More MacBook Air: SSDs, Battery Life

Apple MacBook Air Yet more articles about the MacBook Air. Yeah, it’s kind of weird/interesting how much buzz the Air is generating. I’m sure a lot of Apple products generate a lot of buzz, but the MacBook Air seems to be generating a lot of interest in thin and light laptops/ultraportables.

Anyways, Walt Mossberg over at All Things Digital (although he’s better known as a columnist for the Wall Street Journal) discussed the MacBook Air’s Solid State Drive, and talked about Solid State Drives (SSDs) in general, mentioning using one in the Toshiba Portege R500 and that while there are definite gains in some areas, for the majority of users, the price is not worth it.

The good thing, in my opinion, is that as more laptops offer SSDs as options, and as the price of flash memory comes down, the drives themselves will come way down in price.

Anandtech is running a short article, The Truth about MacBook Air Battery Life, discussing battery life for three scenarios: wireless internet browsing and MP3 playback, DVD playback, and multi-tasking. In the first, they were able to hit just over 4 hours and 15 minutes, but it went down from there.

A couple of days ago, they also took a look at the MacBook Air’s Ethernet dongle.

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