I really do like my 13″ Macbook Air more than I ever thought I could when Airs were first unveiled. I maxed out the RAM and HD, but I didn’t pick up the Ethernet adapter or external optical drive, and I haven’t really missed them. The battery life is great, and on the road, getting real work done is about as convenient as opening up a magazine.
The only thing that gave me pause when I suddenly found myself needing a new laptop after the death of my 15″ Macbook Pro was the fact that there was no option for a matte screen. Even though the Air’s screen is not quite as glossy as those of its peers, I hate (with the sort of burning passion reserved by developers/designers for seemingly inconsequential details such as mildly objectionable fonts and colors) glossy displays where a certain shade of red could be lord knows what wrong color depending on what angle you’re viewing at or what in the room is reflecting off your screen. Yes, we’re talking about the most minuscule of nitpicky details, and I’m a psycho, but whatever. I ams what I ams. So before I even turned my new Macbook Air on for the first time, I had installed a Power Support anti-glare film.
Over the course of the past 8-10 months or so or however long I’ve had the Air, I’ve changed the film a few times, due to OCD more than necessity. I’ve tried a bunch of less expensive films.
However, the Power Support films are the only ones that really do give you a great matte display, just like the ones Apple provides optionally for the Macbook Pros. No one even asked me, let alone paid me to tell you this. Just a public service announcement from one psychotic design geek to all others.
If you have an Air, buy a bunch while the company / product is still around.