Crumpler End of Season Sale, 50% Off On All Items!

Decided to check out the Crumpler Store in Bonifacio High Street last Sunday, not really because I needed a new bag but just to check out whether the store is really offering some good deals. True enough, Crumpler is selling all its items for half the price!. You could even get a decent laptop case for only Php 500.

So, did I end up buying a new Crumpler bag? Of course I did! Got a Skivvy laptop bag for my MBA 13, while the Wifey got an orange Heidatch bag for herself. Total cost of our loot? — Php 2,300. Not bad for two solid, durable and stylish bags, right? (*That’s a red and gray combination for the Skivvy, not Pink)

Actually I wanted to buy one more but its out of stock. Hopefull, Crumpler will re-stock their 4 Million Dollar DSLR Bag this week as I’m sure to get one to replace my ageing Lower Pro Fast Pack 250 bag.

Anyway, the Crumpler End of Season Sale will be running until the 17th of September. Crumpler Stores in Trinoma, Megamall, Robinson’s Ermite and Bonifacio High Streets are participating.

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MacBook Air 13 (Mid-2011) Review (Philippines Edition)

Since the new MacBook Air 2011 was announced, I was having sleepless nights thinking whether I should finally depart my old MacBook Pro 13 (mid-2009) and grab the new MBA 13 as a replacement. It was a hard decision not because the MBP is more powerful than the MBA but because the MBP happens to be the first Mac that I’ve ever own. It paved the way for my switch from Windows to Mac.

Fortunately for me, the MBP is not my machine right now, having recently purchased the 21-inch iMac 2011. The MBP’s role has been reduced to being a secondary machine which I bring along whenever my family go on a road trip.

To end this long introduction, I finally took the plunge and purchased the new MBA 13, put my MBP for sale. Funny thing is that while getting the new MBA 13, somebody texted me and wanted to buy the MBP right away. So, right after getting the new MBA 13 from the store I immediately met up with the buyer of my old MBP. So, it was not too painful to see my MBP finally go because I know I will be busy tinkering with my new 13-inch MBA.

So, on with my review. This is the second time I’ve owned a MacBook Air. The first one being the 11.6-inch MBA introduced in 2010. That MBA did not prove quite useful as my MBP so I had to let it go after several months. The difference is size between the 10-inch and 13-inch MBA is significant. It’s a totally different experience. When using the 10-inch MBA, I could not feel the Mac experience. It’s like using a glorified netbook.

Things are different with the 13-inch MBA. This time, aside from the light weight and thin form factor, when it comes to power, the new 13-inch MBA is as comparable as my old MBP. It’s just like making the experience a little lighter and thinner.

But of course, I’m totally wrong. After all, the new 13-inch MBA is faster and quicker than my old MBP. If you’ve read the benchmarks done by the more experienced Mac users than me, you’re probably aware that the 2011 MBA surpasses those of the even newer MBP Pro models. And yes, those benchmarks are true.

What made the 13-inch MBA even sweeter is – Lion. The Mac OS X Lion is definitely one of Apple’s best OS so far especially if you’re running it on the new generation of Macs. The processors sweetened this fact. Take note, I had prior experience using the Lion on my old MBP prior to selling it. I also have Lion on my iMac. Both the experience in using Lion on my iMac and my new MBA are better than the experience I had with Lion running on my old MBP.

Apps loads quicker, screen navigation is swifter and yes, boot up is faster than the old MBP Pro although a bit slower than the 10-inch MBA.

As you may have noticed, this review is not giving any specifics, right? That’s because I don’t want to bore you with technicalities about the MBA 2011. You can get that from other reviews or if you want complete details about the new MBA 2011, you might as well check out Apple’s site.

What I’m trying to prove here is that the new MBA 2011 is simply another great product from Apple. Apple has completely transformed the MBA from a product of beauty to a really more useful, functional and dependable computing machine.

And you’ll even get a bonus feature which was revived by Apple – back-lit keyboard. What more can you ask for?

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Say Hello to the New 13-inch MacBook Air Mid-2011!

My old 13-inch MacBook Pro (mid-2009) has served me well. It was the first Mac that I’ve owned, used, abused, romanced and loved. It paved the way for my transition from Windows to Mac. Although it pains me to say goodbye to my first Mac baby, I have no choice but to let go of her. It’s time to get a new Mac Baby and that happens to be the sexy and sultre MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid-2011). To the person who got my MBP Pro, may you two have a long-lasting relationship. And now time to move on and welcome the new MacBook Air 13-inch (mid 2011) to the Zafra household!

Let’s see, box checked. Accessories checked. Body checked. Oh so perfect!

My first impressions in three words – sexy, light and sultry, that’s my new MacBook Air baby. Full review to follow. In the meantime, check out some more photos below. By the way, thanks to Digital Hub for this great deal on the new MBA.

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New Apple MacBook Air Now Available from the Philippine Apple Store (Online)

Apple has just announced the latest generation of the MacBook Air family. These new Apple MacBook Airs are simultaneously being released at all Apple Online Store worldwide, so they are now available from the Philippine Apple Store (Online). If you’re planning to get a new MacBook Ari, you might want to check out any of these configs. Prices and specs of these products are as follow:

New MacBook Air (mid-2011)

11-inch : 64GB

  • 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
  • 2GB memory
  • 64GB flash storage
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • ? 49,990.00

11-inch : 128GB

  • 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • processor
  • 4GB memory
  • 128GB flash storage
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • ? 59,990.00

13-inch : 128GB

  • 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
  • 4GB memory
  • 128GB flash storage
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • ? 65,990.00

13-inch : 256GB

  • 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
  • 4GB memory
  • 256GB flash storage
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • ? 79,990.00
All four models of the new MacBook Air come with Mac OS X Lion pre-installed.
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