Ultra-Light Notebook Wars

This very funny ad skewering the Macbook Air actually made me want to buy the Lenovo product — until I saw the price tag.

(via Ed Bott)

Looks like I'll be waiting for that Atom-powered Asus eee after all.

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2 Responses to Ultra-Light Notebook Wars

  1. Joe says:

    The Asus for 499 looks interesting if you don’t play games and don’t need a lot of graphics horsepower. You could probably use it as an email and word processing machine on the road. That is your intent, isn’t it?

  2. PHB says:

    Err, the only features I can see on the Lenovo that the Air lacks are a replacement battery and a DVD drive. So far I have used my plug in DVD drive precisely once.

    Given that I only need a supplemental battery for flights of over 5 hours, I can’t see the difference between having a swappable versus a tethered suplemental battery makes a huge difference (now the fact that Apple isn’t shipping the supplemental battery for the Air yet, or even acknowledged the need…)

    The only real point of comparison between the two is that they both use an LED backlight and there is a solid state drive version of the Air available.

    On the other hand, Apple has a habit of making ridiculous comparisons in its own ads so its sauce for the goose.

    If you are thinking about the Lenovo, buy two Hard Drive Airs, one for you and another for the wife. Cheaper and better all-round experience. Then swap the HD out in a year when the bigger disks come out.

    Solid state drives will be the norm eventually, but they are still a couple of years off being anything more than a marketing gimmick. A case can be made for paying $200 extra for a solid state drive, but not $1200. And these days you really need at least 128Mb on a portable, particularly if its a Mac and you may need to run VMWare or Parallels. The main advantage being touted for the solid state drives is reliability. Well thats not exactly a major priority when any drive is obsolete within 12 months at the moment.

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