With its warm bamboo, crisp lines, and Apple-specific design, the iSkelter Slate Mobile AirDesk is a portable desk that turns any chair into a full-featured desk, and looks like Apple designed it. It lifts up your laptop to a more ergonomically correct height and keeps both your lap and computer cooler, which makes using a laptop on your lap a more pleasant experience.
The 11.6-inch MacBook Air would be a good general purpose fit for productivity-oriented mobile users who need laptop power and features, but it would have imposed a lot of compromise on my needs. On the other hand, the 128GB iPad is still too limited and imposes too many constraints on user productivity, by comparison, to be taken seriously as a comprehensive work tool.
Being a certified Mac fan, I always like to see how Apple products are doing in the market. Just the other day, we reported the iPad is still No. 1 in Customer Satisfaction in the US. Now we’ve learned that with iPad and Mac shipments combined, Apple is the biggest PC vendor, capturing 17% of the market.
A concept from Classic Mac OS pioneering days still offers some advantages in the SSD era with RamDisk for Mac from Power App.
Earlier this year, I reviewed the Outback Solo for iPad Air from WaterField Designs. That’s the link if you want to read the review, but the basic gist is that the Outback Solo is the kind of product that makes you want to take your iPad places you otherwise wouldn’t just so you have an excuse to use the bag. And now that there’s an Outback Solo for MacBook Air, you’ll be doing it with that, too.
Now is a good time to buy a MacBook Air. Not only has Apple increased the speed of the processor, the price was lowered by $100. The updated MacBook Air now uses the latest Intel Haswell processors in the entry-level models; both the 11-inch and 13-inch feature a 1.4GHz dual-core i5 and a 2.7GHz Turbo Boost instead of the 1.3GHz and a 2.6GHz Turbo Boost they had before.
There’s no one size fits all solution when debating a MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air purchase, but it’s great to have two can’t-go-wrong alternatives. Macworld’s Rob Griffiths and I both recently struggled with this decision, and came to two different conclusions.
Sometimes you just don’t need that much from your MacBook sleeve. Scuff protection? Scratch protection? A classic look? If that’s it, then the STM leather sleeve will do the job. I recently used it on a trip from Cleveland to Hong Kong, and as a way to keep my MacBook Pro safe, it was perfect, but only because I carried them inside a backpack.
The BookArc möd is designed to blur the line between furniture and office equipment, and depending on what color you like, it can channel either Ikea post-modernism or ’50s Danish modern. Whether your office features a luxurious Eames lounger chair or some garage-sale [easyazon-link keywords="Poang chair armchair cushion" locale="us"]Poäng chairs[/easyazon-link], the BookArc möd will look right at home.
Whether you want to dock your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini or your MacBook, Henge Dock has a solution for you. The new Gravitas units for your handheld devices (iPod and iPhone) are real heavyweights, while the Horizontal Dock for your MacBook Pro it provides all the native connectivity of your laptop with a few extras, and it looks good doing it.
The last new MacBook model was the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display released back in October 2012, so Apple is arguably overdue for something to shake things up in the laptop category, which isn’t dead yet by a long shot. A 12″ slim MacBook is reportedly in development, combining the portability of the 11″ MacBook Air, the productivity of the 13″ model, and a Retina display.
I’m sad to see the old unibody machine go; I’d prefer to have an on-board optical drive, and I’m not convinced that the speedier access, silence, and shockproofness of solid state data storage are worth the trade-off in drive capacity one has to give up, but I didn’t put my money where my mouth is when I upgraded to a 13-inch MacBook Air last fall.