The following Guest Post is from one of my readers, John Millard, an attorney in Texas, in which he explains his impressions of the new MacBook Air:
A little bit about myself
I’m a solo lawyer handling mostly divorce, custody and car wreck cases. I need the ability to quickly and easily present exhibits and video clips on a court projector or our 40” HD flat panel monitor. I’ve tried Windows trial presentation software before, but it was so complicated, I had zero confidence I’d ever be able to operate it by myself.
I’m in court a lot and rarely have the luxury of an assistant. Typically, it’s just me and a client, so I require a system that’s both portable and simple to use. When the revamped MacBook Air debuted this month, I decided it was time to pull the trigger on a new system.
Impressions about the MacBook Air
My initial impression and thoughts about the MacBook Air are:
- It is very fast (I suppose due to the flash hard drive). I was initially concerned about power due to complaints I’d read about the original Airs, but so far I’m impressed with the speed. Startup literally takes seconds and programs open instantaneously;
- I haven’t processed video yet, but playing back synchronized video deposition transcripts works beautifully. Playback is immediate with excellent video quality;
- The MBA is one great looking laptop, that’s for sure. It’s incredibly light and compact. It’s perfectly sized for a counsel table;
- The MacBook Air is a bit slippery to handle, so caution needs to be exercised if walking around with it. Even though it has an aluminum case, if it were dropped it would likely sustain serious damage (but I guess that’s true of most laptops). I bought a sleeve to give my MBA extra protection while carrying it in my backpack.
- The screen has excellent resolution and brightness, but my aging eyes really appreciate how easily you can zoom in the screen by using gestures;
- Battery life is good, but from my very unscientific observation, I haven’t achieved the 7 hour life that’s been advertised (around 5 for me). However, the battery life is much better than on other laptops I’ve owned, and it’s more than adequate for my needs;
- The track pad is great. It only took 15 minutes to get used to it and to master gesture commands. Once you’ve used gestures, you’ll wonder how you lived without them. I bought a magic mouse, but I haven’t used it very much. The keyboard is wonderful, although back-lighting would be nice for low light conditions;
- I bought the MBA for the specific purpose of trial and mediation presentation. For that limited purpose, it works exceptionally well. However, I’ve really enjoyed using it around the house (specifically, in bed) for general web surfing and working at home. I really like the iWork package. In fact, I typed up this post using Pages, which is an excellent word processor.
Handling wrongful death, serious personal injury, auto and trucking accidents, divorce, custody and general civil litigation in the Houston and Sugar Land, Texas region. John Millard is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.