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Technology journalist Walt Mossberg has reviewed Apple's new MacBook Air notebooks, and has given both the 11-inch and 13-inch models high praise for offering the long battery life and instant-on capabilities found in the iPad.

Mossberg's review, published Thursday, praised the new line of MacBook Air notebooks as "gorgeous, very thin and light, but very sturdy aluminum computers." He also noted that battery life is "strong," the system wakes up from sleep almost instantly, and the systems -- particularly the 11.6-inch configuration -- are very iPad-like.

The columnist with The Wall Street Journal said that the new thin-and-light machines likely won't be able to serve as a primary computer for power users, but should be enough for light-duty users. However, he noted that even the base $999 model was powerful enough to run seven or eight programs at once, including Microsoft Office, iTunes and a Safari Web browser with 20 tabs open.

"The new Airs aren't meant to be the most robust machines," Mossberg wrote. "They use last-generation Intel processors and have only two gigabytes of memory in their base configuration, and their storage is well below typical hard-disk capacities."

He recommended that buyers of the 11-inch model spend $200 to double the internal storage to 128GB. People who do video editing would also be wise to double the RAM to 4GB for $100.

Mossberg also conducted "harsh battery tests," in which he found that the 11-inch model -- with all power-saving features off, Wi-Fi on and screen brightness maximized -- garnered 4 hours and 43 minutes of uptime. The 13-inch model in similar conditions lasted 6 hours and 13 minutes.

"This means that, in normal use, with power-saving features turned on, you'd be almost certain to meet, or possibly exceed, Apple's claimed battery life," he wrote.



The columnist did knock the machines for their limited internal storage, as well as the high price when compared to Windows PCs. But he praised Apple's ability to make the new MacBook Airs function like iPhones and iPads, "without sacrificing their ability to work like regular computers."

Indications are that the new MacBook Airs, particularly the $999 entry-level model, are off to a strong start. On Wednesday, Apple updated the shipping time for the low-end model to 1 to 3 business days, suggesting it has seen the greatest sales in the new lineup's first week.

For more, see AppleInsider's first look at the new 13-inch and 11-inch MacBook Air notebooks. Readers can also obtain a new MacBook Air at reduce pricing using the links in the chart below, or in AppleInsider's Mac Price Guide.

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When Mac OS X 10.7 ships, it’ll be even more iPad-like.

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The columnist did knock the machines for their limited internal storage, as well as the high price when compared to Windows PCs....

I’d like to see Mossdork find a comparable netbook for less.
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Well, they seem nice, but a normal macbook (pro), has the same capabilities to start up instantly (when you close and open the screen).

I like them using the flash memory though (SSD it's called actually), but it's not like they invented the thing :P It's expensive and has a quite small storage-size. It is, however, the only thing better than a normal macbook. The processor is weak. Oh, and they may be lighter and smaller, but not that much in comparison to a normal macbook.

I'd choose a normal macbook over a macbook air. (compared 999 dollar macbook vs 999 dollar macbook air). The 11" may be interesting because of being smaller, but buying the 13" would be just dumb (in my humble opinion).
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I toyed around with both sizes last night at the Apple store and came away impressed. I've never been all that enamored with sub-notebooks, so I'll just say that the 11.6" model isn't for me, and I would probably by a top-end iPad before buying one of these. But I loved the 13" model. It has a really nice form factor and a gorgeous screen.

I definitely see how these are going to be the future of notebooks, because at least from initial impressions, I didn't feel like I was missing anything from my MacBook. I'm strongly considering a MacBook pro next time with a Solid State drive.
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Well, they seem nice, but a normal macbook (pro), has the same capabilities to start up instantly (when you close and open the screen).

I like them using the flash memory though (SSD it's called actually), but it's not like they invented the thing :P It's expensive and has a quite small storage-size. It is, however, the only thing better than a normal macbook. The processor is weak. Oh, and they may be lighter and smaller, but not that much in comparison to a normal macbook.

I'd choose a normal macbook over a macbook air. (compared 999 dollar macbook vs 999 dollar macbook air). The 11" may be interesting because of being smaller, but buying the 13" would be just dumb (in my humble opinion).

