MacBook Air take 3

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As I mentioned previously, work bought me a nice, new 11″ MacBook Air.  I’m typing on the Core i7 model now.

As expected, the 1.8GHz Core i7 is nearly identical to the i5 1.6GHz version that I’ve been using for the past week.  My opinion so far: Stick with the i5.  Three years from now, my opinion may differ.

I spent a few minutes informally testing and benchmarking between my original 2010 Core 2 Duo Air, the i5 and the i7 mid-2011 models.  Both of the 2011 MBAs start programs significantly faster than my 2010 MBA, but it was pretty hard to tell between the i5 and i7.  I suppose if you were doing video editing it may make a difference but the two machines are virtually identical.  I’ll likely post an update in a week or so if my opinion differs after extended testing.

More than i5 vs i7, though, what strikes me most is how painless it is to move from one Mac to another.  I had been using the i5, backing up to a USB drive.  (Actually, the 500GB drive in the 15″ MacBook Pro that the Air has replaced.)  When the new machine arrived, I just booted, plugged in the Time Machine drive, restored from the backup from ten minutes ago, and a half an hour later I was using the new i7 MacBook Air.  It was almost completely seamless.  I can’t imagine a machine migration that painless for any other OS, even with NFS mounted home directories.

 

GoSaBe Blog - Mar 9, 2012 | Hardware