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MacBook Air is hard to find in many large markets despite high price

When Apple first announced the MacBook Air, it was met with oohs and ahs form Apple fans and non-Apple fans alike. The Air is a very attractive notebook, even if it does have a wealth of odd issues prospective owners have to live with.

Even though the MacBook Air has generated lots of praise for its design and thin construction, the notebook has taken a few hits for its lack of a user-replaceable battery, meager performance, lack of more USB ports and a missing GbE connection onboard.

According to Ars Technica, even with the caveats of MacBook Air ownership, the demand is apparently still high leading to long wait times for shipping and frequent sell outs at Apple stores in large markets. Amazon says its MacBook Air orders won’t be shipping until March 16 and Best Buy has been low on systems as well.

It makes sense that Apple resellers like Amazon and Best Buy would be low on stock since Apple is having a hard time keeping its own retail stores supplied with the Air. Some stores in and around Boston were out of stock and store employees said that some would be Air owners were opting to spend the significantly higher price on the SSD equipped Air because it tends to be in stock longer.

Apple stores in large markets like LA, New York City and Chicago get daily shipments and are still not able to keep a regular stock of the Air. However, it seems that Apple fans in smaller markets may have an easier time getting their hands on the MacBook Air -- one Apple Store in Indianapolis reported that it had more than enough stock to meet demand.

The real question behind the shortages of MacBook Air systems is if the demand is really that high, or perhaps did Apple simply not order enough of the machines making them hard to keep in stock. Whatever the reason the Air is hard to get in some areas, there is little doubt that the computer has proven to be surprisingly popular despite the issues it may have.



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Not surprised
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 3/3/2008 3:41:50 PM , Rating: 2
You figure Apple probably didn't make a ton of these. But there are a few million people that probably want these, so it's not really all that surprising. Give it a few months and let's see how many total were sold.




RE: Not surprised
By Cygni on 3/3/2008 3:48:27 PM , Rating: 2
Its a good looking, well polished, well marketed thin-and-light that people can walk into any Best Buy and purchase.

Despite some hardcore techies pooh-poohing it, its going to sell like hotcakes.


RE: Not surprised
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/3/2008 3:51:40 PM , Rating: 3
I'll admit, I walked into Best Buy and played with one. I was simply astounded by its thinness, weight and build quality... even the accessory door seemed very well built.

The pricing and lack of expandability, however, limited my time with the device to just a quick look over.


RE: Not surprised
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 3/3/2008 3:57:21 PM , Rating: 4
With it's price tag it won't sell like hot cakes after the initial "money is no object" crowd get theirs. If it was a few hundred dollars lower then yea, it would sell like hot cakes.


RE: Not surprised
By TheDoc9 on 3/3/2008 4:11:53 PM , Rating: 4
They like it now because of how cool it looks. Lets just wait and see how much they like it in a few months when they realize they can't do anything but type documents and browse the net.


RE: Not surprised
By eman7613 on 3/3/2008 7:53:47 PM , Rating: 3
thats kind of the whole point & intended market of the laptop, and is the major demographic of what people use computers for! No person in the right mind, is going to get a ultra portable for gaming, or for upgradability. Its like harping on someone for riding a bike to wear they need to go because thats all it does, well some people only need a bike!


RE: Not surprised
By EndPCNoise on 3/3/2008 4:16:56 PM , Rating: 5
Yeah, I agree Kenobi about the "money is no object crowd". Notice it only sold out in few major cities (LA, NY, Chicago) where most of the Apple liberals live.


RE: Not surprised
By TomZ on 3/3/2008 4:20:10 PM , Rating: 1
That's exactly what folks said about the iPhone, yet it still seems to sell like crazy.

I dislike Apple as much as the next guy, but you've got to admit they have the Midas touch at the moment. They are emphasizing form over function at relatively high price points, and it seems to be just what people want.


