10 Convincing Reasons Why You SHOULDN’T Buy the MacBook Air

Thu, Jan 31, 2008, by Amy Swanson

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For all of those enveloped by the hype over the new MacBook Air, double-check before you check-out. There are many shortcomings that you need to consider before purchasing this seemingly fascinating laptop.

In recent years, the time around mid-January always meant two things: broken New Year’s resolutions, and a new revolutionary Apple product being revealed at MacWorld. The latest offering from the company is the MacBook Air, a laptop that boasts to be the world’s thinnest notebook.

However, much like most of Apple’s products, the MacBook Air is all style, but no substance. Here are the top ten reasons you should not spend your hard earned money on the MacBook Air.

  1. Mono Speakers

    For a company that can attribute much of their recent popularity to an mp3 player, you’d think the MacBook Air would be friendlier to music lovers. Instead, the only way users can hear sounds in stereo is to connect a set of speakers.

  2. No SD Slot, ExpressCard Slot, or Apple Remote

    The MacBook Air just provides the bare minimum for laptops. In order to achieve average accessibility for a laptop, the MacBook Air requires several extra add-ons.

  3. One USB Port

    Surely Apple would realize that most computer peripherals today are connected using USB ports. Essentially, Apple has forced consumers to make a decision. Want to connect your printer? Better take out your mouse. Want to transfer some files onto a flash drive? Better unplug that iPod (for those that think they can connect their iPods with firewire, the Air does not come with that port at all). The worst part is that the ports are non-expandable, which means that no matter how much more money you want to shell out, you’re stuck with one USB port.

  4. No Ethernet

    Unfortunately, the only way to connect to the Internet using the MacBook Air is through a wireless connection. An optional USB Ethernet Adaptor can be added for wired connections however its use would take up the only USB port.

  5. It’s Actually Not the World’s Thinnest Laptop

    In 1997, Mitsubishi and Hewlett-Packard produced a laptop called the Pedion. At its maximum thickness, the Pedion measured in at 0.72 inches, compared to the MacBook Air’s length of 0.76 inches. More recently, the Toshiba Portege 2000 also beat the MacBook Air with a maximum thickness of 0.75 inches. Unfortunately, neither of these computers had the marketing machine that Apple has.

  6. No User-Replaceable Parts

    The hard drive, memory, and battery are all encased inside the laptop. Only the battery can be replaced, but it must be done by Apple for a fee. Other alternatives are possible but most are likely to void the warranty.

  7. Slow and Weak Hard Drive

    The 1.8″ hard drive only operates at 4200 rpm. On top of that, the maximum option of 80 GB is much less than the norm for laptops today.

  8. No Removable Media Drive

    There is no CD/DVD player on the MacBook Air. Users can access CDs and DVDs using software called Remote Disc but it requires putting the disc in another computer. Moreover, it’s been reported that Remote Disc cannot be used to install Windows, watch DVDs, or play music.

  9. Comparable Laptops Outperform the MacBook Air

    Many people feel that the Sony Vaio is the closest comparison to the MacBook Air. For about the same price, the Vaio TZ does not have many of the problems above, is 40% faster, has twice as much hard drive space and is lighter than the MacBook Air.

  10. Extremely Overpriced

    1.6 GHz, 64 GB hard drive, and no optical drive for $1800? 1.8 GHz for $3098? No thanks.

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  1. hevach Says:

    As has been mentioned elsewhere in defense of the Air, there is a USB ethernet dongle for it, as well as a USB hub so you’re not using up your only USB port.

    It’s still a bad buy. The fact that you can lug around peripherals adding up to more weight than the Air itself just to get the functionality of comparable laptops only makes the deal worse.

  2. Tim Says:

    While I agree that the Air is not worth it, I think some of your points are just you trying to get to 10.

    #1) Speakers. It’s a laptop dude! Show me a laptop with awesome sound. My ’stereo’ speakers on my laptop still sound like crap because they’re tiny laptop speakers. Getting rid of one wouldn’t change a thing.

    #3) USB. Get a $10 USB hub. Seriously. If you’re like most people, when you’re “on the road” you’re rarely going to need to plug in two USB pieces at the same time. When you’re at home, you plug in your USB hub and everything’s connected. Easy. That’s not to say it wouldn’t be nice to have more, but come on, don’t act like USB hubs aren’t common.

