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Originally Posted by ros3ntan View Post

I used powerbook 1.5ghz and i barely used 100% of my cpu power. I used my macbook 1.83 core duo, i rarely get to 50% of cpu usage. I used my laptop for web browsing, emails, microsoft office and IM.

So people who say MBA is slow should think about what kind of use they are planning. Unless you are opening a lot of programs (meaning more programs that i mention above, video editing, or adobe programs, which means you probably want a MBP) you wont need that much power. I am currently using powerbook (3 years old) and im happy with it. Its not the fastest, but it gets the job done without delaying my work.

For 1.83 core duo (intel chip thats one year and a half old is still more than enough. MBA 1.8 is faster than 1.83 core duo.

(all of this assuming you have 2gb ram) which is what the MBA has.

I will defend MBA cpu speed. It is fast enough for web browsing, emails, microsoft office and IM.

It is true that most people don't need much power, and the people that do probably shouldn't be looking at the Air to begin with. I was never considering the Air, personally, but that's because I need at least a 15" screen, more than 3GB RAM, and apparently more than the 2.33 CPU I currently have in my MBPro. Of course, I'm constantly running Adobe applications, Maya, Rhino, AutoCAD, and 3D Studio Max thorugh Boot Camp among other apps. It's true that the Air seems to be geared more toward the Business, Office/e.mail/internet user than users that require incredible performance. People definitely need to realize this when judging the Air, and not expect it to be a Macbook Pro.
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That article was so hard to read. He was talking about a movie, his dad, critics. I got about three paragraphs in and still didn't find any content. You get paid by the word or something?

It was pretty poorly written, but what do you expect from Apple Insider? It's pretty typical of this website. If I read another article that has the phrase "the Cupertino, California based company" in it 12 times, I'm going to throw my computer against the wall.
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No, it's obviously not a smaller MBP ... the problem is that it's priced like one.

Hmm, so how much are you expecting it to be? As cheap as the MB? Apple dont want to kill their other product range.

Anyway MBA is ultraportable and totally not a hardware stripped down MBP. If Apple just make it a 12" people will just stop complaining or comparing it to the MB.

Apple ultraportable is 13" whereas the market is 11-12". So I guessed people dont see the MBA as a ultraportable although it is meant to be a ultraportable.
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cellphone card slot? what do you mean?

That PM??? slot that everybody keeps talking about. The one that some of the cellphone modems use. I obviously do not use one or I would know what's called.
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post #165 of 236
Are you kidding. A fingerprint reader is a must have. No notebook computer should be without one. It's probably the most important feature of purchasing a notebook computer. Keyboard, screen, processors are just add ons. Being able to log-on with the swipe of a finger is way cool. I could spend the whole day doing that.

http://www.upek.com/solutions/mac/default.asp

As fine a machine design (for lightness and space saving) as I think the MBAir is, it probably won't sell well at all. Maybe to a small amount of loyal Mac fans and a few business types. Most Americans are pretty much steeped into featuritis. They balance how much it costs to the number of features. The longer the feature list, the more they want it. It is the perception that they are really getting more for their money. That's how things sell. I knew guys that drove around with the features stickers on their cars for days. That's feature pride.

The MBAir is being dumped on by critics that don't even own one. They look and say that it's missing this and it's missing that (optical drive, ports, replaceable battery). Anyone who pays more and gets less is considered a chump, a fool, a patsy. I think Mac owners have always been considered that way. Why pay a $1800 for a Mac laptop? Acer has one with just as many features for $800. I've only purchased Macs for 20 some years. I must be a damn fool. I think my MacBook Pro C2D 2.33 is the finest Mac I've ever owned.

This isn't the world of art, where a couple of stick figures on a canvas warrants a $20,000 price tag. The intangibles of design and usefulness are in the eye of the beholder and really can't be quantified. I like using Macs because they just seem to suit me for some reason.

