Did you compare the new MacBook weight? It's lighter than the one a few years ago and a better value than 2008 in my opinion.
If you go with the Air, cpu speed is not mandatory. Let's say something takes 10 seconds to process on a machine. A 10% faster CPU might cut that down 1 second. What is that worth is up to the buyer.
I am a graduate student who is looking to get a new laptop. I currently have a standard white Macbook that I got in early 2008. I was just wondering if the new 11.6" Macbook Air would perform as well as my old Macbook. I mostly use my computer for general student activities (word processing, the internet, light photo shop) and usually don't have more than word, skype, and the internet running at once. I am interested in the macbook air because I am an archaeologist and am constantly traveling. It would be great to shave off a few extra pounds from my bag, especially on international flights. But I need something that is going to perform well enough to be used as my sole computer, I'm not looking for a netbook.
I would defiantly pay the extra money to upgrade to 4gb of ram and the 128g hd. But is upgrading to the 1.6GHz processor necessary? I know its a lot weaker then the one in my computer now, but I wasn't sure how much difference it would make between 1.4 and 1.6 (it's $100 to add it on).
Any thoughts you have would be super helpful. Additionally, I would maybe consider switching from a mac to a pc (although I'd have to duel boot linux since I'm not at all fond of windows) If anyone can suggest to me an alternative. I just need something that is 11-12in, light, and NOT a netbook. Thank you!