The 2011 Macbook Air — My New Laptop!

July 24, 2011 / Technology / 9 Comments

Meet Coco Chanel. My new main computing device — the 2011 Macbook Air.

2011 Macbook Air
Coco Chanel in all her glory

Why Coco Chanel?

Well, for the past few months I’ve been stressing out between Mac vs PC. I considered so many things, from specs to price to usability to future-proofness. If you just look at the price and the hardware, it made absolutely no sense to spend a whole thousand more on an underpowered Mac — especially in an age where cloud computing will render operating systems as a secondary function.

So I went around asking the other geeks to try to persuade me to buy a Mac — with not much success. They all told me PC was the more pragmatic choice and reminded me that I am a pragmatic person.

But on Friday, a fashionista friend said this:

I don’t know much about computers but Mac and PC are like Chanel and Furla. Both designer labels and make good quality products, but which would you rather carry?

That hit me like a thunderbolt (Yes, Apple fans, lame pun intended). When you need Online Electronic Signature application, visit for more details.

Under all that pragmatism lies a gadget snob. I mean, seriously, how geek-cool is it to own a product that came out just a couple days ago?

First Impressions

But of course, it wasn’t just all snobbery. I am genuinely impressed at how fast a solid state drive is compared to a normal hard drive. The screen is absolutely magnificent — more magnificent than a 2011 Macbook Pro’s. And I’ve never owned a laptop that weighs under 2KG. Maybe I would even go out to cafes more often to Mac Off to blog more often. And then there’s Bluetooth 4.0, which is a competitor to NFC. Not sure which will win, but it’s a potential future-proof feature.

More Photos of the Macbook Air

Anyway, here are some more shots of the Macbook Air compared to my trusty first generation 2006 Black Macbook, which I intend to keep forever. I love it to bits. It lasted 5 years with very little trouble. And IMO, is still the best-looking Mac ever made.

2006 Macbook Black vs 2011 Macbook Air
2006 Black Macbook vs 2011 Macbook Air

Not too sure if it’s obvious here but there’s some discoloration on the Black Macbook’s screen. It’s too yellow.

2006 Macbook Black vs 2011 Macbook Air Startup Screen
2006 Black Macbook vs 2011 Macbook Air — Start-up Screen

And here’s the difference between the size of the Macbook vs the Macbook Air.

2006 Macbook Black vs 2011 Macbook Air Thinness
2006 Black Macbook vs 2011 Macbook Air — difference in the thinness

And finally, my new gadget family is now silver and black. I don’t really fancy silver, but these are a sure feast for the eyes and ears.

2011 Macbook Air Thinness and Bose AE2 Headphones
Macbook Air and Bose AE2 Headphones

That is all, folks. I just needed to be an iSnob and iSnub everyone with an entry on my iFetish. In all seriousness, if you could choose (or are choosing) between a Mac and a PC, which would you pick? Why?

  • DK

    Wow, your first photo is more chio than the original product photos 😛

  • Wow. Envy. I bought myself the early 2011 MBA and love it but the mid 2011 MBA now has BACKLIT KEYBOARD and i5 or i7 processors. Sheesh!!!

    • Ivy

      Cool! Is that your primary computer? Is it still working just as fast as when you first bought it? I’m hoping this can last as long as my old Macbook as my main computer.

  • hey, as long as you know you’re mostly paying for the name 😀 well, the other good thing about macs is that they seem to hold their value somewhat. My husband has actually been able to sell his old computers for a good amount. Of course that means he paid too much for them in the first place 😀

    • Ivy

      Yea, I’ve heard that a lot too. I hope it does (in case I regret my decision later on). Well, there’s the name part for sure, but there’s also the SSD part. I was so surprised to see the difference in speed with a SSD instead of normal HDD. It’s really amazing how quick the thing launches programs!

  • Aaaa~! I am totally envious. I want a Macbook Air too (but the 11″ one). Is yours 13″?
    But I think you’ve made the right decision by choosing Mac. I never want to go back to PC after using a Mac. 😀

    • Ivy

      Yups, mine’s the 13″ 🙂 The SSD is amazingly fast. Very happy with it. You should get it!

      I use a PC at work actually. I’m quite indifferent to the OS since I’m predominantly a Google user – as long as it’s got Chrome I’m happy. My choice was more because of the hardware (SSD!!) and the look I guess. Macs are just more elegant than PCs. Hahahaha.

  • Richard

    Hmmm just curious, how much is it over there…. is it cheaper/more expensive than the US price?

    And btw, salam kenal! (Yes I did read your bio)

  • disqus_3DiXImvQLZ

    Hey, cool post. I also have a trusty black macbook and was thinking about getting an Air so it was cool to see them side by side. Thanks!