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No, they do make laptops for other stressful activities. They don't make laptops for gaming. You can configure a MacBook Pro with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Sandy Bridge i7, 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, a 512GB SSD, etc... but you can't get a graphics card better than the Radeon HD 6770M (don't come up to me saying "oh but you need to buy the >$2000 model to get the 6770M" because the 6750M is an underclocked 6770M so you can just download MSI Afterburner and you have your 6770M). And the Mac Pro can be configured with two ~3 GHz hexacore Xeons, up to four HDDs/SSDs, 64GB of registered ECC RAM... but again, the best GPU you can get is the Radeon 5870, and if you want to CrossFire Apple will only offer the 5770 for you.
Sadly, they don't make mobile workstations either. Just as a comparison, you can get a Thinkpad W520 with FHD 95% color gamut screen, Quadro 2000M, and i7 2720qm for about $2000. It benchmarks the highest out of any laptop card for Maya, Solidworks, etc. The 6970M is 70% slower for these purposes. http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.47316.0.html

Anyway back on topic, these Macbook Airs seem to be priced well. They don't have any direct competition (Don't say Samsung 9.. those are the new Adamos). But now the MBP 13 is looking overpriced at $1200 when you have laptops like the Portege, Asus U31, and Vaio S that are ~$400 less, weigh less, and have the same or better performance.
 
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Yeah the MBP is a little tough to swallow, but the MBA looks pretty awesome.
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MacBook Air is Apple's best laptop. Wish I could afford a 13-inch one (though I do have a two-year-old MacBook Pro).

Best combination of speed, portability, and style. Samsung's Series 9 does come close, though.
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Sadly, they don't make mobile workstations either. Just as a comparison, you can get a Thinkpad W520 with FHD 95% color gamut screen, Quadro 2000M, and i7 2720qm for about $2000. It benchmarks the highest out of any laptop card for Maya, Solidworks, etc. The 6970M is 70% slower for these purposes. http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.47316.0.html
Yes, but that's at the cost of portability and battery life. Apple doesn't think there's enough of a market for desktop replacements.
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I have always wondered if Macbooks were made in the USA,not China,what would be the price?Anyone have a rough estimate?
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These Macbook Airs are not only well priced, but also offer a very respectable performance while being extremely light and equipped with an SSD. For the first time ever, I'm really inclined to get one of them.

But as others have said; the 13" MBP with no SSD and similar hardware, priced at $1199, is no longer a logical buy.
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The macbook airs look like great machines, however in order to be desirable they need a pair of usb 3.0 ports and a better GPU.
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Does anyone know if OSX supports native blu-ray playback yet? I know they took the optical drive out of the mac-mini which sucks.

A mac mini with a blu-ray drive would be awesome for htpc. Why do you hate blu-ray Steve!!???
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Build quality, industry leading support, smaller size and weight, unibody construction, better screen, SSD.......

I mean, how can you compare a top of the line macbook pro to gaming laptops? They serve two completely different market segments
does the macbook have an IPS screen? because IPS (specifically HP's Dreamcolor) are the only laptop screens i've seen that beat the RGB-LED offered by Alienware; & even then it's extremely marginal.

Also you can add 2 SSDs in raid to the config to the Alienware and it would still be cheaper, as well as a warranty that covers full damage, even accidental.

The only thing that can't really be replicated (though, usually exceeded) is the operating system & the body. So it all comes down to how much more you're willing to pay to run OSX and have a slimmer body.
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does the macbook have an IPS screen? because IPS (specifically HP's Dreamcolor) are the only laptop screens i've seen that beat the RGB-LED offered by Alienware; & even then it's extremely marginal.

Also you can add 2 SSDs in raid to the config to the Alienware and it would still be cheaper, as well as a warranty that covers full damage, even accidental.

The only thing that can't really be replicated (though, usually exceeded) is the operating system & the body. So it all comes down to how much more you're willing to pay to run OSX and have a slimmer body.
None of Apple's laptops use IPS displays, I'm not entirely sure why (maybe it would cut into profits too much right now). The Apple products that have IPS displays are the iPad 2, iMac, and Thunderbolt Display (previously known as the Cinema Display before it got Thunderbolt).

If your talking about the Alienware M11x, it has the same screen size and similar starting price (when you add Sandy Bridge) as the 11.6" MacBook Air but that is where the similarities end. The MacBook Air and M11x are targeted at two vastly different markets. The MacBook Air is a super thin ultraportable (aka Ultrabook in Intel speak) and the M11x is a very portable gaming laptop. The M11x is also around twice as thick at the thickest point (1.29" vs 0.68") not to mention the Air tapers to 0.11" and almost twice the weight of the Air (4.39lbs vs 2.38lbs).
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