    #4) Ethernet. I don’t know about you, but I’ve only had to use an ethernet cable maybe a handful of times with my laptop. At home, I have wifi, and everywhere else (airport, coffee shops, even Uno’s restaurant) has wifi. It’s so common that it’s more difficult for me to find a ethernet port than it is an open wifi connection.

    #9) People buy Apple products for the operating system, not the hardware.

  3. zombiepriest Says:

    “#9) People buy Apple products for the operating system, not the hardware.” – Tim

    And that is the problem with Mac users

  4. ANON Says:

    “#9) People buy Apple products for the operating system, not the hardware.”

    … Buy any damn laptop you want from a manufacturer who uses Windows, uninstall Windows, and install Gentoo. Problem solved.

    3 times the power, and a better operating system.

  5. hussaibi Says:

    It seems to me that Apple is trying to quickly cash-in on current mobile laptop success. It wont be that far off when mobile laptops (based off the OLPC OX) begin to come with higher capacity flash memory, making them more suitable for “adult” usage.

    I’m sure by that time Apple will have a cheaper and better version of the MacBook Air as well. This release is probably to appease their market shareholders before they come up with something a bit more consumer friendly.

    But yeah, Gentoo is better.

  6. KC Says:

    Steve Jobs is the P.T. Barnum of the IT world

  7. Kiwee Says:

    not only is it $3098, but for all the accessories to turn it into a half-decent laptop you need to spend another $300, plus you need to carry it all around, making the fact that it is thin and light redundant.

  8. Randy Says:

    Agrees with ANON.

  9. Lemskin Says:

    Only need one reason not to buy it. Its a Mac

  10. Monty Karl Says:

    The Macbook Air hardly saves you any space either. Thinness aside, it has a 13.3 inch screen (standard among laptops) and weighs three pounds. Since when did thinness alone mean extra portability? We don’t all carry our laptops in beige envelopes.

  11. Mike Says:

    The problem is not really with the featureset. Though yes, the harddrive is laughable, the single USB port, and the inability to replace parts like the battery. The problem is that, even though it’s the thinnest laptop in production, it’s only marginally thinner and lighter than the Macbook with the same size screen (ie, yes it’s EASIER to carry around but is in no way more convenient). And along with the reduced featureset, you have the vastly increased price. I don’t know about you, but if I’m traveling a lot, the last thing I want to be clearly seen with is something known to be on the order of $2000. Kind of makes you a target for theft. Remember how muggings in New York went way up after the white earbuds became signature of iPods?

  12. Tarra B. Says:

    The sign of a great article is the spark of discussion. Well written.

  13. Chris Says:

    Yeah, like others have said, ur struggling to get to 10. CDs – what are you, like 65 years old? Do people still use CDs? I haven’t burned a CD in over a year. I think someone might be a little afraid at opening their eyes to a new way of doing things… progress, my friend… progress.

  14. valli Says:

    Nice article Monty… Good work!

  15. Adam Says:

    Haha, 4200RPM hard drive, I can spin a hard drive faster than that on my finger!

    how hard is it to add a cd player? a cd is what, 5mm thick!?

    I hate mac, blah.

  16. Shadowslaughter Says:

    Okay, there are two major things people want out of computers nowadays; accessibility, and customization. From the sounds of it, this has neither in abundance. Expensive, weak, and pointless, this is a dog which should have been put to sleep long ago.

  17. TzG Says:

    is the fact that it was made by a company that looks like it cares about its user-base by giving it shiny doodads while stabbing them in the back with a rusty ice pick considered a problem?

    cause i consider that a problem.

  18. Jaguaress Says:

    I’m a woman and I care about the size of the hard drive – plus its speed. The commercials made the MacBook Air sound interesting; I’m glad this article spelled out its problems because it saves me from having to research it when I buy my next laptop.

    Ditto post #17. (And my Compaq’s laptop speakers are excellent. Bought the better graphics card and better speakers at that time. Mono shouldn’t even be made nowadays.)

  19. josh Says:

    one thing i dont think anyone mentioned….its so thin if you accidently put a book on it or slip and it falls it will 100% most probably break..and snap like a sheet of ice.

  20. Stephen Says:

    I also had my brothers gf going wow look at this and my ex, and as i pointed out to both of them it can’t do anything!!! The author has got most points spot on, the fact it is apple’s marketing that is making anyone care about this. For people talking about travelling no offence but if you travel a lot you carry a lot of things anyway, this is not thin enough to give you a huge weight reduction so why bother.

    Another point i would like to add would be heat as surely there would not be a lot of heat dissipation if you couldn’t place it on a hard surface (not always possible). Maybe i am wrong on this one was just a thought that popped into my head

  21. Thwippa Says:

    #24 by josh, Feb 7, 2008
    one thing i dont think anyone mentioned….its so thin if you accidently put a book on it or slip and it falls it will 100% most probably break..and snap like a sheet of ice

    Exactly!
    There’s no way that anyone can convince me that that thing can take a hit of any sort.

  22. Rance Says:

    The mac book does make a good bit of sense for those who are traveling in airports, but as a secondary laptop. All of you who say that weight isn’t that important, you must not travel all that much, because weight does matter, and a light weight laptop is very nice. (I use a sony vaio)

    And for those who say you would be a target while traveling- No offense, but I think the travelers that apple would like to sell the Mac Air to are execs in business class and in airport club rooms with Italian suits on. Not subway riders in the Bronx.

  23. Nero-Etc Says:

    This is similar to when sony released the “slimline” ps2 , it contained relatively the same technology as the standard box but had the bulk of the body removed by making a top opening cd drive , removing the expansion bay and giving it an external power supply . Thats whats been done here , space has been saved by sacrificing “surplus” functionality and clever rearranging . So your paying Apple to gut the computer and then squeeze the remainder into a smaller case …. less for more

  24. Gabe Says:

    Apple products ALL suck,
    Just buy a windows laptop like the HP Pavilion dv67770se and slap linux/xp on a dual boot and you have a far faster, and better laptop…. for $800 less!

  25. Mitch Says:

    yeah Gabe, Linux is awesome. I have Vista and Linux now, and I’ve got to say that although Vista is slow as hell, if you are just doing everyday things on your computer Linux is the way to go. It starts up in no time, has tons of free programs to download, and can do basically all the same stuff a Mac can. The plus is, it’s not on a Mac.

  26. Dave_eire Says:

    Apple don’t only sell the macbook air….. macbook air is aimed at a certain percentage of the laptop users, definitely not all laptop users.

    You want power buy a macbook pro, you want portability with decent power buy a macbook, you want ultra portability you need to make sacrifices and buy a macbook air.

    I own a macbook now for 4 months and no way would i go back to windows. Macbook air looks cool but doesn’t suit my needs, i travel but also work from home so the macbook is perfect for me. I can see how the macbook air could be more suitable for other people.

    stop whining, who’s asking you to buy an apple, somebody holding a gun to your head??? If you don’t like apple for whatever reason, then fine thats your choice. Also, all those reasons you’ve noted for not buying a macbook air are on apples website, all in black and white, nobody is trying to hide anything from anybody…..

  27. Amy Says:

    Ummmm..DON’T BUY IT THEN!!!! Geesh! I really hate it when people complain about an item. “Oh no! This item sucks!” Don’t buy it – plain and simple.

  28. liz Says:

    it is still pretty darn awesome
    so what
    if you don’t like it dont nag people who do like it

  29. Csm Says:

    I’m so glad we could all get along.

  30. Dave_eire Says:

    ‘gay comments’ good retort, very intellectual… lets drag it down to your level then…. You’re really a closet mac lover aren’t you, seem to have a lot of build up hatred there….. must be coming from somewhere……
    Everybody, buy whatever laptop you want, its a free world isn’t it, well maybe not everywhere, some places they put a gun to your head by the sounds of things here…..

  31. Jobs Says:

    Repeat after me… Youuuuu wiiiilll buuuuyyyyyy mmmmyyyyyyy insanely priiiiced piece of shiiiiiiit noteboooooook!!!

  32. MorbidDoll Says:

    Wow, know what the most interesting part of the Air is? Yael Naim. Oh, and that spiffy envelope. I bet you could use it to send a typed report to Apple on how quickly your new laptop broke when you accidentally set your user manual on top of it.

