List of MacBook Air 2010 Differences

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by cherry su, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    Here's a list of (small yet noticeable) differences I've compiled for the new MacBook Air in no specific order:

    • The SSD unit is a mini-PCIe card instead of a standard 1.8" SATA unit.
    • No backlit keyboard.
    • IR sensor and sleep light have been omitted.
    • 11" has reduced size function keys.
    • Power button is no longer aluminum and takes the place of eject key.
    • Last row of keys on 11" are of same height as alphanumeric keys; the last row of keys on the 13" are slightly taller than its alphanumeric keys.
    • 11" uses ultra-low-voltage processors. 13" still uses low-voltage processors.
    • Stereo speakers in both models.
    • Lower operating temps and fan speeds.
    An explanation/opinion of each can be found on my blog post.

    Hope this helps! If you notice some more minor differences, please post!
  2. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    There's still the eject key function, it's just on F12 now.
  3. AppleGoddess macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2010
    here are more

    1. no heat no cooking of thighs.
    2.No fan noise or spinning at 6800RPMs
    3. cost less
    4. better screen
    5.better speakers.
  4. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    I won't disagree that the fan is better than on the original MBA. But in the past 1/2 day doing lots of copies and installs that fan has been spinning alot. Yes, it's much much quieter but it seems to be getting a good workout.
  5. nukztar macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2008
    I still dont understand why certain people are getting so aggravated about a missing backlit keyboard. Think of this as an opportunity to learn how to touch type. Do you all look down at your keyboard while you type? seriously. And its not like u'll be typing in the dark while the screen is off! the screen will surely illuminate the keyboard to a certain extent.

    Yes its not as cool lit up as before, but seriously... is it such a big issue?
  6. cherry su thread starter macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    I dunno man, I dunno. I have never found my MacBook Pro's backlit keyboard very useful, but the feature is gone in the MacBook Air, and not many people have noticed it. Therefore it warrants a space in the list. :)
  7. cherry su thread starter macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    Ah yes! The stereo speakers! And the lower operating temperatures warrant a spot too. I think the cost is pretty obvious.
  8. iDave macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2003
  9. vow macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
    Off topic but your blog is insanely interesting. Keep updating with blog posts about what you're doing at MIT! :D
  10. maceleven macrumors 6502

    The Speakers are loud and clear, i Agree !
  11. tigres macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits

  12. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    I assure you, I can touch type just fine. The backlit keyboard isn't about touch typing. It is useful, for example, for doing complex key combos in the dark.

    OP one item you missed on your list is ambient light sensor to auto dim the display. Original air had that.
  13. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    Unless I missed someone already listing...

    New (much improved) Hinge
    Glass Trackpad
    SD Card slot
    Additional USB port
    Longer Battery life
  14. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Buy a DAS Keyboard Ultimate. I can garantee that within 2 days you'll either shove that keyboard out the window, or you won't ever need a backlit keyboard ever again, even for complex key combos.

    I wanted a backlit keyboard until I worked 8 hours a days, 5 days a week on my DAS ultimate. Now I just ordered a 2nd one for home and never hesitated when ordering my Air.
  15. shanmugam macrumors 68020


    Sep 24, 2008
    Blazer town!
    with new MBA, you have to pay $29 to get the USB Ethernet Adapter ;)
  16. glhughes macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2009
    This is a better keyboard: Filco Majestouch Tactile Click "Otaku". Same blue Cherry switches but the Filco actually supports NKRO properly.

    I also recommend this site if you care about keyboards and other input devices:
  17. Caolan96 macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    Derry, Northern Ireland, UK
  18. jameskohn macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2006
    Is that true? I never even thought of that! I use my MBP for keynote presentations with the remote all the time. Now you're telling me I can't? That's a dealbreaker for me and I've already ordered a 13" all max'd out. Sounds like it could be going back unopened.
  19. omgitscro macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
    Do you have an iPod touch or an iPhone? You can use Apple's own Keynote remote application to control your slideshows and to view presentation notes as you're presenting. I find it a lot more useful than the remote.
  20. falconeight Guest


    Apr 6, 2010
    The screen even in low settings lights up the keyboard. No need for lit keys.
  21. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Not many people have noticed it???? Are you serious? It's the number one complaint on the Macbook Air threads.
  22. jns2001 macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2009
    Who uses PS/2 inputs nowadays?
  23. AppleGoddess macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2010
    sd slot
    extra USB
    cool USB Drive on a stick .
  24. mward333 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2004
    Right after the new models came out, my wife decided to jump on a refurb of the older 2.13 GHz model with the 128 GB SSD drive, because she still wanted the backlit keyboard. Yes, she can type extremely fast, and she doesn't need to look at the keyboard while she types, but she says that having the backlit keyboard allows her to get positioned correctly when she first starts to type (and then she doesn't look after that).

    The refurbs on the US Store were only $1099 for the (previous) 2.13 GHz model with SSD drive yesterday. Very cool.
  25. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    Here's some more things I've found

    1) Cheaper
    2) Better speakers
    3) Unfortunately no G5
    4) It's more expensive than a Dell but is a lot cheaper than a Roll Royce
    5) Video card is crappy, Crysis in full detail turned up just doesn't work... (ripped off IMHO)
    6) It will run faster than a G4 iBook
    7) Seems to be good for trollbait threads
    8) Doesn't have a 1.44" Floppy drive
    9) You can't upgrade it to an i7
    10) The monitor is brighter, in fact so bright that the words I am typing are being burnt into the back of my skull.
    11) No firewire
    12) The 8GB of DDR2 ram I bought to upgrade it wont install...

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