Not really. For the average person, the 13" would probably suffice as a full-time laptop if you purchased the accessory CD drive. SSD's storage capacities are quickly approaching that of the standard MacBooks. I personally don't want that much stored on my laptop's hard drive, as those tend to die anyway.
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I have a 1TB external drive so disk space is not an issue for me. I don't need THAT much disk space when i'm mobile so the Macbook Air's great.
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When Mac OS X 10.7 ships, itll be even more iPad-like. Id like to see Mossdork find a comparable netbook for less.

The guys offers one quibble about memory size in an overwhelmingly positive review and you call him a dork? What's the matter with you?

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Whether you get the MBA or not, it's like a lot of decisions in life. You can spend $10K on a car or $100K or more. They'll both get you from point A to B. Is the MBA more than a MB? Of course. But there are many that feel it's advantages make it worth it to them. I have a 1st gen. MBA and I can tell you that it's much nicer to travel with. You can nitpick anything to death, but the bottom line is that if you want one, buy one. If you don't feel it's worth it to you, don't. Pretty simple.
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Well, they seem nice, but a normal macbook (pro), has the same capabilities to start up instantly (when you close and open the screen).

I like them using the flash memory though (SSD it's called actually), but it's not like they invented the thing :P It's expensive and has a quite small storage-size. It is, however, the only thing better than a normal macbook. The processor is weak. Oh, and they may be lighter and smaller, but not that much in comparison to a normal macbook.

I'd choose a normal macbook over a macbook air. (compared 999 dollar macbook vs 999 dollar macbook air). The 11" may be interesting because of being smaller, but buying the 13" would be just dumb (in my humble opinion).

I’d rather have the MacBook Air: smaller form factor, unibody enclosure, slightly higher resolution screen, and a much faster HD.
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The columnist did knock the machines for their ... high price when compared to Windows PCs

In related news, Mossberg knocks the Ferrari 599 GTO for being expensive compared to a Kia Sephia, although he prefers the performance of the Ferrari.
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Almost worth it. Now if Apple would only add a multitouch display that can flip and fold back over the keyboard like the convertible PC tablets and give it the capability to run iOS as well as Mac OS apps, I'd be willing to part with $1500 for the 11" model. Better yet, make it automatically switch to iOS when the keyboard is covered, although let the user choose the OS when the keyboard is exposed since both OSs can make use of keyboard input.
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Almost worth it. Now if Apple would only add a multitouch display that can flip and fold back over the keyboard like the convertible PC tablets and give it the capability to run iOS as well as Mac OS apps, I'd be willing to part with $1500 for the 11" model. Better yet, make it automatically switch to iOS when the keyboard is covered, although let the user choose the OS when the keyboard is exposed since both OSs can make use of keyboard input.

No.

Just buy an iPad.
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Well, they seem nice, but a normal macbook (pro), has the same capabilities to start up instantly (when you close and open the screen).

I like them using the flash memory though (SSD it's called actually), but it's not like they invented the thing :P It's expensive and has a quite small storage-size. It is, however, the only thing better than a normal macbook. The processor is weak. Oh, and they may be lighter and smaller, but not that much in comparison to a normal macbook.

I'd choose a normal macbook over a macbook air. (compared 999 dollar macbook vs 999 dollar macbook air). The 11" may be interesting because of being smaller, but buying the 13" would be just dumb (in my humble opinion).

Of course, your well-informed critique of the MBA comes from actual real-world use and not from the couple minutes of playing with it at an Apple store right?

I'm trading up my 1st-gen MBA in the next couple weeks to the new 13" model. I can tell you from years of using one, that is it by far the best ultra-mobile laptop I've ever used. This was my first Apple notebook. Before that, I was a fan of Sony Vaio laptops.

The trap that you and everyone else criticizing this notebook continuously fall into is that you're looking at it from the point of view of it becoming more-or-less a mobile-version of a desktop machine with the storage and processor capacities to match. That's what the MBP's are for.