RE: Not surprised
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 3/3/2008 4:25:17 PM , Rating: 2
Not a good idea when the economy is in a downturn.


RE: Not surprised
By omnicronx on 3/3/2008 5:07:56 PM , Rating: 3
Thats what credit cards are for ;)


RE: Not surprised
By MonkeyPaw on 3/3/2008 6:25:16 PM , Rating: 3
...and foreclosures! :p


RE: Not surprised
By UNCjigga on 3/3/2008 7:52:51 PM , Rating: 2
Well I won't even look at one unless Apple lowers it to my "magic price", my internal reference price where I can justify buying one and where this machine becomes a good deal. My reference price is $1499--though I might even swing at $1599 (take the hint Apple!!)


RE: Not surprised
By TomZ on 3/3/2008 5:13:23 PM , Rating: 5
The economy being in a downturn isn't much of a big deal for most folks. On a broad scale, GDP may dip a tiny bit, unemployment and inflation might edge up a little, but for most people life just goes on.


RE: Not surprised
By treehugger87 on 3/4/2008 2:07:21 AM , Rating: 2
I think you mean that the GDP growth rate or economic growth rate will decrease, opposed to GDP in real dollars. Because the US will still be growing, just at a slower rate, because a recession means that the growth rate has decreased, and a depression could mean a decrease in GDP in real dollars ie. making it the more severe economic downturn.


RE: Not surprised
By TomZ on 3/4/2008 1:52:00 PM , Rating: 3
No, the term "recession" means actual decline in GDP, i.e., negative GDP growth rate. I believe what you describe is typically called a "slowdown."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recession


RE: Not surprised
By prenox on 3/3/2008 4:34:09 PM , Rating: 5
the iphone was a cellphone with more functions.
the air is a thin laptop with less functions.


RE: Not surprised
By JoshuaBuss on 3/3/2008 6:10:16 PM , Rating: 2
excellent point.


RE: Not surprised
By Souka on 3/4/2008 3:20:28 PM , Rating: 2
two people in my department at my work have iPhones...one is a die-hard mac user...

both say.. "it's an OK phone..." "web browsing is fine if you don't have a computer handy, but slow"

and both say, "but its oool to own"

*sigh*... I'm a fat ugly bastard....I want usability/features for the $$... not "image".

Hence... if I were to buy a unltra portable laptop... I'd consider the Lenovo x300...features it has over macAir: lighter, replaceable battery, optical drive, usb ports, ethernet, video out, modem, upgradable to 4GB or RAM, multi-card reader, and IMHO will prove to be more durable.


RE: Not surprised
By hiscross on 3/3/2008 9:21:10 PM , Rating: 2
I'm the next guy and I like Apple and it's products.


RE: Not surprised
By pxavierperez on 3/4/2008 3:06:08 PM , Rating: 2
i'm always curious why people in this forum always seemed the need to make that type of disclaimer "I am not an apple fan," or "I dislike apple," and such before voicing their opinions.

It's possible that Apple's cultist status may also stem from those who despise it.

Back on topic: when I upgraded my laptop to a Thinkpad T43p it was so important that I have the next gen express card and quite upset it didn't have a firewire port. albeit in the end i have yet found the need for them. Often times users demand more than what is actually used. I suppose it gives them a sense of security.


RE: Not surprised
By robinthakur on 3/4/2008 4:52:59 AM , Rating: 2
The iPhone hardly lacks function as it is. In terms of features of the phone which I use, I do utilise most of them, which I haven't on my previous phones necessarily as after play-time to check out all the functions, some were quite obscure or fiddly. I think you also need to look at the difference between what you want from the Air and what 90% of Apple's target market would want from it. There's a big difference.

I personally would not buy an Air, I would rather buy a macbook pro because it fits my usage profile better. Not everybody is affected by the economic downturn equally, and Apple's target audience (read: more affluent consumers) will likely be affected less than most.

