I’ve had 4 months to use my 13″ Macbook Air (2nd Generation) and I must say that I’m glad I made the switch. I’ve been a PC fanboy for as long as I can remember because I was a gamer and also because 12 years ago in middle school I was forced to use those original colored iMacs (they sucked). First I got an iPhone last year and now I have a Macbook Air… no hard feelings Apple, right?

I hate you.

MacBook Air 13"

I love you.

The Macbook Air 13″ has a beautiful 1440×900 pixel screen which is higher resolution than most PCs have. More screen resolution = more visible on your screen and higher productivity (according to this Microsoft study). I haven’t really missed the 15″ screen and for me the lower weight and size is worth it.

Speaking of weight, the Macbook Air is super light at just 3lbs. The small size has allowed me to eliminate carrying a separate laptop bag and now I can carry my laptop and all my other stuff in just my backpack.

Battery life is one area where the Macbook Air could use some improvement. Because I tend to have a lot of applications and tabs open at once, my battery life is usually around 4 hours which is decent but not spectacular.

The Macbook Air is fast enough to handle most work with ease like internet, spreadsheets, Skype, etc. Although I have noticed some slowdown when having lots of programs open and like 50+ tabs in 3 different browsers, but I probably shouldn’t have all that opened at once anyways. I got the 128GB version which is enough storage for me since I don’t have lots of movies or other big files.

There are a lot of small details that help with productivity. I really like the backlit keyboard which makes working at night way easier. Also the Macbook Air is very fast to startup and wakeup from standby. I rarely turn off my laptop and so this is super useful. If I have to stop working I just close the laptop lid, and when I open it again I am instantly right back where I was. Also the “spaces” feature allows you to have multiple desktop screens that you can quickly switch between. I can have a separate desktop for my own stuff and a separate desktop for the project I am currently working on.

The thing that surprised me the most is the touchpad. I used to HATE using laptop touchpads and always carried around an external mouse. As much as I loved the flip open Microsoft Arc Touch mouse from my Gear Post last year, I haven’t used it in months. The Macbook Air touchpad is so good, I don’t need a mouse.

It took me some time to get used to the Mac interface but I really feel like I have a more productive setup than I did on the PC. If you want to run your business from your laptop while travelling the world, the Macbook Air 13″ is a solid choice.

Next week I will post my favorite Free Mac Apps that help boost productivity.

 

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