True, the team here tends to lean towards the Apple side of tech, however we never deny when other options tempt us from the realm of PCs (especially after a glimpse of Windows 8). Inspired by a past post about MacBook Air alternatives for PC users, we narrowed down our own search to three PC models/lines that we believe balance performance and design...
Samsung - Series 9
Granted, the Series 9 was obviously greatly inspired by the MacBook Air, but we believe the laptop differs beyond the category of both being ultra-portables. The dark metallic exterior exudes an aura of power and grace, a darker relative to the MacBook Air's design personality. Details we like include the well rounded hinge's smooth form and the beastly Intel Core i5 chip (second generation) with 8 GB of RAM, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3 and 256 GB Hard Drive (SSD.) This sleek Samsung also offers a touch pad with gesture based features, making it possibly the best Air alternative if you swing Windows way.
Sony - VAIO S
We've always felt Sony has been a company with a good sense of style and functionality, specifically exhibited in their VAIO laptop line. The VAIO S is a testament to the design philosophy, partially represented by the wide variety of colors that all compliment the slim chassis. Notably one of the hallmark characteristics of the VAIO S is the surprising affordability, even when equipped with features such as a Blu-ray drive, USB 3.0 and a SSD hard drive. And since this is Sony we're talking about, the VAIO also integrates with their TVs in full 1080p HD and 5.1 Surround Sound, making it a good choice if you've already have invested in a Sony setup in the living room.
Asus - U43Jc
When it comes to the office we're a fan of integrating a wood finish to soften up our environment. The wood gracing the Asus is an eco-friendly combination of bamboo and aluminum, resulting in a eye pleasing balance of texture. Although the Asus doesn't feature some of the latest outputs like USB 3.0, the graphics card inside, a Nvidia GeForce G-310M (1GB DDR3), is a notch better than the competition, compared to the Intel GMA HD that usually comes standard with the new Intel machines. Definitely a laptop that'd turn heads in the coffee shop.