Today at MacWorld, Steve Jobs announced the MacBook Air (shown), which Apple is calling the thinnest subnotebook / ultraportable computer available. And they're right...it is the thinnest. But is it the best?
As I'm interested in purchasing a new subnote soon, I've begun keeping tabs on specs for different models. To see what I've put together so far for the Toshiba Portege R500, Panasonic Toughbook W7, Fujitsu LifeBook P8010 (forthcoming), Lenovo IdeaPad U110 (forthcoming), and Apple MacBook Air, check out this Subnote Comparison Google Spreadsheet I've assembled. I'll keep updating it as new info emerges.
At first blush, the MacBook Air seems to have a lot of compromises, including just one USB port, no optical drive, a smallish HDD, no flash memory slot, and no expansion card slot. Granted, it has a lot to like as well, such as 802.11n and a backlit keyboard, but it's certainly not a slam-dunk in my mind.