Apple's new MacBook Air is faster and has a much better hard drive inside the same sleek shell. But with a better MacBook on the market, is it still the slickest MacBook you can buy? We take a look at Apple's pricey, but stylish, MacBook Air 1.86GHz.
Jason Snell, Macworld.com
Should I buy the MacBook Air 1.86GHz ?
Weighs 1.36 kilos
greatly improved graphics power.
Slower than much more affordable Apple laptops
single USB port
no video adapters in box.
The question is this: Is it worth spending between £1,299 and £1,799 for a MacBook Air, as opposed to between £949 and £1,149 for a MacBook? In addition to the £250-£650 price difference, you’ll give away an extra USB port, an optical drive, some graphics performance, a removable battery and easily-accessible hard drive, and a whole lot of storage space and processor power. (The £1,149 MacBook earned a Speedmark score of 212, 22 percent faster than the £1,799 MacBook Air’s score of 174.) But you will get back a 0.68 kilos in weight.
If weight is an overbearing issue then the MacBook Air may make sense to you, otherwise you should stick with the regular MacBook
There’s no right answer to the question. If you’re someone who cares about the size and weight of your laptop more than anything else, or don’t really need top-of-the-line performance, or don’t care about the price of your laptop, the MacBook Air was designed specifically for you. And this new model is definitely faster than the original MacBook Air, with increased storage space that makes it less of a sacrifice to migrate to an Air.
In January, when the original Air was announced, the need for its existence was stronger. Today the MacBook is a better buy for all but the most extreme devotees of thinness and lightness. It’s not that the MacBook Air is a bad laptop. It’s just that Apple has made a faster, cheaper, and almost equally attractive model that costs hundreds less and only weighs 2.04 kilos.
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MacBook Air 1.86GHz : Specs
Height: 0.4-1.94 cm
Depth: 22.7 cm
Weight: 1.36 kg
1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB on-chip shared L2 cache
1077MHz frontside bus
2GB of DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz
128GB solid-state drive
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB or DDR 3 SDRAM shared with main memory