Linked by Smith Johnson on Wed 16th Jan 2008 01:24 UTC, submitted by Dan Warne
Apple Like an anorexic fashion model, Apple's new super-thin MacBook Air has made too many compromises for the sake of being skinny. With such emaciated specs, many are asking: who would buy it?
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your "pro" is not my "pro"
by jziegler on Wed 16th Jan 2008 09:08 UTC
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It seems, that people forget that not everyone has the same needs.

Since I already have a MBP, 6 months old, I'm not considering MBA right now. I definitely will, in the future (year, year and a half). Hopefully, SSD will become cheaper by then.

As a sysadmin with some management roles:
* glossy screen - no my favourite, but not really a problem
* no dvd drive - only really needed it for installing, can be solved by I cheap external one, wihich I already do have

* no fw - don't need it
* no HSDPA/3G - why would I want it? my phone has it and it speaks Bluetooth. So does MBA. Problem solved.

* one USB port - never actually needed more than one. What I use it for on the go is : usb keys, usb-to-serial. With the external dvd, I would need the USB for this as well, but that would sit on my desk. It can sit there with a USB hub as well

* non-replaceable battery - yes, sucks a bit. However by the time it's dead, it would be time for a new notebook anyway. I guess it was a compromise to keep the size small. Also less latches, screws and connectors - less things to break/fall off.

* no microphone input - no need for that

So in my opinion, it's a very good product.

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