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January 16, 2008 / steve8

¿i need a new laptop? update:added lenovo x300

i had high expectations for apples new ultra-portable laptop, considering apple seems to be one of the few companies that puts the extra effort into designing their PCs.

and here it is, the macbook air:

air

apple photo

it seems everyone thinks its a new gift from god, after the iphone…

but lets actually take a step back and notice there are non-apple products out there…

macbook macbook air air ssd sony sz740 tz150 toshiba r500 r500 ssd thinkpad x61 x300 toughbook Y7 dell m1330
box volume 123 in^3 87 in^3 87 in^3 174 in^3 99 94 in^3 94 in^3 123 in^3 103 in^3 220 in^3 153 in^3
lid surface 114 in^2 114 in^2 114 in^2 116 in^2 85 in^2 94 in^2 94 in^2 87 in^2 114 in^2 120 in^2 118 in^2
weight 5lbs 3.0lbs 3.0lbs 4.0lbs 2.7lbs 2.4lbs 1.7 w/o dvd 3.6lbs 2.5-3.17 3.7lbs 4.3lbs
cpu 2.2ghz/800 1.6ghz/800 1.8/800 2.5ghz/800 1.06/533 1.2ghz/533 1.2ghz/533 2.2ghz/800 1.2/800 1.6ghz/800 2.2/800
cpu cache 4mb 4MB 4MB 6MB 2MB 2MB 2MB 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB
cpu tech 65nm 65nm c2d 65nm c2d 45nm c2d 65nm c2d 65nm c2d 65nm c2d 65nm c2d 65nm c2d 65nm c2d 65nm
ram 4GB 2GB 2GB 4GB 2GB 2GB 2GB 4GB 4GB 3GB 4GB
hdd 120gb 5.4k 80gb 4.2k 64gb ssd 200gb 5.4k 100gb 4.2k 120gb 5.4k 64gb ssd 120 5.4k 1.8″ ssd sata 80gb 5.4k 160GB 5.4k
built-in dvd yes no no yes yes yes yes no yes yes yes
usb ports 2 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 3 2 2
sd card no no no yes yes yes yes yes no yes yes
expresscard no no no yes yes yes yes yes yes (34) yes yes
dvi mini micro micro no no no no no no no hdmi
webcam yes yes yes yes yes no no no yes no yes
input touchpad touchpad touchpad touchpad touchpad touchpad touchpad trackpoint both touchpad touchpad
keyboard full-size full-size full-size full-size almost-full full-size full-size full-size full-size full-size full-size
screen 13.3 13.3″ LED 13.3″ LED 13.3″ LED 11.1″ LED 12.1″ LED 12.1″ LED 12.1″ 13.3″ LED 14.1″ 13.3″ LED
resolution 1280×800 1280×800 1280×800 1280×800 1366×768 1280×800 1280×800 1024×786 1440×900 1400×1050 1280×800
wireless abgn+BT abgn+BT abgn+BT abgn+BT abgn+BT abgn+BT abgn+BT abgn+BT abgn+BT+
GPS+WiMax
abgn+BT abgn+BT
wwan no no no option option no no option option option option
wired gigabit none none gigabit gigabit gigabit gigabit gigabit gigabit gigabit 100mb
os macosx macosx macosx vista hp vista b vista b vista b vista b vista vista b vista hp
price 1379 1799 3098 1800 2099 2170 2999 1340 TBD 2400 1520

issues with the air:

uses old 65nm cpu… what about penryn?

ram is almost free, yet its impossible to upgrade the air to 4GB

only 1 usb, no gigabit ethernet, no sd-card slot…

1.8″ IDE hard disk, so not possible to install a 7200rpm drive.

thin and light, sure… but a big footprint footprint, could have less unused space around the screen and keyboard.

A technically bigger laptop like the R500 will actually seem to be smaller in person since it’s more compact.

question: does it use UEFI 2.0 so one could install vista64SP1? other macbooks do not.

I think I’ll wait for penryn sff, and frankly the macbook air seemed large in person… thin yes, but has a large footprint, a 13.3″ display with a significant border around the screen.

I might go for another 12.1 like the toshiba R500, but again, I’ll wait for penryn.

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