I’m : a programmer, writer, podcaster, geek, and coffee enthusiast.

The new $1599 MacBook vs. the $1799 MacBook Air

The same in both:

Advantages: MacBook

(Keep in mind that almost all of these advantages also hold for the $1299 MacBook except that it has a lower CPU speed and smaller hard drive capacity — but both still significantly beat the Air. The $1299 MacBook’s keyboard also isn’t backlit. But it’s $500 cheaper than the Air.)

Advantages: MacBook Air

I think the Air just became a much harder sell. And this is coming from an Air owner. Were I purchasing a new Apple laptop today, I wouldn’t get an Air with this excellent new MacBook available.

Furthermore, while the Air’s limitations prevent me from recommending it to anyone as their only or even primary computer, I can solidly recommend the MacBook to be both for most people.