From time to time, Microsoft comes up with a new political campaign attacking Macs or comparing them to PCs never in a totally fair way, never thinking 100% in favor of consumers. In a new page that has just aired, entitled ?Do the Math? (in Portuguese, ?Faa as Contas?), no different.
Right away, Microsoft compares a 17 ? MacBook Pro ($ 2,350) to an HP Pavillion DV7 ($ 1,000), stating that the $ 1,350 difference could be used ?on a trip to Hawaii? instead of ?browsing on the Web".
Perhaps the best example to demonstrate how much the leaky campaign takes a look at the comparative table that Microsoft has put together in connection with the 11-inch MacBook Air (click on the image below to enlarge it):
Shall we analyze this, top to bottom?
- Microsoft placed the MacBook Air alongside three * netbooks *, only one with an 11.6-inch screen and none with the same display resolution / quality.
- The MacBook Air * no * has a hard drive (HDD), as listed in the table, but a solid state drive (SSD) infinitely faster than any of the others that were wrongly listed as best analyzing only their storage capacity .
- The Airs' current Core 2 Duo processor is not yet a ?Sandy Bridge?, but remains superior to all others on the table.
- I'm sorry, Microsoft, but I want PROOF that any of these machines reach the promised 10 hours average on their batteries. The 5 am MacBook Air is real.
- Poor users who are forced to use Windows Live support and do not have iLife access.
- MobileMe costs $ 100 a year, but it is not mandatory and is not just about online data storage. In addition, free alternatives, such as Dropbox, are also available for Mac users.
- Security protection ?purchased separately?? Hahahaha! We don't * need *, Microsoft.
Other questions: why did Microsoft only compare weights (Air won, by the way) and not the physical dimensions of these machines? What are their graphics chipsets? Do they all have conventional-sized keyboards and multi-touch trackpads? Ah, to finish, remember: none runs Mac OS X.
Cool, huh? Fair, very fair Do you do the math.