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MacBook Air v MacBook
blaisepascal
So... for $600 more, I get (a) twice the RAM (2GB v. 1GB), (b) half the thickness (12mm v. 27mm), (c) 60% the weight (3lb v. 5lb), and (d) a multitouch touchpad.

The screen's the same, the baseline HD's the same, the battery life is slightly less (5hr v. 6hr), the sound's the same, the video's the same...

Oh, it's wedge-shaped, not square. (Am I evil for thinking that'll make a better doorstop in a couple of years?)

Am I missing anything?

So for you Mac fans out there.... is it worth it? I'm not sure I'm sold on it.

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Also, look at the competition.

The baseline offering for the comparable Dell, for example, the Latitude D430, sports a slower processor (1.2GHz), 1GiB RAM, 40GB HD, the older GMA950 video chipset, the same panel resolution (1280x800) but a smaller screen (12.1"), for $1500. There's currently a promotion that cuts that down by about $350 and, IMO, is aimed squarely at trying to compete with the new Apple offering, but that's the list price.

If you customise for comparable specs to the $1799 MacBook Air (2GiB RAM, 80GB HD, 802.11b/g/n, BlueTooth) the list price goes up to $1874.

So it's better and cheaper than it's 3lb competitor, but is slower than it's cheaper older 5lb brother who is otherwise comparable? Even with a 3rd party RAM upgrade?

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