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Samsung ATIV Book 9 (2015) vs the Apple MacBook - Which is the sleekest?

A few weeks ago, in a verbose and engineering laden press event Apple announced their new MacBook. Not quite the MacBook Air nor MacBook Pro, the MacBook is Apple's premium, ultralight laptop competitor. While the design and the thinness were praised, the single USB Type-C port was greeted mostly with jeers, especially for a device that starts at $1,299.

Despite Apple's self-congratulatory accolades on making the new MacBook, Samsung announced a similar device back in January with little to no fanfare. The new ATIV Book 9 (2015) was the answer to Apple's MacBook before it was even announced months later.

The ATIV Book 9 (2015) is already available to purchase, and we managed to get our hands on one. Here are the ways that it is better than Apple's MacBook.

Spec war

Breaking down both laptops by their core specifications, and we can see both devices run neck and neck for design, including both being completely metal except for their keyboard. However, each has a few tricks that are worth mentioning.

Samsung ATIV Book 9 (2015)

Display

Here, the Samsung clearly wins with its higher resolution (2560x1600) display over Apple's MacBook (2304x1440). Although that difference is not vast, combined with the extra 0.2 inches and the ATIV Book 9 gets the upper edge.

Both displays incidentally are 16:10 orientation and non-touch.

Apple is known for using high-quality displays, as in Samsung. In fact, Apple often uses displays from Samsung and LG, making quality comparisons similar between the two devices.

So far, the ATIV Book 9 has one of the best screens we have seen due to its low reflectivity, high resolution and excellent contrast. There are also bonus features like 'secret' mode to hide things on your screen with a tap of the button and outdoor mode, where the display can shoot up to a whopping 700 nits of brightness (300 nits is standard for laptops). Outdoor mode kills the battery right quick, but it is still a fantastic option.

Winner: Samsung

Samsung ATIV Book 9 (2015)

Ports

USB Type-C is the future, but that future is not here yet. It is not that people have an issue with switching to Type-C but rather there are no other ports on the MacBook: no HDMI, micro SD, or USB 3.0. As a result, people are planning to pick up the $79 dongle to get work done. It is not the end of the world, and Apple users should be used to buying dongles and expensive accessories by now, however, it does detract from the MacBook's convenience.

Meanwhile, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 goes in the other direction:

  • USB 3.0 x 2
  • HDMI
  • Micro SD
  • AC Power (proprietary barrel design)

If we had to knock the Samsung model, it would be that last one: the proprietary AC barrel plug. Sure, it is teeny tiny, but not nearly as opportune as using a USB Type-C. However, having two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and micro SD for reading or expansion is one heck of a bonus.

Winner: Samsung

Weight

The new MacBook is just 2.03 pounds (0.92 kg) versus the ATIV Book 9's 2.06 pounds (0.93 kg). If you think that half an ounce is detectable, you are likely a human scale. In fact, the just-noticeable difference (JND) for 32 ounces in humans would be closer to 3 ounces (0.09 kg). So these devices are equal.

Winner: Tie

Apple MacBook

Size

In terms of raw dimensions, Apple gets the nod for being smaller for width 11.04 inches (28.05 cm) and depth 7.74 inches (19.65 cm) versus the ATIV Book 9 at 11.19 inches (28.42 cm) and 8.37 inches (21.26 cm), however, both are very close.

In terms of height (or "thinness"), which is often touted as the big selling point for mobile devices, the ATIV Book 9 0.46 inches (11.7 mm) edges out the new MacBook 0.52 inches (13.2 mm) at its thickest point. Considering how much emphasis is placed on how thin these devices are, it is fascinating to see Samsung's ATIV Book 9 beat out Apple here.

Winner: Apple (overall size); Samsung for thinness

Performance

Comparing direct performance between the two devices is currently not possible, but here Apple has done some things right.

Both devices are running the new Intel Core M: the 5Y31 version for the ATIV, while the MacBook may have Broadwell Y-series (it is not yet known). However, Apple's is clocked higher at 1.1GHz or 1.3GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz and 2.6GHz) versus Samsung's Core M 0.9 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2 GHz). However, it is unclear which OS will make the most out of the Core M.

For what it is worth, the ATIV Book 9 does ship with Windows 8.1 64-bit.

