Apple MacBook Air – Why Would I Want One?

Apple took the covers off its new sub-notebook, MacBook Air,  at MacWorld 2008.  The rumors about the notebook were true and it appears leaking a bit of information here and there is Apple’s style and works by creating a stir.

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The notebook looks to be with the historical Apple style, very well thought out both on the outside and on the inside.

Technical Specifications

  • Height: 0.16-0.76 inch
  • Width: 12.8 inches
  • Depth: 8.94 inches
  • Weight: 3.0 pounds
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo with 4MB shared L2 Cache
  • Memory: 2GB 667MHz DDR2
  • Bus Speed: 800Mzh Frontside Bus
  • Storage: 80GB 4200-rpm PATA hard drive
  • Display: 13.3: glossy widescreen
  • Wireless: Built-in AirPort Extreme WiFI IEEE 802.11n draft, a/b/g compatible
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Optical Drive: No
  • Battery Life: 5 hrs
  • Price: $1799

It seems a bit pricey to me.  Could this be another early-adopter iPhone-like price that will drop to $1399 in a few months?  Who knows, but that is the real deal breaker for me.

Also you can “upgrade” to the 64 GB Solid State drive for $999, for a total of $2798.  You could own a nice MacBook Pro for that price.  I did hear the drive from Seagate is $2500 but still, $999 for 16 GB less storage.  Is Solid State that much better than the drive included with the base model?

I am sure there is a ton of reviews and opinions on the web about this system.  It certainly looks gorgeous, just not sure it will be worth the money at this point.  If I traveled all the time I may think differently, I will stick with my MacBook Pro.

You can read about the reaction over on TechCrunch who had a good-time knocking the new toy.  My guess is Apple will sell a ton of these just because the real diehard Apple followers will buy anything from Apple.  I am not that bad.

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