Macbook Air 13 vs Macbook vs Macbook Pro

* Weight: First things first. I’m going from 2.03 Kg (4.5 pounds) to 2.9 pounds (1.32 kg). My main motivation for the change was to reduce the total weight and 680 grams is really a lot lighter, in fact a 35% lighter.

* Temperature: Using it in the sofa is not only the weight, but also how warm it gets the Pro over my lap. It’s not only warm… it gets really hot even if you’re just browsing the web. I expect the Air to be much cooler.

* Processor: I’m loosing some raw power the Air clock speed of the Air is 1,86 GHz and 2,26 GHz in the MacBook Pro. Both are Intel Core 2 Duo manufactured with similar 45nm technology, both have 2 cores and 2 threads by core. The one in the Air is a SL9400 with 6 MB cache and the one in the Pro is a P7550 with 3 MB cache. Air’s processor is cooler with a maximum TDP of 17W vs 25W in the Pro and both admit Intel VT-x virtualization technology and 64 bits instruction sets. Who will win?

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External Hard disk for Macbook Air

There are three options:

1. SD card (assuming you have a new 13″.) They’re available at up to 64 GB, obviously still under your 250 GB requirement. There are USB flash drives at up to 256 GB, but they’re insanely expensive ($700+,) 128 GB is slightly better at ~$300. I lump SD and USB together in the ‘ultra-small, but expensive for the capacity’ grouping. Continue reading “External Hard disk for Macbook Air”

Macbook Air and NetFlix

Netflix works fine on the Macbook Air and battery life is satisfactory as well. Watched a 2h10m movie from start to finish in Safari, HD quality (streaming at 400 KB/s), fullscreen, 3/4 brightness, 1/2 sound through external speakers. No stuttering, had a little charge left when said and done. Only other app running was running except for Adium (IM chat). Continue reading “Macbook Air and NetFlix”