So I honestly think the MacBookAir will become the Mac Cube of 2008. Unfortunate, but that's how I see it no matter how much I want to to be a runaway hit.
post #166 of 236
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Minimalism doesn't mean going without needed features, it means reducing the feature set to only those things which are needed. I agree with the tone of the article that most users don't need a lot of the stuff put into laptops, including the optical drive. But my main problem, if I were a prospective Air buyer, is that there is apparently only one USB port. My Powerbok G4 had three, my Macbook Pro has 2. Since Apple can't make a decent mouse, and the only people who seem to be able to is Logitech, that one port will be constantly occupied by the receiver for the mouse. Often I need the second port for a USB key. I think the minimum requirement for USB ports is two, and I don't think adding one more would've been a huge engineering challenge for Apple. I also don't think that it's THAT uncommon for people to require more than one USB port. Having to connect a hub negates the whole concept of ultra portability. That said, I'm not the customer the Air is intended for, since I need a larger screen, more power, and more RAM.

And connecting a mouse doesn't impact portability?
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That PM??? slot that everybody keeps talking about. The one that some of the cellphone modems use. I obviously do not use one or I would know what's called.

Older laptops have PCMCIA (aka PC Card) type slots. Cards come in type I, II or III, each with the same length and width, but varying height. Later editions of the spec are also known as CardBus.

Newer laptops have ExpressCard slots. These are not backwards compatible with PCMCIA and come in two different sizes: 34 and 54.
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post #168 of 236
Thank you Mr. H.
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post #169 of 236
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My questions:
1. How durable is this machine? Can it stand up to being put in a rucksack and transported around, banged on desks like a Macbook?
2. Without a security connection how are we meant to safeguard the system? Any hint from Apple that they overlooked this and will rectify in a future release?

From the exterior, it appears that it has the same characteristic as the macbook pro. They have aluminum casing which is very durable. It is a sturdy laptop. As far as i know, as long as you dont jump on it, it is very durable
post #170 of 236
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Originally Posted by ros3ntan View Post

From the exterior, it appears that it has the same characteristic as the macbook pro. They have aluminum casing which is very durable. It is a sturdy laptop. As far as i know, as long as you dont jump on it, it is very durable

I have tried one of those at the Apple store in NJ today.

It is a very durable, sturdy and incredibly light laptop. It feels just as durable as the Macbook Pro.

Two issues:
1. The Apple key is 4 keys away from the left, instead of 3, as on my desktop keyboard . What is the "fn" function key for? Very confusing.
2. The screen is horrible!!! I just cannot stand these glossy screens. For me that is the one show-stopper. I need a matte screen.

Otherwise the laptop was very snappy. Performance was great except that it easily choked on 1080p quicktime videos. The weight is very light, the thin body makes you forget that it is longer than the 12" Powerbook by a good inch (depth is about the same)

Therefore, it is our conclusion that the Powerbook 12" remains the best travel laptop. We still use it professionally for that purpose. If it was just as fast or as thin as the Powerbook Air, though....
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I can't wait for the next quarter's results to see how the MBA has fared. My prediction is that it will be a blockbuster. Of course, I could be wrong about that, but that's my hunch.

What, though, would be "blockbuster" results?

The iPhone took second place for smart phones behind RIM, in its first half year of production.

If I remember correctly, it is the number one device for mobile browsing.

It "ONLY" sold 4 million in its first 6 months.

Many people have said Apple won't sell their goal of 10 million units by the end of the year.

Apple came into a huge market and made a big, bold statement and sold FOUR MILLION units. Yet, to many, that number is low or waaaaaaaaaaay low. To others, it is a fantastic number.

So, what I'm trying to say, is that no matter how many MBA's are sold, there will be those who say the sales are "blockbuster" (as I consider the iPhone sales to be), or, right on target, or, somewhat low, or, a complete disaster.

So, your prediction of blockbuster sales will be totally subjective to many, even when Apple continues to climb in revenues and profits and market share, and they will believe that just because the MBA didn't sell as many as THEY thought it should, it will be a "bust", not a "blockbuster".

