The recently introduced Apple Macbook Air models have once
again taken the mobile world by storm. There are two new models of the Macbook
air, a 11-inch one and a 13-inch one. What is so special about Macbook Air and
what makes them stand out head and shoulders above the other laptops? Here are
key comparisons between the Macbook Air and other laptops, such as the Dell XPS M1330, the Toshiba Protégé, the Fujitsu LifeBook and the Sony Vaio.
With a thickness of 0.16” at the lowest end of the spectrum,
the Macbook Air is an ultraportable, ultra-slim mobile computing device. In
fact, it is famous for being the world’s thinnest notebook. In comparison, the Dell
XPS M1330 is 0.9” at its lowest thickness; the Toshiba Protégé measures 0.77”’,
the Fujitsu LifeBook is 1.33” and the Sony Vaio is a good 1.17”.
Even Apple’s own super-slim Macbook Pro is heavier than the
Macbook Air, which weighs only 3lbs. Comparatively, the Toshiba and Vaio are
slightly lighter, at 2.4 and 2.7lbs respectively.
Though tablet devices are very portable too, they miss an
actual OS and a physical keyboard. The Macbook Air gives the convenience of both
the latest Mac OS X and a physical keyboard, so that is an added advantage, as
compared to tablets. Also, though so light and portable, the Macbook Air can
also be used for even the most advanced computing tasks.
- Battery Life
The latest Macbook Air models come with a longish battery
life of 7 hours. In comparison, Dell offers 3 hours, Fujitsu offers 2.5 hours
and Sony Vaio offers 4-7 hours of replaceable battery. The only problem with
the Macbook Air is that the battery is non-replaceable.
- Hard Disk Size
The Macbook Air comes with 80GB PATA. Comparatively, Dell
offers 250GB SATA, Toshiba includes 120GB SATA and both Fujitsu and Sony Vaio
offer a 100GB SATA hard disk.
The Macbook Air conveniently comes with two USB slots, one
display port and one audio jack. It also includes flash memory storage for up
to 250GB and integrated Video. Dell and Fujitsu do not offer that at the
moment, with their particular models.
Price-wise, the Macbook Air is very competitive,
considering the advanced features it gives you in comparison with other laptop
brands and models. The 11-inch device starts at around $1400, while the 13-inch
model starts at about $1800. Dell costs $1500; Toshiba – $2000; Fujitsu – $1860
and the Sony Vaio – $2100.