In any case, with all the traveling I was doing, I decided it was time to get a new notebook. After looking around and deciding that weight was of paramount importance, it was down to either a MacBook Air or an ultra book as they were known at the time. The MacBook Pro was out of the question; that extra pound was too much. I read a lot and finally settled on the MacBook Air as I already had a foot in the ecosystem with my iPhone and iPad. But which Air? The diminutive 11″ or the 13″ inch? (Remember, weight & portability was my main concern). I realize that the kind of work I wanted to do on my computer would require a lot of screen real estate. I do the occasional development but a lot of photography work. So the 13″ was it.
A lot of people poo poo’d the MacBook Air for photography work and I had my concerns. But after using it for quite some time now with both Adobe PhotoShop and LightRoom, I can say it handles both without any issues. I also worried about the amount of RAM and if I should have opted for the 8GB upgrade. I can say without a doubt that for my needs 4GB was plenty. Of course it would be nice to have the extra RAM but I really didn’t miss it. As for processor speed, the mobile Intel i5 is plenty fast enough. I only notice the performance lag when I transcode videos which I don’t do enough of on the MacBook Air to make a difference. But for photo editing and even light games like Starcraft 2 or World of Warcraft (all on light graphics settings) it was fine.
So now after 2 years, I can say that this really is the perfect notebook. Even now the design is fresh and it still competes with the newest notebooks on weight & portability. Some things have improved, noticeably the longer battery usage in the newest MacBook Air and the marginal bump in processor speed but this MacBook Air is remarkably up to date even now. I wouldn’t be surprise if I get another 2-3 years out of this. Who would have thought that you can get 5 years out of a computer, let alone a notebook? I strongly believe that the SSD makes a huge difference in that regard. The computer seems to run really quick with it. With boot ups and shutdowns taking almost no time, it’s just a joy. My MacBook has travelled the world yet looks brand new. If anyone’s in the market, I can’t recommend it enough. You’re going to be happy and the switching I do between my Mac and Windows machine is a non-issue.