When the MacBook Air debuted in 2008, I wanted one in the worst way. I had been considering moving from a Windows laptop to a MacBook for some time, and the commercial showing the ultra-thin Air being pulled out of a manila envelope had me at “hello.”
Using one, though, shattered any hopes I had of actually owning one.
The first generation MacBook Air and the two revisions that followed were, for my purposes, virtually unusable. Slow and sputtering, they offered sexy sleek, a high price tag, and little else. So I passed in 2008 and went with a unibody MacBook instead.
But time passed and hardware improved. Last year when the Air moved from the Core 2 Duo to the Intel Core i5, I tried one again, and was blown away with the improvements in performance.
The 2011 MacBook Air was the best laptop I’ve ever owned. It was blazingly fast, had great battery life (at least for me) was thin and light, and did everything I needed a laptop to do as well as I could imagine it being done.
But time passed and hardware improved. I’ve just upgraded to the new 2012 Ivy Bridge MacBook Air and it’s even better than last year’s model, and with a lower price.
Here’s a brief rundown of the improvements: