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Mac vs. PC: The battle for 'instant on'Apple's MacBook Air ups the ante in the battle to reduce the time needed to wake a computer from sleep. CNET's Ina Fried pits a typical Windows 7 machine against the new MacBook Air.
I'm Ina Fried with CNET. I'm here in our labs with the MacBook Air that Apple introduced recently as well as the Dell Latitude, a typical window 7 PC. One of the challenges that I think the new MacBook Air presents for Windows is it really brings some of the instant on capabilities that have been very popular on the iPhone and iPad and takes them into the computer ROM. Windows 7 is certainly the best Windows machine yet at going to sleep and waking from sleep. But my hunches that it's still not the same kind of performance. We're gonna see from this. So, I want to give it a little bit of a run through, so I grabbed one of faster machines we have in the Dell. Now, it's not a solid state drive. So, it's not an Apples to Apples comparison, pardon upon, but I do think it gives a sense of the performance of a typical Window 7 machine, a typical new modern machine in the MacBook Air. So, the first thing I'm gonna go is put both machines to sleep. To do that, in both cases, all you have to do is shut the lid. and it takes the windows machine a little bit longer. You see the Apple light go out sooner. The sleep button on the windows machine takes a little bit longer, but that's not something the average users gonna notice much. Now, I'm gonna wake the two machines and you'll see the difference. With MacBook Air, it's up almost instantly. With the Dell, it takes just a little bit longer. Now, it may not seem like a huge difference, but I do think that over time, this is a potentially advantage for the Mac as it's able to have really the same kind of instant zippy experience that you get on iPad actually brought to the computer. The Dell, it's not slow, but my experiences over time that resumes just isn't quite as zippy as a computer experience versus a consumer electronic experience, and that's a key difference that I think Microsoft needs to worry about as it works on the future of Windows. For CNET, I'm Ina Fried.