Top of the Line MacBook Air 11.6-inch Model: Worth the High Price?

I wrestled with a couple of different MacBook Air 11.6-inch model configurations before finally deciding to buy the fullest upgraded model possible: 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD. Was it worth it? Subjectively, I’ve convinced myself that it was. Hardware site Anandtech provides metrics to help answer this question.

Apple’s 11-inch Upgraded MacBook Air: Do 1.6GHz and 4GB Make a Difference?

They found that the 1.6GHz processor provides a 10 to 20% performance boost compared to the base 1.4GHz Air. The Air really isn’t designed for heavy duty computing (video editing or animation creation). The MacBook Air is a relatively expensive product. The fully loaded 11.6-inch model weighs in with a hefty $1399 price tag. That is quite a bit more than the typical $300 to $500 Atom-based netbooks. However, if you want a small, light, fast netbook-like device, the Air stands head and shoulders over the four Atom based netbooks I’ve bought since 2008. Its near instant availability when resuming from a suspended state or even a cold boot is one of the big wins for me. The Air is definitely a good choice for light to medium processing tasks.