    Yes, it’s cute. No, I wouldn’t buy one. I’m a female, and though I happen to squeal over miniature things like baby shoes, I am not going to run and get them especially as they serve no practical use. Heck, I still have an old Gateway Solo and let me tell you, for all my griping about it, I can throw the thing at a mugger, kill him, and then go right back to typing up my thesis paper without missing a beat. I would prefer something lighter, yes, but durability is also key. The MacBook Air just doesn’t seem to have that. And even my outdated piece of junk has two USB ports. And, if I really want to drop two thousand bucks, I’ll go pick up a customized tablet with warranties out the wazoo.. and still have three hundred bucks left to spend on accessories.

  33. Toby Says:

    All products start somewhere. Who buys beta anyways?

  34. yo Says:

    it is kinda funny seeing all the mac fan boys trying to defend the new mac. i use a pc…but i do agree that apple has advanced greatly in the past few years. what i don’t get is how you guys want to defend a product that is clearly a scheme. it under performs completely for it’s price range. it’s not even up to par with some 1k pc laptops (dont know enough about other macs to claim the same about them).

    i read a few folks said that they only use two usb’s maybe once in a blue moon. or that they use cd’s maybe once or twice every month. but when that occasion arises, it is a pain in the neck when you do not have these features. same goes for the ethernet and the firewire.

    i also travel quite often, and when i’m not doing work on my lappy, i’d like watch a dvd, or sometimes even play COD4. im sure im not the only one.

    what i dont get is that even though monty karl pointed out some valid facts, you fan boys will not agree that steve jobs screwed the pooch with this one.

  35. Me! Says:

    “#9) People buy Apple products for the operating system, not the hardware.”

    —And hhere i thought people bought apple product (Ipod, Macs airport fancy wireless router) becuase it had a apple logo…

  36. yoyome Says:

    “#9) People buy Apple products for the operating system, not the hardware.”

    Question: Why does Apple advertise the ability to install Windows on their machines if the whole point of getting a Mac is to have their operating system?

    Answer: Apple User E-peen -3 points.

  37. Bobby Says:

    I use a MacBook with a fast Intel Processor. I think Apple made a mistake coming to Intel procs in the first place, but that’s for another day.

    I do like this computer for what it is, but I don’t think that the Air is necessarily a great computer. It’s basically a big PDA!

  38. Scrounging Says:

    I think this is one of those things where the idea sounded great, but the result has its flaws,
    probably more for the people who travel a lot, definitely not the best piece of hardware for media out there, but if it types up documents and loads images at a decent rate, then i think its achieved a good purpose for travelers who like a nice look.
    Although i do have a mac-influenced friend who thought it was a sin that i didn’t know what the macbook air was…
    thats the thing i really don’t like about mac really. Most of the mac based people i know think everyone who gives a crap about anything besides macs are stupid…

  39. Bob Says:

    #24 …oh, come on!
    “100% most probably”
    You must be carrying Dictionaries around because a book is NOT going to break it!

  40. si senor Says:

    like #46 said, its a big PDA, for the price of college tuition. rediculous

  41. Cindy Says:

    Is the article true? I would say yes. The MacBook Air couldnt hold a candle up to an even mediocre laptop that the general public uses. Is it over priced? Definitely for what it does. And I dont agree at all that all Mac users buy Macs for the software. I think that might have been the case when Apple was more of a niche company, but now that Apple has become a “status” symbol of trendy, people purchase Apple products more and more for the aesthetics, which is part of what hardware is. Case in point: iPod vs. Zune. My personal opinion is for first time users, with both in each hand, people would find the Zune’s user interface much more intuitive, with a clearer screen, and has an easier music classification/navigation scheme.

    With that said, I do believe that this is still a well though out product. Like one of the posts stated, Apple has generally been ahead of its time. I think this might be one of the cases. Disks became obsolete with the introduction of CD-roms. Where do we go from there? I think things will be move more and more onto the virtual space.

    Secondly, while I personally would not purchase the Air, its because I dont need it. The Air is not aimed to be a replacement desktop; you need a desktop to be able to run Remote Disc. It’s not aimed at the multipurpose user. Instead of following the trend of shoving every single functionality into a device, the Air provides the bare essentials for basic work productivity. I think there’s a market for that.

    But yes, I also agree that this product is reaching more people than it would because of Apple’s marketing strength and budget behind it.

