Thursday, January 17, 2008

MacBook Air redux

The MacBook Air is a lovely machine. Apple have done what they do best, producing something that is lovely to look at and a joy to use, in a package that pushes the barriers of what is possible with current technology.

I particularly like the fact that it has moved towards a softer form-factor. My favourite laptop design was the Pismo PowerBook, and the Air is a move toward its organic curves.

Another favourite of mine is the 12" PowerBook, especially the way the screen and keyboard came right up to the edges. By contrast, the MacBook Air has a lot of 'padding'.

There are probably good engineering reasons for this, but I think it would have looked even more stunning if Jonathan had shrunk the dimensions by a few centimeters.


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