Samsung X360:The MacBook Air Killer?

Samsung X360:The MacBook Air Killer?

Range Govindan
Sep 1, 2008

There is a new competitor for the MacBook Air in slimness and just plain old usefulness. But is it all that it's hyped up to be? Remember that it still runs on Vista.... Unlike the MacBook Air, it has a lot of ports. 3 USB ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 ethernet port and 1 VGA port. Let's just remind ourselves how many ports the MacBook Air has... 1 USB port.

The Samsung X360 has a 13.3" screen, no optical drive, weighs 2.8 lbs, has a 120 GB HD (you can also get a 64 GB or 128 GB SSD), 3 USB ports and a 7-1 flashcard reader. It naturally has an integrated 1.3 mega-pixel camera in its lid.

The X360 is very light and thin. In that way, it's comparable to the MacBook Air. Naturally, Apple afficionados and fanboys will despise the Vista OS, but for people using Windows, it might be a good alternative. The 13.3" LCD has 1,280 x 800 screen looks pretty goods and the extra ports make it really stand out. The X360 beats the MacBook Air in features. However, there is a revision of the MacBook Air just around the corner. Chances are that the MacBook Air will continue it's innovation with something that the X360 can't do, like a multi-touch screen or something like that. Samsung claims that the X360 has a ten hour battery life, which is technically double the battery life of the MacBook Air.

Head to head, the X360 wins. Personally, we think that the comparison should be shelved until the MacBook Air 2.0 comes out.

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