One interesting difference that should help Apple is their usage of newer PCIe Flash storage versus Samsung's SSD (SATA III). The downside to PCIe is the price, which costs significantly more than SATA III SSD.

The ATIV Book 9 comes in 4 or 8GB variants for RAM while the MacBook is just 8GB.

Both devices use the Intel HD 5300 graphics.

Winner: Apple

MacBook

Battery

It is too early to do real world tests on battery usage, especially since you cannot yet buy and use a 2015 Apple MacBook. Nevertheless, in terms of battery ratings, Samsung is claiming 10.5 hours versus Apple's 9 hours.

Seeing as the MacBook has a CPU that is clocked higher than the ATIV Book 9 that estimate seems rational.

Winner: Samsung

Pricing

Neither one of these laptops are going to win an award for being budget-friendly. However, the ATIV Book 9 (4GB/128GB) does come in at $100 cheaper ($1199 versus $1299) than the base model of the MacBook (8GB/256GB).

However, if you even out the specs (8GB/256GB) and the Samsung is now more expensive ($1399 versus $1299).

Apple tops off their MacBook at a whopping $1599 for the 512 GB version, likely attributable to that pricey PCIe storage solution.

One caveat to add though is Windows laptops often go on sale, whereas Apple products do not. Additionally, users can expand the storage on the ATIV Book 9 with the built-in Micro SD card reader and use the free 30GB of OneDrive cloud storage.

Winner: Samsung for entry-level; Apple for parity cost

Samsung ATIV Book 9 (2015)

Conclusion

Overall, Samsung's ATIV Book 9 edges out Apple's MacBook in many areas (but not all). In terms of thinness, battery life, display and most importantly, ports, the ATIV Book 9 is one hot contender.

Perhaps the bigger story though is not so much who wins and who loses in raw specifications and pricing. Rather the big reveal is that Apple did not "invent" the super-thin, ultra-light category of premium laptops.

In fact, Samsung beat Apple to the market and did so with much less fanfare (in fact too little, in my opinion). There were no fancy engineering-porn videos, no half-hour announcements with gasps from the audience. Just a regular product line refresh from one of the largest PC and digital device manufacturers in the world.

The bottom line is this: If you have the money and want something like the new MacBook but for Windows, the ATIV Book 9 is your answer, and you can order it today (opens in new tab).

Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage of the ATIV Book 9 (2015) from Windows Central, including a forthcoming first-impressions article.

