Apple’s MacBook Air compared to a Sony Vaio TZ

A couple of months back, a colleague and me were looking around for the thinnest ultra-portable laptop around and landed on a Sony Vaio. We however felt unconvinced after checking out the specifications. We thought “There is only so much you can fit into that space”. Apple astonished us today with the introduction of “Macbook Air” to their product line-up. It’s as if Apple is telling us “There is a lot that can go into that”.


  • 13-inch wide-screen monitor with LED backlighting
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6/1.8 Ghz processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 80GB HDD/ 64GB SSD
  • WiFi + Bluetooth
  • No optical drive, Remote Disc as alternative


  • 5-hour battery backup with WiFi turned on!
  • Multi-touch on the trackpad like iPhone/iPod Touch

Price $1799


Can it get any thinner? Any better?
Macbook Air very thin

Macbook Air Macbook Air

The length of the motherboard is only a little more than a Pencil’s!
Macbook Air motherboard

Things are packed pretty tight in there!
Macbook Air innards

Here are some pictures of the Sony Vaio we had looked at for comparison.

Sony Vaio Sony Vaio
Sony Vaio Sony Vaio

Specification for Sony Vaio TZ

  • 11.1 inch widescreen, LED Backlit
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 1.20GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB SSD
  • Wifi
  • 8x DVD (+/-R double layer) drive

Price $3000

2 Questions

Which one would you get?

Is this better for making an omelette than a Macbook? 😉

Macbook stove: egg fry

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  1. Bhavesh

    My feeds from Slashdot picked this news up but I ingored it. Thanks to you I now feel shitty abt the T61 i just bought 2 weeks back 😉

    Posted January 16, 2008 at 5:25 am | Permalink
  2. Vasudha Ellina

    So we were right.

    Posted January 16, 2008 at 12:03 pm | Permalink
  3. lalamsrinivasarao

    the information about mac is extremly usefull.thank u for your review.

    Posted January 16, 2008 at 11:40 pm | Permalink
  4. Bhavesh, doesn’t your laptop have a return option? If yes, you still can eye the Macbook Air!

    Posted January 17, 2008 at 1:29 pm | Permalink
  5. Vasu, yes you were. Maybe you should start a macrumors site!

    Posted January 17, 2008 at 1:29 pm | Permalink
  6. lalamsrinivasarao, I’m glad you found the information useful.

    Posted January 17, 2008 at 1:30 pm | Permalink
  7. srikar

    Dude, you can no longer make an omelette with a MacBook… So your second question is out of context…

    Posted January 17, 2008 at 1:38 pm | Permalink
  8. Why not? It’s been fixed? If it is, well, an unfixed Macbook will do then? :)

    Posted January 17, 2008 at 9:06 pm | Permalink
  9. well i’m pretty much sold on the 5 hour battery life as my current laptop lasts less than 3

    Posted May 30, 2008 at 4:07 pm | Permalink
  10. I like both computers. Sony always produce a great display. My last vaio was a beauty. the new macbook is a darling too. Need to consider the price and utilities like batteries life and how durable the case is.

    Posted July 9, 2008 at 3:54 am | Permalink
  11. macNut, thanks for dropping by. For me battery life is the most important criterion. It gets really annoying having to charge the laptop frequently.

    Posted July 17, 2008 at 9:23 pm | Permalink
  12. Rita

    Its a good article. I came across a very recent article that talks about Sony Vaio Flex laptops that use OLED technology and is a foldable screen. To learn more you can use this link below:-

    Posted January 21, 2009 at 12:14 am | Permalink