My entire computing setup right now is as simple as I can make it: an Air, and an iPhone.
I’m recently switched from a Mid-2010 13’’ MacBook Air to a Mid-2013 13’’ MacBook (the last one in white polycarbonate). This choose was for performance purpose: actually I can’t effort a new MacBook, but I need a more powerful laptop to work everyday.
So, I’ve started using my wife’s laptop for three reasons:
- I can upgrade 250GB HDD to a brand new 500GB SSD drive
- I can upgrade the RAM from the original 2GB, to 8GB
- She don’t use it anymore from March, when I give to her the birthday present, so it came for free
Actually I’ve just spent €200 for upgrading and I have a machine a lot more powerful than before.
The only thing I regret is the LCD panel: actually, my MacBook Air can support resolutions up to 1440x900 instead than the 1280x800 of this one, but for work purpose it’s simply ok.
I think the Air, with the aluminum body and its incredible thin profile, it’s a little more comfortable and elegant than this white Apple-style laptop, but otherwise it’s a great machine for working, exception for Xcode which seems a little constipated in this small resolution.
This switch also mean I’ve to carry around more weight than before but, fortunately, I perform my daily home-work-home commuting by bike, with a support for the laptop bag, so I don’t really carry this weight on my legs.
I prefer more screen space than the really portability because I don’t really move a lot carrying my computer; on the other side, I need a laptop because, as my job asks, I can switch from a customer to another during times, and desktop computer don’t match any portability requisite.
Matt Gemmell already have wrote a cool post about using an 11’’ MacBook Air as primary device, where you can found a lot of interesting ideas on how optimizing space for small screen. All of that tricks are really useful either also with a bigger screen.