Actually, I'm with you and predict that the MBA will reach Apple's goals (and then some) for sales, increasing their portion of notebook sales.

Just my 2 cents.
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I have tried one of those at the Apple store in NJ today.

It is a very durable, sturdy and incredibly light laptop. It feels just as durable as the Macbook Pro.

Two issues:
1. The Apple key is 4 keys away from the left, instead of 3, as on my desktop keyboard . What is the "fn" function key for? Very confusing.
2. The screen is horrible!!! I just cannot stand these glossy screens. For me that is the one show-stopper. I need a matte screen.

Otherwise the laptop was very snappy. Performance was great except that it easily choked on 1080p quicktime videos. The weight is very light, the thin body makes you forget that it is longer than the 12" Powerbook by a good inch (depth is about the same)

Therefore, it is our conclusion that the Powerbook 12" remains the best travel laptop. We still use it professionally for that purpose. If it was just as fast or as thin as the Powerbook Air, though....

It's easy to choke on 1080p without a dedicated VGC, but there is no reason to even have that on a 13" screen.

The glossy/matte debate is completely personal.

The fn key has spanned decades of notebooks. When depressed this modifer key will input differently when combined with other keys. On most notebooks it will things like screen brightness, volume and video output; on Apple notebooks it allows you to access the PF (function) keys, by default.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fn_key
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It's easy to choke on 1080p without a dedicated VGC, but there is no reason to even have that on a 13" screen.

The glossy/matte debate is completely personal.

The fn key has spanned decades of notebooks. When depressed this modifer key will input differently when combined with other keys. On most notebooks it will things like screen brightness, volume and video output; on Apple notebooks it allows you to access the PF (function) keys, by default.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fn_key

I somewhat agree with the comments, which I indeed intended to be my personal reaction to seeing this notebook for the first time. The reality is that it is a 3.0 Lb laptop and the low weight will allow you to overcome a LOT of other drawbacks. It's very, very tempting, in spite of everything else you might think (I might think) is wrong with it.

One more thing: I am used to work with Pro desktop systems and my demand is very high as far as performance. I could easily see myself getting one of those (once there is matte screen option, of course!) for the road. The size/weight is just absolutely amazing. It's the Wow" that Vista never got (or will ever get).
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One more thing: I am used to work with Pro desktop systems and my demand is very high as far as performance. I could easily see myself getting one of those (once there is matte screen option, of course!) for the road. The size/weight is just absolutely amazing. It's the Wow" that Vista never got (or will ever get).

I don't think we'll ever see a matte version.

As for performance, I think this may be faster in many tests than the 2,0GHz CD MBPs that first came out. They only had 2MB l2 Casche and 667MHz FSB. Of course, the first MBPs did come with 5400RPM HDDs so it will kill the MBA in read/write tests.
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I dunno. It's the size of a very thin MBP. If it were the size of a local phone book I'd be very tempted. The features it has and leaves off just put it in a niche, so I don't see those as good or bad. But thin doesn't make it small. Just thin.
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They still haven't done a direct CPU comparison or battery test.

Actually, the CPU tests have been published as well, but they're largely irrelevant to the question he asked - how SSD performance compared to HD performance.

I haven't seen battery tests, but I suspect people will be disappointed. Let's say the hard disk is 10% of the power usage and SSD is half of the HD. That means a 5% savings - which falls into the noise level. My guess may be low, but I don't think the difference will be more than 10%, at best.
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Minimalism doesn't mean going without needed features, it means reducing the feature set to only those things which are needed. I agree with the tone of the article that most users don't need a lot of the stuff put into laptops, including the optical drive. But my main problem, if I were a prospective Air buyer, is that there is apparently only one USB port. My Powerbok G4 had three, my Macbook Pro has 2. Since Apple can't make a decent mouse, and the only people who seem to be able to is Logitech, that one port will be constantly occupied by the receiver for the mouse. Often I need the second port for a USB key. I think the minimum requirement for USB ports is two, and I don't think adding one more would've been a huge engineering challenge for Apple. I also don't think that it's THAT uncommon for people to require more than one USB port. Having to connect a hub negates the whole concept of ultra portability. That said, I'm not the customer the Air is intended for, since I need a larger screen, more power, and more RAM.

