While we don't have the inside connections to get our hands on a pre-release MacBook Air (we can't all be John Mayer), we're glad to see the folks at the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Newsweek have managed to write summary reviews of the MacBook Air after only a few minutes of hands-on time. Here's a quick roundup of "reviews" from other sites ... just in case you need a MacBook Air fix until your's is delivered:
Wall Street Journal: "Apple's MacBook Air Is Beautiful and Thin, But Omits Features"
Overall, the consensus is that the new MacBook Air is a marvel of cutting-edge design with a few too many sacrifices. Apple designed the MacBook Air with a built-in, non-removalble battery, and no access to the hard drive or RAM. If those limitations aren't enough to bother you then factor in that you only have one USB port, no optical drive, a slow hard drive in the base configuration, and a processor that's slower than the previous generation MacBooks.
Of course, the team here at NotebookReview.com will have our own in-depth review with hands-on video of the MacBook Air in the coming weeks. Stay tuned if you've been searching for a review with more substance and less hype.
This was first published in January 2008