Originally Posted by Pennywse
Ok, I stopped, looked in the mirror and saw one superfly (yes I said superfly) dude! Thanks for that; but anyways, I digress ...
Well after 12 hours of work you don't want to know what I see.
For every single input you add, you will have to make the computer just that much bigger and that's not where Apple is going with this computer.
After a point yes! However Apple hasn't reached that point on the AIRs yet. Besides who says the connector for the RJ plug has to look like the standard recpticale on most computers.
Do you really think a majority of travelers are going to need a Gigabit Ethernet?
Who knows. The point is Gigabit Ethernet is standard with many chipsets these days. If you are going to install the port you might as well support it. Beyound that the better your Ethernet support is the more likely you can get some sort of connection.
In any event the reason I'm so focused on this is that I seem to have an ability to pick the hotels with the worst WiFi going. We are talking so bad that sending an E-Mail is a problem.
What are you going to be plugging that into on the go? There is a very small connector that turns your USB into a ethernet (problem solved),
Well problem solved if you buy one, remember to bring it along and never loose the adapter. Further you best hope the USB port isn't speed limited by other devices.
which covers internet connections if WiFi is not available w/o having to build a bigger laptop. It's a tiny lil' thing and works well.
Isn't the whole point of the AIRs is traveling light? I really don't want another tiny little thing to carry around.
Ok, I can admit my 'stupid' comment was a bit harsh, but I still stand by my assessment that to want all input/outputs on the MBA would FORCE the computer to be bigger,
All yes, an Ethernet port isn't all it is one small connector.
and with bigger comes weight. If you need all the hardware, then just move up to a MBP.
We are talking something suitable for an RJ connector, where is the weight.
As to that MBP, the new AIRs actually excite me about what is coming there. However if one looks at the small AIR as a better iPad to supplement the main machine then the discussion is slightly different.
Speaking of which the AIRs actually come up short in one manner with respect to iPad, that is no internal cellular networking solution. Now you may try to throw the same thought processes at me and say the AIR would get bigger, however IPad doesn't suffer in this manner.
And lastly, can anyone name a product on the market that is as small, light, fast, and capable, and has all the inputs and outputs everyone is talking about? I'm seriously curious.
You know that is a good question! The problem is I haven't looked at a non Apple laptop in years and really have no idea what is out there. In any event it is generally true that most PC laptops come better equiped with ports than Apple devices. At times it looks like Apple goes out of its way to be stingy with ports.
In any event remember I'm very impressed with the new AIRs. As far as the little guy goes the lack of Ethernet would not stop me from buying it. What would stop me is the small internal storage which in this case appears to be artificial.
There was a time when I'd rush out to get the latest hardware, or upgrade a machine just because. No more as it is way to expensive for one. More importantly sitting back and thinking a bit prevents making rash decisions and buying hardware that doesn't really meet a need.
This brings up an interesting issue, the current iPad is a bit lacking so I've been holding off. The new AIR could be considered a better IPad, but how will that comparison hold up when iPad 2 comes out. When your current computer works fine it gives you a lot more time to define your needs and justify the device.