You're right - you're not the target audience.

Just why does the typical laptop user need more than 1 USB port? I have NEVER had more than one USB device plugged into my laptop and rarely even have one.
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Actually, the CPU tests have been published as well, but they're largely irrelevant to the question he asked - how SSD performance compared to HD performance.

Where?
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That article was so hard to read. He was talking about a movie, his dad, critics. I got about three paragraphs in and still didn't find any content. You get paid by the word or something?

There are courses which will help with your reading comprehension problems. I'd advise you to take one.
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There are courses which will help with your reading comprehension problems. I'd advise you to take one.

That still doesn't change the fact that AI articles are often worded in an obtuse matter, and abuse words on occasion. In this case, the article does meander quite a bit.
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And as I stated above there has not been one direct CPU comparison. There is no 1.6GHz HDD vs. SSD MBA or 1.8GHz HHD vs. SSD MBA comparisons. What part of "direct CPU comparison" was too equivocal when replying to your previous post of deviating comparatives?
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It's easy to choke on 1080p without a dedicated VGC, but there is no reason to even have that on a 13" screen.

Maybe there isn't always a choice. The 3x00 chip is supposed to be able to handle 1080p decoding, but not on all major codecs, and the feature being there doesn't mean Apple uses it. Ideally, it would be matched to the device, but there are other complications that can arise.

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The fn key has spanned decades of notebooks. When depressed this modifer key will input differently when combined with other keys. On most notebooks it will things like screen brightness, volume and video output; on Apple notebooks it allows you to access the PF (function) keys, by default.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fn_key

Yes. The only reason I can think of for being surprised at seeing an Fn key is that the person never used a notebook before, or have not used one in a long time. It seems like all notebooks have an Fn key.
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The MacBook Air is here and has generated the usual vituperation. The people who post to forums like this have vented their spleen over its perceived shortcomings, just as they did with the iPhone and the iPod Touch and...well, everything Apple brings out. None of this will have any effect on the market; the Air will sell (or not) if people want it (or not.) I suspect its sales will astonish the nay-sayers, but I've been wrong before.

I can understand people who want to use their computers sitting in cramped airline seats thinking a smaller form factor would be better, but really, these power users would find a 10" screen like they say they want excruciating for the tasks they say they want to use it for. Some of them have tiny ultralights, and they think their suffering is Windows-related, and that a small-footprint Apple ultralight would alleviate it, but I'm willing to bet it won't. I think Apple made the right choice in keeping the full-size screen and keyboard, and if these Road Warriors will give it an honest chance, I think they'll be forced to agree.

So what's the next rabbit Steve Jobs will pull out of his hat? (Has anybody ever seen him wear a hat?) Much of the speculation leading up to MacWorld was that it would see the introduction of a "tablet" computer, and a lot of the disappointment stems from the failure of that tablet to show up. Every question that's been asked about an Apple Tablet has been met with evasion. I think I know why: "Tablet" is the wrong metaphor. A tablet is still a notebook. What we need next is a new form-factor halfway between a "Notebook" and a "Pocket" or "Palm" device like an iPhone. I suggest the right term is a "Book:" a totally new type of computer the size of a standard octavo book: 6"x9"x1" or thereabouts. I don't believe it's an accident that the MacBook Air's logic board is the exact right size for such a device.

This new machine might work like a giant iPod Touch, with nothing but a touchscreen, but I hope it will have a keyboard. It should open completely, 180 degrees, deactivating the keyboard of course when it's completely open. In that attitude it's an iPod Touch/eBook reader/video player/internet appliance that can sense its orientation and switch from portrait to landscape mode automatically. With the keyboard at a traditional opening, it's a small laptop that can be used to type e-mails and notes. Yes, yes, it's too small for touch-typing (I can just hear the screaming over this: "I want it small, but large!") It would be much easier to carry around everywhere you go; you can put it under your arm when you need both hands free. It's like...well, carrying a book. People do it all the time.

