Best Buy MacBook Air at $800

The 2015 13-inch MacBook Air is normally $999, but Best Buy is now offering it for just $800. This is according to PC World. The article says, “This particular Air comes with a 13.3-inch display with 1440×900 resolution, a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel “Broadwell” Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB onboard storage, SDXC card reader, and a Thunderbolt 2 port. There’s also a MagSafe adapter, two USB 3 ports, and a headphone jack.”

BookBook for the MacBook Air

Are you looking for a laptop cover for your MacBook Air? TwelveSouth has a laptop cover called BookBook. It looks like an old book. I mean a really old book. It’s made of genuine leather. It has a hardback case with a strong spine, with reinforced corners for impact protection, extra padding, and your laptop is kept secured by a zipper. Did I say it looks like a regular book? I guess it’s worth repeating. It’s a good disguise. It looks like you’re carrying a book instead of a laptop. The only gripe I have is, it’s a bit pricey for a laptop cover. It looks like a really nice, elegant antique book. That’s the draw. If you really want it, just be prepared to dish out $80 bucks for this item.

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2013 MacBook Air

I have a Late 2010 MacBook Air. After 2.5 years, it’s still going strong. Recently, I started looking into the latest, 2013 Macbook Air. From the external perspective, it looks exactly the same. It’s the same dimension, same weight, and the same sleek design. What’s change is what’s in the inside.

The new 2013 MacBook Air has a newer OS, faster CPU, faster SSD, more memory, faster Wi-Fi with the integrated 802.11ac adapter, faster USB with USB 3.0, long-lasting battery up to 14 hours, a backlit keyboard, and dual integrated mics. Sounds like a winner to me.

The only big issue I’ve heard with the newer MacBook Airs is the Wi-Fi issues with the new 802.11ac adapters. That’s a major one. I predict that this would be rectified eventually with future software updates. Maybe, it’s worth waiting a bit longer until Apple fixes the problem.

Read Ars Technica’s review of the 2013 MacBook Air.

The New MacBook Air 2011

Apple is just about to release a newer version of the MacBook Air (sometime in July). This is the third release of the MBA. As most remember, the last MacBook Air release was back in November 2010. I bought one shortly after the release. So, what’s new with the new MacBook Air 2011 edition. Here’s the list of features:

  • MacOS X Lion
  • Thunderbolt data port
  • Intel Core i5 and i7 processors
  • New GPUs (most likely)
  • iCloud (no more MobileMe)
  • Better integration with iOS (iPhones and iPad)

Essentially, it’s a hardware refresh. Same design.

The MacBook Air SSDs From Samsung are Faster

According to Ars Technica, Apple is now shipping MacBook Airs with SSDs that are made by Samsung instead of the original SSDs supplied by Toshiba. The switch seems to increase writing and reading performance speeds, on the 2010 MacBook Airs by 20-25 percent, according to tests performed by AnandTech.

I happen to have the MacBook Air, purchased around early December 2010. I wanted to know if I have the original Toshiba SSD or the new Samsung SSD. Before I digging in, I had a feeling that I had the older SSD. I have been very happy with my MacBook Air since I purchased it. But, knowing if I had the faster SSD would be nice.

Go to the System Profiler by accessing the Apple menu and then clicking About this Mac. Go to the section called Serial-ATA, you will see the Model number of your SSD device. Mine says: APPLE SSD TS128C. That means I have the older Toshiba.

It would have been nice to have the faster Samsung SSD, but I have been very happy with my new MacBook Air’s performance. No complaints here. So the question is, how do I get the new SSDs? Is it even possible to swap devices?

BookArch For Macbook Air

I saw the BookArc stand at MacWorld. I thought it was a cool product. The BookArc is from a company called TwelveSouth. The MacBook Air will rest on the BookArc in a vertical position. It’s perfect if you want a really tidy workspace.

You can get the BookArc for about $40.00. It fits both 11-inch and the 13 inch models of the MacBook Air. The stand is made of heavy gauge steel with a cushion insert. The stand fits snugly and has a firm grip.

TwelveSouth has another cool product. It’s called a BookBook. It’s a case that hides your MacBook Pro inside a classic looking book. With the BookBook closed, it looks just like an old book. Unfortunately, it’s not available for the MacBook Air.

The Bookbook comes in two colors: classic and red. No one would ever suspect you’re carrying a MacBook Pro. It comes in three sizes: 13, 15, and 17-inch. The BookBook retails from $80 – $100.

 

Brilliant Marketing: The MacBook Air Floats

I saw this video from Gizmodo this morning. It shows the MacBook Air suspended by a single balloon at a Mac store. Is it for real? Is the MacBook Air really that light? After a few seconds, I realized there is no way a single balloon that small can suspend a 2 lb MacBook Air in the air . It would take a few more balloons than that. That is some hot air.