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

127 Comments
  • I wouldn't buy an Apple with your money.
  • The 2015 MBA isn't even the slimmest by last year's standards... if you follow The Verge's crew of Apple fanboys it's hilarious how they went into immediate damage control.
  • That's why I don't read the Verge anymore.
  • Same here. 
  • Same here. The entire verge crew are a group of apple fanboys. Even there android writers can't go through a review without mentioning the iPhone at least 3 times.
  • Exactly. CrApple monitors and watches all these tech comps very very closely, and if they don't ALWAYS talk about CrApple iJUNK/MacCrap stuff, they will NOT be invited to any events or get free prods to test, and bonus $$$$$$$$ money. that's why, everyone constantly has to mention CrApple on every artical, or test, or.................. This is how this EVIL comp, doing its monopolization.  
  • It's true. I'm a tech nerd, but my father knows NOTHING about ANYTHING. He can't even unzoom the TV with a simple button. But he asks me one day out of the blue "Is that an iPhone?" and my jaw dropped. He knew the word iPhone even though it was a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 at the time. LOL. They do an awesome job at that crap. They're a group of people that makes EVERYONE talk about them either by NDA, bribery or good old fashioned advertising. They're not innovative in ANY way, and haven't been for a good many years. They make high quality feeling products, but the tech inside leaves a lot to be desired. I wouldn't use an iPhone 6+ even if they paid ME to use it! Or maybe I would... I'd take their money, sell their product, and pocket 2 grand xD haha. I can't wait for Apple to die off like Blackberry did when their britches got too big for them... They though they were untouchable for many years, and they were! Until they forgot how to innovate and launched the 8800, 8810, 8820... 8300, 8310, 8320, etc. They lost touch with the market. Apple thinks they're untouchable now. Their products, in my opinion, are nice looking (subjective) and REALLY expensive (objective)
  • Please link that. I'd like to read.
  • http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/12/8198739/mac-vs-pc-new-macbook-pc-maker...
  • Forgot to mention the OS. Samsung wins there.
  • Lol. That's an important point.
  • PC OEMs need to stop putting stickers on around the touchpad/keyboard :P
  • Yes yes yes
  • Just like on Surface Pro 3
  • But then how will I know there's an Intel processor inside!!??
  • At startup(maybe ms could add a spot on the login screen)
  • Lol those are the first things I change
  • Damn, that side view of the Samsung looks good.
  • Ativ Book design has been destroying all ultrabook designs for years now. They haven't changed it because the style, the material, the construction, it's all flawless
  • ASUS zenbook ux305
  • Since I like High Def screens I would go for the Samsung.
  • This is one of those inferiority complex kind of articles. When windows products have specs that aren't up to par we are like "specs don't matter". When windows products have good specs and impressive numbers, we are quick to point them out and all of a sudden specs do matter. Any level headed person realizes tech products nowadays are much greater than the sum of their parts. This is why I bought a surface pro 3 and really love the device. But I'm not going to pretend like an Apple product is inferior simply because of price or when it launches- because the exact same argument can be made against the surface pro 3 vs other win laptops. If you really think a Samsung laptop has comparable build quality to a MacBook then you are delusional. Apple does not make perfect products but lets not be unreasonable about the overall experience of these products and what they offer to the user.
  • "If you really think a Samsung laptop has comparable build quality to a MacBook then you are delusional. "
    I have owned a MacBook Air. I own this. They are comparable in build quality and I'm not delusional. What is delusional is remarking about the build quality of a device you have never touched. Also, this is not an inferiority complex article. It is simply comparing two products in terms of specifications and features. Let's not pretend these articles are not valuable to readers. If you don't think they are, well, you are wrong. That simple.
  • I don't need to touch the MacBook to know what the build quality is like- because Apple is very consistent pretty much across the board. Same thing for Lumias- we know what to expect at each price point. You can't say the same thing for Samsung, the engineering quality is inconsistent from one generation to the next. Even they realize this when many reviews criticized the SGS5 for being plastic, and now Samsung is going with metal in the SGS6. If Samsung beat apple to market with a laptop that was as thin and NOT made out plastic then we could give them props. And it wasn't a very objective comparison because you opened by making snarky comments about Apple's claim of reinventing the notebook. Everyone, including MS, does this and its nothing to take personally. If you really think the Samsung trackpad will hold up as well as Apple's then I apologize, but I've never heard anyone say Samsung laptops have comparable build quality to Apple's. They typically offer more features but I've never heard anything about engineering and attention to detail.
  • Well, now you have. Welcome to a new year in the computing world. =)
  • So blind fanboyism it is for Apple - they made it so it must be good. Never mind the products they have been releasing over the past years have had one problem after another, but it has the Apple name stamped on it so it must be perfect! When Microsoft started using the term "lap-ability" to describe the Surface Pro 3, the tech media was full of snark, and even outright laughed at Microsoft, accusing them of creating words because it was a sign that the SP3 just was not a very good product. But Apple claims that they (re)invented the laptop, when there is nothing new, revolutionary, nor evolutionary in the new MacBook, then eveyone does it so stop picking on Apple, but everyone else laughing about lap-ability is just fine. The thing about these supposedly great Apple laptops, the only people who actually use Apple laptops are Apple devotees who will not say a single thing that is bad about Apple. Bad power supplies, bad graphics, overheating, problems with batteries, problems with Wi-Fi, and so on - why, those are not Apple's problems. Those are problems with components sourced from other companies, and you cannot blame Apple for problems from other companies because Apple has no responsibility in choosing good, quality parts. But don't forget, Apple uses only the best, quality components which justifies their higher prices and makes them better than companies like Samsung.