Anyway, that's my prediction and my request. I would stand in line on the first day to buy one of these, and I'll bet a lot of other people would too. But if you read the forums immediately after its introduction, I'll bet the firestorm of criticism the MacBook Air has been subjected to would seem tame by comparison! Such is the Apple World.

I agree with most everything you have requested and have said.

I predicted a similar machine a few months ago, amidst rumours of a new "Newton" device. The only thing that makes me wonder if such a device will come to be is the new emphasis on the Touch and its new capabilities and the emphasis on its being a part of what seems to be Apple's increasing focus on wireless devices. Perhaps the Touch will be what is focused on, although I do believe that something like what you described would do very well in the marketplace.
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What I'd like to know about the Air?

1)
In an international economy class seat (eg: AA, Qantas or BA) can an moderately sized user (read: not a bolemic college kid) open the 'tray table' put the macbook air on it (users seat in upright position), open the macbook air completely and use it? And does it break when the person in front puts their seat back suddenly? Is it still useable when the seat in front is back and your seat is upright (can the macbook air be opened to a useable position?)?

reason: I've stopped buying mac's due to the large screens - the last one I had snapped in two when the person in front of me in economy put their seat back and the screen caught on the little latch that is supposed to hold the tray table in place. I now use the Sony TX/TZ models (11.1" screen).

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In an international economy class seat (eg: Qantas, AA, United, BA, Cathay) - NO SEAT POWER - flying long haul (eg: LAX-SYD (15 hours) or LON-HKG-SYD (23 hours) how much work can you get done on the macbook air before it runs out of power? If flying LON-HKG-SYD with a 'typical' 2 hour stopover in the Hong Kong (equates to about 1 hour in the lounge and about 1 hour of walking betweens gates/security/boarding) how much can you re-charge the macbook air for the next flight?

With my Sony TX on the LAX-SYD I can typically get about 5-6 hours work done per leg - and in a 1 hour break in Hong Kong I can get the Sony charged enough for another 4-5 hours work. I also now carry a second battery but I rarely need to use it unless for some reason I can't get to a power socket at the airport, or I decide to watch something on iTunes or a DVD (rather than use the iPod Video or the DVD player).

My figures are based on my own experience flying these routes every 8-10 weeks. By 'work' I mean typically word processing with the screen as dim as is still readable in the cabin lighting, all wireless options off (as per FAA and cabin staff directions) and the maximum power saving options on. I also have C/C++ compilers on my laptop in case I need to do some testing of new software - but that would be less than 10% of the work I do on a plane. I typically sit in a aisle seat.


If you can prove that the macbook air is *REALLY* designed for air travellers I'll buy one.

My reading of the macbook air spec is it is *NOT* designed for a frequent flyer - it's confused.

The biggest gripes I have with the current spec of the macbook air (as you can probably guess from my questions) are that the screen/dimensions are too large and that the battery life is unfit. I've only just recently started carrying a separate DVD player on my long haul flights (before that I used a second battery on the Sony) so I don't think I'd miss the DVD drive (though a smart thing would be for Apple to release a 'DVD Player' (with it's own battery and screen) that can hook up to the Macbook Air.
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Keep your Sony and be happy; obviously the Air was not designed for you. That does not make it a bad computer.

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What is it with people bashing the Air? Why can people not comprehend that it was not designed for everybody? Why can people not accept that some people will be more than satisfied with the tradeoffs which Apple chose for the Air? Suppressed jealousy? Some kind of feeling of self-doubt? Pent up rage? A broken toenail? It is amazing how much crap the Air has taken and very few have actually seen the thing in person yet.

What is so hard about looking at a product logically and deciding rationally that it is or is not suited for one's own needs? Why if a product does not fit your particular needs does it become a crappy computer? Anybody bothered fussing about the Crays yet? They're too big, they have too many IO ports, they don't fit in my pocket, they have horrible battery life (no battery for that matter), they suck.

