Some MacBook Airs Have Slower SSDs Than Others

With useful tools such as the free Disk Speed Test found in the Mac App Store, one could easily benchmark his or hers hard drive and SSD. As it turns out, Apple is still using two different models of SSDs in the MacBook Air from Samsung and Toshiba. It is reported that all Toshiba SSDs found in any 2010 and 2011 model, 11" and 13" MacBook Air, are slower than the Samsung SSDs Apple is using. Before your heart sinks to the bottom of your stomach, check to see which SSD model you've got inside your MacBook Air by going to your About This Mac - System Report or More Info under Snow Leopard - Serial ATA. If you see the Toshiba TS128C SSD model then you've got the slower SSD that's able to perform read and writes speeds generally below 200Mbps. If you're lucky, you'll find that you've got the faster Samsung SM128C SSD.

The difference in speeds may not necessarily mean that you will notice a significant difference in your day to day usage, but if it does bother you then you should try to get a replacement.

Nir Schneider


Twelve South Debuts BookBook Vintage Case For MacBook Air

Twelve South's vintage book looking case for the MacBook Air protects your expensive investment using the two rigid hardback covers while the inside is padded and lined with soft, velvety cushions. Sounds to me like a good story. The thin and light BookBook is designed exclusively for the unibody 2010 MacBook Air and is handmade using genuine leather that is hand distressed for the ultimate vintage feeling. No two BookBook cases are exactly alike. If you fancy yourself one of these vintage leather book cases for your MacBook Air, $79.95 will get you a little closer to a book you otherwise would have never touched.

BeyzaCases Debuts World's Thinnest Zero Series Of Leather Sleeves & Pouches

BeyzaCases' new Zero Series of slim leather sleeves and pouches is said to be the world's thinnest genuine leather sleeves and pouches ever made. The Zero Series for the iPhone 4 looks very similar to BeyzaCases' more padded SlimLine Stripes pouch for the iPhone 4 which I reviewed and loved last year. The new Zero Series will be available for the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G, iPad 2 and the 11" MacBook Air in various colors, and are priced at €24.95 ($35), €24.95 ($35), €54.95 ($79) and €69.95 ($100), respectively. The Zero Series of leather sleeves and pouches are now available for pre-order and will start to ship on May 31.

Incase Perforates The Slider Case For iPhone 4, Releases Perforated MacBook Air Shells

In the perforated tradition, Incase has released a new Perforated Slider case for the iPhone 4 in white and black colors as well as a Perforated Hardshell case for the latest MacBook Air 11" and 13" in black, white and purple. The Perforated Slider case has a reduced weight that as of a regualr Slider case for the iPhone 4 and incorporates a rail design that keeps your iPhone 4 floating inside so that the back part of your iPhone 4 never comes in contact with the case.

The Perforated Hardshell case for the latest MacBook Air 11" and 13" has a similar hard shell construction while the white color has a glossy finish.  The Perforated Slider case and the Perforated Hardshell case are priced at $34.95 and $59.95, respectively. 

Speck Outs TrimSleeve Sleeve For MacBook Air 11" & 13"

Speck has released the TrimSleeve for Apple's latest 11" and 13" MacBook Air. The TrimSleeve is a form fitting and ultra-slim, black faux-leather sleeve with an "executive look". It's too bad Speck charges you $49.95 and serves you fake leather instead of real quality leather. At least the TrimSleeve has a magical pull-tab for an easy removal of your extremely thin MacBook Air. You can now look like a sophisticated executive if you're not already one, but your sleeve will never smell that way.

Nir Schneider