Originally Posted by onceuponamac
i went to an apple store and played with an Air - I think it represents some impressive engineering - but I don't think the device is compelling - from my standpoint it's not powerful enough - especially for the price point - For $1,200 - it might be interesting...
I completely agree. $1799 is too much. Like you said, 1.6 GHz @ 4200rpm is too slow. And shoot, only 80GB hard drive?? An iPod has twice that. Sure it has the portability/coolness factor but that surely isn't worth the extra dough. Considering the intro Macbook is essentially faster and starts at $1099, on speed alone the Air should be down around $900. To have a premium of $900 for the thinness factor is ridiculous. There must be something I'm missing here.
If they would drop the price to $1200-ish that would be much more reasonable; they would sell like hot cakes too. It's not like the Macbook and Macbook Pro are that much less portable, ya know? Here's three options that are arguably faster/better:
For $200 more you could get a Macbook Pro with:
2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
160GB hard drive @ 5400 rpm
For $1674 you could get a Macbook with:
2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
250GB hard drive @ 5400 rpm
Or cheaper yet, for $1549 you could get a Macbook with:
2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
250GBhard drive @ 5400 rpm
I would never buy a Macbook Air for the price they have them selling for now. The only thing it has going is the thinness, which is way over priced.