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to buy a MacBook Air or a high quality Netbook?

I'm in the market for a new computer. I use my current PC laptop for most basic functions (surfing internet, watching videos, Microsoft Office, etc.), but my work requires me to carry it around a lot, so this time around, I want something around 12" and very light. When I need a bigger screen, I can connect to an LED monitor. I want small, but I don't want to sacrifice power... at least 2GB of RAM and a good amount of storage.

I don't know an incredible amount about computers, but I think I know enough to discern that the hardware of a Macbook Air and a high end Netbook SEEM to be comparable in a lot of ways: processors, memory, and graphics. In fact, some of the Netbooks I've looked at seem to have better specs-- more RAM, storage space, battery, an additional USB and SD card slot.

So, is it too good to be true, or am I missing something? Even if a Netbook suffered in some area, the fact that they cost up to $600 less should make up for it. I'm willing to pay for the Macbook Air, but I need to know WHY. Is a Mac THAT MUCH BETTER than a PC? Is the SSD technology and OS software worth it?

Thanks for the advice in advance!

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I've yet to find a netbook that I would use for more than 5 minutes typing on Word. The Macbook AIR keyboard is something I've used for hours on end.

As to the Apple vs. PC you may need to make that choice someday but to consider a netbook as your primary work laptop is folly and "a bad idea." I can only guess you haven't been using one long enough.

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Thats like saying to I want to buy

Smart car (netbook) or a Lexus (apple). Netbook processors are low powered and Apple high powered.

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I use SSD technology and

so far if this one broke I would replace it with another SSD drive. Now if a second one broke I would thing about the lifetime of the technology.

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