To Air or not to Air?

I had it all planned.

Then, George walks over to my desk. George and I have this interesting thing going on: I talk him into buying Apple stuff (rather successfully) and he talks me out of buying Apple stuff.

He explained to me why I shouldn’t get a MacBook Air. Unfortunately, he’s right in all accounts.

After a little digging, for $300 less than the Air I bought a regular MacBook (white).

Compared to the stock MacBook Air, I got:

  • A faster processor (2.2 GHz instead of 1.6 GHz)
  • Twice as much memory (4 GB instead of 2 GB)
  • Larger, faster HD (120 GB instead of 80 GB)
  • Built in SuperDrive (instead of no optical drive at all)
  • 2 USB ports instead of 1
  • User-replaceable battery
  • A Firewire port (instead of zero)
  • I can later replace the hard drive for something larger, easily.

I sacrificed:

  • The coolness factor of the MacBook Air
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Multi-touch trackpad
  • 2 pounds
  • Bluetooth 2.1 (I only get 2.0)

Sure, if I traveled a lot or had to carry the machine everyday, then the smaller and lighter Air wins a lot of points. But that’s not the case. My MacBook should be in tomorrow.

7 thoughts on “To Air or not to Air?”

  1. You forgot to mention that you saved a few hundred dollars in the process.

    And quickly looking at the tech specs, I don’t see and infrared port on the MacBook Air to support FrontRow.

  2. primo yo tambien ya me compre una macbook. 2 gb de ram y 160 de hd. namas que no le entiendo ni madres a este aparato . . .

  3. primoo. yo tmb me compre una macbook. es negra y tien 2 gb de ram y 160 de hd, pero hay un pequeno problema no le entiendo ni madres al aparato jajaja

  4. The MacBook really is the best value laptop that Apple produce. I have had one for a year or so now and am very happy with it as a workhorse machine. My only real gripe is the plastic the case is made of is rather too soft and scratches and marks much too easily.

    I think the Air is beautiful and am sure it will sell very well, but most users like yourself will probably find the Macbook just as good if not better.

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