Last night I had an incredible dream. The first thing I remember is that I was running away from some people who were chasing me. Somehow, I had a backpack with fantastic tools in it, including something that allowed me to jump off buildings and land unharmed. I think there was some kind of glider thing that I could hold on to. Anyway, I proceeded to run through buildings and hallways, outside and off cliffs. Eventually I came to a door which seemed to go into a large warehouse building. I went in and continued running, knowing that my pursuers were still after me. I entered a hallway and suddenly I was in some kind of hospital. There were bathrooms with advanced showers/baths for cleaning off contaminants. I came to a room where patients were relaxing, and met an interesting older lady who introduced me to her MacBook.
She said she was not computer savvy, which is interesting because it seems that unsavvy people seem to have the coolest gear sometimes. She said he likes to browse the web for computer stuff, and pulled up a web browser with TigerDirect on it. She started browsing the LCD monitors and various types of peripherals. It was amazing: She double-tapped directly on the screen to zoom in on an item. She panned around the screen by dragging the screen with one finger. And then she used the “pinch” maneuver to change the zoom size and look at another item. Continue reading
Chinese company Lenovo, which acquired IBM’s computing division in 2005, today is throwing around the word “perfection.” And I think this could very well be the closest a laptop has ever come. They have released the ThinkPad X300, a 2.9 lb. wonder. Far less than an inch thick, it’s the lightest and thinnest ThinkPad ever made. Amazingly, it has not only a TrackPoint, but a TouchPad as well – which is the signature ThinkPad “UltraNav.”
Naturally, when thinking of extremely thin laptops, the recently-released MacBook Air comes to mind. Here’s a head-to-head comparison, which shows clear ways in which the X300 wins out:
Apple announced today (my birthday :) the release of the MacBook Air, which they claim is the world’s thinnest notebook. What I’d like to know is: what was the thinnest notebook before today?
The MacBook Air is 0.76″ at its thickest point. There is a hard drive option (80 GB 1.8″ hard drive) and flash memory drive option (64 GB), which would make it the first mainstream OS X computer running on flash memory. I suppose you can count the iPhone, but it’s not really a full-blown computer.
Since the new laptop doesn’t have an optical drive, you can use a new product called “Time Capsule” with it to backup files wirelessly. Time Capsule is a wireless router with a 500 GB or 1 TB hard drive, which looks like the Apple TV and will probably be a popular accessory for the MacBook Air.
Overall, the MacBook Air reminds me of the canceled Palm Foleo. I’d like to get an Air when the price comes down. Or would someone like to give me a review unit? :) Update: The X300 seems more suited to me. Continue reading