MacBook Air

It’s a while since I have used a Mac, but now that the school is going to use both Mac and Windows I will be using a MacBook air. I know that there has been a lot of discussion over the years about Mac vs Windows, with much of it around personal preferences but I will try to give my impressions about using the laptop in school and at home.

First things first:

It’s a MacBook Air

Tech Spec: Processor 1.3 gHz Intel Core i5  / RAM 8gb 1600mHz DDR3 / Intel HD Graphics 5000 1024 MB / HD Solid State 250 gb / OSX 10.9 /

The hard disk has a Windows partition, which means that it is possible to install a windows operating system on the computer. I will not do this unless I need to…

Software: I have Office for Mac installed which gives me access to Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Outlook gives access to our school mail server. I will also be using Google Drive, so I have installed the Google Chrome browser alongside Safari.

First Impressions

It’s solid and well made, a bit heavier than I thought it would be. Typing is easy with a solid place to rest my wrists and scrabble style keys that are backlit in low-light conditions. The case is slim and the lack of a conventional hard drive means that it is quiet and runs cool without the need for fans blowing away the heat. The first part of my learning curve will be to forget my windows keyboard shortcuts and begin to learn some for the mac, oh and not having a right click but using a two fingered gesture instead!

Familiar Apps, Unfamiliar Menus

The Microsoft Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) are all familiar, but different enough to leave me scratching my head looking for features that are available on the windows platform.

Now I am going to get on with using the MacBook Air for the next few weeks, including a trip out of the country for a conference, then I’ll post some impressions… watch this space!