There’s Something in the Air…

The web has been blitzed with news on the Macbook Air, and it really wouldn’t be fair if The PC Weenies didn’t put in their two cents on the topic. I can’t imagine myself buying one – sure, it’s lightweight, thin, and sexy – but my tastes skewer more towards functionality than form. I need Firewire ports, I need replaceable batteries… you get the picture.

Still, I’m sure this notebook will find its market. Whether or not it brings in the numbers remains to be seen. What’s your take on the Macbook Air?

 -Krishna

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  • John Doe

    It is the Paris Hilton of laptops: ALL STYLE, NO SUBSTANCE ;-)

  • http://www.pcweenies.net krishna

    I think you’re giving Paris Hilton a little too much credit, John… ;)

  • http://www.old-russia.com Gary Robinson

    Yes but, you know you want one.

  • http://reddsea.com/teacher/ eddie

    I have to agree with Krish, their not to functional at all in what I do. Me personally think they’re for that “coffee house-wanna be seen-like they’re really doing something” crowd! (could be wrong) But I love my 17″ MacBook Pro…

    -madd

  • http://www.gamepolitics.com Jabrwock

    “Me personally think they’re for that “coffee house-wanna be seen-like they’re really doing something” crowd! (could be wrong)”

    My boss would like one, just for the weight. He spends all day going from meeting room to meeting room. And he doesn’t need any “oomph” in terms of performance, because he only does “office” stuff on it.

  • David

    as Jabrwock comments about his boss… i would say this is exactly the type of market this is aimed at… those who need to be mobile, do the basics (while not needing huge grunt) while still being able to connect to the rest of the world. and they don’t need huge bandwidth either. especially business users who typically use less bandwith than the consumer sector anyway. i think it will do surprisingly well as its lightweight and veeeeery sexy. bosses everywhere are going to want it along with administrators/secretaties, product demonstrators, marketing types, etc.

  • http://www.cntrysigns.blogspot.com Michelle

    Don’t be so hard on it…
    The additional functionality on the mouse pad is really what sells me. They took the iphone and crossed it with a thin macbook. My husband is in the market for a new macbook pro and we are hoping that this new mouse pad will be included.

  • Paul

    “It’s missing (fill in the blank)!”
    Rinse and repeat.

    Yes, it is missing a bunch of things we have been used to, but remember the outcry when the modem was dropped from Macs. Did we stop buying them? No.

    Although there are postings that some or all the missing items are deal breakers as far as the posters are concerned, I’m sure many of them can actually manage without.

    No doubt there are many who will need some of the missing items. Then obviously the MBA is not for them.

    I have breaking news for the rest of you, though. The workarounds are generally not too much of an inconvenience for a lot of the non-IT-pro consumers, including in business.

    Again, this is for most people, but even the single USB port is not a problem for most while mobile, while a USB hub in the location where all the USB equipment resides will allow connecting them all with just one cable once returned to “home base”. This is what I do now, finding it much easier than finding and plugging or unplugging all those cables. I now have three FireWire drives connected. I have to eject them all before I can unplug them. If I was using Remote Disc, I bet that also would be easier.

    The battery? How many users actually have a spare lying around? (And I could be wrong, but my understanding is that to maintain the form factor, the battery is a weird convoluted shape spread around inside the laptop, not easy to take out.)

    I know I have not removed the battery from my MBP, nor found a need to do so since I received it from Apple.

    No optical drive? There is an optional external drive for those who may not find the Remote Disc function functional, for example, if they have no other computer with WiFi access, but again many will, as I do believe that most users with laptops do get a WiFi router, and either they or a family member already has another computer.

    I could go on and on, but the bottom line?

    I do believe Apple will sell a ton of these, and will probably have a hard time keeping up with the demand.

  • Ross K. Wolfe

    Like all this Apple, this is nothing more than an appeal to Steve Jobs’ ego and his pathological need to appear “cool”. It’ll sell… because there are a lot of mac-lovers out there who would buy Job’s excrement if he slapped an apple logo on it.

  • Paul

    To Ross, and everyone else who thinks this will sell only because of Steve Jobs and the Apple Kool-Aid, this product would sell as well with a Sony label on it.

    I’m constantly amazed how antagonistic some of the anti-Apple crowd is, which can’t be compared to the anti-MS crowd, who are frustrated and angry at the problems caused by MS products. While Apple has also made some mistakes that are worth getting mad about, it is nowhere near the scale of MS, and they haven’t earned their position by illegal and unethical means, which MS has, as proven over and over in various court cases, including internal MS e-mails detailing many of their knowingly illegal methods.

  • Michael

    I’m Steve Job and you suck (c)
    Thats all about this holy war :)

  • http://www.pcweenies.net krishna

    Holy wars are lame.

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