24 hours with the Macbook Air

20 Jun 2014 00:00

Had the Macbook Air now for a couple of hours. So far I am pleased with it. This morning I went portable (meaning i disconnected every cable) and just went around the house coding stuff. I was on the couch, my bed, dinner table, the floor, and on all places I was able to effectively write and test code.

Gaming

I have also noticed that it is more powerful than my 2011 Mac Mini, atleast in gaming (not really noticing a big difference elsewhere). My Mini struggled to keep CS:GO (running in bootcamp) at around 59 fps. But so far I have not seen my Air drop below 60 fps, it tends to stick around 70-80 fps, sometimes around 100. But anything over 60 and I'm happy (keep in mind also that this was on deathmatch servers where there are 16 players, a competitive match only has 10, so it should be even better there.)

SimCity 2013 also runs very nicely through Bootcamp. Not 60 fps smooth, but my old gaming PC couldn't do that either (really intense game once you have a city with over 200k inhabitants.)

OSX Spaces

One of my concerns when opting for this 11" computer was the screen, it's only 11.6 inches big, with a resolution of 1366x768. The resolution didn't bother me (and it doens't now either) as 1366x768 over 11.6 inches sounded pretty damn good to me. But still, having big windows would be a problem I figured...

Well, it isn't, thanks to OSX Spaces and Mission Control. By simply swiping up with three fingers I can get a quick glance over all windows and spaces (think of spaces as a 2nd virtual desktop), and quickly switch to the one I want.

I can have Safari open full-screen in one space, 2 terminal windows in one, and then maybe Twitter and iTunes in another one. And then I just flick between them by swiping with three fingers, and it works great!

I'm actually at a point where I prefer using the Air's keyboard and trackpad only, instead of using the traditional keyboard and mouse. I feel more productive, and it's more fun.

I am however writing this with this traditional desktop setup, as looking down with your neck an entire day isn't good for you I'm thinking...

Pros and Cons

That's pretty much the two big points I wanted to go through above, I might write more in a week or so when I've used it more. I'm just gonna end this with a pretty quick Pros and Cons list.

Pros

Cons

/DJS