Actually, it will take more than hot air to suspend a MacBook Air. Helium doesn’t cut it. Perhaps hydrogen. It’s just that the balloon is just too small to buck gravity with a 2lb payload. Notice the balloon doesn’t move at all. As it turns out, the balloon is actually suspended by a string.

Here are some of the funny and interesting comments from the article:

I walked by the apple store yesterday. The balloon was suspended by wires.

Kind of ruins the illusion when you’re leaving work late one night, and you see a bunch of Apple employees hanging up the baloon by fish wire.

Although this is obviously held up by some wires, it would be interesting to see how many balloons it takes to get it off the ground.

And of course, some mathematician tries to explain it all.

MacBook Air: 1060 grams
Approximate volume: 0.68*29.95*19.2=391 cm^3
Average Balloon: 11410 cm^3
Average Balloon: 16.3 grams

Total volume: 11801 cm^3
Total mass: 1076 grams

Density of MBA: 0.09117 g/cm^3 (STP)
Density of Air: 0.00128 g/cm^3 (STP)

The MacBook Air and balloon are 70 times denser than air, and therefore, will not float.

Please check my math.

Yea, somebody check his math.

I say this is brilliant marketing from Apple. Now, I really believe the MacBook Air is really that light. I own one.

Sleeve For The 13 Inch MacBook Air

Last week, I ordered the Fug, a black laptop sleeve for my 13 inch MacBook Air from Crumpler.com. Well, it finally arrived tonight. I tried it the moment I got my hands on it. The fit is absolutely perfect. It’s snug, not too tight, not too loose. I would heartily recommend this laptop sleeve to anyone who owns the new 2010 13 inch MacBook Air. It’s worth the $40 + tax I paid for this product.

Shipping took about 7 days, and that includes over the weekend. I ordered the Fug last Thursday night, and showed up in my place tonight. In addition, I received a free gift from Crumpler. It’s a small red camera bag. I think it’s the ‘1 Million Dollar Home’ which sells for about $45. But, I’m not sure if it’s the one, since it’s a slight different design. Nevertheless, it’s a free bag courtesy of Crumpler.com.

Just to let you know, I spent a good portion of last week looking for perfect sleeve for my shiny new laptop. I went to all the computer stores, but I just couldn’t find one that fits perfectly. I can honestly say, this is the perfect fit for the 2010 13 inch MacBook Air.

Here’s some pics I took tonight.

Charge Time for the New 13 Inch MacBook Air

How long does it take to charge the new 2010 13 inch MacBook Air? I’m curious more than anything, So I ran a couple of tests. I charged my new MacBook Air the other day, when the system was completely bone dry, until the unit was 100% fully charge.

My results: It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes, on average, to charge my 13 inch MacBook Air. I have no idea how long does it take for the 11 inch model, since I don’t own one, but I’m curious if the results are any close.

Based on what I’m reading here on the Mac Forums, the older MacBook Airs had on average, a charge time of about 4 to 5 hours. Some longer than others. One poster said it took him 8 hours. That’s a bit too much.

So, based on that information, it looks like the charge time for the new 2010 MacBook Air, is at least 3 times faster than its predecessor. Quite an impressive feat.

Often, users only ask about battery life, but they forget to ask about the battery’s charge time. With the new MacBook Air’s charge time of about a third of a time, it’s one spec Apple forgot to mention.

Next on the agenda, battery life. Apple says it’s between 5-7 hours. I want to test.

Stay tuned.

The New MacBook Air Can Decapitate You

The new MacBook Air is so thin, it’s a mere 0.11 of an inch at its thinnest edge. Not only is it thin, but the case is also made of aluminum. It’s not the hardest metal by any means, but it’s still metal. Thin and metal are usually associated with knives.

With a slippery surface and a narrow edge, the new MacBook Air can be a dangerous device, especially if you like to work in bed. Some people, like myself, love working with the laptop in bed, sometimes sitting up, and sometimes lying down and propping up the laptop on the lap or chest.

The problem with lying down is, there is a tendency for people to fall asleep. With the new MacBook Air’s slippery surface, you can easily loose its grip, and have the laptop slide down to your neck. It’s not quite decapitation, but it sure does hurt.

It’s a good thing, it only weighs under 3 lbs. The new MacBook Air’s thin edge is not the most comfortable against the skin. So, I suggest, if you’re going to work with the new MacBook Air in bed, at the very least, wear a turtleneck!

The last thing we want is a number of frivolous lawsuits against Apple.