I do find it amusing when dailytech US readers comment on Apple-loving Liberals living in LA/NY etc lol, not like those Thinkpad-owning hawks from Washington/Texas...


RE: Not surprised
By afkrotch on 3/4/2008 9:58:24 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
by TomZ

That's exactly what folks said about the iPhone, yet it still seems to sell like crazy.

I dislike Apple as much as the next guy, but you've got to admit they have the Midas touch at the moment. They are emphasizing form over function at relatively high price points, and it seems to be just what people want.


Umm...Apple TV anyone? Oh yah....forgot. It bombed.


RE: Not surprised
By Omega215D on 3/3/2008 10:12:47 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't figure Chicago to be an Apple outpost. NYC and LA are not surprising since many people in those cities are fashion conscious (I'm from NYC) and you gotta look hip to be popular. Another thing to remember is that people from these big cities make more money than people from almost any other US city.

I'm happy with my basic MacBook that I got for a pretty low price for its features. By that I mean a 1" thick notebook that doesn't taper off anywhere making it a good fit into my backpack. So MacBooks have their uses, even one that's as castrated as the Air.


RE: Not surprised
By michal1980 on 3/4/08, Rating: -1
RE: Not surprised
By Hare on 3/4/2008 1:29:02 AM , Rating: 2
Do you actually have any idea where it's sold out?

Pick a few states and look at the red boxes:
http://www.apple.com/retail/macbookair/


RE: Not surprised
By eye smite on 3/3/2008 5:04:42 PM , Rating: 3
I'm betting most of the buyers are using it as a second computer though, I can't see this being their main system.


RE: Not surprised
By corduroygt on 3/3/2008 5:15:18 PM , Rating: 2
I'm thinking about the eee pc 900 as my travel companion actually, it's pretty much as capable as the MBA and it's only $600 + cost of SDHC card.


RE: Not surprised
By UNCjigga on 3/3/2008 7:58:32 PM , Rating: 2
The problem with the EeePC is that its a first-generation device, and Intel's already hyping up Atom/Centrino Atom, MIDs, etc. etc. and everyone knows better performance/battery life is right around the corner. I'm definitely in the market to upgrade my main laptop now (I have a 1st-gen Centrino that's showing its age despite memory/HD upgrades) and I do want a Mac, unfortunately Apple hasn't really refreshed their MacBook/MacBook Pro lineup yet. I'll wait until August to see what they do, otherwise I'll pick up another Dell Latitude. Then in 2009/2010 I can worry about getting a <3 lbs ultralight.


RE: Not surprised
By xti on 3/3/2008 5:34:35 PM , Rating: 2
not everyone is folding. There are people who just need a computer to write school papers and watch porn. oh, and online poker.


RE: Not surprised
By bplewis24 on 3/3/2008 5:57:09 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure why anybody would be surprised by this, considering the Mac fan base.

Brandon


RE: Not surprised
By Joz on 3/4/2008 12:37:50 AM , Rating: 2
tell the people buying it about the Lenovo X300, give them a comparison sheet and watch em fly away.

<3 ThinkPad.


RE: Not surprised
By kelmon on 3/4/2008 7:16:23 AM , Rating: 3
That only works on someone contemplating switching from Windows to OS X. The X300 could have features out the wazzoo but it's not much use to me if it won't run my applications or, frankly, comes with an OS that drives me berserk. The X300 looks like a very nice computer, although its performance lags behind the Air at a higher price, and I'd appreciate the additional ports, but it's not a direct competitor to the MacBook Air (that would be the MacBook, primarily, and MacBook Pro).


RE: Not surprised
By DanoruX on 3/4/2008 2:06:16 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, since Apple can paint feces white, put their logo on it and have it sell millions to the legions of people who want their machines to "just work".


