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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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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.


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