  42. Scrounging Says:

    Some people have said that the macbook air is ahead of its time, but how so?
    If the mac is ahead by advancing towards a wireless environment, wouldn’t that also mean that it’s more pinpointed at those who are more monetarily well off? I mean, having cable internet is one thing, but wireless living seems more of a privilege accessible to only a few and I’m not so sure wireless will be a dominant force.
    I could be wrong, but I’m just thinking about how some gamers might prefer a usb connected mouse rather than a wireless mouse ie G5 vs. G7 mouse…
    but if it is indeed ahead of its time, i think it might be a little too far ahead.
    I still stand by what i said when i say that if it works the bare minimum then it’ll be good for those who do extensive traveling.

  43. Haha Says:

    Oh wow, These comments gave me plenty of lolz.

    I can’t believe any of you even care so much to type out 600 word essays as a retort, truly sad. =)

  44. Ashley Says:

    wow, all of you need to get a life. Its a computer, and its going to sell like crazy! youre just jealous you didnt invent it first. tootle loo.

  45. liquidskin Says:

    oh cmon, the speakers really suck?? didn’t this company become well known for dumping the world with music players?

    I’m a woman too, and when I first saw this notebook, my jaw dropped a bit. Its so thin, and looks sooo nice too.

    But I’m not an ordinary woman though. I care about the disk space. I certainly care about the USB Port. Cmon, USB devices like thumb drives and bluetooth dongles are SMALL. You can carry that around in your pocket. And I certainly plug in more than one USB device. And I don’t like plugging in and out. I need a mouse, i hate touchpads. If I use this nice looking Macbook, where the hell will I plug my dongle if I plugged my mouse first?

    The point is.. the makers of this nice looking notebook made it that way for a reason. Whatever that is, I suppose its working. If you don’t like it, leave it alone. Move on to the next notebook on the list coz obviously this thin thing ain’t the one for you. GET OVER IT!

    I bought a cheap Lenovo. LOL. I need all the USB ports, and CD drive, and the Ethernet too. That’s why I got it instead of this one. I’ll probably get this if I wanted something for my friends to drool on.

    Cheerio! :D

  46. liquidskin Says:

    oh and by the way.. not that I hate Mac, I’ve seen it, its cute, its nice. But its expensive too. I’d rather go for a cheaper variation that does the same thing plus additional features. LOL.

    wouldn’t you??

    monty, you’ve done a great job writing this, look at all the comments you got. :D the old fashioned mac vs windows!!

  47. Kevin Says:

    No, there’s only one reason: It’s made by Apple.

    If I can’t immediately put in my Debian netinstall disk and install Linux on it, it’s not worth buying.

  48. Ninja Says:

    in response to macmend way back at the top, mac is definitely not ahead of its time. The future of computers is not smaller hard drives and no CD tray, i can tell you that for sure right now. Being faster and more capable is what is really important. I’ll admit that it looks sweet and everything, but for that much money, looking cool is of small concern. Also, what is so great about the mac OS that people will spend so much cash on a computer thats vastly inferior to every other computer out there? Maybe it’s just my perspective as a gamer, but listening to music, making movies, surfing the web, are not the funnest things in the world to do. Not only that, but almost all the features they boast about on their commercials are basic functions on every computer. multi-media is not by any means exclusive to macs.

  49. scrounging Says:

    just to make sure, my #52 comment was aimed at luke bailey not trying to trash the macbook itself

  50. pppleeeaasee Says:

    This is a ludicrous posting and many of the responses are equally ridiculous or just plain idiotic. The elegance and portability of the airbook are the major selling points. Many of the naysayers will be dying to get one of these once the price comes down. Also, the idea that Apple is “evil” is utterly ludicrous. Evil compared to who? That said, it does seem like a small HD in this day and age.

  51. AE Says:

    A question that needs to be asked is:

    Out of everyone who is knocking the MacBook Air, have any of you actually gone and held it?

    I have! It is truly an amazing piece of Apple hardware. As has been said, I agree that you are only trying to find 10 reasons as to why you hate it, and thus you start nitpicking. I have to say that over all this article was very poorly written and is full of falsified information! Also, why are people expecting the MacBook Air to perform like a desktop Mac? That is not the point of it! Another thing that every critic must remember is that the MacBook STILL EXISTS. Apple did not replace the MacBook with the MacBook Air, so if that is what is right for you than that is great, buy the MacBook!

    I disagree with the following points:

    1. Speakers – Never expect much out of your laptop speakers, you will be disappointed! I currently use a MacBook and the speakers are awful. I would never use them to listen to music on! That is why I have a good set of speakers connected to my iMac for home use! If you don’t have a good set of speakers, or a desktop Mac, get some good headphones to use with your MacBook Air!

