It’s been a long time coming, the switch from a Windows machine to an Apple laptop.
I have used a Sony Vaio for the last 8 years. I have usually had the Z series as they are small and light. This is one if my key requirements as my laptop comes everywhere with me so I don’t want to be carrying a heavy piece of hardware.
Recently my current Vaio had started to struggle and looked a bit worse for wear so I was ready for a new machine. At Space Group we have always been a Windows company and our IT manager as been very anti Mac. As a typical IT manager he likes HP products as they are good value, robust and practical.
No one can argue with this but they don’t have much joy The technical director of BIM technologies Adam Ward managed to convince us all they we should give MacBook Pro a test.
He eventually got his big shiny machine in the network. Our IT manager even bought his own Mac so he could monitor activity on the network. If nothing else the new shiny machine out a big smile on Adam’s face.
After seeing how effective this had been I decided to make the bold step to move away from my usual Sony device and go for a MacBook Air. The laptop is small enough to fit in a shoulder bag and as you would expect is very well made. It feels considerably stronger than the plastic Vaio.
There is a price to pay for this however. The Air is heavy in comparison to the equivalent z series device. The Air does take a little getting used to as whilst 99% the same as a Windows machine it has its quirks. For example the trackpad doesn’t have a button and you have to get used to using three fingers. Not difficult when you get used to it.
There is also no ‘delete’ button on the keyboard and the ‘@’ key is not where you would expect it to be. The keyboard in the 11 inch feels good and is very responsive and once you get used to it works well with the track pad.
I would say that it is far better than the Sony for long typing sessions. The screen is impressive, bright and provides all of the clarity you would need. I am running two operating devices in the machine so I can remain linked to the Space network. The boot-up can be a pain as you have to select between windows and mac. The plus point is that it feels like you have two machines with you.
The down side is my machine which is the biggest available has only a all amount of hard disk space remaining as I have two operations systems. I am obsessed with minimising what I have to carry around with me everyday. My laptop bag is in effect my moving office.
The Mac may be compact but I have to carry so may connectors. Firstly I need an ethernet adaptor. Then all of the various projector adaptors etc etc. I have also invested in the Magic Mouse which is fantastic. No only does it look beautiful it works so well.
The software on the machine has the same feel as all if my other Mac devices. This makes the Windows interfaces feel old and dated. All in all once I had for used to its little quirks I think the MacBook Air is a great piece of hardware.
It’s well built and makes me smile every time I pull it out if my laptop bag. It looks and feels great. My biggest gripes are the weight and the number of adaptors I need to carry but this is a small price to pay to be able to benefit from everything else it has to offer.