I just upgraded to a recent 15" MacBook Pro (about to be superseded, if the Web rumor mill is correct), with an SSD of course. All the hip people, notably including my wife, are toting MacBook Airs these days; and yep, those sure are some slick little sex-bombs. But here are some reasons I’d have serious trouble switching from MBP to MBA.
It’s a real brick. This means someone like myself, who has big strong hands and touch-types very fast, can touch-type faster, because it doesn’t wiggle around when you hit it.
It has real speakers, which play something that sounds not entirely unlike real music.
Eight gigabytes of memory. Yep, more or less 8.0×230 which is 8,589,934,592. Which is enough for Emacs and IntelliJ and Lightroom and Omnigraffle and Photoshop Elements and a couple of Chromes with dozens of tabs apiece.
The CPU’s a quad-core 2.2Ghz i7. (But I think it’s the extra RAM that makes it feel so fast.)
The screen is 1680×1050. That’s qualitatively “big enough” in a bunch of places where the 800-high MacBooks I’ve been carrying haven’t been. You just can’t imagine how good high-res video looks on this.
I imagine the MBA’s will be getting more pixels, which is good, but the extra physical real-estate on a 15" screen is not to be sneezed at. Particularly if you’ve got middle-aged eyes.
The screen has a matte finish. Yes!!!!!! I sneer in the general direction of all non-matte-finish screens.
The trackpad is the size of a small European country.
It has an actual physical Ethernet plug. Which you don’t normally need, until suddenly you really do.
On the Other Hand... · It’s kinda heavy. And tough to use in the back of an airplane. And you need something between it and your gonads, because it’s a real toaster when it gets going.