Best Macbook Air Copy I've seen yet

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nexsta, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. CardboardGiant macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    the 13 inch model has 1600 x 900 resolution :eek:

    that's insane!

    And here I'm thinking, 1440 x 900 was crazy enough on my MBA 13
  2. nexsta thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2007
    But they failed to build in a backlit keyboard hah!
  3. warfed macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2011
    You can get the Sony Vaio Z 13.1" in 1920x1080
  4. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    So? Last year's MBA was missing it too. Hah!
  5. alan111 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2010
    That really looks beautiful.
    At least it has a black border around the LCD. That is my #1 peeve about the MacBook Air. I want the black border like the Pro!
  6. appleguy123, Oct 11, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2011

    appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    What's the DPI on that? I can't tell if it would be wonderful or headache-inducing.
  7. JSalig macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2010
    I gotta admit that I'm envious of the widescreen size on the 13.3".
  8. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    That looks pretty damn good. Thin, tapered shape, not too much mess or crap on the case, full size keyboard... If I couldn't have Apple I'd get something like that for my laptop! :)
  9. lewdvig macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2002
    South Pole
  10. CardboardGiant macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    On my 2010 MBP, when I watched 720p movies in 1280 x 800 resolution, it was awesome.

    On my 2011 MBA, I'm watching 720p movies in 1440 x 900 resolution and it's still awesome... a bit of extra space for me to chat on Adium or check my mail.

    Imagine in the future... when 13 inch MBA's have 1920 x 1080... 720p will look tiny on there.
  11. Funkymonk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2011
    not gonna lie, that is incredibly impressive.
  12. Brandon0448 macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2011
    Anchorage, Alaska
    Looks like a beautiful machine, if it was out when I bought my MBA I probably would of gotten it instead. USB 3 would of been amazing to have.
  13. toi macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2011
    no backlit keyboard , no go . sucks for me not to have the backlit keyboard

    for the apple lappies you get so much more laptop specific accessories case and covers wise i think.

    my first mac is the 11 inch i5 air 2011 that i have now and i love it.still getting used the os but it is working out great so far.
  14. LordVic macrumors 601

    Sep 7, 2011
    The first decent really competitive choice to the MBA.

    price is about right, though i'd like to have seen them try and undercut apple in order to really push their product.

    right now, there's a very marginal discount if you go with these products, but we're talking 'a lil less of that, a lil more of this'.

    a good choice for sure, but not really breaking any new barriers.

    IF another company can come out with an 11" with similar specs for 899 or less, they'd have a huge hit
  15. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Of the Ultrabooks I've seen so far, the ASUS UX21 and UX31 are the most impressive. They have 6Gbps SATA SSDs (vs 3Gbps in the Air), the same processor choices, and sport USB 3.0 ports (currently a bit more useful than Thunderbolt). The 13" 256GB i7 is $1449, vs $1699 for the 13" Air. Unfortunately, the 11" isn't available with a 256GB SSD, but the 128GB SSD version has a similar price advantage. Getting B&O to build the sound system is another coup, since that company is known for overpriced hardware (they tried to sell a $1200 basic GSM phone a few years back if I recall).

    Undoubtedly ASUS (and Acer, who released a $899 13" Ultrabook with an SSD/HDD combo) are undercutting Apple in order to attract business. They can easily see from HP's TouchPad what happens to companies who attempt to match Apple's pricing.

    That said, I don't see the Ultrabooks stealing Mac sales very much. They might stem the tide of high-end notebook buyers switching to Macs (i.e. the 5-10% of Air buyers who purchased Airs primarily to run Windows). However, it's a positive development as far as I'm concerned. I'd like an Ultrabook to be my next work PC (we're a Windows shop). It's about time ultraportables become mainstream.
  16. Coarseman macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2010
    Globetrotter wannabe...
    Looks really good this.

    Best of luck to Asus and the other competitors, strong competition would only mean my next Macbook Air will be even more insanely great!:D
  17. spencers macrumors 68020


    Sep 20, 2004
  18. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Windows handles higher resolutions much better due to resolution independence. Not an Apple hater comment, just the way it is. You can easily increase the fonts etc in order to work comfortably on high DPI screen.
  19. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Highly unlikely. Intel is behind this, and Apple is well aware of it. The success of the MacBook Air since last year's revision was a big reason, but another reason is that Apple is the one who told Intel they needed to step up their game on ULV processors in order to retain their business. Intel agreed, but naturally needs more customers than just Apple to make it commercially viable. The better the Ultrabooks sell, the more choices Apple will have when Ivy Bridge and Haswell chips ship in the coming years.

    I think even Steve Jobs said that one day all notebooks would look like the MacBook Air. That day is fast approaching.
  20. modit macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2008
  21. Winter Charm macrumors 6502a

    Winter Charm

    Jul 31, 2008
    I smell the death of CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Drives. :) (internal ones, at least) :D
  22. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    It's just slightly wider due to a 16x9 ratio, I believe. Same vertical resolution.
  23. redache macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2011
    Have you got evidence to back that up? I've never seen Windows be that resolution independent.

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