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5.0 out of 5 stars Migrating to Apple, May 11, 2012
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This review is from: Apple MacBook Air MC968LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION) (Personal Computers)
Over the past year, I have been transferring the family from PC Windows based to Apple bubble. The main reason is I was tired of doing the IT every 2 months for major problem.

Anyhow, here is the product review.
Hardware:
- From a design point of view, this is still probably the sexiest laptop out there and one of the lightest. While traveling intensively, space and size are essential and the MacBook Air 11inch meet both.
- Having used an Acer Netbook, the MacBook Air keyboard size is much more comfortable and "feels like a real keypad" not a downgraded one.
- The trackpad just takes few minutes to get acclimated. Then it is actually more convenient. Negative side, when you go back to a windows environment, your shortcut and scrolling methods won't work :)
- There are rumor of lower priced Macbook Air coming out soon or better resolution display. However, the quality of the display has been equivalent or better to other products out there. Video playing on the 11.6inch display is actually great when watching on the tray of an coach class airline seat!.

Software
- Environment: In order to avoid confusing too much the family in the transition, I installed Windows environment using Parallel. There are 2 option to still keep your Windows habits on a Mac. BootCamp where you keep the 2 OS (iOS/iName/MacOS and Windows) completely separated. Negative aspect, if you want to switch between one and the other, you will need to restart your computer and select the proper partition. The set up however is not that difficult. The other options is to install Windows with Parallel which is like running a virtual Windows (a virtual machine) within MacOS. I did that on this machine and it has been running great, allowing my family (and I occasionally) to go back to a Windows environment when we didn't have the patience to learn or search a how-to on MacOS.
- All the applications installed so far have been behaving great. MS Office has a look and feel like Windows (almost) with some small differences that don't impair the creation of the document needed.
- Negative side: There is no CD player on MacBook Air so when purchasing a software, you have to make sure you can download it. For Windows, I could't find a downloadable version on Amazon, so I bought one with the disc, found an "image" file on the web and install Windows from that image file in Parallel (make sure you save the image file in a place where you are not going to move it from or delete it by accident. If Parallel can't find the image file, it won't launch!). Then enter your license # from your Windows CD and you are all set.

In short, I love the product (I got also the bigger one for work), the family has not been complaining (they love the look and feel) and I haven't had to do any IT since I configured/set-up the Macbook Air for the first time use.
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Initial post: May 14, 2012 7:11:37 PM PDT
Steve says:
Great review. With reference to the statement "There is no CD player on MacBook Air so when purchasing a software, you have to make sure you can download it", this is obviously wrong. External USB based DVD drives have existed forever, and continue to exist. I have two.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 5:46:22 PM PDT
Steve, absolutely correct but I wanted to make the point that there is no DVD/CD drive "embedded" in the Macbook Air and that if a buyer doesn't want to invest in an external drive then the downloadable version is the best bet (or to have to wait to order the external drive while trying to get everything set-up)
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