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Do you have the Macbook Air or Lenovo ThinkPad X300?

Asked by anonyjelly16 (747points) April 16th, 2008

Do you personally own and use either the Macbook Air (with SSD) or the Lenovo ThinkPad X300? What do you think of it? Was it worth the money you paid for it? What kind of tasks do you usually perform for it?

I am thinking about getting an ultra-portable and am trying to figure out if I should just get the Asus EEE for email and web and keep my standard laptop? Or, if I should get an ultra-portable and make it my main system. What are your thoughts?

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glial's avatar

We have a MacBook Air in our department. I have used it quite a bit lately.

What can I say? It is thin, fast, boots fast (solid state drive). We run XP and Ubuntu on it with Fusion.

Works great.

I personally own a 17” MacBook Pro, Black Macbook, and iBook G4.

b's avatar

I have many thoughts, but my first is to ask: What are you going to be using your primary system for? Will an ultraportable satisfy those needs? For most people, yes. An ultraportable at current specs will not function for serious gamers, or high end graphical artists. Also, I would suggest to stay away from Lenovo. I have seen a serious degradation in the quality of products and support since Lenovo took over IBM’s notebook market.
Below I created a quick comparison of similarly priced ultraportables. I priced both with an SSD, but those really are not worth the extra money right now (maybee they will be in a year or so). As you can see, the MB Air gives you slightly better specs, and as glial said, its capable of running Windows, Linux, and Mac (all at the same time). The only advantae of the X300 is its built in optical drive.

Specifications MacBook Air
Subtotal $3,197.00
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1.80GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
64GB Solid State Drive
Apple MacBook Air SuperDrive (external)

Specifications for Lenovo X300 $3195
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 1.2GHz
64 GB Solid State Drive
Ultrathin DVD Burner
Bluetooth, Wireless

anonyjelly16's avatar

I am not a gamer or a graphic artist. I would be using it for productivity tasks including email and word processing. I know that even an old computer would be enough for that but because I am an IT geek, I keep trying to tweak my system for faster performance.

As I understand it, you’re recommending the Macbook Air without the SSD over the X300. Is that correct?

b's avatar

Yes, I reccomend the MacBook Air with the traditional drive. It is a faster computer, and if you decide you don’t like OS X you can natively install Windows or Linux. Plus, it is sleeker and made of more durable materials.
If you want more info on SSD vs platter drives I can point you to some articles.

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