Even the 64GB version is more than enough ample room to play with providing it's used by the target audience it was designed for. Those that place ultra-portability, light weight, and decent processor performance above all else.

My 1st-gen MBA was always crippled by the slow disk drive. Hell, even Mossberg had multiple programs running on the new 11" with no problem, so I consider it moot. Looks like the rest of the system is finally able to keep up with the processor for once. With that variable out of the way, most people will realize that the CPU is actually a very capable piece of silicon.
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Well, they seem nice, but a normal macbook (pro), has the same capabilities to start up instantly (when you close and open the screen).

Instant On refers to something different. It refers to the standby mode. You can leave your MBA sitting closed for as long as 30 days and it will start up pretty much instantly.

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I'd choose a normal macbook over a macbook air. (compared 999 dollar macbook vs 999 dollar macbook air). The 11" may be interesting because of being smaller, but buying the 13" would be just dumb (in my humble opinion).

I can think of plenty of general examples that would find these MBAs to be more ideal for usage needs.


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The guys offers one quibble about memory size in an overwhelmingly positive review and you call him a dork? What's the matter with you?

It’s a small niggle, but it is an odd one for Mossberg to make seeing at how competitively priced these machines are. There is nothing I can find that even comes to these ultra-portables for the money.

The Sony Vaio X may look like it’s competing with the 11” MBA, the Vaio X uses an anemic Atom CPU and Intel IGP, has a cramped keyboard, all while starting at $1,300 with a 3 hour (Sony’s rating) battery. It look like the HP Voodoo Envy and Dell Adamo XPS have been canceled. These were the only real competitors in that category that I can recall. Are there any others?
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In related news, Mossberg knocks the Ferrari 599 GTO for being expensive compared to a Kia Sephia, although he prefers the performance of the Ferrari.



LOL! That is so true. There is much to be said in the above statement that the ranters here just don't seem to get.

"But the Ferrari is also made of aluminum, glass, plastic and rubber too! It uses pistons and gasoline also!! I can get all that from a Kia, so using my amazing, superior intelligence I have determined that Ferrari is only ripping off the consumer and the Ferrari-fanbois will follow anything with a Stallion logo."
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Almost worth it. Now if Apple would only add a multitouch display that can flip and fold back over the keyboard like the convertible PC tablets and give it the capability to run iOS as well as Mac OS apps, I'd be willing to part with $1500 for the 11" model. Better yet, make it automatically switch to iOS when the keyboard is covered, although let the user choose the OS when the keyboard is exposed since both OSs can make use of keyboard input.

Yep, and then call it "Apple Mac Monster" and sell for few hundred dollars It seems that you want everything for nothing. Do you really think that such a device have some advantages over iPad or MBA?
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Who ever thought we'd see this in a laptop evaluation... "...have only two gigabytes of memory in their base configuration" ONLY? 2 GBs in BASE?? Aren't we just 1 iteration from 2GB being the base for the bottom line MBP? Crazy...
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My 1st-gen MBA was always crippled by the slow disk drive. Hell, even Mossberg had multiple programs running on the new 11" with no problem, so I consider it moot. Looks like the rest of the system is finally able to keep up with the processor for once. With that variable out of the way, most people will realize that the CPU is actually a very capable piece of silicon.

I wonder what percentage of users are actively using more than 64GB on their systems and what percentage of users are actively processing data that requires a faster processor. It seems to me, anecdotally speaking from the majority of people I know, that most use a handful of apps for IM, web browsing, email, and playing video, which can easily be done by the cheapest MBA. Most arent converting large amounts of data, or copying large DV video to edit in iMovie, etc. I think these will be very popular.
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Technology journalist Walt Mossberg has reviewed Apple's new MacBook Air notebooks, and has given both the 11-inch and 13-inch models high praise for offering the long battery life and instant-on capabilities found in the iPad. ...

