Apple's MacBook Air has polarised opinion, not just between the company's fans and everyone else, but even within the Mac community itself. It's expensive, it's arguably underpowered and certainly has very limited expansion opportunities. On the other hand, it's ridiculously thin and is a truly gorgeous-looking object. We were …
So the Air does not fit your needs?
Well the Air does *not* fit my needs.
I did not moan about it, I bought a Macbook Pro in all its 17" Hi Res LED option screen glory. Big is not issue for me with my 17" notebook backpack/shoulder bag/hand-carry bag convertible case and train ride to work every day.
I needed a desktop replacement, so my needs discounted the Air which I would look at if I am flying all over the place for work and need to lug a lot more luggage as well.
Im not fussed, back to my 24" 1900x1200 in a 17" screen ultra sharp goodness.
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People who would buy a Apple MacBook AIR have more money than sense.
Replacement battery: I'll bet good money that if you do do DIY laptop surgery, your warranty will dissipate like magic smoke.
External battery: it's very easy to knock off the maglock connector in the tight confines of a plane seat. Better hope there's enough charge in the internal to buy you time to reconnect. It's a bodge, not a fix. More cables, more bulk.
802.11n: naff-all use when there's only wired Ethernet available. Most hot-spots don't yet support 11n anyway, so you'll spend most of your roaming time in 11g territory.
Ethernet: you might as well say the MBA has a serial socket, because there are USB-RS232 adapters available.
What's the point of an ultra-thin ultra-light, if the carry-on bag also has to contain a USB hub (only one socket, remember) and a multitude of adapters, to get over its deficiencies?
So you've got your MBA and don't need all these fancy gadgets most laptops have got. You have a second computer at home for all that anyway. Great.
Okay, so you're on the go like a typical MBA user, at a business meeting, everyone goes "wow" at your shiny thin laptop, and someone gives you a CD with a presentation on...
(of course yes you might be carrying a bag full of hubs, external drives, and a cd-writer, but that defeats the point of the MBA)
Though personally I think most MBAs will just sit on a coffee table along side some style magazines in a minimalistic lounge ;-)
It's not thin
Check the specs! It's the same thickness as a Macbook, only the edges are thinner.
For all the stuff that they took out of a Macbook to make it weigh less, and weight is the ONLY benefit of the Air, they should have priced it at $999.
If you need any add-ons such as the optical drive, you end up using more desk space than the Macbook, too.
re: Ivan headach
"@Also, let's be honest, the Vaio's look cooler as well.
Ivan Headache • Saturday 12th April 2008 01:51 GMT
So when was the last time you saw a bunch of punters standing round a Vaio going "Ooh, Aah!"?
When you do let me know and then I'll admit that the Vaio looks cooler than a Macbook Air.
Typical "blind Apple follower" "
simple the Sony VAIO VGN-X505VP launched 2004 11mm thick at the thinnest point, 822g weight (so how come th MBA weigh ove a kilo if it's meant to be light and portable) and no optical drive so all the Mac fan bois slated it
oh and once again I say 2004!!!!!
catch up just cos Jobs says it's new doesn't mean it is
The MacBook Air is MUCH Thinner than the MacBook
Hi Foof - Actually your comment is in error, the MacBook Air is shockingly thinner than the MacBook or MacBook Pro.
Look at some real photos (below) and you'll quickly see the reality of just how thin the MacBook Air is in comparison to the MacBook.
RE: Typical "blind Apple follower"
My old Ibook lasted just as long (well 3 years for me) and took the same kinda of abuse, in fact its still going as a fraind of mine is useing it now, I like the air its cool it light but to be honest the HDD size is two small and at this time it is more of look how thin i am and i have already bougt a new laptop, but still haveing used Windows/Linux and Mac over the years I do use windows at home and work (XP and vista) and a mac and linux at home each has there advantages but macs tend to be better made and have fewer problems, Though my little EEE PC is a very usefull little thing and at this time proberly is better if you need a light laptop for websurfing, though this may change
Just my two cents.
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