Originally posted by shetline
If Apple wanted to make a luggable computer, something 2.5 inches thick, 12 lbs, with 2 hours of battery life, perhaps.
Yes, Apple has some performance catching up to do in the area of roughly comparable laptops -- laptops in roughly the same size and weight category as their own -- but let's not confuse product categories.
The PC "laptops" with the kind of speed and graphics performance you're talking about are more like transportable desktops than laptops. I get the impression that such monsters are not a product category Apple is interested in pursuing.
It would be a portable computer, not a luggable
one. It seems silly to me that people are starting to term 10 pound laptops luggable.
No, the Osborne
was a luggable
computer. The 10 pound notebook computers are portables, as was my wallstreet g3 which weighed about 10 pounds with both batteries in it (not to mention the other couple of pounds for the expansion bay accessories).
Unfortunately, Apple has not only been ignoring the heaver desktop replacement portables, but also the 3-4 pound compact modles. I almost got my brother-in-law to get a Mac, but he wanted something lighter than any of the Apple offerings.
I think it is past time for Apple to expand its portable line. They don't need to come out with as many models as Toshiba, Sony or Dell, but it would be nice if they would make the basic three categories:
Compact: 3-4 pounds.
Midsize: 4-7 pounds. (the current power book and iBook lines)
Luxury: 7-10 pounds.
Most of the PC notebook makers offer the notebooks in those three of more categories, Apple should do the same.