Subnote Comparison: How Does Apple's MacBook Air Stack Up?

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mb_air.gifToday 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.

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The Air is best in none of it's classes. the only reason to get it is if you must have OSX on a smll screen. If not there are so many other laptops that beat it on both specs and price.

hey guys!
I recently found that apple is gonna to release new macbook and macbook pro,
has anyone already tested it?
I found good article about new laptops on macbook news site ,
and i just love new macbook pro.
But any info how much it will cost and when it will be avaliable to buy?
See ya :)