I put Windows Vista on my MBA because I need to be operational for business and I don’t have time to learn how to use a new operating system (and find replacement applications for those I normally use, and put backup procedures in place for the new OS, etc, etc).
Kudos to Apple, the MBA hardware is just gorgeous, and Vista with Aero doesn’t let the side down too badly. I’m sure it won’t go down well with the Apple fanboys but screw ’em.
On to the Vista benchmarking: there’s good performance from the 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo and 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, but no surprise that the onboard Intel GMA X3100 sucks ass which really drags down the overall score. The hard drive is not bad for a little 4200 RPM thing that’s normally found in an iPod.
Over all it gets a 3.5 out of 5.9 because of the onboard graphics.
- 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4MB on-chip shared L2 cache running at full processor speed
- 800MHz frontside bus
- 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM onboard
- Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor with 144MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory
- 80GB 4200-rpm Parallel ATA hard disk drive
I was very impressed with how easy Apple’s Bootcamp software made the install, and the drivers that came on the install DVD seem to do the trick. My only concern is the touchpad, I thought it was a bit flakey and the cursor seemed to hang one time, but it’s running fine now.
Is anyone else out there running Vista as their main OS on the Macbook Air?