    2. Various Card Slots – My MacBook has none of the card slots listed! Only the MacBook Pro has those! With regard to the Apple remote, they are no longer NECESSARY. What I mean by that is that you are now able to use Front Row as an application without the remote. Yes, they are convenient, but again, no longer a necessity.

    3. 1 USB Port – I have never used more than one whenever I have been out and about (ie School). Of course, if the MacBook Air is your main computer, dock it when you get home with a USB Hub and you will be all set!

    4. No Ethernet – Again with the nitpicking! I have not used an ethernet cable with my MacBook in months. As has been mentioned in other comments every coffee shop, mall etc that has an internet connection will offer WIFI. Nothing else.

    5. Not The Thinnest Laptop – Wow. You are calling the MacBook Air stripped down? What would you say the features of that Mitsubishi laptop from 1999 would be? I can guarantee that it is incomparable as far as specifications go! Chances are, if the Mitsubishi was that thin in 1999 it was an awfully slow and useless machine. Also, a lot of sub-notebooks don’t use the wedge shape which does make them thicker. Apple says at its “thickest point” meaning that it gets thinner from there!

    6. No User Replaceable Parts – The only reason my MacBook was ever opened was to upgrade the ram from 1 GB of ram to 2GB. And the MacBook Air comes STANDARD with 2 GB of ram. As far as the battery goes, yes that is a downside that you can’t take it out. However, my MacBook battery has served me fine and the only time i took it out was to replace ram!

    7. Slow and Weak Hard Drive – I thought this point was quite nit-picky as well. When I used the MacBook Air, the hard drive was quite good as far as access rate goes. In other words, its faster than it seems! Also, there is a reason your average (junky) PC Laptop is so affordable: they cheap out on a lot of things, one of the things being the hard drive size and speed!

    8. No Media Drive – I RARELY use mine! It is usually months in between uses for me, and of course if you use it more than that, get the companion superdrive! I think that it would be a good addition to a MacBook Air home dock. Mostly because you would need it more when you are at home!

    9. MacBook Air Outperformed – Your facts are completely wrong! The Sony Vaio TZ is a WORSE laptop! The reason for this is of course the fact that the MacBook Air comes standard with a 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo processor, and the Vaio TZ only has a 1.33GHz processor. Also, the screen is smaller, dull, and nothing new.

    10. MacBook Air is Overpriced – Wow. I am really quite shocked at how this article could get worse! You are saying that the MacBook air is overpriced! Let me just point something out to you: The Sony Vaio TZ which you deem to be “superior” STARTS at a price of $2199.99. I suppose that this is the time that I should point out to you that the MacBook Air starts at $1799.99 and still has far superior specifications!

    Please, next time, before you mislead a whole bunch of innocent people, DO SOME RESEARCH. All of your facts were either nit-picky, easily debatable or completely false.

  52. flatulence Says:

    On some aspects, i think the macbook air is similar to windows creating vista, its about the “feel” of working with a piece of machine or os. May not be the most powerful tool around, but like #62 said, it’s aimed at elegance.

  53. Me Says:

    Funny,

    I like it when people get so upset about new gadgets that they can’t afford, that they then write articles / blogs full of lame reasoning not to own one.

    The truth is, it’s a pretty slick little machine. That aside, I probably won’t own one as I don’t spend that much time out of my office to justify the feature-set.

    However, I can at least recognize it for what it is. A sophisticated piece of machinery.

    This guy obviously can’t afford this stuff and more than likely wrote this article on his Dell he’s been paying on for 4 years.

  54. Ferre Says:

    You are geeks all of you, and you are uggly. Thats why you dont get apple, seriously, thats how it is. Think about it for a second, do you really think you look good? have u ever gotten the best looking girls? no, you have not. So… thats why u dont get it. Sit at home and masturbate to the sound of your pc’s fan and be happy about the few bucks u saved on buying it rather than a mac and i promise you, no one will miss you. Ba bAaaaay now.

  55. USB Ports Says:

    Newsflash, guys. USB ports have to share bandwidth with each other. If your computer has 2 ports, it can’t handle twice as much info at once. It has to allocate the same resources between 2 ports instead of one. Take that single port and ad a hub to it. Now you have 4 ports, instead of one.

