My MacBook Air with 64 GB SSD arrived last week. After pondering its form and dead silent operation, I've decided to use it full time. This hasn't been an easy decision--the Air has a lot going against it for someone like me.
- My home directory is 112.59 GB. That's bigger than the Air's SSD or HD options.
- I'm a chronic multi-tasker. I have a lot of apps open and many of them are disk, CPU and GPU intensive.
- I travel frequently, but not so often my 15" MacBook Pro is cumbersome. I am not a road warrior.
Because of these considerations, Apple's 15" notebook has been my One Machine since the launch of the titanium PowerBook G4. The PowerBooks (and MacBook Pros) have always been a compromise compared to their desktop siblings, but I've rarely felt held back by my computer.
The Air is different. 64 GB is tiny. I frequently use more than one USB port (while traveling), and I travel with a Verizon ExpressCard. The Air shouldn't be a machine I even consider, but then I held one.
It's tiny. It's silent. It wakes from sleep instantly--and it's completely usable as soon as the screen comes on.
Did I mention its silent? You don't know how loud a hard drive is until you have a computer without one.
So, I've ordered a Mac Pro to use at my desk at work and a 24" iMac to use for managing family media at home. The Air will be my travel/meetings/presentations computer.
This will either be fantastic or a total disaster. I'll keep you posted either way.