  • LOL "If Samsung beat apple to market with a laptop that was as thin and NOT made out plastic then we could give them props." This one is NOT made of plastic. But hey, don't let the facts get in the way.
  • I was wrong, I do give samsung respect for getting it out sooner.  
  • You my friend have been Rubino-ed with the comment above.
  • 1)  "remarking about the build quality of a device you never touched' You declared the samsung screen better without ever having SEEN the macbook.  Why- because "Apple uses panels from LG or Samsung".  I can use the same exact logic to defend the build quality of macbooks based on what I've seen in the past.  And although Apple does use competitor panels, most of the time they do a better job calibrating them.  Source?  Anandtech articles from 2002-NOW, written by engineers who actually use instruments of measurement and not deduction. 2)  "Comparing two products in terms of specs and features. Let's pretend these articles are not valuable to readers" Actually I do not think these articles are valuable, they are written to rally the troops and to debunk a claim by Apple. A valuable article would have been to objectively compare the two by having them both in hand.  Using specs and cherry picking each category for comparison isn't going to help anyone (especially battery since samsung overinflates those consistently).  It reminds me more of those comparison charts on OEM sites that have checks and X's that are used for marketing purposes.
  • It is odd, you are criticizing them for not waiting until they have both devices in hand, but here you are praising the MacBook, without having it in hand, and dismissing the Samsung product, without having it in hand while making claims about it that we know are wrong. In fact, looking through your post history it seems like everything that Microsoft is wrong, while Google and Apple is doing everything right. You are talking about how wonderful Mac sales are (actually, they are quite pathetic), talking about how BillG and Ballmer should be homeless, and then there is your avatar. Sounds to me like you are just astroturfing.
  • No, I was saying it makes no sense to do a comparison review with the Macbook since Rubino didn't have it in hand.  I went on to say that based on the last 20 laptops Apple has released that it would be premature to jump to any conclusions. I'm pointing out shortcomings of MS in the hope that people stop blindly praising them and we can do something about it while we still can.  I'm hardly a fanboy of Apple or Google since I have a L925, SP3, and a Win desktop (my only devices). Mac sales have been improving over the past decade, and go to any college, university, starbucks, etc and then tell me that their sales are pathetic.  Their market share is still small relative to MS, but their gains are significant. Everything else you said was totally out of context.  I actually like Ballmer and don't think he deserves to be the scapegoat, although most MS fanboys enjoy putting the blame of the past 10 years on him. 
  • Web sites do comparisons between Apple and Microsoft products all the time without having the Microsoft product in hand - and the same for the Apple product. One of the biggest tech sites around knocked Microsoft Band's battery life, saying that at two days was horrible, but proclaimed the iWatch's battery life, which with no use will last 18 hours, as "impressive." Not only do they not have an iWatch in hand, but they say one with better life (that has proven two days as accurate) as worse than the one with fewer rated hours (just blindly taking Apple's word on it). This article made it clear that they were only comparing specs, not the look and feel of the device, but the specs of a device Apple claimed they "reinvented." The truth is that they have released an underpowered, under spec'ed, over priced device that makes it impossible to do even the most simple of tasks - plugging an iPhone into it to sync. If Apple sold Lightning/USB-C cables it would be one thing, but they have not even done that yet. S0 you go out, spend $1300 on a "reinvented" laptop, and you can't even use it. And if they did sell a Lightning/USB-C cable, don't try syncing it while trying to charge the laptop, that is just an obsurd scenario that nobody would want to perform.  I don't just blindly follow Microsoft, just today I was complaining to a collegue about problems with the OneDrive user model, how copying files through the Web UI does not merge files if there are duplicate files. If those are the only devices you have, then how could you proclaim Apple devices as good as you say they are? If they are not in your hands, then how could you say they are good? I have a Mac Mini (one at work, one at home), I had a MacBook Pro, iPads, an iPod Touch, and iPhones. I have had hardware problems with each of them except for the iPod. The MacBook had a motherboard replacement, and the touchpad you claim is the best (again, how do you know if you never used one?) went bad after a year. One Mac Mini overheated and had to be replaced. The One at home has a bad DisplayPort and can only be used with HDMI. I went through three iPhones (one bricked during a update, which Apple said was caused by me trying to jailbreak it and refused to cover the warranty). You need to look over a span of a decade to find evidence of increasing sales? OSX marketshare has only slightly improved over the years, improved so little that it could be considered a rounding or sampling error. That "failure" that people like to claim Win8.x is has sold more copies in a couple years (over 300 million) than there have been sales of Mac since they were first shipped. When you go from 3 million to 4 over that decade, it is laughable. ANd know where most of those sales are from? iPhone has been wildly successful, and they need computers to develop for those iPhones. Their marketshare compared to MS' is not small, it is insignificant. So again, I ask, of those 20 different laptops you mention, how many of them have you had in hand, and did a real comparison between them and a competitive device in the Windows world?
  • To make this article fair, you needed a section on design, not a sentence. Yes, of course it is subjective, but it doesn't mean you can't present the reader with the facts. Tbh if you are getting people not knowing if one is made out of metal or plastic, and you are qriting an article to conclusively suggest which is better, you need to look at aesthetics and genrally the build on more than just one sentence.
  • Yes!
  • You have really hate Apple to recomend this over the Macbook. Aside from ports, you are getting a better computer Macbook (more RAM, and bigger/faster SSD). It is still an overpriced laptop, but Samsung managed to putout an even worse offering. Even if you dislike OSX, the macbook would still be at least an equal Windows machine.
