Sister site and arch nemesis, Maximum PC, put Apple's corral of notebooks to the test against Windows notebooks with similar features and specs. The results? The MacBook Air got good marks for its value, while the MacBook Pro took down the Dell XPS M1530. Take that Michael Dell! Check out the full article and start writing emails to your Windows lovin' friends.
The MacBook Air SuperDrive has one giant flaw. It only works with the MacBook Air. tnkgrl Mobile decided to fix the MBA SuperDrive by replacing the custom firmware IDE to USB bridge, with an off-the-shelf $9 IDE to USB bridge. The result, an untethered MBA SuperDrive. While we can't approve of the use of the SuperDrive on a HP Mini-Note, the actual hack and attaching it to a Mac mini gets the *Mac|Life seal of approval. Check out the how-to photos. *Mac|Life seal of approval not vaild in Arizona, Puerto Rico and Vermont.
Previously I wrote about selling your old Mac for a premium price when you have AppleCare that's transferable. I never did tell you what I did with the money I got from selling my MacBook Pro - a May 2006 model. I took the cash and bought a new, mid-level, 2.5GHz MacBook Pro. My thighs and I are happy with my purchase.
Mac Book Air, 3.0 pounds, 0.16-0.76 inches thick, 13.3-inch display, 1.6GHz /1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 80GB hard drive, Backlit keyboard, Multi-touch trackpad, iSight camera,No optical drive, Must be caressed to be believed Steve Jobs’ opening bow at Mac Expo 2008 was uncharacteristically late by some 10 minutes, but the news he had to share was completely on time if one believes that keeping pace with the forward march of technology (and all its digital lifestyle overtones) is important. From the time-saving Time Capsule to the well-timed iPhone enhancements to the “Will they stand the test of time?” big-ticket items—iTunes movie rentals, Apple TV Take Two, and the impossibly thin MacBook Air—Expo ’08 marked Apple’s first year as a rightfully placed consumer electronics juggernaut, with multiple prongs of attack jutting from its ever-determined center.
RAM has always been one of Apple’s Achilles heels. In an effort to keep price points lower, stock machines come to you woefully under-powered in the memory department. New MacBooks ship with a now-paltry 1 GB of RAM. In truth, that’s certainly enough to get you up and running, but even Apple seems to realize that these days, it takes at least twice that to pump out a satisfying OS X experience.