Here’s the short version: buy one. If you’re in the market for a professional laptop, you really shouldn’t look at much else but the new MacBook Air.
It’s a welcome change of pace to work 8 hours straight with Photoshop and Illustrator and not see an angry beachball. Big apps launch in just a second or two, and files snap open when called. More interesting though, is the Air’s pervasive speed. Popping up font menus, new tabs, dialog boxes, scrolling through photos, loading big Word documents—whatever you want, it just happens. It makes the overall experience of using your computer a lot less stressful.
The speed, of course, comes from the built-in SSD harddrive. Others have explained why this is important, so I won’t digress. Really, it doesn’t matter why it’s happening, just know that nearly everything is faster because of it. If you don’t need a new laptop, look into upgrading to an SSD.
Nice to look at.
The Air is a sexy little beast. It’s light enough to make traveling almost completely painless (aside from the recurring feeling you’ve left it behind). The screen has superb color, and the high-resolution panel gives you just enough ‘room’ to work on the road. It also powers the 27″ Cinema Display flawlessly—it’s what I plug into at work. It feels just about as solid as an iPad in terms of build.
It’s all the little details, adding up one by one, that make it a great machine. You can read the spec sheet as many times as you want and not understand what you’re missing. If you need a new laptop, I strongly recommend the MacBook Air 13″ (with the 4GB of RAM upgrade). Shoot me an email if you have any questions.