New Macbook Air with SSD: Pros, cons and battery life

 

By Posted 8 Jan 2009, 11:37

This is a quick first impressions post of the certainly not cheap Apple Macbook Air with SSD (Solid State Drive) and what the main benefits and downsides are.

The Macbook Air like many of Apple’s products looks slick and feels good right out of the box, Apple pack things to give the consumer a feeling that the company cares about their products.

Also See: Improved MacBook Air battery life with Yosemite

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You will find many benefits to the most expensive Macbook Air but they will come at a cost. In the UK you will be paying well over £1,700 for the best model with 128GB SSD, most people will find it hard to justify the extra £500 (about) for the higher model.

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The main con with this version is price, if you take that away then you are looking at an amazing laptop that will keep you smiling with so many little touches.

Having a backlit keyboard is so beneficial to me as it makes working at night and in low light so much easier. This is controlled by how much light the built-in webcam picks up.

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The first impressions of the Macbook Air is it’s thinness, if you have never seen one-first hand before then expect to spend hours looking from the side and wondering how they fit the specs into the small design. This will be followed up by showing every member of your family and friends how thin and cool it is.

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If you have never had a solid state drive you will be amazed at the speed increase, the facts about SSD’s talk about 10 times faster read speeds and 4 times faster write speeds (this depends on what brand of SSD in general).

When you use the Macbook Air with it’s SSD you will feel the deference, the boot up times feel much faster and the shut down time only takes a couple of seconds. While shutting down in around two-seconds may no be needed, it’s still a great feature that I personally love.

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The Macbook Air battery life will change a lot depending on what you’re doing, but you can set Mac OS to show you how much is left at the top right. With a full charge you can see this go up to 6 hours, although expect around 4 hours after using for general tasks.

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In Summery: While the Macbook Air with SSD costs a lot more money, we recommend an SSD drive in any laptop you buy and once you have used a computer with SSD you will never go back to moving parts again.

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Have you moved to a solid state drive yet?

  • tom

    By George! …. This is like some Babbage contraption?