I am writing this post on my brand spanking new 11-inch MacBook Air. I’m not the sort of person who just goes out and buys things either, I have to have a need for it. Ever since selling the business last week I’ve been working around the house fitting in a bit of blogging when I could squeeze it in. I’ve also been buying and selling shares to earn a bit of income but this has kept me tied to the computer so I needed something portable that wasn’t too big that I could have used my iTouch but that’s a bit small and flash won’t work on it so I wouldn’t be able to check the interactive charts.
I was thought about buying the iPad as I’ve played around with a mates but decided against it as I wasn’t comfortable with the touch screen keyboard. While looking around JB Hi-Fi I saw the MacBook Air and it looked like it would do the trick. The price for the 64GB version was $1199, decided against the 128GB one because I thought an extra $300 was a bit much for the extra memory, especially when you consider the price of memory chips these days. I know I probably could have got the Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop
cheaper on Amazon, but like I said, I didn’t want to wait, I wanted it now!
I didn’t go online because I wanted it now so I went down to David Jones, one of our major department stores, where I knew I would get 10% discount as my son worked there. I paid my $1080 dollars and rushed on home. Now for the review.
I Love It! Now that’s something coming from a bloke who’s always used a PC. The fact that I’ve only just unpacked it and played around with it for an hour or so just goes to show how easy it is to use. There was no problem configuring it for my homes Wi-Fi, all I had to do was input the password. Once I got that working I drove down to McDonald’s to see if it would pick up their Wi-Fi. While I was in line waiting to order my burgers I opened it up and I saw a little box asking if I wanted to connect to Macca’s Wi-Fi to which I said yes and there was an instant connection. How cool is that? That solves that problem.
The trouble is there aren’t all that many places around here that offer free Wi-Fi so I bought a mobile wireless broadband package. Once again setting it up was easy and I can now connect to the Internet and do my trades even when I am out of the house. I have to admit that having everything go right without any hiccups is not something that I am used to so I’m sure that is one of the reason why I love my new toy.
Sure there are some things that I have to get used to, like finding out that opening a new tab in Safari meant using the Command + T shortcut keys and opening a new page is as simple as Command + N, so a two key shortcut is pretty good in my book.
Another thing I like about the Mac is purely cosmetics and may be personal preference. What I’m talking about is the way pages open and minimize. Instead of just disappearing like they do in XP they sort of fold up collapsing into the menu bar along the bottom and pop up the same way. Sort of like a genie popping in and out of it’s magic lamp.
There is so much more new things that I haven’t sussed out yet and maybe I should read the manual, but then that may ruin my sense of discovery. One thing to keep in mind is I would not recommend this as your main computer, it just does not have the power for it. But if you want something that is light, compact and easy to use you won’t go wrong with the MacBook Air. Hell I can now take it with me anywhere with the knowledge that not only can I follow the shares on the stock market, I can even whip up a post no matter where I am.
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