    Of course, those 4 ports will fight for the same set of limited resources but that’s the same principle as a laptop equipped with 2 ports.

    Also, while the Air undeniably doesn’t match up to a full-featured laptop if you look at other “ultraportable” laptops, you’ll find it has a faster processor & lower cost than the competition.

  56. USB Ports Says:

    Newsflash, guys. USB ports have to share bandwidth with each other. If your computer has 2 ports, it can’t handle twice as much info at once. It has to allocate the same resources between 2 ports instead of one. Take that single port and ad a hub to it. Now you have 4 ports, instead of one.

    Of course, those 4 ports will fight for the same set of limited resources but that’s the same principle as a laptop equipped with 2 ports.

    Also, while the Air undeniably doesn’t match up to a full-featured laptop if you look at other “ultraportable” laptops, you’ll find it has a faster processor & lower cost than the competition.

  57. William_vW Says:

    My 10 cents worth:
    I am a traveller. I travel between Florida, the Caribbean, South America and Western Europe for 15 years now.
    This laptop is NOT for travellers it is for city-to-city commuters (and then probably only in the US or Western Europe).
    The real traveller’s adagium: When you travel you go prepared. Period.

    Your laptop is your digital swiss army knife. Real travellers deal with the unexpected. For instance I always travel with 4 different powerplugs (because no Computer brand really thought of solving this very common issue) and a portable router (to hotspot myself from the wired hoteldesk to the comfort of the hotelbed (and hey: to configure it I need a LAN port on my laptop)

    Your end up in a hotelroom in Lima where there’s no wifi reception on the top floors, or you need to incorporate last minute local information in your powerpoint presentation and marketing manager hands you this picture CD…
    Or you’re lonely on some long trip, you go to a local market and buy some DVD flicks to fall in sleep with in the hotel room instead of the CNN noise in the background.

    This mac is not prepared for the unexpected. Its marketeers tell you how you should adapt to technology (- they amazingly reversed it, and people are buying it! ) instead of that technology should function for you.

    You better not need the occasional CD/DVD anymore. This is stupid – it is because you need it occasionally, that is why you have it. When you travel you just cannot go home and pick up a player. And in the case of the remote disk: can you imagine yourself asking in a first meeting when they hand you a disc, that you ask some person you just met if you can fiddle in his spanish OS with your english Windows disk, clicking through his folders and sharing his drive. That’s laughable. Can you imagine that you get blamed later on when some backupdisc becomes accesible on their network because you forgot to unshare that drive. This thing is for students and people that live in a pattern.

    No doubt apple has a huge following, but what I see is that most people so desperately want the apple concept to be a perfect fit for them, that they mold themselves into it.
    From early on my experience with an involuntary install of itunes and quicktime made the hairs in my neck stick out and I realized that Apple ’s business concept is not new, it’s old! Henry Ford invented it.

    The PC world is not much better. I never owned a laptop (in 20 years I worn out 25) that satisfied me, but I was able to define my ever changing needs and then configure the closest match, whereas apple tells me with this airbook that I am wrong with my needs, they already decided for me what a traveller is, and they use their disciples to convince me that I should be ahead of my time. Well Mr. Jobs, when people travel in real life, they occasionally travel back in time since that is the largest part of the world.

    Oscar Wilde said: “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

    I am not a MAC hater. I hate companies that try to make me think that they have a solution but hide the catch. Mac users are no different than anyone else. We all in some way buy honda’s and camry’s and then put 19″ wheels on it, in desperate need to be different. Apple marketeers know that also.

  58. Jodz Says:

    macs don’t need to be as powerful as they don’t need a couple of GB of ram just to start and run the OS, like a PC running the spawn of the devil (windows vista)

  59. cheerio Says:

    AE, are you some sort of college professor? coz, you know, you sound like an a’hole trying to show off his college degree.

    Macs are cute little things.. for really flashy people who doesn’t have anything better to spend their money on, and doesn’t know how to prioritize certain features.

    i bet that if these mactards bring this Air to someplace a little behind on technology… wow.. I’d like to see them looking around for a way to plug the ethernet cable to that ‘thin skinny laptop’

  60. BAM Says:

    what do you expect, it’s less than an inch thick? and that .04 inches can’t be a good argument to make. The point of the air is that it’s small. so if you don’t want speakers, or want ethernet connection, more than one usb adapter, or a cd slot, you should by another laptop. It’s not like this is the only laptop apple offers. Also, the wireless system of air goes farther than this article would lead you to believe. The air can hook up to your current apple desktop if it has wireless, and you can transfer data, listen to music, or read a cd through your desktop. This is a very bias article, that conforms to apple critics ignorance towards apple products. there is nothing that any other computer can do that an apple cant do just as well or better.