Walt's video reviews are almost a textbook example of how "not* to do a video review (or a video of any kind). He'd get a lot more respect if he'd just stick to the written reviews IMO.
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Almost worth it. Now if Apple would only add a multitouch display that can flip and fold back over the keyboard like the convertible PC tablets and give it the capability to run iOS as well as Mac OS apps, I'd be willing to part with $1500 for the 11" model. Better yet, make it automatically switch to iOS when the keyboard is covered, although let the user choose the OS when the keyboard is exposed since both OSs can make use of keyboard input.

That sounds like your classic PC laptop with lashings of glossy features - and ultimately useless. A bit like the Homermobil
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Walt's video reviews are almost a textbook example of how "not* to do a video review (or a video of any kind). He'd get a lot more respect if he'd just stick to the written reviews IMO.

So where is yours so we can all see how it should be done?
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... I'd choose a normal macbook over a macbook air. (compared 999 dollar macbook vs 999 dollar macbook air). The 11" may be interesting because of being smaller, but buying the 13" would be just dumb (in my humble opinion).

I think you're all wrong on this. the new plastic MacBook is junky looking in person and a dirt magnet with the rubberised bottom. It has "stop gap product" written all over it. The baseline plastic MacBook is aimed squarely at the student market, but the Airs are a much better value proposition and much more desirable than that piece of plastic junk.
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LOL! That is so true. There is much to be said in the above statement that the ranters here just don't seem to get.

"But the Ferrari is also made of aluminum, glass, plastic and rubber too! It uses pistons and gasoline also!! I can get all that from a Kia, so using my amazing, superior intelligence I have determined that Ferrari is only ripping off the consumer and the Ferrari-fanbois will follow anything with a Stallion logo."

Maybe Kia can get more respect if they just increase their prices tenfold but keep everything else the same.
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The guys offers one quibble about memory size in an overwhelmingly positive review and you call him a dork? What's the matter with you?

Furthermore, isn't Mossberg known for writing generally positive reviews of Macs? And for a while, wasn't Steve Jobs quoting Mossberg's positive reviews at every one of his keynotes?
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So where is yours so we can all see how it should be done?

I have to be a movie star to criticise a review?

What I meant is that it's well accepted common wisdom that one shouldn't make a video of what is essentially a still subject. That it's also common wisdom that one shouldn't write a review, and then just stare blankly into a camera and read that review of off a screen or piece of paper in front of you. That you shouldn't talk slowly and say uh, umm... between every sentence, and that you should *add* something to the review by reason of doing it on video, (like maybe smiling once in a blue moon or actually engaging the audience with your personality).

Anyone who's shot professional video or taken a class in it can see that he's violating every rule in the book. What he says is usually accurate and informative and well worth reading, but having a video of him saying the same words (usually published side by side with the written review!) while blankly staring into a camera is not only not helpful, it makes him look foolish and takes away a certain amount of credibility IMO.
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Maybe Kia can get more respect if they just increase their prices tenfold but keep everything else the same.

or stop copying designs from other companies.
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More of Mossberg's typical word-fellatio. He barely mentions the fixed amount of RAM and Solid State, when those are two critical drawbacks to choosing the Air. I'm not saying it isn't an impressive machine but the sacrifices it makes to be impressive are too serious to just mention in passing. Even the "comparable" ultra-portable Dell uses replaceable/upgradable parts... for machines that are low on power to begin with, upgradeability (or lack thereof) is an important factor.

In my humble opinion.

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post #28 of 148
Stop hyping up your own nonsense.

Care to name any marketing from tech companies that is consistently honest hype?
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Well, they seem nice, but a normal macbook (pro), has the same capabilities to start up instantly (when you close and open the screen).

I like them using the flash memory though (SSD it's called actually), but it's not like they invented the thing :P It's expensive and has a quite small storage-size. It is, however, the only thing better than a normal macbook. The processor is weak. Oh, and they may be lighter and smaller, but not that much in comparison to a normal macbook.

I'd choose a normal macbook over a macbook air. (compared 999 dollar macbook vs 999 dollar macbook air). The 11" may be interesting because of being smaller, but buying the 13" would be just dumb (in my humble opinion).

1) The MB does not come with an SSD option (good luck with a spinning hard drive that you walk around with so that you can 'open and close' for instant startup, or with trying to get it to do that on, say, Day 22). Also, the MB offers only 4GB max for RAM, just as the 11" MBA does.

