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Apple Cuts SSD-Fitted MacBook Air Price


Apple Cuts SSD-Fitted MacBook Air Price

We've made our opinion on the MacBook Air pretty clear already, deciding that the Lenovo X300 is a better option - even costing less. Except that Apple has just lopped £300 off the 64GB-packing Air's MSRP, bringing it down from its near-£2,000 launch price to a more reasonable (a-hem) £1,700-odd.

Given the standard system still sits at £1,990 and SSDs are now dropping into the £130 for a 64GB model and you might start to wonder just where that extra cash is going. As it happens, upgrading from an 80GB standard drive to the SSD costs £389.99 - hardly pocket change. Especially when subjective use suggests there's no real-world benefit to the Mac using solid state.

Admittedly OCZ's Core Series of solid state drives are SATA2 rather than PATA offerings, and couldn't be used in the MacBook Air, but that still doesn't assuage the likely bitter taste in the mouth of anyone paying Apple's upgrade prices.

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July 7, 2008, 11:50 pm

I have had a mac mini, and still have a macbook, iPhone and Time Capsule, I never got the Air Thing, its slower then a macbook, has less features then these Netbooks and is more expensive then a Macbook Pro, its just Light and Stylish with no substance.

I cant believe apple thought this item would sell more or be as excepted as say something like a Gaming Mac


July 8, 2008, 2:16 am

Without wanting to sound like a SJ Reality Distortion Field by-product, I think the Macbook Air 1.8/SSD is an incredible machine. It's the best laptop I've ever owned, with by far the best keyboard. I agree, it's an expensive machine, but mine would be worth it to me even at twice the price I paid.

Of course, if a thin and light Mac doesn't float your boat then it'll always be too expensive.


July 8, 2008, 2:36 am

Vaio TZ's keyboard is as good, though. And the Sony's cheaper, smaller, has better battery life, Ethernet (cheap dig :) couldn't resist), looks at least as good, arguably better... etc etc.


July 8, 2008, 3:26 am

Trusted Reviews stating that the VAIO TZ11MN was an infinitely superior machine to the MacBook Air struck a chord with me.

I'm pretty tired of Apple fanboyism infecting the objectivity of review sites. Having said that, I wish they'd stop skirting round the issue and post a definitive review of the Air. It's almost as if they're scared to slap that under-featured dishonestly-marketed sham with the 5/10 it deserves - and that would be generous. When will people accept that this is the Hollyoaks cast member of laptops?

And I'm no blind Microsoft follower, as I love the MacBook (Pro) range and hold OS X in very high regard. But it's a no-brainer : if you want a MacBook, buy a MacBook.


July 9, 2008, 5:06 am

We're not spending over &#1631,000 on a MacBook Air just to review it and say we'd never spend over &#1631,000 on one.

Of course if you want to supply me a unit I'll write a comprehensive review happily.


July 9, 2008, 9:17 pm

Are you telling me in amongst your network of technophiles, you don't have one measly mate, one Apple fanboy that'll let you borrow one?! Hey maybe someone at C|NET'll be kind enough to give you a loan of one. XD {Watches the TR staff hiss like in the Raiders snake chamber.}

Andy Vandervell

July 9, 2008, 10:02 pm

Heh, well obviosly we could get one if we wanted to, that's not the problem, we're just far busier looking at stuff that deserves our attention. ;)


July 10, 2008, 8:34 pm

Oh dear. Cue 3G review.


July 19, 2008, 1:54 am

I'm sorry. But the attitude of the TR staff seems arrogant to me. Are you guys really not planning to do a review of the Air? If not, I can say you'll leave one reader really disappointed...


July 19, 2008, 5:19 am

We just don't see the point in a full review, we've made our opinions clear enough - the Air isn't going to score well on anything but the OS...


July 19, 2008, 7:15 am

And don't forget the awesome design! Take that Sony...

Hugo, I understand your point.

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