We all like the MacBook Air. Well, most of us. I don’t. But if you’re thinking of getting one, and waffling between the HDD and SSD drives, go with the HDD. And don’t take my word for it, take uncle Walt Mossburg’s.
His crew ran a series of tests on a standard hard drive-based Air and on a solid state drive-based Air, and found the SSD doesn’t make that much difference in battery life. While it does cut the boot time down considerably, it’s moot when you take into account how fast a Mac boots anyway.
Bottom line: Is it worth the extra money? No way. Go HDD and get on with your life.
The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg (SSD) and AnandTech’s Anand Lal Shimpi (HDD) have each issued reports on the battery performance of Apple’s new MacBook Air models after putting the notebooks through some extensive real-world tests [Apple Insider]