2) The 128GB option on the 13" MBP costs $350 extra, and the 256GB option is $800 extra. For that, the 13" MBA is a steal.

Different people choose for different reasons. For instance, I think yours would be 'dumb' (in my humble opinion, of course), given the attributes that I am looking for.
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I have to be a movie star to criticise a review?

What I meant is that it's well accepted common wisdom that one shouldn't make a video of what is essentially a still subject. That it's also common wisdom that one shouldn't write a review, and then just stare blankly into a camera and read that review of off a screen or piece of paper in front of you. That you shouldn't talk slowly and say uh, umm... between every sentence...

You are exactly right. It was painful to watch that video. I like Walt and I think his written reviews are generally spot on. But as I hit play, all I could think was, "I see dead people..."

I don't want to look up an old man's nose or try to rectify the looking-into-a-spoon appearance in my head. Also, it's distracting to see where Walt gets his boom boom on. Your bed probably shouldn't be in your video unless it's also occupied by Megan Fox.

There's many people who write so well but can't appear on camera. I've read so many brilliant WSJ articles only to see the writer on camera fumbling through the topic.

Interesting. I thought I was the only one that was distracted by the quality of the video.
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More of Mossberg's typical word-fellatio. He barely mentions the fixed amount of RAM and Solid State, when those are two critical drawbacks to choosing the Air. I'm not saying it isn't an impressive machine but the sacrifices it makes to be impressive are too serious to just mention in passing. Even the "comparable" ultra-portable Dell uses replaceable/upgradable parts... for machines that are low on power to begin with, upgradeability (or lack thereof) is an important factor.

In my humble opinion.

-Clive

People that buy ultra-portable notebooks dont care about upgradeability.
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People that buy ultra-portable notebooks don’t care about upgradeability.

Buying a notebook over a desktop implies one is already willing to sacrifice performance and upgradability for portability, and paying a premium for it on a comparative basis.

Do most notebook buyers upgrade their systems or do they just buy a new one?
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I wonder what percentage of users are actively using more than 64GB on their systems and what percentage of users are actively processing data that requires a faster processor. It seems to me, anecdotally speaking from the majority of people I know, that most use a handful of apps for IM, web browsing, email, and playing video, which can easily be done by the cheapest MBA. Most arent converting large amounts of data, or copying large DV video to edit in iMovie, etc. I think these will be very popular.

I use my 1st-gen MBA with VMware/XP. It's my 9-to-5 machine. The CPU is a totally a capable processor that's able to handle my two concurrent environments with no problem. The only issue is when it has to request data off the slow hard drive that things slow down. It's not a dog by a long shot, but it is noticeable. With the SSD drive setup in the new MBA's, I know the (tiny) issues I've had with my MBA performance-wise would pretty much be gone. If acquiring an SSD PATA drive was within reach, I would probably do that instead but I can't find anything like that for first-gen MBA's without questioning the source/quality.

The CPU's are fine in these machines. It's only the egos of those criticizing them that overheat and need big heat-sinks.
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1) The MB does not come with an SSD option (good luck with a spinning hard drive that you walk around with so that you can 'open and close' for instant startup, or with trying to get it to do that on, say, Day 22). Also, the MB offers only 4GB max for RAM, just as the 11" MBA does.

2) The 128GB option on the 13" MBP costs $350 extra, and the 256GB option is $800 extra. For that, the 13" MBA is a steal.

Different people choose for different reasons. For instance, I think yours would be 'dumb' (in my humble opinion, of course), given the attributes that I am looking for.

Its funny (read: sad), that people complain that Apple doesnt offer enough variety in their lineup, but when Apple does upgrade and add to their lineup then they complain that its not the right kind of variety because it doesnt suit their needs and therefor couldnt possibly suit anyones needs.
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Love Uncle Walt and will probably get MB Air as soon as it equals performance of my perfectly good 2006 MBP C2D. The bed in the BG was a bit much though. Does Walt take his Air to bed?
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The worst part of this non-review is Mossberg's repetition of Apple's hype that the new MBA is inspired by the iPad. That is nothing more than marketing hyperbole -- the new MacBook Air is not fundamentally different than the original one that predated the iPad. But they all repeat this line that it's inspired by the iPad. It's like everyone suddenly "remembered" that we've been fighting Eastasia all this time!