Get over it, people. The Air was designed for a rather specific market. Many of you don't seem to be in that market. So what?

 

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Thank you BrianB for the comprehensive answers!

Sounds great! :-)
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What is it with people bashing the Air?

I bash it because it is a lousy replacement for my 12" PB. And I'm afraid Apple won't produce such a replacement because it would compete with the Air.
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And connecting a mouse doesn't impact portability?

I use the trackpad as much as possible, but you try using Maya with a trackpad.
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You're right - you're not the target audience.

Just why does the typical laptop user need more than 1 USB port? I have NEVER had more than one USB device plugged into my laptop and rarely even have one.

I guess I'm unusual, then.
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1. The screen is too big. I want something the size of my 12" G4 PowerBook or smaller. I'm wanting portability here, not the ability to watch movies on my laptop. I have an iPod Touch for movies, so this HUGE 13" screen doesn't make sense to me.

2. The battery life is too short. 5 hours? Seriously? I want to be able to take this thing around with me at a client's site all day without having to worry about a charge. That means I want a good eight to ten hours of battery life. And no, I don't want to have to worry about a third-party solution/charge dongle. I thought the LED backlighting and SSD were supposed to give us at least 8 hours. What happened?

3. I need an Ethernet Port. Sorry, guys. I DO need it, and I shouldn't have to pay a premium for a dongle that will get lost somewhere.

4. The "flip open" area for USB, external video, and headphones is cool, but it's not great. My USB device or headphones don't fit, so now what do I do? Buy an extender? Yet another piece to get lost in the shuffle.

5. While I'm perfectly fine with the lack of optical drive (THANK YOU), I'm not ok with the fact that Remote Disk doesn't give me full functionality of the disk as if it were an internal drive. I want to be able to play a movie from a DVD or play music from a CD. Can I at least import the music from the CD into iTunes via Remote Disk?

6. I'm a little disappointed with the processors. Why not use this as an opportunity to use 45nm technology? Maybe that's in the works, and I really can't fault Apple on that one. In time, I guess.

7. I was expecting the SSD to be standard. Silly me. I would even take a 32GB SSD as a compromise.


I keep hearing, "Yeah, but you're not the target market for this laptop." I beg to differ. The reason I got the 12" PowerBook was that I wanted a portable to tote with me. I didn't want the mammoth 15", and I feel like the 13" is still too big.

Don't get me wrong. The design of the MacBook Air is stunning. I saw it at Macworld, and I didn't fawn over it. "Yeah, that's nice. Next!" I felt let down by Apple. Maybe I have high expectations, but I hope that the new Tablet will give me what I want in a portable unit. Until then, I'll continue to use this 12" PB until it dies on me.

As a side note, I was saving my pennies for the announcement at Macworld. I bought a MacPro and replaced my desktop, instead.
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1. The screen is too big. I want something the size of my 12" G4 PowerBook or smaller. I'm wanting portability here, not the ability to watch movies on my laptop. I have an iPod Touch for movies, so this HUGE 13" screen doesn't make sense to me.

2. The battery life is too short. 5 hours? Seriously? I want to be able to take this thing around with me at a client's site all day without having to worry about a charge. That means I want a good eight to ten hours of battery life. And no, I don't want to have to worry about a third-party solution/charge dongle. I thought the LED backlighting and SSD were supposed to give us at least 8 hours. What happened?

3. I need an Ethernet Port. Sorry, guys. I DO need it, and I shouldn't have to pay a premium for a dongle that will get lost somewhere.

4. The "flip open" area for USB, external video, and headphones is cool, but it's not great. My USB device or headphones don't fit, so now what do I do? Buy an extender? Yet another piece to get lost in the shuffle.

