Originally Posted by Johnny Mozzarella
I think they should make an entry level "netbook" version of the macbook air in a plastic case
11" MacBook nano
1.6 Ghz Core2Duo
2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
80GB 4200-rpm PATA HD
available in 1 configuration, 9 different colors (plastic case)
available for $899
I've been hoping for something similar but with enough room for a SATA drive and a replaceable battery. No DVD drive, either - offer an external.
Don't care what size HDD they market with it, as long as they don't go to parallel, I'll be ok. I'd put a 300GB SATA drive in mine anyway. Already have 126GB of specs and component drawings and PPT presentations on the drive. When you're 10,000 miles from the office, you better have everything you might need with you! :-)
I moved from owning a long series of metal Apple laptops over the course of 7 years to a black MacBook about a year ago, and I'm grooving on the superior WiFi reception that plastic provides. When I brought that puppy home, for the first time ever, I could cruise the net from my backyard deck! Could never do that with the aluminum models. My wife's brand new aluminum Intel 15" cannot find a signal on our deck... but my BlackBook can!
An 11 or 12" LCD would be dynamite - 13" is just marginally too high for the seat back tray on an aircraft. If the guy in front of you decides to tip his seat back, that's it, no more work for you!
I really dig the looks of the MBA but it's just doesn't have the three features I really need in a traveling machine: storage space, battery swap and IO. Everything else about it is very cool.
My sinking feeling is that they'll turn the MacBooks into smaller aluminum versions of the Pro line, and once again, my WiFi signal strength will be trimmed by a very attractive but effective metal shield.