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post #31 of 135
http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/15/l...le-macbook-air
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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim View Post

That comparison doesn't hold up Slim. The Mac Air is much thinner and far less expensive.
post #33 of 135
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That comparison doesn't hold up Slim. The Mac Air is much thinner and far less expensive.
Much thinner? No. The X300 is less than a quarter of an inch thicker. Same weight. Same size screen (but a better one) Full keyboard. (Again, a better one). Slightly smaller footprint, fits more comfortably on airline seatback tables. etc. etc. etc. Much less expensive? no. Not when you take the top of the line MBA and compare it to the base X300. This thing is packing SSD, and internal dvd drive, ethernet, three USB ports, and a whole bunch of other shit you'd have to buy to compare the two head to head. Stuff that regardless of all Apple's posturing and advertizing, people still use every day on their computers. Would you like to compare apples to apples? If you are looking for thin, light, full featured business or road warrior type laptop - this thing is at least the equal or is blatantly superior to the MBA in everything but LISTED battery life. Considering the MBA is getting on average an hour less battery life than Apple claimed, it should either be pretty much even in that category, or the Thinkpad will have just slightly less. And all that shit that Apple left out to save space? It saved a grand total of .16 inches of height. Is a difference in slightly over a tenth of an inch worth not having a firewire port, a card reader, or a couple USB ports, Ethernet capability, or a DVD drive when you might need one? Not in my opinion. The mono speaker is a wash though...
post #34 of 135
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Not when you take the top of the line MBA and compare it to the base X300.

Well the top of the line has a spendy solid state HD. Otherwise $2,700 for X300 v. $1,800 for Mac Book Air. Plus the Air has much more style.
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I do love, however, the way SWPL keeps popping up in other threads.

SWPL?
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Originally Posted by FidelCashflow View Post
SWPL?

Stuff White People Like.

The X300 only comes with an SSD, unlike the MBA which can be bought with a conventional hard drive. So an apples-apples (so to speak) comparison has to use an MBA with its SSD.

I like Thinkpads and they are stylish in their own nerdy way, but the best reason to get a Mac is that you can use VMware or Parallels to run Windows and Linux, along with OS X. It's the only computer that can easily do that, and it's the best of all worlds.

--Andre
post #37 of 135
The X300 is also vaporware. I find it very attractive, but I need an ultraportable for a work project _now_. As in, today.

I also think I'll wait to buy an SSD 12 months from now, when I'm hoping I can get a 128GB for half the price of Apple's 64GB "upgrade."
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Well the top of the line has a spendy solid state HD.
The bottom of the line X300 has the exact same 8mm SSD. Did you not read my post? This is why we are comparing the top of the line MBA with the bottom of the line X300. READ damnit!
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Plus the Air has much more style.
No.
post #39 of 135
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The X300 is also vaporware. I find it very attractive, but I need an ultraportable for a work project _now_. As in, today.
Depending on who and where you are, you can get one today.
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Originally Posted by ghulkhan View Post
Also I would like to add that a lot of marketing has to do with creating products that fit peoples needs. I am sure much research went into this in order to create this product.


And there are many tests designed to find out what people really want. Usually when you ask them they dont really know. They think they do but they really dont. Its hard for people to put what they really want into words. Its simple psychology.

This happened with Prego, Ragu and a number of other products on the planet.

Lemme guess. You saw Gladwell's TED presentation?
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Start Menu -> Run... -> cmd

Make the check out to cash.

I mean a real command line that you can actually do something with. If you haven't used *nix and think Windoze has a command line... then.... well.... yikes!
post #42 of 135
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I mean a real command line that you can actually do something with. If you haven't used *nix and think Windoze has a command line... then.... well.... yikes!

Who hasn't used Unix?

And what are you having trouble doing with the Windows command line?

And if it doesn't suit your needs and you prefer bash, why don't you just install bash under Windows?

And if bash doesn't do it for you, why don't you use Microsoft's Monad - a far more powerful shell than anything you will find running under OS X?

For twenty years, the Macnuts claimed their system was more advanced because it didn't have - and supposedly didn't need - a command line interface like Windows.

Now that Steve has allowed them to use one, it is apparently the killer new feature they are convinced you can't find anywhere else.
post #43 of 135
I'm not a mac nut and I thought OS 9 was silly. Actually, I wish more commercial apps were available for Linux so I could just use that all the time. But I quite like OS X, though it still has its quirks.

I bit the bullet and have gone back to Windows because I got a great deal on a laptop and there are too many frustrations to list with it and once I have some money I'll be buying a second generation Air.

The only plus to windows is hardware support and more commercial applications.
post #44 of 135
I just don't understand why people feel a need to actively campaign against Apple products. If you don't like them, don't buy them. I don't see entire websites devoted to blasting new laptops by Dell, Toshiba, or Sony. It's as if people are afraid that Macs are going to dominate the market, when in reality they still only account for a fraction of the computers out there. These critiques of the Air should show up in the "cons" list of a cnet review, not in rants blasting Apple. It's just sort of sad that people get this worked up over something.
post #45 of 135
If you don't understand why people hate Macs, you obviously don't know many Mac users, or you are one.
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