Just for the record, here is what Mossberg actually said:

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Some of the nicest, if little discussed, benefits of using an Apple iPad tablet are that it starts instantly, resumes where you left off, and has a long enough battery life that you arent constantly fretting about running out of juice or looking for a place to plug it in. And it can do a lot of things for which people use laptops.

What if somebody designed an actual laptop that worked this wayyou know, a computer with a real keyboard and a larger screen that could run traditional computer software and store more files than an iPad? And what if it was almost as light and portable as an iPad? Well, somebody has, and that somebody is Apple itself.
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When Mac OS X 10.7 ships, itll be even more iPad-like.



Id like to see Mossdork find a comparable netbook for less.

this review is from the person that compared windows 7 to snow leopard

i'd take it with more than a grain of salt
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Love Uncle Walt and will probably get MB Air as soon as it equals performance of my perfectly good 2006 MBP C2D. The bed in the BG was a bit much though. Does Walt take his Air to bed?

Seeing as the 2006 C2Ds were Merom-based, with a 667MHz FSB, a maximum addressable 3GB RAM, ATI X1600, and what I assume is still an HDD, I have to assume the 13 MBP will trounce a 2006 MBP. The 11 may even beat it on all but raw processing power. Even against a 2009 MBP (pre-Core-i7) they are competitive in some areas. I could pull out synthetic benchmarks for a 2006 MBP compared to these new MBAs but it really wont mean much.
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Please tell me which part of what I wrote on my blog is nonsense.

I don't click on self-promotion links. I really have no interest in reading your blog. The point is is, you're throwing around hype ("a lot of Apple is dishonest hype") in a public forum to attract eyeballs to your website. It's no different from ads you see from people trying to peddle their products.

If you are actually trying to say something, argue it/summarize it here.

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Are you implying that if they're all dishonest, it's okay for Apple to be dishonest?

No. I am simply calling you out on your claim by suggesting that: (i) Apple is not the only one; (ii) Perhaps Apple is not really the problem, but a lot of marketing is; (iii) perhaps it is what consumers expect in a free-for-all market such as ours, so companies are maybe playing up to what consumers want; i.e., you have to shout/hype/exaggerate to make yourself heard in the din.
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Instant On refers to something different. It refers to the standby mode. You can leave your MBA sitting closed for as long as 30 days and it will start up pretty much instantly.


I can think of plenty of general examples that would find these MBAs to be more ideal for usage needs.



Its a small niggle, but it is an odd one for Mossberg to make seeing at how competitively priced these machines are. There is nothing I can find that even comes to these ultra-portables for the money.

The Sony Vaio X may look like its competing with the 11 MBA, the Vaio X uses an anemic Atom CPU and Intel IGP, has a cramped keyboard, all while starting at $1,300 with a 3 hour (Sonys rating) battery. It look like the HP Voodoo Envy and Dell Adamo XPS have been canceled. These were the only real competitors in that category that I can recall. Are there any others?

You know, I think otherwise straight thinking types have so internalized the "Apple tax" meme that they can't drop it even when it makes no sense.

For instance, in an otherwise excellent review that balances the pluses and minuses of the new Airs, Anandtech has this mystifying bit:

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While $999 is much more affordable than the previous generation MacBook Air, its at least $400 more than you would expect to pay for a notebook with these hardware specs. Were talking about 2GB of memory, a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo CPU with 3MB L2 cache and an NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics chipset.

I guess I would "expect to pay" $400 less if the notebook in question were simply a low specced Dell that weighed 4 or 5 pounds with shoddy build quality that got 3 hours of battery life, but WTF? What is this insistence on comparing the price of Apple gear according to an ever changing set of limited criteria seemingly tuned to put the result in the worst possible light?
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