RE: Not surprised
By daftrok on 3/3/2008 4:05:58 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. Apple probably did play it safe and did not make as many because its a very controversial laptop being so expensive and so under featured. However I predict that they purposefully made fewer than they could have sold. For instance, they would have guessed that they could have sold roughly 200,000 of these by April or May but instead made only 100,000 thousand so people would THINK its popular, therefore increasing demand.


RE: Not surprised
By kelmon on 3/4/2008 7:20:56 AM , Rating: 2
Given that Apple seemed to sit on the fence for so long at the idea of another ultra-portable, I'd also agree that their supply numbers were going to be conservative since it's a risky model. Whether they deliberately restricted supply to try and inflate demand, however, is speculation at best. It's possible, of course, but unproven in the same way as Nintendo's Wii and probably nonsense.


It's expected
By TheWizardofOz on 3/3/2008 4:19:57 PM , Rating: 2
People who bash MBA due to lack of expandability, accessories and features probably did not get their hands on MBA itself.

Many people who buy MBA do own other Macs/PCs at home and MBA serves as their travel companion when they are travelling.

Whenever I'm at an Apple store, I go and play with MBA, and get amazaed that how light, beautiful and suprisingly fast ( even with the 4200rpm drive ) it is. Sure Apple did not produce MBA in large quantities, but it's selling, and it's selling good.




RE: It's expected
By mooncancook on 3/3/2008 4:48:44 PM , Rating: 3
There are other sub-notebooks out there with 12.1" or 11.1" screen that are lighter with more features and more practical as travel companion, unless you must have an Apple. The 13.3" screen size actually leaves quite a large footprint despite its thinness. Lacking LAN also limits usefulness for traveling abroad.

I think ppl buy it for its look and coolness factor over anything else (which is actually OK, it's your own money). Traveling companion is more of an excuse for making an impractical purchase (and i admit lots us geeks make similar excuses for unnecessary purchases). I do admire Apple for their creativity in design though.


RE: It's expected
By sprockkets on 3/3/2008 5:00:11 PM , Rating: 2
Must be nice to have a $1800+ traveling companion, or a computer for every day of the week.

Another view: Maybe Apple products sell because they advertise. When is the last time you saw Sony advertise their laptops? Or Creative with their MP3 players?

The people who post here do see the value of function over form, but at least the laptop is built nicely, so as to have function too.

My beef with Apple is, we like them, they make good stuff, and if they cost more than the competition, perhaps in the long run they support their products better (though hearing about their notebook fan issues doesn't inspire confidence), don't include useless promotional junk on their systems, come with OSX, and whatever else, which justifies the cost.

But then, they shoot themselves in the foot in my view by having their "This Apple product is sooooo much better than any other product, and our elitist agree." Make a better product. But don't act so haughty over it.


RE: It's expected
By AlphaVirus on 3/3/2008 5:15:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Whenever I'm at an Apple store

You go into those stores? You are just as bad as *cough*sheep*cough*...let me stop.

We really cant make too much comment on this 'Sell out' until we see sales numbers. They probably have a blanket purchase order setup for 14/week/store in small markets and 42/week/store for larger markets. That would be relatively high depending on how many markets they are sending them too.


RE: It's expected
By jlips6 on 3/3/2008 10:21:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
you go into those stores? you are just as bad as *cough*sheep*cough* ...let me stop.

I go in to the apple store occasionaly, and I dislike Apple a lot. My friends and I sometimes go into the Apple store just to annoy the sales clerks with the line: "what would make me buy this product over, say, a dell xps of comparable price?"

If Apple makes a completely useless product then i have no problem making fun of it, but if they make a good product then we should not bash them simply because the product belongs to the same company that produced another inferior product. Going in to an apple store is not the same as saying that you support every product that company makes.

As far as the air goes, they I don't care who wastes their money on that. Uterlly useless and wasteful to me, sleek and fun for a month to another person. Their choice.


