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Acer is hit and miss on things but something like this would be what I would get if I needed "lightweight" and only was using it to type.

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Hiya folks. I've been looking to ditch my M11X R1 in favor of an ultraportable, for various reasons. The 2011 Macbook Airs are pretty impressive, and after two weeks of exhaustive research, I haven't found anything I like better. I've never owned a Mac before, but since I mainly want to use it for writing, I'm open to the possibility. Basically what I'm wondering is whether the coming wave of ultrabooks will

a) produce computers that can compete with the Air's build quality, keyboard, and touchpad while being priced lower (without resorting to HDDs)

b) cause Apple to lower the price of the Airs to undercut the (hopefully) lower-priced ultrabooks

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There is not going to be a wave of UMPCs. It's too niche of a market. 99% of consumers are not going to pick up a laptop that costs twice as much as their Toshiba or Acer just because it's half the thickness.

If you like the Air, just pick it up. It's unlikely that there is something that would sway you on the horizon.
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@mootsfox - thanks for the reply. I guess I might have been infected by intel's enthusiasm for the specification. I see your point as well, and the odds of an ultrabook matching the thirdgen-Air on its first try are pretty low.

That Acer typifies the cheap alternative: not particularly thin or svelte, plastic build, hdd instead of ssd, etc. It would be more than enough for writing, true, but I need to like it enough that I won't crave a replacement three months later. I have a problem. Haha
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the air is still a fraction of the size of the eee and has double if not triple the processing power
With half, if not a third, the cooling power as the PC counterpart. Great trade off right?
     
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@mootsfox - thanks for the reply. I guess I might have been infected by intel's enthusiasm for the specification. I see your point as well, and the odds of an ultrabook matching the thirdgen-Air on its first try are pretty low.

That Acer typifies the cheap alternative: not particularly thin or svelte, plastic build, hdd instead of ssd, etc. It would be more than enough for writing, true, but I need to like it enough that I won't crave a replacement three months later. I have a problem. Haha
It's alright we all have problems. And that's just how good Apple is at marketing. Again they use foxconn and cheap parts along with designs that aren't going to survive a fall as well as you'd think among other things. Visually they are aesthetically pleasing but I wish people would stop confusing that for build quality.

The Acer is plenty thin but then again I came from using an Asus G50.

Ultimately OP choose what you want.
     
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If you haven't looked at the Lenovo X series, I would suggest that you should. Biggest problem (to me) of the X series is the price. I had a X61 for about a year, around the same time that the first Air was released. Wonderful little notebook, but that was also its problem. I got sick of the 12" screen and (to me) cramped keyboard. There was also the issue of price. I got mine on a close out through a vendor. No way I would have ever bought it at its original price of >$2,000 or even 1/2 that.

The Air has gotten better over the years, but it's far from perfect. If you are only going to be word processing and light browsing, you will probably be fine. I would suggest against trying to do much more with it though. Also, you might want to have a lap cooling pad with it, or at the very least, a large sturdy book to rest it on. Add that into your figures for portability.
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If you haven't looked at the Lenovo X series, I would suggest that you should. Biggest problem (to me) of the X series is the price. I had a X61 for about a year, around the same time that the first Air was released. Wonderful little notebook, but that was also its problem. I got sick of the 12" screen and (to me) cramped keyboard. There was also the issue of price. I got mine on a close out through a vendor. No way I would have ever bought it at its original price of >$2,000 or even 1/2 that.

The Air has gotten better over the years, but it's far from perfect. If you are only going to be word processing and light browsing, you will probably be fine. I would suggest against trying to do much more with it though. Also, you might want to have a lap cooling pad with it, or at the very least, a large sturdy book to rest it on. Add that into your figures for portability.
I looked at them, albeit briefly. The keyboards look great, but nonstandard SSDs and a general lack of extraordinariness made me move on. Coming from an m11x, the size wouldn't bother me, but I don't see a compelling reason to choose it over its competitors.
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There is not going to be a wave of UMPCs. It's too niche of a market. 99% of consumers are not going to pick up a laptop that costs twice as much as their Toshiba or Acer just because it's half the thickness.

Resurrecting this because, ^ lolol.

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