Originally Posted by Bobo Decosta
I don't really get that thinnest hype. It used to be "less is more" but now less is just much less. It might be art but I don't really get why someone would buy this. It looks nice but no drive, such a small hard drive lack of firewire and a slow processor compared to a mbp. Who buys this kinda stuff anyway?
Without Melgross's snark, the people who are going to buy this are people who move around a lot.
Apple's specialty is figuring out what a large percentage of the population needs, and giving it to them in a nice package. The MacBook Air is targeted towards people who don't need FireWire, or a DVD drive, or even Ethernet. FireWire is on the way out for non-professionals.
Most people looking to buy the MBA probably have an older computer with a DVD drive. They also can probably afford a $50 wireless router. People moving from an old desktop PC to a laptop want to accentuate the advantages of the laptop. Weight is a huge factor. A 3 lb laptop with 5 hours of battery that is ultra-thin accentuates the portability. Really, smaller size isn't a big deal. Once you're above pocket size, you either need a back-pack or a carrying case. It's weight that's the killer. I know college kids who buy the Dell, and they have some mammoth 9lb computer that's 3 inches thick. They use maybe an iPod and/or a printer, so 1 USB is no biggie. Most campuses or workplaces or libraries or coffee shops have wireless, and homes are getting wireless as time goes by. Not every home has it, but for the sort of people this is targeted towards, wireless is no big deal.
Actually, given the Time Capsule, you don't need a second computer. It's a wireless router + HDD. You can probably use an external USB DVD drive with it, even a cheap one.