RE: It's expected
By Durrr on 3/4/2008 8:08:27 AM , Rating: 2
I go into Apple stores, pull out my Moto Q and and play the Windows advertisement videos. Always pisses someone off lol


RE: It's expected
By AlphaVirus on 3/4/2008 11:54:19 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
My friends and I sometimes go into the Apple store just to annoy the sales clerks with the line: "what would make me buy this product over, say, a dell xps of comparable price?"

Yeah, I was just joking with my previous post because sometimes I do the same thing. I will bug the salesman with similar questions.

Or if they are trying to make a sell to a customer I will inch my way next to them and say "Oh yeah my HP has *insert computer feature* and I only paid $400 for it." or "Man not everything would run on that Mac, so I bought a *insert common brand*"


RE: It's expected
By jlips6 on 3/4/2008 12:15:14 PM , Rating: 2
the last time my friend went to the apple store with the what would make me buy this over a (alienware at the time) of comparable price line, the clerk tried to say: "it has all the os software, such as itunes and ilife, and -" at which point the rainbow wheel of death popped up, the finder quit, and then the entire computer crashed. completely. they had to unplug the thing. No blue screen of death eh?

Also, if you look at the checkout lines in the apple stores, you will notice they run windows. My friend and I asked about that and the guy at the counter told us: "yeah, the wierd thing is that the computer didn't come with this. we had to install it."

so i guess apple has to run windows to sell macs. irony.


RE: It's expected
By AlphaVirus on 3/4/2008 3:30:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Also, if you look at the checkout lines in the apple stores, you will notice they run windows. My friend and I asked about that and the guy at the counter told us: "yeah, the wierd thing is that the computer didn't come with this. we had to install it."

Are you serious? Wow, Imma have to check that out. More ammo for the arsenal.


returned my MBA within 14 days
By bond007taz on 3/3/2008 4:55:20 PM , Rating: 4
I returned my MBA within the time period because I didnt have another Mac and this was my first and only Mac and it was dog slow. I posted this in the apple forums and they basically said shame on me for getting it to actually use it for anything other than email. I was able to use iDVD but that was really dog A$$ slow and iPhoto crashed 3 times while making one photo book. Again, shame on me for getting it to actually use rather than use it to surf the web and email...




By darkpaw on 3/3/2008 5:32:44 PM , Rating: 4
You must not have read the Apple cult sign up form that came in the box.

Rule #1: Function doesn't matter as long as it is shiny and thy Lord Jobs says it is good.


By BBeltrami on 3/3/2008 6:25:54 PM , Rating: 2
Oh come, come. It's not dog a$$ slow, it's availing you the opportunity to enjoy every last moment with your carmel machiatto!


RE: returned my MBA within 14 days
By kelmon on 3/4/2008 7:27:20 AM , Rating: 2
"Dog slow" is, of course, relative. By all accounts its a "speed demon" of the ultraportables but then that's not exactly saying much. If you are expecting a fast computer then an ultraportable is not for you - you want a "full" laptop or desktop.

I also have to ask the question: why were you using iDVD on a computer famous for not having an optical drive of any variety? Just mild curiosity...


RE: returned my MBA within 14 days
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 3/4/2008 8:36:31 AM , Rating: 2
Probably got the external DVD drive that to be perfectly honest, the Apple sales reps are pushing. I stepped into a Mac store yesterday and saw them selling a MBA to someone. They were pushing them to purchase the external DVD drive because it's not "complete" without it. Now that isn't exactly unusual to push accessories for a product but I still found it amusing.


RE: returned my MBA within 14 days
By kelmon on 3/4/2008 11:59:14 AM , Rating: 2
I'm getting the impression that the Apple Stores in the US aren't nice places unlike the UK ones where sales people will talk me out of making a purchase (bizarre but true). The implication is correct that, if the product isn't complete without something then that something should be in the box. That said, if the sales people are on commission then perhaps this is an easy sell for them. Either way it is hard to view this in a way that isn't negative.


