The Macbook Air 2 is full of surprises. One, that it’s an Apple netbook. Two, that it uses the old Core 2 Duo (but still retains amazing speed). Three, that is uses flash memory, to make it like an iPad with a keyboard. And lastly, how it may represent the future of computing, in the same way that the iPad makes a niche for itself.
Say what you want about the new Air, but if you’ve ever used it, would you ever know what it’s like? How can any gadget blogger force a certain “view” on its capabilities, when even some of them haven’t even used it themselves? How can you say a Mac is better than a PC, when you’ve never used a PC (or vice versa). And if you’ve owned and used both platforms, do they not perform the same tasks (i.e being a personal computer)?
I’ve been very cold to the Air (no pun intended), but then I actually used it yesterday, and I was slightly more impressed by it. While it may not come in handy for gaming, heavy Photoshoping, and other tasks in those areas, the Air exactly performs like what it was designed to be used for: like Air. That is, free, in the sense that it can go with you anywhere. Light, so that it fits into a manila envelope (if strangely needed). Eventually, the future as we know it will not aggressively dominated by Core i7 rigs running at a blistering 3.06 GHz, but light and equally-powerful, cool machines that might even play games. That category will become the everyday PC. Notice that I mentioned “PC”, instead of Mac, as a way of suggesting that all PCs will become lighter and more energy efficient (which is what they should become).
You can disagree with me, you can say I’m an Apple fanboy (and in my defense, I am most definitely not), or you can say I’m weak, and succumbed to the Macbook Air 2 because I’m a 14-year-old and thought it was going on my Christmas list (that would make you a troll in my book). The Air is something cool and new to everyone. Nothing more, nothing less. Many do not like and accept the new, but you know what? You’ll be using a computer like it in the next 10, if not 5 years. And perhaps, and I say perhaps, without your precious CD drive.