After having tuned in to the live text/pic feed from the folks at MacRumorsLive, I was moderately excited to find out more details on the new MacBook Air. I knew for a fact that I didn’t want one (I’m fine with my MacBook Pro), but nonetheless I wanted to know all the details. After giving […]
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MacBook Air: Looks Nice, But is it Really Worth It?

The New MacBook Air

After having tuned in to the live text/pic feed from the folks at MacRumorsLive, I was moderately excited to find out more details on the new MacBook Air. I knew for a fact that I didn’t want one (I’m fine with my MacBook Pro), but nonetheless I wanted to know all the details. After giving the Air a good look over, here are some conclusions I’ve come to.

Price. The base $1799 price tag didn’t make me flinch at all. But c’mon, $3089 for the top-end model with a 64GB SSD drive? I’m having some trouble figuring out who would buy it for that price, and why… But hey, maybe I’m completely wrong!

RAM. You’re stuck with what you get. If you want to upgrade, stay away from the MacBook Air!

Wireless Only. Really? No ethernet connection? Now that’s putting faith in wireless technology. I don’t think the timing is right for this yet. Sure, at my home or office wireless works flawlessly… But out in the real world, what am I going to do then? What happens if I want to ‘plug-in’? I suppose I could buy the USB to ethernet adapter that is available. BUT… There is only 1 USB port! Arghh!

No Firewire. This shocked me. I thought there would be at least ONE Firewire port to match the one USB. Guess there wasn’t enough room on this tiny little device.

Battery. The battery is non-replaceable! You kidding me!? The battery on my MacBook Pro has been put through its paces, and let me tell you, I’m probably due for a new one soon. Thankfully this isn’t a problem because I can just pick up a new one. If you’ve drained your MacBook Air battery and it won’t hold its charge very good… Guess what chappie, you’re out of luck.

Overall the MacBook Air is one great looking device. But really think about what you would need it for before you purchase. If you travel a lot and need an ultra-light mobile solution, then ok… This might be a decent purchase. Otherwise, I would point you in another direction.

For the record, my MacBook Pro fits in an envelope too… You just have to cram it in there.

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