Yes, we have to be connected at all times. We must be available when our client has a website issue, or just needs a quick fix, but it really can be a drag to lug around that 15″ MacBook Pro and related accessories when traveling. Not saying that I don’t love the Beast, but it can weigh you down.
Recently, I finally succumbed to a MacBook Air. I resisted for a long time because I thought the slower processor and lack of a CD/DVD drive as well as only 2 GB of RAM would cramp my style. I had no idea how I would cram my files and programs onto such a small hard drive.
Well, I am pleased to report that the experience is beyond my expectations. My Air has the following specs:
- Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 1066MHz frontside bus
- 2GB Memory
- 128GB solid-state drive
- NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
- The solid state drive is so speedy that programs open and close in an instant.
- It is tiny, and can fit into other bags when traveling.
- It is a sexy computer that is fun to use.
- The small size of the hard drive was troubling. No way to fit the iTunes Library. I had to use VMWare Fusion with Windows so I could use my VPN and exchange email, and the smallest I could get the virtual machine down to was 38GB.
- No way to watch a DVD while traveling.
- No built in ethernet (there is an adapter) or SD card reader, and only one usb port.
I figured out a way to utilize this beauty and be extremely happy with my purchase. In my next post, I will tell you how I solved some of the dilemmas mentioned in the Cons, and what accessories and apps I use to stay connected.