The critics are losing the Apple price argument

Apple Online Store“On this week’s episode of The Tech Night Owl LIVE, we talk with Laptop magazine’s Avram Piltch about Apple’s spanking new MacBook Air,” Gene Steinberg reports for Tech Night Owl. “Along with reports that the product may already be flying off the shelves, particularly the 11.6-inch version, the early reviews are nothing short of spectacular.”

“Piltch, who is certainly no ardent fan of Apple, has high praise for this revision of this sexy thin and light notebook, and it’s not just the performance factor,” Steinberg reports. “You see, compared to other notebooks that use solid state storage, the Air is actually priced competitively. It may even be cheaper than some of the generic PC alternatives, simply because Apple is able to get the best price on flash memory.”

Steinberg reports, “With a base price of $999, the entry-level MacBook Air may not be the cheapest notebook on the planet, but the designs that come closest cost even more.”

“Now take a look at the promised iPad killers that are slowly coming to market. Some companies are tying them in to two-year data plans with wireless carriers to make them seem less expensive, but soon as you add up the price of admission — particularly in the months where Wi-Fi access is sufficient for you — you’ll find that the iPad is a much better deal,” Steinberg reports.

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90 Comments

  1. I know they are not talking about the long term cost. I thought the PCers look at upfront cost. You, cheaper is better.

    Wow, now Apple is changing the very thought process that people use. Before long, Microsoft will be some word you will have to find in a dictionary.

  2. I know they are not talking about the long term cost. I thought the PCers look at upfront cost. You, cheaper is better.

    Wow, now Apple is changing the very thought process that people use. Before long, Microsoft will be some word you will have to find in a dictionary.

  3. This critic is not convinced.

    I got myself a self installed Ubuntu HP mini with 10″ screen with single Atom w/integrated graphics, anti-glare screen with tax for $290.

    Yes the 11″ MBA is a dual core, but it has a nasty glossy screen and it also costs $999 plus tax.

    I already have a $3000 dual core MacBook Pro, the 11″ MBA is just too expensive for a near disposable netbook.

  4. This critic is not convinced.

    I got myself a self installed Ubuntu HP mini with 10″ screen with single Atom w/integrated graphics, anti-glare screen with tax for $290.

    Yes the 11″ MBA is a dual core, but it has a nasty glossy screen and it also costs $999 plus tax.

    I already have a $3000 dual core MacBook Pro, the 11″ MBA is just too expensive for a near disposable netbook.

  5. @ NCG598,

    “Before long, Microsoft will be some word you will have to find in a dictionary.”

    Before long, Microsoft will be some word you will have to find with a dictionary App.

    A minor correction, I know, but it had to be done.

  6. @ NCG598,

    “Before long, Microsoft will be some word you will have to find in a dictionary.”

    Before long, Microsoft will be some word you will have to find with a dictionary App.

    A minor correction, I know, but it had to be done.

  7. @Mark Bizzarro

    We got it (over and over). So don’t get one. The MBA’s aren’t for everyone but for those that need it, it’s a great machine. And we are all impressed that you have the Ubuntu HP mini.

    As the article says, with the new MBA’s, the price disparity is not really there anymore.

  8. @Mark Bizzarro

    We got it (over and over). So don’t get one. The MBA’s aren’t for everyone but for those that need it, it’s a great machine. And we are all impressed that you have the Ubuntu HP mini.

    As the article says, with the new MBA’s, the price disparity is not really there anymore.

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