When Apple introduced the Macbook Air in 2008, it was a truly revolutionary notebook. The thin and light notebook packs a powerful processor and top-of-the-line hardware options. This was a big break from the netbooks that other companies were pushing. Now, years later, Intel is pushing Ultrabooks (essentially Macbook Air knock-offs) with their PC maker partners such as Acer, ASUS, HP and Dell … but can these Macbook Air clones really compete with the original?
For the most part, the Ultrabooks that are currently on the market leave much to be desired when compared with the Macbook Air(MBA). Some of them, like the ASUS Zenbook, look nearly identical to the MBA, but their hardware specs, and more importantly, level of customer support, still do not compare. A few hardware makers, such as Samsung, have taken the low-cost approach, putting out Ultrabooks that are much cheaper than the Macbook Air, but their design and quality suffer as a result.
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