  • Look, just because there are people that like MacBooks that does not mean that experience is great. I've used a MacBook. The OS is just bad (for me), which means that the experience (for me) was also bad. And I'm sure that I'm not the only one with such opinion. As for the build quality, just read Daniel's post...
  • Totally agree there.. the tired slogan "Once you go Mac..." couldn't be more wrong for me... I went Mac once, I regretted it so badly I haven't used a single Apple product since. My life couldn't be better, with my SP3. It's not perfect, just like anything else (people who think what they own is perfect are delusional fanboys), but my requirements for mobile computing have never been so fulfilled as they're now! Everyday I'm wondering how I'm able to take handwritten notes in class for 6 hours straight, watch Netflix, browse the web and all that on a charge, and still, given the barely existent hardware, be able to play Steam games reasonably well, as well as do all the programming I need while using the full Spotify software, plus photoshop, premiere pro etc. on-the-go. Sometime in the future when Apple figures this out without removing all ports, keys and screen, everyone will think Apple invented this kind of computing. That's the sad part.
  • I haven't used the MacBook, but the only keyboards and trackpads I find better are on thinkpads. I have always found samsungs to be sub par. I think most people prefer the solid feel of a MacBook or surface, not the plastic enclosure of a Samsung.
  • Once again, you're talking about something you haven no idea about. Fact: ATIV Book 9 (2015) is 100% metal for the body. Metal, not plastic. The only thing that is plastic are the keys for the keyboard, which is a 'duh'. It also features a Microsoft Precision Trackpad aka the best trackpad you can get on a PC laptop right now.
  • I stand corrected!  And look, I'm not even being a dick about it!
  • The fact that you're going all holier-than-thou all over the comment section inherently makes you a d*ck. Some of us actually check our facts before we say anything, particularly something so trivial as Samsung's Ativ books (not Lite) having been made out of metal for a LONG time already (in fact, already back when it was called Series 9).
  • I wasn't going holier than thou, I was making a reference to a Rubino post in the forums (CHECK YOUR FACTS!). So I was wrong about Samsung have a metal enclousure, big deal, everything else remains the same.  It was a half assed fan boyish comparison that would have been fine if it didn't try and draw conclusions on both devices.  
  • Mac keyboards suck imho. Island style keyboards are terrible. My wife has a MacBook and I'd honestly rather use my surface type cover than the MacBook keyboards. The new MacBook keyboard and trackpad are worse than the old ones because they are so thin.
  • I havent tried the new MacBook's trackpad but the last version of it I hate. Its the worst touchpad I have to deal with. It never clicks where I want it too, it will suddenly skip down the screen a few inches when I go to click, and never reads my right click the first time around. Awful garbage for me.  I must be in the minority though because my coworkers love it. 
  • I never had problems with clicking, but moving the cursor around drove me mad! The trackpad seems to have a threshold for when it thinks you've dragged your finger, making miniscule movements (1-2 pixels) really hard! It doesn't do anything at first, and when it finally registers your drag, it flies off way past the point where I wanted the cursor! It's more like curseor!
  • I bought the first gen Series 9 Samsung some years ago, and it was sleek, metal, and an absolute pleasure to use. Each of these higherend Samsung notebooks are in my opinion very well made and worth the cash. Then on the other hand I wouldn't touch a Macbook with your hands but there are many reasons for that, but again that's my personal opinion and we're all allowed our personal tastes. But Daniel's article is just weighing up both devices. I happen to appreciate that. I also happen to dislike how some folk categorise. I believe I'm in the 'majority' of regular users, but to say 'most people prefer the solid feel of a MacBook' is pushing it. "Some people prefer..." would be a better way of saying it. :-)
  • You haven't used a mac, you haven't used ativ.. yet you write bilion comments judging which one's better. You win. Now please leave.
  • The same is done by the Apple fanboys, and they usually do it much worse. Take screen resolution, for example. Apple introduced "retina" resolution on the iPhone, immediately the Apple people were laughing at the competition because it had inferior resolution. When competing products were released that had a higher DPI, then they changed the argument to nobody needs a resolution that high, you will not notice the increased DPI (which is complete bull, you can see higher DPI than what is on Apple devices, but then it conflicts with what Jobs told us that retina was the best that you could see). Another example - 3G. When the iPhone 1 was released, it was criticized for not supporting 3G. Years of products shipping with 3G, and suddenly 3G was not important, it was good that Apple does not ship with it because it ruins battery life, and a long chain of other excuses. Then the iPhone 3G was announced, and Apple "did 3G right" unlike all those imitators. When Apple was criticized for not having 4G, the same excuses were used, but when 4G was added, then it was better than all the others (even though Apple admitted to shipping Qualcomm chips that were considered beta and caused connection problems - which were blamed on users). Now not having tech means it is good. Apple laptops were better than the others because they did not ship with a DVD drive, they are better because they never shipped Blu-Ray drives (but don't forget, Mac is the best for video, specifically HD video, editing), having only one port and a port that no one, not even Apple, yet supports. Want to plug in your iPhone to charge or sync it? Too bad, unless you buy an adapter. But remember, the Apple fanboys told us the Surface Pro only having one USB port was bad because you need to be able to connect all kind of devices and that is only possible with a USB hub, nobody wants to carry around those. But being able to either charge **or** connect only one device at a time is good, and needing to carry an adapter to plug in your iPhone is even better! There was even a group of people claiming that the MacBook Air was much better than the Surface Pro because the Surface Pro had a higher resolution screen, and that would just destroy the battery life. Now the high resolution of the MacBook is better than the competition, even though it is not as high a resolution than other devices. Apple users have had a monopoly on changing the story to make Apple look better because of the poor specs on Apple devices. And when, as shown in this article, some specs are a wash because they are generally comparable, then those same people who made excuses for Apple and the ones that are crying foul.
     
