Will the MacBook kill the MacBook Air? Screamed a headline I read recently. "Er, no" was the rather sheepish answer. But the MacBook Pro is in serious danger of killing my back, and I've developed a newfound love of my Air as a result.
It started with a test MacBook Pro sent in by Apple. The one that's been in the office for the last week or two, and yesterday escaped from the test lab and ended up back on my desk.
I could hardly work without glancing down at it, coveting its unibody form and glass trackpad; for the first time my MacBook Air didn't feel as important – the MacBook Pro has power under the hood, sexy design and a raft of interesting new features.
So I thought I'd take it home to test it out overnight. I could play games on the couch while the wife watched Grand Designs – always a happy compromise. There is a Crucial 4GB kit needing serious testing I reasoned, surely that's worth a night of benchmarking / game playing.
Halfway home I remembered why I bought a MacBook Air again, because oh lord the thing is heavy. At 2.5kilos it's twice the burden of the Air and drags your shoulder down to the ground Suddenly the prospect of mobile video gaming didn't seem quite so appealing – what's the use of home entertainment if your arm is in a sling as a result.
I woke up with a definite ache in my neck, and sighed as I shouldered my laptop bag for the commute to the office.
So I'm glad I took the MacBook Pro home, it made me remember why I love my MacBook Air so much. I stand by our review: it doesn’t matter what the specs are on paper, it's the experience that counts – the MacBook Air remains my favourite Apple laptop.