Originally Posted by sprockkets
The form factor, SSD vs. platters, CPU, and other items you mention are cheaper in the MB vs. the MBA.
What, you think a 250GB hdd costs more than ANY SSD? And a non standard form factor at that? Since when do thinner computers cost less than bulky form factors?
So what? The overall performance difference between SSD vs HDD hasn't turned out to be all that big -- a tradeoff between seek time vs burst read/write time, and all that jazz. So to most customers, it really doesn't matter that one machine is using an SSD and the other is using an HDD, or that one costs more to manufacture one than the other. What matters is what you can get out of it. And in this case, it's only differentiated by the total capacity. The MB wins over the MBA on that one.
A computer's value does not come from the cost to manufacture it. Its value comes from its features and attributes as measured from an end-user's viewpoint, and therefore the price an end-user would be willing to pay for it.
The polycarbonate MacBook brings more capabilities to the table than the MBA; the MBA brings a more convenient form factor. For some customers, the form factor balances out to make the MBA more desirable and therefore worth more money. For other customers, the better features balance out to make the MB more desirable and therefore worth more money.
If another manufacturer is bringing a better balance of features, capabilities, software, and support to the table in their similar product, and at a lower price point than the MB, then kudos to that manufacturer -- any customer would be foolish to choose the MB rather than that competitor's machine. In any event, the cost to manufacture is, quite frankly, irrelavent.