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Macbook Air 11.6″ gets unboxed!

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So the first batch of the new Macbook Air 11.6″ arrived early this week in all Apple Reseller Stores and we spared no time to get our hands into one of these babies. See un-boxing photos and first impressions after the jump.

Mba 2010 • Macbook Air 11.6&Quot; Gets Unboxed!

I originally wanted to get it in SG since I was supposed to go there for a media coverage yesterday but due to visa issues with my Japan trip in two weeks, I wasn’t able to go (sent Calvin there instead to do the coverage). Dale, our special assignments contributor, also went to HK for some shopping and tells me the entry-level Mac Air sells for around Php46,000 there.

Fortunately, we found a local source that was able to give us a really nice deal at Php45k for straight cash purchase. Pretty good deal considering the SRP is Php52k.

So, on to the unboxing of the new Macbook Air 11.6″.

New 2010 Mba • Macbook Air 11.6&Quot; Gets Unboxed!

I’ve been a fan of the 11.6″ and 12.1″ ultraportables since last year with the MSI Wind U2xx series, the Acer Timeline and the Asus UL series. The Sony Vaio X was drool-worthy but being Atom-powered, and a Z-series at that, I felt they were a bit under-powered.

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I’ve recently purchased a Core i3 ultraportable, the Asus UL20FT (review coming up this week-end), as an upgrade to the Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3GHz of the Acer Timeline but the 3 to 4 hours battery life left me wanting. The Timeline really spoiled me with a 5 to 6 hours battery life.

Macbook Air 2010 • Macbook Air 11.6&Quot; Gets Unboxed!

So when the 11.6″ Macbook Air was announced, I thought this could be the closest fit to what I am looking for in an ultraportable. It’s super thin and super light, has pretty decent processing power and a 5-hour battery life I’m satisfied with. From my usage since yesterday, the claimed 5 hours of battery life is true and maybe I can even stretch it by lowering the screen brightness.

Macbook Air 11 Inch • Macbook Air 11.6&Quot; Gets Unboxed!

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The new Air is pretty impressive at first glance — the thin and light form-factor gets very high scores and to think that it has an aluminum unibody adds to that great engineering feat.

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The base configuration of a Core 2 Duo SU9400 running at 1.4GHz and a 2GB RAM is pretty decent and, based from experience, is already a good combination of a performance yet power-saving system. Add the embedded SSD into the mix and you get a very snappy system that boots very fast, launches applications in a jiffy and goes from sleep to wake in under a second.

Macbook Air 11 Inch 2010 • Macbook Air 11.6&Quot; Gets Unboxed!

The full keyboard comes with chiclet-style keys, standard for all Macbook, and the large trackpad are all comfy and easy to use. The entire trackpad is also the button so that need some time to get used to. The power button is also at the top right corner so I get confused it with the Delete button oftentimes.

Mac Air 2010 • Macbook Air 11.6&Quot; Gets Unboxed!

The one big concern with the unit is the limited amount of storage space. Using SSD is great but that also limits capacity due to the expensive parts. The base config only has 64GB in it so if you’re carrying a lot of photos, music and videos, that will eat it up in no time. The 2nd variant comes with 128GB but at Php10k more.

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Most logical and affordable solution is to bring an external storage for the large files (fortunately, I still have that 750GB My Passport that WD gave to me lying around).

11 Inch Macbook Air • Macbook Air 11.6&Quot; Gets Unboxed!

My only other personal concern is the OS actually. It will take some time to get used to OS X and learn the ropes, find and use alternative softwares (anybody knows of a good SSH client for Mac similar to putty?). I would not really be a full-time switcher since I’ll still be using my old and trusty Window machines.

Macbook Air • Macbook Air 11.6&Quot; Gets Unboxed!

Over-all, the new Macbook Air is very promising. The combination of a smaller form-factor and above-average battery life makes it a good option for a walk-around laptop. The price-point has also gone down considerably since the first time the Air was introduced. You will no longer be burning holes in your pocket. Just one.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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Jheanne
Jheanne
11 years ago

Can i invite you in my segment What’s New? We feature the what is the latest Gadgets, places, trends, restaurant… etc…

luckystrike
luckystrike
11 years ago

hi mr. yuga, you have my email add, please refer me to the retailer or send me the name, branch and phone contact. P46T is a damn good price. thanks a lot.

joeyoliver
joeyoliver
11 years ago

Ateneo! Super big discounts for students!

Fernand
Fernand
11 years ago

Update: i called up iStudio shang, 64gb is reserved to me. Thank you for the info Abe. :)

Fernand
Fernand
11 years ago

You got your macbook from iStudio Shang? I was in iStudio Vmall, their price is 51,990 for the 64gb. Will go to iStudio Shang tomorrow and try if they’ll give me a discount for cash purchase, Digital Hub takes a while to update their stocks.

rommelsuganob
11 years ago

anybody knows of a good SSH client for Mac similar to putty? – terminal app is the application that you are looking for, it is native in macs

Joseph
Joseph
11 years ago

Very nice design by apple..but still i want zacate platform on that thing because the c2d architecture are almost at the end of the line.

Jojo Esposa Jr.
11 years ago

If bootcamp is not your thing, I believe Parallels Desktop for Mac can work here. You can switch from Windows to mac with great ease. You can select whether window, crystal, coherence, full screen or modality. I currently use Parallels 5 on top of Mac OS Snow Leopard. It works perfectly. They have already updated it to version 6 but I haven’t tried it. :-)

RJCA
RJCA
11 years ago

In Ateneo they discount the Apple computers and iPods.

agvu
agvu
11 years ago

nice one sir yuga! transition to mac osx from windows will be a breeze.

Nemo Trinidad
Nemo Trinidad
11 years ago

try Cyberduck for your SSH needs in Mac OS X

Spidey
11 years ago

Apple sells to Ateneo students at discounted prices.

Available in Ateneo campus only. :)

ade
ade
11 years ago

Hey it’s the Coconuter!

chris
chris
11 years ago

wow … droll !!!

Manuel
Manuel
11 years ago

@joeyoliver What’s your school? D:

lawreas
lawreas
11 years ago

sir yuga, pati iba pang apple products like ipods, etc???

cellito
cellito
11 years ago

Pashare naman ng reseller information and if magkano yung 13 nila

techmaso
11 years ago

Awesome! I want that too ^_^

Nice review again Sir Abe. Looking forward for future post ^_^

Coconuter
11 years ago

Mr. Olandres,

No need to acclimatize to Mac OS X. You can install Windows 7 OS using Boot Camp. Drivers for the Mac hardware can also be installed via Boot Camp.

The only problem is the keyboard. Some Windows shortcuts are made a little longer due to the keyboard discrepancy. But, this is arguably a minor issue.

The advantage is being able to utilize the Air’s hardware using a familiar OS (Windows). And, based on my experiences with replacing Mac operating systems, the machine will probably run even faster using Windows 7 than it did using Mac OS X.

Regards,
David Poarch
aka ‘the Coconuter’

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