5. While I'm perfectly fine with the lack of optical drive (THANK YOU), I'm not ok with the fact that Remote Disk doesn't give me full functionality of the disk as if it were an internal drive. I want to be able to play a movie from a DVD or play music from a CD. Can I at least import the music from the CD into iTunes via Remote Disk?

6. I'm a little disappointed with the processors. Why not use this as an opportunity to use 45nm technology? Maybe that's in the works, and I really can't fault Apple on that one. In time, I guess.

7. I was expecting the SSD to be standard. Silly me. I would even take a 32GB SSD as a compromise.


I keep hearing, "Yeah, but you're not the target market for this laptop." I beg to differ. The reason I got the 12" PowerBook was that I wanted a portable to tote with me. I didn't want the mammoth 15", and I feel like the 13" is still too big.

Don't get me wrong. The design of the MacBook Air is stunning. I saw it at Macworld, and I didn't fawn over it. "Yeah, that's nice. Next!" I felt let down by Apple. Maybe I have high expectations, but I hope that the new Tablet will give me what I want in a portable unit. Until then, I'll continue to use this 12" PB until it dies on me.

As a side note, I was saving my pennies for the announcement at Macworld. I bought a MacPro and replaced my desktop, instead.


Actually I would like to say I agree with you. I always like always thought that the ultra portable market wanted a laptop that was 11" and light because it has a small foot print and the ultra light voltage CPU's gave them battery lives of a business working day or at least close to that. I always thought that was the holy grail of that segment. I don't own one, nor am I the target market. I gathered all this from reading PC magazines who do regular reviews of things like the Sony TZ series. The Air seems a fair bit bigger then any of those Laptops in terms of footprint. When i saw it I thought Dell XPS 1330 not like the Sony TZ.

so my question is, is that a totally seperate market altogether? the one i'm talking about?
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I use the trackpad as much as possible, but you try using Maya with a trackpad.

But you were complaining that a USB hub would impact portability. I don't see how a hub reduces portability any more than a mouse does. Both require you to set down at a table, connecting up external devices and operating from that set location. To me portability is to plop down anywhere, open up the MB and getting to work without connecting any external devices or even needing a table.

I would also look very closely at the MBA if you intend to do extensive 3D graphics with Maya.* This might be the wrong computer for that kind of work.

* I had to Google Maya to determine what you were referencing. I took the top response, a 3D graphic program.
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I thought the LED backlighting and SSD were supposed to give us at least 8 hours. What happened?

Apple decided they could shrink the battery capacity instead to make it THIN.
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And connecting a mouse doesn't impact portability?


There are things called usb hubs and there are bluetooth mice nowadays.
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I bash it because it is a lousy replacement for my 12" PB. And I'm afraid Apple won't produce such a replacement because it would compete with the Air.

Yeah, and the BMW 335i is a lousy replacement for the 330i. Better safety features, more powerful engine, better looking. But people HATE HATE HATE it because of the Bangle design, so they say it is a lousy replacement.
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I don't see how a hub reduces portability any more than a mouse does.

I does if it needs to be powered.

My 12" PB can power an external 2.5" drive containing a iTunes library and charge an iPod. Can I do the same with a non-powered hub?

Or can the Air power an external keyboard and charge an iPod at the same time?

From the iPod manual:

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I'm sure if the usb port can charge the Superdrive it can charge an iPod. Or you can do like I used to do when I had an ipod: plug it in to an outlet.
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Yeah, and the BMW 335i is a lousy replacement for the 330i. Better safety features, more powerful engine, better looking. But people HATE HATE HATE it because of the Bangle design, so they say it is a lousy replacement.

The three year old 12" PB beats the Air on footprint, ports and hard drive capacity. And it has a nicer screen. Non-glossy! IMHO.
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I'm sure if the usb port can charge the Superdrive it can charge an iPod. Or you can do like I used to do when I had an ipod: plug it in to an outlet.

Sure! But can it do it with a non-powered hub? While something else is connected? Or through a keyboard (that Apple recommends against)?

I'm not saying it can't be done. I don't know. If it could, it would be great and remove one large concern I have about the Air.
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