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jumpcutter said:i do not understand this thinnest craze Apple has been on for the computer line up. Many years ago, Steve Jobs started the thinnest craze because he liked the Sony VAIO notebooks design. Today, that craze is out of date. What Apple has done is use that thinnest mandate into creating laptops that the customer can not upgrade (the RAM, Hard Drives or battery) when and if needed. This makes it easier for Apple to manufacture these laptops and really overcharge the customer for those components I listed earlier. Apple has also eliminated the internal optical drive and ethernet port because of the thinnest craze. As a matter of fact, I think Sony is not making computers anymore or at least I have not seen one in a long time. If I am going to spend 2 to 3 thousand dollars on a laptop, I should get what I want not what Apple dictates.
I have an early 2011 MBP 15".
CD drive. Haven't used it in years.
Ethernet. Nope. Wifi. Yes
MagSafe : not really attached to it.
USB ports: slowly moving to other connectivity - wifi sync, bluetooth, networked printer, NAS.
best thing about the MBP, it still runs perfectly five years on.