Most people, when they heard of the 11-inch Macbook Air being released, let out a groan and exclaimed, “Overpriced netbook!” On the other hand, the Apple fanboys (and fangirls) squealed, “Finally, an Apple netbook!” Being an Apple fangirl, you could guess how I reacted.
Macbook Air Review
One thing that gets me excited about this Apple machine is that it’s really just a smaller version of a powerful Macbook Air. It is not some specs-shrunk mini-laptop that had to have a few things sacrificed in order for it to be hacked to smallness.
For one, it runs on dual core. Most netbooks are running on Intel Atom, a single-core processor with speeds ranging from 1.33GHz to 1.66GHz. While this would be adequate for working with browsers and a a couple of other applications, let’s face it, a netbook will probably groan under the weight of 20 browser tabs opened to flash-heavy or application-heavy websites about what causes cystic acne.
For other Macbook Air options, check out this great list from Amazon.
Macbook Air Review: Why I’ll Spring For An 11-inch Macbook Air
On the other hand, while the Macbook Air has an on-paper processor speed of only 1.4GHz, the fact that it is a dual-core processor makes up for its processor speed. According to Engadget’s performance test with the 11-inch Macbook Air, there was only one problem that they had to deal with: there was a bit of a hiccup when watching a YouTube video. Not bad, considering that with most other netbooks, web surfing gets sluggish when you use a lot of flash and a lot of cloud applications like Google Docs.
Tech Republic says that the 11-inch Macbook Air actually performs better than most full-sized laptops, especially in terms of web surfing speed. Quite a feat, considering that its PC netbook counterparts have been traded in for more powerful laptops because they just weren’t fast or powerful enough.
Aside from computing power, one reason why I would want an 11-inch Macbook Air would be that it’s the thinnest and among the lightest in its size range. Other netbooks are chunky and have ugly lines and ports around its sides, but the Macbook Air just has smooth edges and a very thin profile that begs to have no other word to describe it: Sexy.
Tech Republic’s Macbook Air vs. Other Netbooks
Then, probably the most important reason why I would want a Macbook Air is that I’m a Mac user, and if I wanted to work elsewhere and didn’t want to bring a relatively heavier Macbook with me, the Macbook Air would be the perfect solution to my need for portability and seamless synchronizing and integration between my regular Macbook workstation and the portable temporary workhorse.
I’ve owned an Acer Aspire One ZG5, and every time I would use it instead of my Macbook, I would always wish I could install a Hackintosh distro on it, just because I find it a pain to miss the apps and the setup I have on my Mac. With the 11-inch Macbook Air, this old way how to get rid of severe acne would soon be a thing of the past.
Where you can buy other netbooks and laptops, including the Acer Aspire:
Aside from the OS differences, the ZG5 itself as a model has been one big headache to deal with. This model runs on Linux, but the distro that it has is pretty buggy. Many a user has had heartaches and headaches with this little guy, and it’s just not worth it. After my harrowing experience with this brand and model, it made me think twice about considering Acer for my next netbook. It’s funny to note that even the Best Buy website does not carry Acer among its product lines. We’re not sure why that’s the case, but it’s something worth wondering about.
The bottom line of a gadget purchase has always been how useful and how valuable it would be to you. For the die-hard Mac users, an 11-inch Macbook Air may be well worth its price tag. Remember to get one using a Best Buy Coupon so you can get the most out of your purchase.