MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercedes Benz of netbooks

MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercedes Benz of netbooks

Summary: The Apple MacBook Air 11-inch has broken new ground for netbooks. See why and learn its one major flaw.

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  • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

    I think you mean Mercedes Benz
    Andrew Sheppard
  • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

    From all I read, Mercedes means expensive, sometimes impractical, and quite often unreliable. Was the headline supposed to suggest praise?
    zdnet@...
    • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

      @zdnet@... Unreliable is the first thing I envision when I hear Mercedes. As I lived in germany, I saw more Mercedes broken down on the side of the Autobahn than any other brand. This was not because there were more Mercedes sold than others , Ford was the number one and Mercedes was about the 4th on the list.
      rwilley
    • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

      Still driving that Yugo?
      john_gillespie@...
  • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

    Can't agree. At all.

    Form factor yes.
    Power and handling no.

    Lets get an i-series cpu, more ram and more storage.
    Add to that higher display resolution and seperate video gpu/ram - not shared.
    Then you can call it. But not until.
    rhonin
    • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

      @zenwalker Yeah, none of that is going to fit in an 11.6" laptop, much less one as thin as the MBA. There is not enough room for discrete video (physically or thermally). and no i-Series CPU has an IGP that supports the features that Apple requires.

      And why would you want a higher resolution on such a small display? 768P works fine on an 11.6" display. Especially when the likes of Dell and friends sell 16" laptops with the same resolution.
      Stuka
      • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

        @Stuka
        A few months back I would have thought the same.
        On my 13" UL ASUS - the higher resolution I got as a lark - now I pretty much leave at the higher res and ctrl+/- if I need bigger detail - better productivity for me.
        rhonin
      • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

        Exactly ... and the 13" has the same resolution as the MacBook Pro 15" ... also the screen looks sharper.
        john_gillespie@...
    • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

      .. and an expresso machine too ... "then you can call it"
      john_gillespie@...
      • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

        @john_gillespie@...

        Espresso. Just sayin'.
        DeusXMachina
  • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

    Mercedes Benz cars are known for their substandard reliability - look at these TUV figures.

    http://www.vdtuev.de/presse/tuevnachrichten/tuv-report-2010-mehr-maengelware-auf-den-strassen/dok_view?oid=177105

    Mind, these results are based on actual data from physically checking more than 6 million cars and at least 10,000 cars from every model.

    If Steve Jobs really deployed his Think Different thinking and was looking at impossible engineering, he would be driving Mazda RX-8 - the only car on the planet with Rotary engine.
    kitko
    • Rotary?

      @kitko - to keep with the analogy, Mercedes Benz produced two models with rotary engines back around '69/'70 (the C-111 and C-111 Mk II) and decided the rotary was not worth persuing.
      geminixx
    • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

      Actually a couple of car manufacturers tried the Wenkel engine back in the early 70s but Mazda keep at it and perfected it. Of course it took 30 years. Interesting about the Benz though. I have had 3, all with over 100 thousand miles. If you have traveled to third world countries you would see old Benz driving on those terrible roadways.
      john_gillespie@...
  • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

    BFD, it still a crapple product with the same limitations on what they will allow you to do with something that you supposedly own.
    sncking
    • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

      Is there a grammar checker for Windows? See if you can find one.
      john_gillespie@...
    • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

      @sncking<br>Limitations? Such as? Do you know ANYTHING about OSX? At all?
      DeusXMachina
  • It's not a netbook!

    It's a sub-notebook.
    dayjm
    • Exactly...

      @dayjm that's right, it's more like the AS 1810TZ - I'm not normally an Acer fan, but I have to say I love my 11.6 inch *sub*notebook ;) very similar specs - though the GeForce GPU would crap all over the Intel GPU I'm sure ;)

      But I've had this for nearly a year - and it's got a card reader, hdmi + vga, an extra usb port, mic jack... lasts between 8 - 10 hours battery life (depending on if I'm using wifi), only about 300 grams heavier and not really that much bigger - for half the price - just wish everything wasn't so glossy - what's the deal?? why can't they offer matte screens anymore? sure, glossy looks nice when there's no glare, but take it outside and you have a mirror ;)
      iFX.64
      • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

        @iFX.64
        Uh, what?
        Very similar specs? WTF?!?
        Hint: if you are going to cherry pick, you are supposed to pick facts that SUPPORT your position!
        ?1.3 SU4100 vs. 1.4 Core2Duo. Really, you are going to make that comparison?
        ?Hate to break it to you, but the AS1810TZ does NOT have a GeForce GPU, it uses the same onchip Intel graphics.
        ?AFAICT the second USB port is on the same bus, so big deal, get a hub.
        ?HDMI and VGA? So? Two words: Mini DisplayPort.
        ?Your battery life does not match reviews, but eh. The MBA beats it, nonetheless, in real world tests.
        "ONLY" 300 grams heavier?!? Mislead people much? 300 grams is almost 30% heavier. Thanks for proving Mart Twain right!
        ?Same can be said of your comments about size, with the Acer being almost TWICE as thick!

        Seriously, are you TRYING to be a charlatan?
        DeusXMachina
  • RE: MacBook Air 11-inch: The Mercendes Benz of netbooks

    Apple products are best in package design, not in OS design, and several months and even a year behind in terms of RAM, GPU and CPU speed.
    LinuxUser&XPGamerGraphic