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lavo
25th January 2008, 11:00 AM
The summary of the three reviews (WSJ, Newsweek and USAToday) can be found here:

Lilnky link link (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/01/24/first_hdd_based_macbook_air_reviews_hit_the_wires. html)

Interesting that the battery life doesn't live up to expectations (2 out of the 3 reviews). I'd be surprised if we ever get back to the 5+ hours you could get from a Pismo or toilet seat iBook with current battery technology. Mind you, they were running OS 9. OS X has a whole lot of things going on in the background, even when idle.

iSilver
25th January 2008, 11:12 AM
Interesting that the battery life doesn't live up to expectations (2 out of the 3 reviews).

I'd suggest that's typical, rather than interesting!!

Xavier
25th January 2008, 11:35 AM
And the fact that the Pismo had the ability of dual batteries.

applecollector
25th January 2008, 11:42 AM
And the fact that the Pismo had the ability of dual batteries.

and how thick was the pismo ?
But i do get where you are coming from.
The battery is i think the main concern in the reviews.

Hamsmyth
25th January 2008, 11:54 AM
This battery issue is a big one. Non-replaceable and short charge, Its the biggest negative IMO...

detail
25th January 2008, 12:00 PM
This battery issue is a big one. Non-replaceable and short charge...

What a load of kkkkkrrrrrrappppp.

The battery is replaceable.

The battery life is acceptable. ie better than most current systems.

applecollector
25th January 2008, 12:05 PM
What a load of kkkkkrrrrrrappppp.

So what do you think is the biggest issue?

Brains
25th January 2008, 01:22 PM
The battery is replaceable ...

... by a technician. The MBA's battery is embedded, like the iPhone / iTouch, "no user servicable parts inside".

Rasta
25th January 2008, 01:34 PM
By the time the battery of rooted you'd be looking at getting a newer, faster machine anyway...

I see it as a non-issue... (despite the issues I initially had with the machine, I've come around)

gaz
25th January 2008, 02:10 PM
I think the issue here is that you can't swap in a fresh battery 'mid-flight' and keep working.

Rasta
25th January 2008, 02:14 PM
I think the issue here is that you can't swap in a fresh battery 'mid-flight' and keep working.

There is a mag safe airline adapter that you can buy so you can run your laptop off the aircraft power.. so it's not as issue...

detail
25th January 2008, 02:28 PM
... by a technician. The MBA's battery is embedded, like the iPhone / iTouch, "no user servicable parts inside".

Umm

iPod?

25 million sold last year 120+ million in total

It doesn't matter.

gaz
25th January 2008, 02:30 PM
Ahhh....ok..... long train trips then? afternoon at the beach? :cool:

Rasta
25th January 2008, 02:32 PM
Ahhh....ok..... long train trips then? afternoon at the beach? :cool:

ha ha... you'd have to be a big time Mac fanboy to be taking a MBA to a beach and spending more time looking at that than the sights anyway!

Train trip.. well... sometimes you just have to look out a window! :p

Domenic
25th January 2008, 02:36 PM
Battery life isn't a matter for me.
You take your laptop to the beach? Wouldn't it get all sandy? I wouldn't dare!

dolbinau
25th January 2008, 02:40 PM
If Apple advertise 5 hours you would want 5 hours. I think this is the problem, they aren't delivering what is advertised.

Rasta
25th January 2008, 02:45 PM
If Apple advertise 5 hours you would want 5 hours. I think this it the problem, they aren't delivering what is advertised.

5 hours not doing much, with screen dimmed is what you'd have to expect.

less than that is obviously likely if you're accessing the HDD all the time with the screen and bright as you can in the dark so the keyboard is lit...

It's like a car... 15L/100km means highway, no ac, at night driving at 60km's an hour...

gaz
25th January 2008, 03:33 PM
Battery life isn't a matter for me.
You take your laptop to the beach? Wouldn't it get all sandy? I wouldn't dare!

Don't worry, I'd never do that either! (Maybe some people do, I don't know.)

Was just trying to think of situations where you might want to swap batteries.
Could it be that having that ability is overrated?