Photos: Two great MacBook Air competitors for Windows users

Two great MacBook Air competitors for Windows users

The 11-inch MacBook Air has set a new standard for netbooks and mini laptops, but not everyone wants a Mac. See how the Sony Vaio X1 and the Acer Timeline X can dispel MacBook Air envy for Windows users.

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"The 11-inch MacBook Air has set a new standard for netbooks and mini laptops," Please explain this statement. I've asked in another discussion why this sentence was used, since from a technical standpoint the MacBook Air could even be seen as behind the times and definitely not a new standard. My original text is below, from http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=6734, where I compare the "new" MacBook Air with my older Lenovo x200: ------------------------------------------------------------ I'll repeat the "oh hum" impression others have already stated. There's nothing very innovative here. Here are the specs of the Lenovo X200 I have at home(built in 2008): - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.40 GHz (3MB L2 cache, 1066MHz FSB) - 2GB DDR2 667MHz (1x 2048MB) (upgraded to 4GB of DDR3 Memory @ 800/1067MHz) - 7200RPM 160GB SeaGate Momentus SATA - 12.1" widescreen 1280x800 LCD - No built-in Optical Drive, like Macbook Air (I have the X200 UltraBase for this capability, which also grants multiple USB and other connectors) - Intel X4500 Integrated Graphics - Network/Wireless: Intel Wi-Fi Link 5300 (802.11 a/b/g/n) 1Gb Ethernet Card, built-in Verizon WWAN and Bluetooth (56 Kbps modem optional. Later models in the 200 series have 3G access) - 95 Key Keyboard with Three Button Touchpoint - Dimensions: 0.8 - 1.4" (h), 11.61 inches (w), 9.2 inches with 9-cell battery / 8.3 with 4-cell battery (d) - Weight: -- 4-cell battery starting at 1.34 kg / 2.95 lbs -- 6-cell battery starting at 1.47 kg / 3.24 lbs -- 9-cell battery starting at 1.63 kg / 3.58 lbs - Windows Vista Business (Win7 is now installed on this machine for speed improvement) - Extra Options: Web-cam, fingerprint reader, 56Kbps modem, 5-in-1 card reader, ExpressCard slot. - Battery life (used battery now) is about 4 to 4.5 working hours out of the UltraBase. So what I'm seeing here is a difference brought on by an onboard, hard-to-service-and-smaller-in-size flashdrive, a mini DisplayPort, and a better graphics card where the older product I have sports a faster CPU / FSB, fingerprint reader, keyboard light and an extra USB port. "...a breakthrough product like the 11-inch MacBook Air is also likely to spawn a variety of copycat PCs that will run Windows and will have a much lower price tag" They're already here. Since 2 years ago. "Breakthrough"? Really? Because of... a SSD drive? FaceTime?