21 October 2010
Object Of My Affection: 11" MacBook Air
If anyone would look at my netbook history (or maybe just gadget history in general) to deduce from thence the kind of partner in life I'd make I'd probably be pronounced terrible; an adulteress of a wife even. Somehow, with the exception perhaps of the MSI Wind, no netbook has lasted me more than a year. Not that I adore the MSI Wind, but it's no longer the mobile computer that I take with my person wherever I go - you all know it's long been made to renounce its true nature as a netbook to assume nettop-hood.
Though the people in the HP Mini 311 Darwin Project team are as incredibly brilliant as they come, a netbook can only be hacked so much and yet it never is and never will be quite same as the real thing. In my opinion, no other 11" netbook has reached the heights that the HP/Compaq Mini 311 has in terms of OSx86 hackability (if ever such a word existed) but a lot still remains wanting.
Or more accurately, I am still wanting.
The unfaithful wife has been caught pining for another guy that the 311, dashing as could be (for a netbook, that is), could never be a match for: a 13" MacBook Pro with the latest NVidia 320M graphics. In fact, after putting up quite a show in Facebook - never in my wildest dreams did I think my cyber friends would actually care - I resolved that I was gonna spend the next year(s) or so saving up for a real Mac (finally!).
And so, LeMaurien19's first Mac would be a 13" MacBook Pro.
But that was until last night or should I say, very very early this morning if I were to take the Philippines' GMT +8 time zone as reference; until Steve Job's notorious "One more thing" segment in his keynotes was shown and my resolve has since then got muddled up.
I am officially lusting for an 11" MacBook Air. Yes.
And that's despite my geek conscience's propensity to shrink from non user serviceable parts - primordial parts such as data storage (the new MBA's flash memory chips are soldered onto the logicboard); battery; and I assume the same case is true for the RAM (I'm stuck with 2GB should I not go with the $100 or in my Filipino version, Php 5,390 upgrade from the get-go when purchased from the online Apple Store).
What's more is that I blame the HP Mini 311 for this lusting. I know how brilliant a machine of this dimension can be for a computer user like me who equates internet surfing to 94% to what comprises "computing" or the term "computer use".
For almost a year now, I've been privy to the sheer freedom of toting a machine that could easily slip inside a manila envelope (yes, original MacBook Air, the 311 can do that too) - one that doesn't drop a consequential burden on my spinal column when I bring it to my fave coffeshop to kill time (when I find myself just too tired to risk going home too early to the flat and discovering my room mate still up requiring me to chat a bit as part of civility).
I know how a 1366 x 768 LCD screen hits the sweet spot in screen real estate in opting for portability nirvana despite the obvious constraints.
The lack of optical drive has ceased to bother me - like a true-anodized aluminum Apple fangirl, I'll be even bold as to label it irrelevant. The external DVD multi-drive the 311 came with hangs out almost exclusively with the confused nettop/netbook MSI Wind nowadays.
Even the Mac OS X Restore USB disk is déjà vu for me: I've been wiping out my 311 and reinstalling OS X for practically as long as I've had the machine using a USB flashdrive.
If there was one specific experience that I expect to blow my mind away because of sheer novelty - it's that gorgeous glass trackpad for I've never owned or used a MacBook long enough to be initiated to the wonders of multi-touch gestures.
I've been told by (cyber) friends that a Mac is an investment. But then we were talking about the MacBook Pro at that time. Would the same assumption hold for this new MacBook Air?