Mahesh Subramaniya

engineer, developer, photographer, coffee lover
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Macbook Air - Back in 2008 I hated it and now I'm loving it

Macbook Air 13 2013

Back in 2008 I hated it so much and so sarcastic on it. The basic version had only 80 GB harddisk and it was a complete strip down version of then fully loaded laptop (with DVD drives, 4 gig RAM, fast processor, wide screen etc.,). That was the time when the world was ruled by HP, Dell and Lenovo laptops.

Now fast forward to 2013 and well I’m owning a Macbook Air 13” with 8GB RAM and i7 processor. Which is way superior than any Notebook today in market. I bought the new Macbook Air from Adorama on and now it is for the past 4 months, I have pushed my notebook to some exteme level (ofcourse not like this) of processing and it has survived well and I’m impressed.

Comparision of Specs:

Macbook Air 13” Early 2008 Mid 2013
Harddisk 80 GB PATA SSD or 64 GB SSD 256 GB SSD
Memory 2 GB DD2 SDRAM 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM
Processor 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7 scales upto 3.4 GHz
Extras Weight: 1.3 kg
Web cam: Low res 640x480
Battery: Well, kind of ok
Weigh: 1.0+ Kg
Web cam: Facetime 720p HD cam
Battery Life: 4 to 5 hours solid with heavy usage

In today’s world neither I do not miss Optical Drives because I handle files or documents through flash drives, online or in worst case I can buy a External USB optical drive for $20+ nor I’m not worried about sealed batteries anymore. But may be about ethernet port ( apple has an adapter now ) if I’m at India as you Wifi is just improving for better up in our homes. And definately more on 1 USB port 3.0 is good, along with Intel’s Thunderbolt technology, impressive again. Two heavy weight data-transfer technologies in my air.

USB 2.0: 480 Mbps
USB 3.0: 4.8 Gbps
FireWire 800: 786 Mbps
FireWire 1600 (not yet available): 1.6 Gbps
FireWire 3200 (not yet available): 3.2 Gbps
SATA II: 3 Gbps
SATA III: 6 Gbps
Thunderbolt: 10 Gbps per channel

What more reasons do I need to love it? I do not need a Pro laptops anymore let it be retina or whatever.

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