So, reviews are pouring in on the device, and it’s enough to make you pull your hair out.
Why can’t anybody review this machine for the purpose it was intended? If I see one more tech pundit explain to me that this really needs to be a second Mac, not a primary machine, I’m gonna puke.
I guess I shouldn’t complain. At least these guys figured it out, whereas someone like Dvorak takes a look at the machine and is still clueless.
Anyway, that this was clearly a secondary machine was obvious only milliseconds after it was announced.
What’s next? Publishing a revelation that the Mac Pro is not a good portable machine?
Oh, and thank the Maker that we have Engadget to let us know the Air is the slowest Apple Mac. OMG!! Who would have guessed? Good hard-hitting reporting there, E, now I know I can’t replace a top-end PowerBook Pro with this thing. Of course, since my brain is in the “ON” position, I already knew it would be the slowest — the specs have been available since it was announced.
You can argue that many people aren’t tech-savvy enough to know the above, or don’t know Apple’s lineup well enough. But I’d counter those people aren’t reading these articles, and aren’t likely to any time soon. Most of those reading these are at least somewhat tech-savvy, and are treated like morons.
Seriously, this is some lazy (or perhaps just routine) reviewing. Grab the Air, run the standard stuff and be done with it. It’s a wonder they didn’t put the iPhone through these same “tests”.
Since most people have one machine (desktop or laptop), it’s clear a satellite like the Air is a niche machine. Still, the fact that it may only be a realistic option to those with a higher “computer budget” than most of us is not relevant to its ability to perform the function. Why not test it in light of that intended niche? I’m not saying it will pass or fail. On the contrary, my whole point is I’d like to see a realistic analysis of how it performs in that role.
As a second machine, a lot of “flaws” identified in these reviews are probably no such thing, or certainly much less so. Imagine this as a machine with a subset of data, none of the big gun apps (like Final Cut, Logic, etc.) and easily in touch with the main machine via Back to my Mac.
How does it work in that capacity? That’s what I’d like to know. My gut tells me it would work very well, but no reviewer seems willing to tell us.