MacBook Air 13 2010, 4GB Review

I’ve been using Macs since the very first 128K model in 1984, but I moved from Mac OS to Windows after my last Mac, a Performa 5400 model. Since then I’ve been more in touch with the Apple world rather than de Mac world, using the iPhone, the iPad, the Apple TVs and so on… but not a real Mac.


Two months ago I bought a second hand 13 inch MacBook Pro unibody. It was a mid-2009 model with a 2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive. A nice machine, but missing some components to be defined as a powerful machine. I decided to upgrade the hard drive to a 128 GB Kingston SSD Now V+ and the RAM to 8GB. A really worthy upgrade that made me wow.

I use the laptop many times over my lap, and doing so showed up two major inconveniences: weight and temperature. The MacBook Pro weighs around 2 Kg (4 pounds) and its temperature goes rather high no matter what you do with it, and I started to use it over a table or over a cushion.
After looking at the new ultraportables presented by Apple, the 13″ MacBook Air came as a candidate to replace the MacBook Pro, quite similar in term of performance and dimensions but much lighter, so I decided to sell my “vitaminized” MacBook Pro in the second hand market. Fortunately and though the crisis has really affected this kind of sells, the Macs are much appreciated and if you offer it with a good discount it’s not hard to sell.
A similar setup of an actual MacBook Pro is around 1800 €, and I also sold a 8th Gen 160GB iPod Classic that wasn’t used. Selling both I made true my premise “to get a new one at home, you must sell an old one”.

The chosen model has been a 13″ MacBook Air with a 1.86 GHz processor, 128 GB SSD drive and 4GB of RAM. This setup is not available in stores, where you can only find 2GB models and I wanted to continue using VMWare Fusion 3 virtualizing a PC to run Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits so I decided to go for a custom order through the Apple Store.