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  • Consumer Reports Rates New MacBook Airs Best in Class

    In an update to its ratings of desktop and laptop computers published this week, Consumer Reports has given the new unibody 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models the best ratings in their size classes. Despite taking into consideration the fact that Apple systems are more expensive than their competitors, CR gave the newest MacBooks top ratings for their performance, display and ergonomics, and scored the 13-inch model the same as the 15-inch MacBook Pro for second place overall... behind the top-rated 17-inch MacBook Pro.

    Consumer Reports published its new Computer Ratings this week, reviewing 42 desktop computers, 70 laptops and 21 netbooks. The new ultralight 11-inch Air scored 67 out of a possible 100 points, winning that size class by a large margin over the only competition, a Toshiba Satellite Pro which got 51 points. CR gave the smallest Air a "very good" for Ergonomics and Display, a "fair" in Versatility and Speakers, and a "good" in Performance. The 13-inch model scored a 78 points to beat the Toshiba Portege's 76 points, and earned "very good" in Performance, Ergonomics, and Display, "good" in Speakers, and "fair" in Versatility.

    Following the Portege on the top of the 13-inch class were two MacBook Pro models which scored 73 and 72 points for third and fourth place, respectively. The 2.53GHz Core i5 15-inch MacBook Pro won top honors in the 15- to 16-inch category, and the 17-inch MacBook Pro was the highest rated laptop in the 17- to 18-inch category.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Consumer Reports Rates New MacBook Airs Best in Class started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
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    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by athleticswimmer View Post
      that just might be it....ive never used a MBA but to me the specs and price just dont match up because, like you said, some people need alot of "horse power" for video/audio editing. and the Air boots up in 20 sec....gotta see it to believe it?
      When the specs first came out I laughed... I saw a 1.4Ghz processor and said "forget it!". Then I started to read the tech reviews and how snappy they said this thing was and it caught my interest. Finally I went down to the Apple store and put a MBP and the 11" Air side by side and did the same basic tasks as listed above and to my surprise the Air responded better because of the SSD. I took a stop watch to the boot time and got 20 seconds... shut down time... 2 seconds lol. I was in love So 2 weeks later I got my very own with 4GB RAM and the 1.6Ghz processor with 128GB HD. I have a custom built PC with 4 TB drive space for all my music and video which I stream to all my iDevices and my Air with no issues wether remotely or on my WIFI network. I recommend going to the store when you get a change to see it for yourself first hand.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by MaxRabbit View Post
      I still fail to see how that's the argument I'm making. I have no experience with Macs, but on the iPhone argument: I agree that they do compete with today's smartphones. They have a purpose of making a call, but include the extra features of web browsing, email, mms, and the like. The hardware is nearly identical: camera, one headphone jack, touch display, etc.

      However, change the hardware of that smartphone to include a tactile keyboard. What does it become? A messaging phone. The iPhone is not a messaging phone. See how changing the hardware can change the category?

      So the Droid isn't a smartphone? You've just relegated it to "glorified texter" status, lmao!

      A "messaging phone" runs a standard cell-phone style OS, they just add a full keyboard, HUGE difference. They also don't have app stores, mostly crappy java games that cost way too much on a "provider store" which is a nice way of saying "rip-off counter."

      I see the problem now, you don't give any "standard" categories any credit, only YOUR idea of those categories.

      My argument is more like:
      An iPod Nano does not compete with a [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZEN_Vision:M]Creative ZEN Vision M[/ame], because they are two different classes: one, an MP3 player with small storage and a small screen, the other, a PMP (portable media player) with a slightly larger screen, support for video out, and much larger storage.

      That's the argument that I am making that a Macbook Air is not in the netbook class; it has different intended features and different hardware.
      That's a VERY bad comparison! The Zen Vision M is designed to compete with a full size iPod, NOT the iPod nano.

      Since you love sources so much...
      Zen/iPod: http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-3000_7-6417634-1.html
      Smartphones: http://cell-phones.toptenreviews.com/smartphones/
      Messaging Phones: http://reviews.cnet.com/4321-6454_7-6647111.html
      Laptop Classes: http://www.suite101.com/content/lapt...erence-a249230

      Notice the last link. Read it, and pay special attention to the "Ultra-Portable" section, which squarely pegs a MacBook Air. Also, note the "commonly referred to as 'netbooks'" bit, I love that part the most.

      Update your own definitions/classes/categories to what everyone else already knows and we can stop this ridiculous Apple-classing thing that Steve Jobs is pushing for. Whether you own a Mac or not, you are defining things the way he would like you to. It allows his products to look superior because you can say "It's not a netbook, it's a MacBook Lite!"

      Newsflash: "Netbooks" ARE "Lite" notebooks!