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You say this as if the screen on the Asus is low quality, but it isn't. It's higher resolution than the macbook's default screen, and has great color reproduction. If the Macbook's screen is a 10, this is easily an 8 or 9.
LED back lit IPS screens are the highest quality of screens sure they have their caveats, but the price difference alone sets the Mac in a different tier priced range.
no A radio support for wireless
I fail to see why a new device should have this.
You fail to see the point that this is a feature and would cost more to add to the laptop. A radios are still used, our whole enterprise is A radio, because many devices we don't want on our network do not support A radios, like Gameboys, PSPs and so forth.
No multi touch track pad
Like all Asus notebooks, and indeed any newer computer with a Synaptics touchpad, it has a multitouch pad with programmable zones and gestures. It also has buttons.
Let me rephrase, it may have similar support but quality is not the same. Track pads are notorious for going out in laptops, and all PCs use lower quality ones compared to the their competitors, again thus raising the cost of the Mac. If you were to match the Mac one, it would be an added cost. Also, not all new laptops support multi touch. Just got a bunch of dells in at work that do not support, and they are brand new preloaded with win 7 pro.
No SMS (sudden motion sensor)
This only protects the hard drive, and only in certain situations. This is more a marketing feature than anything. A minor issue.
Again, you are wrong. Applications take advantage of the SMS and some of them are quite nifty. iAlertU is one that is very handy and practical and takes advantage of the SMS.
no back lit keyboard
It does have a backlit keyboard, like every other G-series.
Hmm, this sounds fishy, I not only looked at the specs of this PC laptop on whatever site you linked (you linked both Best buy and newegg) and I google searched it. If I stated I did not see a back lit keyboard then it was not listed as a feature. You want to link those sources.
no ambient light sensor
And I need this why? Again, this is a minor issue.
You obviously do not know it's usefulness, it has plenty of practicality and it does in fact help. It auto adjusts the backlight for the screen and the keyboard on the fly according to surrounding light and it helps save a ton on battery power.
no firewire 800
Agreed, this would have been useful, but most people don't use firewire.
citation needed, thanks
2.5 hour battery life
Considering the fact that the Asus is 2.5 to 3 times as powerful, and the Macbook's battery takes up ~2/5 of its interior space, is it any wonder the battery life is worse? You can't really compare them on this basis.
2 to 3 times more powerful, how can you even quantify that? Not only was Apple able to expand their battery by doing so in their new design, they also expanded the warranty life on it. It has a warranty for 1000 cycles. No other laptop comes close to battery performance or battery warranty.
over 2 inches thick, where the MBP is just under 1" thick
Only at one end, because of the massive cooling system needed to keep it at ~70C when overclocked. Again, this is one of those areas where you can't really compare the two.
Laptops are all about mobility, and most laptop users are all about the mobility aspect not about how powerful it is with massive cooling systems. If it needs the massive cooling system it is obviously up for a higher margin of failure rates. It is comparable because no one else can pack that much punch into such a small chasis, but Apple. It is a feature and a benefit.
no aluminum unibody
No, but like many high end laptops, it has a magnesium chassis, which doesn't look as good as aluminum but has better mechanical properties. The rest of it is most likely some sort of polycarbonate...can't find the info on that.
No they use cheap plastics, Apple is very open about what materials they use in their laptops. They advertise their plastics and their metals.
Also, Apple's use of the term "unibody" is a bit misleading, as like most laptops it is separated into two parts.
Ever take apart many PC laptops? Their plastic casing generally breaks down into a dozen or more pieces. Of course you cannot have a complete one piece body, that would not be possible. It is referring to the upper chasis of the laptop, which is unibody. This at best, is an argument of semantics and nitpicking.
It lists the weight as 7.5 lbs on that Asus
size and weight are essential laptop qualities. Especially when you haul one around all day every day.