Thursday, June 23, 2011

Alternative laptops to Mac Book Air

An Apple a day, keeps the doctor away ! But, in the tech world, few of the repute brands are trying to keep the Apple away. Yes ! The leading laptop manufacturers are coming up innovative designs to compete with Apple.

With the introduction of Mac Book Air, Apple took lead in the ultra thin laptop market. However, other laptop manufacturers are trying to compete with Apple in the ultra thin laptop range. Some of the ultra thin laptops that can give Mac Book Air a run for its money are listed here.

Samsung Series 9

At the very first look of this laptop, you will fall in love with it. The brushed metallic look of the laptop definitely gathers everyone's attention. This 13.3 inch ultra slim laptop comes with 4GB memory, backlit keyboard, USB 3.0 ports and the latest Intel sandy bridge processors evidently showing that its main goal is to take over Mac Book Air. The only con of this super sexy laptop is its price. Costing at $1599, it is $300 more than the lower configuration Mac Book Air. However, if you are a PC lover, this is the best you could get in the ultra thin laptop range. 

Lenovo Thinkpad X1

The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 is not as thin as Mac Book Air or Samsung Series 9, the difference is hardly noticeable. The Thinkpad X1 has Intel's second generation “Sandy Bridge” processors, solid state drives, rapid charging battery, battery back up time upto 10 hours etc. Thinkpad X1 may weigh a pound more than Mac Book Air.

Toshiba Portege R830

The Toshiba Portege R series are one of my favorites. These beauties come with power and performance. And with the Toshiba Portege R830, the form factor becomes much thinner than its predecessors. With 13.3 Inch screen and weight around just 0.3 pounds more than the Mac Book Air, the Toshiba Portege R830 starts at $890. It is nearly $700 less than Mac Book Air and also has a rated battery life more than 2 hours as that of Mac Book Air. The presence of the DVD drive ( which is never found in Mac Book Air) the Portege R830 is only one third of an inch thicker than Mac Book Air.

MSI-Slim X370

When you compare the price vs thickness, the MSI-Slim X370 is the best. This 13.4 inch PC costs $599 only with an amazing battery back up time of 10 hours compared to 7 hours of Mac Book Air. Unlike the other three Mac Book Air competitors, this ultra slim laptop uses AMD Fusion processor with 4GB RAM and HDMI port. 

Also with Intel's announcement of Ultrabook at Computex, it is evident that the big players in the laptop market are eying on the ultra thin market and Mac Book Air is going to have a tough competition in the coming years.

- As read in PC World

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