My overall impression of the MBA is mixed. On the one hand, the design and build quality are definitely impressive. However, after spending some 10 minutes with the Air, I was not impressed with its weight.
At 3lbs, the MBA actually felt quite heavy considering the laptop’s extremely thin design…
In the end, I left the convention feeling rather neutral about the MacBook Air. Apple definitely sacrificed a bit of functionality for the sake of design, but thats old news by now.
While Apple fanboys and girls will almost assuredly make the “world’s thinnest laptop” a hit, I’d probably opt for a Toshiba Portege R500 if I were in the market for an ultra-portable. At under 2lbs with a built-in optical drive and LED backlit screen, the Portege seems like a better compromise where portability and overall functionality are concerned.
Macworld 2008: MacBook Air photos