and it WILL start blowing the fan. They all do, Flash player STILL sucks for OSX.

    sensitivity: No, there are no adjustments for the keyboard, or the screen’s sensitivity to light. However, some of the options in energy saver will force it to do it more frequently on battery power not because the lighting conditions have changed, but because it’s dimming down before it turns the display off. I typically (even on battery power) change some of these things in Energy saver, then change the display brightness manually to adjust for power. You won’t get quite as much battery life this way, but it will be visually MUCH less annoying.

    iChat: Yeah, don’t forget fucker that both Jerry and I run this too. I’ve almost always got iChat up and running, so don’t be a stranger.

    speed: Anyone who really spends time bitching about this segment computer’s speed really needs to spend a few minutes beating a 1.6 GHz Core 2 Duo with 2Gb of RAM with hard work before complaining. I can do my job all day long on 1.83 with lower video specs, and the same RAM without saying (damn, I wish this was my MBP) unless we are talking about screen res. I use an external monitor anyway, so it’s not the point. This machine is plenty fast for most computers on the market, especially laptops that teeter between “ultra portable” and “power user”. Go check out the other 12″ and 13″ laptops out there… they are 1.6GHz or lower, and typically not always core 2 duo… until you get into the same price range. Then they are bigger, heavier and last less on a battery. It’s not for everyone, but it’s still a good machine with a purpose in my opinion.

    portability: I’m interested in hearing Rob’s long term of this after a few weeks. I have to drag my barely fits in my photobag 17″ MBP around airports once in a while, and it always makes me want something smaller. I’m wondering if switching to an iMac MBA combo would be better for me as I go back to the traveling season.

    #4465
    thx_1227
    Participant

    I must say, my opinion of the Air has changed after looking at the PC competition. Look them up, for the $1800 the base Air costs, the PC’s of that price range don’t even compare. I think Apple may have cornered this market.

    And about the zooming in while holding ctrl…My MB running Leopard does that as well, thought it is the command key.

    #4444
    Version3
    Keymaster

    Yeah, I forgot to comment on that one that Rob pointed out… I think it’s a function supported by most/all of the newer trackpads, I think all of the Intels do this, even under Tiger.

    #4452
    rob
    Participant

    Yeah, but I really don’t see a benefit to that — what’s it supposed to be used for?

    #4446
    Version3
    Keymaster

    Don’t really know, I don’t use it at all. I haven’t tried this in any programs that I would use zoom in, as there are other easier universal shortcuts for this… but this is a screen zoom, and I’m not blind enough to need it. -well, except on the iPhone.

    #4458
    Pa-ul
    Participant
    Frank wrote:
    Personally, I’d be afraid I’d break the damned thing.

    You can also slide it into door frames to open locks 😀


    If it doesn’t work, jam a screwdriver in there and jiggle it about.

    #4451
    rob
    Participant

    So I’ve had this for two days at work, and I can safely say that for me, this is totally the shit. I think one of the things that’s just great about it is its total usability — I don’t feel compromised at all. Sure, you could probably say, “That’s because you’re coming from a two and a half year old computer” but I just love it.

    One of the things that is really cool is that it’s strangely deceptive, in that you feel like you’re going to be using something with a small screen, or a small keyboard, or something like that because of it’s low weight, and then when you open it up to use it, it feels totally natural, like a full size laptop. I’m really impressed with that.

    I can’t say that the new gestures are that usable for me, save for the three finger backwards and forwards, which is one of the things I thought I’d use the least.

    It’s just been a joy to use, and when I put it in my new Booq bag and set off with it, it’s a joy to carry as well.

    #4461
    Octavious
    Participant
    rob wrote:
    You have to also look at what I do on a regular basis. No digital camera, so no photo stuff. No video camera, so no video editing. The photoshop stuff I do is so basic and small that I don’t need a huge processor or screen. I download quite a bit of movies and TV shows, but I delete them when I’m done watching them. I do have quite a bit of music, but I switch it out regularly, because I don’t like listening to the same music all the time. I watch quite a bit of video on my computer(s), but very little would be on a DVD, as most of it would be trailers. All future audio stuff can still be done on my PowerBook.

    So if you look at that, the Macbook Air seems tailor made for me. It’s just the best laptop for me. I got the stock Air, no 64 gb ssd, just the 80 gb hd, and no external Superdrive.

    When you mentioned no photos, does that mean, no Lindsay, no boobies, no porn?!

    But anyway, I hope you have fun with it, sounds like you love it.

    For me being at my job for a year, I am the only marketing person to still be using a PC: Dell Dimension with 2GB of RAM. They want me to get more use out of the Mac because things are being produced on Macs, so instead of getting me the 24″ iMac or the used G5 or the Powerbook that was bought for everybody in the marketing dept, but it has never been seen since it came, (supervisor has it home, long story, just BS) I got the G3.

    Now being the PC guy for all my life, I have used Macs once in awhile in the early 90’s, but this G fuckin 3 is old and surprisingly it had 512MB for RAM. I am shocked that after putting CS2 on it, it works ok. Well I had to restart it 3 times. Just this pass week I finally got the RAM up to a GIG. WTF about that. Couldn’t go more than 256 per slot, no more than a GIG total?!

    If it is true about whats going to happen in November, they have to get me a more power Mac or fuckin heads are going to roll.

    #4443
    Version3
    Keymaster

    I think that’s shitty for them to give you a G3… do you really know how old that shit is? The Gig was huge for that machine, nobody would need more than that without going up to the pro series of the day.

    Do you have anything on anyone?

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