MacBook Air will enter the netbook space soon ya?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by wonderbread57, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. wonderbread57 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2008
    The difference between the air and the regular macbook is getting small. So the category of MacBook Air is a little in no mans land and must adapt to a market or die. There are dozens and dozens of netbooks being announced at CES right now with a very warm welcome. Seems natural the MacBook Air gets scaled down to 10' screen and enters the netbook space. Wonder when this will happen, better be quick if Apple wants to scoop up eager netbook folk. Dell just announced a netbook with built in GPS, tv-tuner and 3G antenna. Dell calls this a "companion device". Sounds like a slightly bigger iPhone to me... common Apple put it together! Right?
  2. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    no its not, the difference is massive, different chip sets completely.
    Apple wont go into netbooks at the moment, saturated market, not large enough profit margins, out of Apples business model.
  3. 01jamcon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2006
    Oh dear, I hope you don't get flamed by all the MBA lovers, but I'm guessing many of them would say that you don't quite understand the point of the MBA. Its supposed to be a fully functional, very thin, very light NOTEbook. The netbook market has waaaay too little profit margins for Apple when they can keep cranking out a hideously expensive laptop with only one usb port to all the people that will buy one. Actually if you take a look at CES, Dell has just launched the Adamo, and I'm sure as hell Sony ain't gonna be selling that "P" thing for cheap, so looks like the MBA could have been the start of a new 'hideously expensive, yet small' laptop category.
  4. hodgeheg macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2008
    Not a flame, but...

    Not wanting to flame, but the difference is not small, DEPENDING what you want to use it for...

    1.6GHz Atom, which is the best you get in Netbooks yet, is a single core CPU that is roughly on a par with a 900MHz Celeron. It could probably be outperformed by a late model G4 at a guess, though don't quote me on that.

    Netbook> max 1GB RAM with the majority of chipsets

    Netbook> small keyboard, small screen, lower resolution

    The *REV B* Air is, for me at least (though not everyone) capable of being a primary computer. Its keyboard is vastly superior to any netbook for extended typing unless you have child-size fingers. Its screen is higher resolution than any netbook. The closest would be the HP Mininote which has a 1280x768 model which is close to the Air's 1280x800 but several inches smaller.

    The speed difference is not trivial - it is vast. I don't have benchmarks, but the Air Rev B has a proper 45nm Core 2 Duo 1.6Ghz or 1.86GHz. Turn off one of the cores and it would still wipe the floor with a netbook's CPU. In short its processing power is probably several times that of, say, an MSI Wind. As for its graphics, there's no contest whatsoever.

    I'm not saying there's anything wrong with netbooks, if they're what you want, but they're quite quite distinct categories of machines.

    The wonder of the air, for me, is in being as light as it is, yet being just as useful (to me, since I don't need optical drive and its fast enough etc etc) as a macbook or macbook pro. The closest competitors are things like the Voodoo Envy or the Lenovo X300 which often work out more expensive than the Air, depending on model. And in the Lenovo's case it's still much more powerful than a netbook but not on a par with the Air. And of course they run Windows.

    Granted the Lenovo and the Voodoo do better on the ports front, but I want a Mac, and most of their ports I don't need. The lenovo also has a smaller screen, and I find 13.3" about as small as I'm comfortable using for my main screen.

    Plus, find a PC laptop that can drive a 2560x1600 external display and I will show you a complete beast that weighs 3kg plus most likely. Even in that weight range it's rare - some Sonys and a few Acers and that's about it. Certainly won't be 1.36kg. I intend to get a 30" display when I'm not spending all my money on repairing dents :( Few netbooks will drive a 1920x1200 24" display, let alone 30"

    For all that, I will put up with the single USB port (though another would be nice). 4GB RAM would have been nice though, but I expect Airs will be available with that before long. And really, 2GB is enough for my needs - I'd just gotten used to 4GB in a MacBook and I've not really noticed much difference since I don't do image-heavy stuff.
  5. ducatidoc macrumors regular


    Apr 20, 2008
    yeah, like the market wasnt saturated with discman's when the ipod came along? and smartphone when the iphone debuted?

    mapple's business model is to only enter when they can offer a new value offering. this has been rumored for quite some time, but this is where i think the large iphone / mac tablet comes in -- competes with the netbooks but sans keyboard, and based around the iphone's intuitive UI.

    but hey, dont listen to me. im the guy ducking mapple stock cuz it seems like steve's really sick.

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