  • One word: Buyer's remorse (okay, two). FApples really like to exercise this.
  • Oh, and BTW, I believe there is an error in the article that gives the Apple device an edge when it really should not be. If you take the dimensions of the devices, the article claims that Apple is better except for thickness. If you take the dimensions (converting the thickness from mm to cm) they are: MacBook: 28.05cm x 19.65cm x 1.32cm = 727.5609 cm^3
    ATIV: 28.42cm x 21.26cm x 1.17cm = 706.924764 cm^3 Unless my math is wrong, it means that the ATIV has a smaller overall volume than the MacBook and it is one additional point in favor of the ATIV.
  • I'm sorry, Grimlock, but you are way off the mark. I had the 2012 version of this laptop and it was one of the most beautifully built laptops I have ever seen. Ditto for the Asus Zenbook it replaced. Both of those machines were at least the equal of a MacBook Air (and, yes, I looked at them side-by-side). My current laptop, a Dell M3800, has a feel to the palmrest that screams "quality" in a way no Apple laptop does. Same with the keyboard on my Dell M4400, it just had a high quality feel to the touch that I have enver experienced on any other machine. Apple do make good quality products but by no means do they have a monopoly on that and things like "Antennagate" and "Bendgate" show they are as prone to cock-ups as anyone else. I do understand your overall point but I think the thrust of the article is about the way Apple go about pushing their products, where many PC vendors do not. I don't think the article is born of an inferiority complex so much as a desire to cut through Apple's hyperbole and show things in a more objective light. And I don't think they were beng dismissive of the MacBook's faster processor so much as pointing out that, in this specific case, the difference is so small as to possibly be irrelevant. i.e. That the OS is likely to have greater impact on performance than the difference in clock speed (which is perfectly reasonable).
  • I would have praised the hell out of the article if it really did cut through Apple's hyperbole, but it is difficult to do without the device in hand.  In fact the way it was done was essentially no more credible then the way Apple was hyping their machine.   I think the best way to cut through Apple hype would be to do a thorough and exhaustive comparison.