The thinness of the notebook was achieved in part by a miniaturized 65-nanometer Core 2 Duo processor that came from Intel's older Merom line. The processor is 60% smaller than the typical Merom chip and uses less power while delivering comparable speeds. The processor, however, is significantly slower than the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors used in other new notebooks. Performance is not necessarily an issue with Apple as it customizes its operating system to maximize performance out of any processor it uses.
I personally use a Sony Vaio TZ laptop at the moment. I value its good battery life (5-6 hours "normal usage") and compact size that somehow manages to squeeze in a DVD-Writer and a full complement of ports.
What would you go for — the MacBook Air, with its minimalistic style, or do you prefer something like the Vaio TZ?
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.