The packaging is gorgeous - perhaps a bit too nice and makes me wonder how much of the 220000 yen is for the packaging alone.
The MacBook Air rests on a plastic tray just like the iPod Touch and beneath the tray are all the bits n pieces. Comes with two monitor adapters and power adapter.
Keyboard is backlight just like the MacBook Pro.
The touch pad is absolutely amazing - response is incredible. You can pinch to zoom in/out, three finger swipe to flick back and forth and two finger spin to rotate images etc too.
You can also use one finger to pick your bottom and then your left nostril after but you already knew that.
The built in speaker is....mono....yes I was thinking WTF too.
I do get the concept of the machine though - for people on the move - on business trips or within the building grounds.
During the good ol days at Amazon HQ in Seattle, we had the main building called Pac Med (the hospital on the hill) and US1 down in the International District. Meetings where held all day between these buildings and carrying around the heavy company issued HP laptop was a pain. Lugging that HP laptop around on the monthly scheduled overseas business trips was a pain in the bottom too.
Was managing software teams at Amazon and didn't have the need for a powerful graphic enabled machine - just enough for Exchange, intranet, Word, Excel and Powerpoint - a machine like the MacBook Air would have been perfect. Folks who are interested in what shenanigans I got up to at Amazon can read more here.
However, the machine is by no way lacking in performance at all. So far, many applications seem to boot faster than whats running on my Tiger MacBook Pro. Not sure how well it will handle apps like Photoshop though.
Havent upgraded to Leopard on my main machine yet because my current development environment would break. Leopard comes with different versions of PHP, MYSQL and Apache and config files live in different places too. Will upgrade as soon as I roll out the next major update to dannychoo.com - should be within two weeks.
These are the only ports you get to play with. Designed as a wireless machine for folks on the move, these ports are more than enough. One slot is for the monitor, one is the USB and the other is the (stereo) headphone socket.
Does your studies or work involve you being on the move a lot? Or are you stuck at a desk or in meetings/classes all day? If you are the latter then try to move around a bit more or you will end up like me.
One of the things that really impressed me is that you can install the OS wirelessly over a network. Turn on the machine with the Option (or Alt - I forget) key held down and you will be presented with a boot menu that detects WIFI connections - key in the password and you are ready to dance.
The MacBook Air however is not for me or my wife but for the newly hired Chief Technologist to join my company Mirai Inc - I just get to play with it before I hand it over ^^;
Will be issuing Macs for all future Mirai Inc employees too.