Heh
By FranksAndBeans on 3/3/2008 4:17:08 PM , Rating: 3
After reading that article, the only thing I seem to take from it is that people in Indianapolis must be smarter than those in LA, New York, and Chicago.




RE: Heh
By Domicinator on 3/3/2008 5:16:56 PM , Rating: 1
LOL.

I caught a flight to Baltimore out of O'Hare Airport yesterday, and being a tech dork, I'm of course always checking out peoples' laptops on the way to my terminal. I saw one Macbook all morning. One. Everyone else had PCs. That gave me a warm fuzzy feeling.

I also found out today that my company is even starting to switch over to Vista. I personally use Vista on my own machine, but the PowerPoint presentation I had to suffer through today was done on Windows Vista. I work for a pretty big time company, so I was surprised to see someone already using Vista on a company machine.


RE: Heh
By AlphaVirus on 3/3/2008 5:20:53 PM , Rating: 2
Have you seen the show Sweet 16 on MTV (I think its on MTV), it mostly takes place in California and NewYork, there are a lot of 'daddys little girls' out there. They will cry and whine until they get what they want.

I can assure you that while Indianapolis might be smarter, there are a large group of spoiled kids in this world that want what no other kid has and the MBA fits that group.


RE: Heh
By Spyvie on 3/4/2008 12:06:03 PM , Rating: 2
This one needs a 6


Only getting half the picture
By novacthall on 3/3/2008 3:54:33 PM , Rating: 5
While it cannot be disputed that the MBA is selling out, without sales numbers or knowing manufacturer production quantities, how can we accurately gauge it's popularity? Niche products with low market presence sell out all the time, but does that indicate popularity?

The Reality Distortion Field (TM) strikes again, it seems.




By deeznuts on 3/3/2008 4:00:41 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah to say the demand is high, isn't wrong. To say it's popular is. How do we know each store didn't get 5.


Macs will always sell
By electriple9 on 3/4/2008 1:19:41 AM , Rating: 2
Whatever apple release it will sell.
Thanks




RE: Macs will always sell
By INeedCache on 3/4/2008 3:12:58 AM , Rating: 2
Yea, I expect those $129 Apple 4-port USB iHubs will be out any time now, and they will sell.


Perception is everything
By hinchesk on 3/3/2008 8:49:24 PM , Rating: 2
Apple's probably playing their usual marketing games and trying to create the impression that these things are selling like hotcakes.

Whether they kept the initial number of MBA's manufactured intentionally low or are carefully metering the supply... who knows. But if they're selling so many MBA's why don't we get actual numbers? Because those numbers will likely tell a much less exciting story.




Apple is boring.
By gochichi on 3/4/2008 3:18:09 PM , Rating: 2
I purchased a PowerBook a while back (obviously) and it had two finger scrolling and yada-yada. It looked way ahead of its time.

I go into Apple stores and all I see is the same damn thing... better execution perhaps but the same damn thing. Not to mention how you have to spread your wallet nice and wide as you are forced to purchase the gimmiky updated software because Rosetta slows things down substantially. So you MUST get Adobe CS3 (if any), and Office 2008 (if you want Office)... I don't know, it just seems really boring, and really pricey for being so boring.

It's dull... it has become so me too to say "wow, look at Apple!". BORING!! B O R I N G ! ! !

I really believe most people would be better served by spending the same money on other products. The problem is, people compare spending $2k on a Mac... with spending $500.00 on the weekend special. Of course, the $500.00 weekend special is going to suck. But what about an $800.00 laptop, a $600.00 desktop with a TV tuner, and $600.00 towards an HDTV or an excellent 24" screen? You know?

I also believe that the newbs buying Macs anymore can't handle the incompatibility that is still involved in dealing with Macs. The vast majority of people are better off with the PC versions of MS Office. iTunes on a PC works just great, but Media Center on a Mac... doesn't even exist.

