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New MacBook Air Available For Purchase

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apple-logo.pngFinally! The new Macbook Airs are available for purchase and I’ll buy it as soon as I get a new credit card. (My current one was cancelled after mysterious transactions appeared on it today.)

That’s okay though. It gives me time to ponder over what configuration of Macbook Air I should get.

I know I’m going for the 11″ model and 4GB of RAM. So with those two options in mind, my running total is $1048 before taxes — which also includes my brother’s education discount. Not too shabby. If I were to double the amount of internal storage to 128GB, it would cost me $1149.99 before taxes. $100 for another 64GB of SSD? I don’t even give myself the luxury of 128GB on my desktop.

I have 60GB for my desktop and a paltry 16GB in my Dell Mini 9. Even if I split a 64GB drive in half for Windows 7 & Mac OS X, I’d still have enough. After reasoning that one out, I think I’ll settle for the 64GB.

The final option to ponder over is the CPU which is either a Core i5 @ 1.6 GHz or a Core i7 @ 1.8 GHz. It’ll cost an additional $135 to upgrade to the Core i7 and I don’t think it’s worth it. Benchmarks may prove me wrong (and I’m sure they will in the coming days), but the extra 200 MHz & additional 1MB of L2 Cache isn’t going to matter in the end. And if/when I really need the performance boost, I have Turbo Boost which can send the CPU up to 2.3 GHz

So I guess that’s it. For $1048 (or $1184.24 after taxes) , I get the following:

  • 11″ MacBook Air
  • Intel Core i5 1.6GHz w/ 2 cores, Turbo Boost and Hyper Threading
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB SSD
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Back lit Keyboard
Looks good to me! Plus I get $100 iTunes gift card.

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