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16 January, 2008

decision... dilemma...

MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air

As many of you have heard the today's tech news headline, Apple announced a ultra-portable notebook - MacBook Air. And I am due for a new laptop.

As mentioned in previous entry, my trusted PowerBook G4 bought in May 2004, although still functioning perfectly well, is due for replacement. I need something faster and more powerful and preferably with larger screen.

So, here's the tech specs of my current model, PowerBook G4 (12-inch 1.33GHz):
1.33GHz PowerPC G4, 1.25GB PC2700 (333MHz) DDR RAM, 12.1-inch 1024x768, NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 with 64MB of DDR SDRAM, 80 GB 5400-rpm Ultra ATA/100 hard drive.
Height: 3.0 cm (1.18 inches);
Width: 27.7 cm (10.9 inches);
Depth: 21.9 cm (8.6 inches);
Weight: 2.1 kg (4.6 pounds) with battery and optical drive installed

The tech specs of the new MacBook Air:
1.6GHz or 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM onboard, 13.3-inch (diagonal) glossy widescreen TFT LED backlit display 1280 by 800, Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor with 144MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared, 80GB 4200-rpm Parallel ATA hard disk drive. (I can't afford the Solid State drive)
Height: 0.4-1.94 cm (0.16-0.76 inch)
Width: 32.5 cm (12.8 inches)
Depth: 22.7 cm (8.94 inches)
Weight: 1.36 kg (3.0 pounds)

And the MacBook Pro (15-inch):
2.2GHz, 2.4GHz or 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB - 4GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM onboard, 15.4-inch (diagonal) (glossy or antiglare) widescreen LED display 1440 x 900, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 128MB or 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM, 120GB, 160GB or 250GB Serial ATA, 5400 rpm.
Height: 2.59 cm (1 inch)
Width: 35.7 cm (14.1 inches)
Depth: 24.3 cm (9.6 inches)
Weight: 2.45 kg (5.4 pounds)

The new MacBook Air is lovely, thin, and portable. MacBook Pro is a bit bigger and heavier than my current PowerBook G4 12-inch.

Somehow I don't think the 1.6GHz or 1.8GHz with 2GB non-expandable RAM MacBook Air will suit my need, but MacBook Pro (15-inch) is almost twice as heavy as a MacBook Air. I really like the ultra-portable design of MacBook Air and I am sure I can live without an optical drive on the road, but I also want something that is powerful. I guess I can't have both at the same time.

Don L suggested me to go for the MacBook Pro, for the additional power and onboard optical drive. Jack Lin from applewoods.org pointed out this blog entry to me. A neutral comparison for the two models.

I haven't made up my minds yet.

Related page:
Apple introduces MacBook Air, world's thinnest notebook (MacCentre701 15 Jan 2008)

Posted by Antony on 16 January 2008 9:39 PM | Mac hardware, all things Mac

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Get a life and stop being a mega-programmed consumer!
The future will soon be the present and you'll have a cupboard full of gadgets and no where to live or money to support yourself.
There is every possibility that you may have the average male life-span of over 83 years. I'm sure old peoples homes will all be WiFi by then!
An old saying in the remote village states,"A little attention to ones on-going life is wise.We just never know for how long the chicken feed will be scattered!"
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 17 January 2008 4:50 PM.
I carry around a laptop similar in size and weight to the MacBook Pro. In terms of mobility I'd actually rate mine pretty well, and as far as I'm concerned I'd rather have decent mobility and superior power over superior mobility and decent power. I can't help but think that, with something as small as the MacBook Air, constantly taking it around will lead to physical problems with the unit. Generally speaking, the smaller/thinner the device, the less resistant it is to force.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 18 January 2008 7:37 AM.
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