Windows Mobile, Outlook 2007, market majority are all things that make PCs a better way to do things. B/c when each component is twice the price it needs to be, you end up with less components, less piece of mind, and less money to keep things current in the upcoming years.

Case in point: I have a T-Mobile shadow, it syncs beautifully to my PCs. It was $150.00 and it keeps me up to date. Not $399.00 and incompatible with most computers... and vice versa... my Shadow can't do much of anything on Apple computers. iTunes works exclusively with Apple products and on and on.

I guess what I'm getting at, is who works for who? Does Apple work for you, or do you work for Apple? As a well experienced relatively recent switcher (2003 ish) I can say that more and more it felt like I worked for Apple and am happily switching right back to the mainstream.

Think I'm exaggerating? Well you could buy Keynote 1.0, then iWork'05, iWork '06, and iWork '08 do a similar thing with iLife... do a similar thing with OSX Panther, OSX Tiger, OSX Leopard and it just seemed like they were extremely greedy and ungrateful to their customers.

Microsoft, (I can't believe I'm praising them but they do deserve it) gave me Windows XP... and free of charge XP SP1, then SP2, and SP3. Vista, Vista SP1 and on and on. You call them, they get on it, hardly any wait. Not nearly as "evil" as all that. But most importantly, Apple is definitely not as "benevolent" as all that either.

HP or someone should release a deluxe line that more directly competes with these machines.




Whaa!?!
By pauldovi on 3/3/08, Rating: -1
RE: Whaa!?!
By solgae1784 on 3/3/2008 4:43:49 PM , Rating: 5
Because it has a faster CPU than X300. MBA's base model has a 1.6GHz Merom processor.

X300 IS superior in the sense that it has more features such as optical drive, more ports, upgradable RAM, and optional cellular modem. The 1.2GHz CPU could limit you more in the long run, however.

The MBA's speed is underrated IMO. It may not be as fast as the other Macbook models, but it's still faster than any other ultra-portables that I used, despite with the 4200RPM hard drive.

Also, MBA has a lower starting price of $1699, while X300 starting price is much higher at around $2500, since you can't configure without the SSD hard drive option - at least, that's what I found out when I tried to configure at lenovo website. Adding an SSD option in the base model of MBA will add $999, raising the cost to $2898.

It's up to consumer if they want more ports or more speed.


RE: Whaa!?!
By solgae1784 on 3/3/2008 5:43:09 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I must be on crack.

Base price is $1799 for MBA, and adding SSD hard drive to the base model will set you back $2798. I can't calculate =\

But you got my point.


RE: Whaa!?!
By eyebeeemmpawn on 3/3/08, Rating: 0
RE: Whaa!?!
By kelmon on 3/4/2008 1:02:24 PM , Rating: 2
Listen, Buster, unless you're running FreeBSD or some obscure OS I suspect this is a case of the "pot calling the kettle black". Most of the world runs Windows because they don't know any better - who's the sheep?

Insulting and nonsense, I know, but it matches the idiotic comment it replies.


RE: Whaa!?!
By ATC on 3/3/2008 5:31:49 PM , Rating: 1
People who compare the X300 and MBA will never buy a MBA because those people are going to be running windows.

But for those who want OSX, then the X300 is not relevant at all and in those instances they cannot be compared.


RE: Whaa!?!
By kelmon on 3/4/2008 1:07:25 PM , Rating: 2
Entirely correct - these computers aren't competitors. It's also ridiculous to imply that the X300 is superior in all respects. The MBA is faster machine with a lower base price. If you don't need the DVD drive or extra ports (and not everyone does) then the X300 is hard to justify. I have no problems admitting that the X300 is more flexible, however, and if you're in the market for a Windows PC then it'll be a good system.


RE: Whaa!?!
By noirsoft on 3/3/08, Rating: 0
RE: Whaa!?!
By jlips6 on 3/3/2008 10:25:41 PM , Rating: 1
d@mn straight noirsoft


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