  61. BAM Says:

    what do you expect, it’s less than an inch thick? and that .04 inches can’t be a good argument to make. The point of the air is that it’s small. so if you don’t want speakers, or want ethernet connection, more than one usb adapter, or a cd slot, you should by another laptop. It’s not like this is the only laptop apple offers. Also, the wireless system of air goes farther than this article would lead you to believe. The air can hook up to your current apple desktop if it has wireless, and you can transfer data, listen to music, or read a cd through your desktop. This is a very bias article, that conforms to apple critics ignorance towards apple products. there is nothing that any other computer can do that an apple cant do just as well or better.

  62. BAM Says:

    what do you expect, it’s less than an inch thick? and that .04 inches can’t be a good argument to make. The point of the air is that it’s small. so if you don’t want speakers, or want ethernet connection, more than one usb adapter, or a cd slot, you should by another laptop. It’s not like this is the only laptop apple offers. Also, the wireless system of air goes farther than this article would lead you to believe. The air can hook up to your current apple desktop if it has wireless, and you can transfer data, listen to music, or read a cd through your desktop. This is a very bias article, that conforms to apple critics ignorance towards apple products. there is nothing that any other computer can do that an apple cant do just as well or better.

  63. bored Says:

    is the thinness really that much of a selling point? I mean it doesn’t even make it any more portable than another laptop. i mean, im not going to go around carrying my laptop in an envelope. it makes no difference to me if its half an inch thinner. and to all those people who keep saying that no one uses more than one usb at a time; i have 7 usb ports on my desktop computer and im constantly using at least 4 of them at any given time. and especially with that tiny hdd, i know i would need that one usb port for an external one, which would leave me nothing for anything else i need to plug in.

  64. Nick Says:

    4 Russian speaking (reading): http://maccenter.ru/lib/2406/

  65. bored2 Says:

    its not a desktop ‘bored’………………….

  66. Ed Smith, Palm Spring, CA Says:

    Well, for those of you who need your laptop so that you can tote it down to the coffee shop with you to show off, this one comes up short on replacing your desktop, but at least it’s still good for show! For those others, most of whom have a legitimate need for a compact, lightweight portable computer, then this one is completely suitable. The fact is, Apple is just a better product. Period.

  67. Jon Says:

    Bottom line, this laptop sucks. I have the toshiba and i love it. Its a little out of date so i need to get a new laptop, but i would never go buy a mac book air(even if it was the last one on earth). bottom line!

  68. Dutch Says:

    There’s a good reason why I replaced my dell laptop with a macbook a year ago, and I’ve never been happier. I use office on my mac with VMware fusion for Access and excel. I use iPhoto around once a week to update my photo’s and make movies and send them to my folks so they can see me without getting on a plane. My mac does this out of a box. I didnt have to go downloading free this or that, If i wanted it I could, its not about that, for me I use my laptop for around 5 hours or so a day, I didnt want to spend anymore time each day finding things to make it work. I dont get popups, the computer doesnt have something wrong with it every few weeks, I dont have anti virus because I dont it, It just works. that why I like mac. My gf has a macbook air, its a great laptop, Its an amazing device, I wont be changing to the air as I use dual screens and USB for my printer and external keyboard.
    Using windows became a drag, something would go wrong with it every few weeks, a year ago I was like everyone else on here complaining how bad macs are without ever really using them, the mac does everything my PC did and better and i’ve never thought about going back to windows, mac osx for me is a better operating system. im not a power user and I judge a computer once i’ve used it. My dell laptop for work is no where near as user friendly.
    Bottom line is if your thinking about getting a macbook air, I use my gf’s every second day or so, it does everything I need it to (we have wireless etc so it makes it easier), the battery life is amazing, but dont base your decision on a blog. GO AND USE ONE. if you dont like it dont buy it, If you feel the difference in portability is better than having a cd slot, good for you… by the way, the track pad technology will bring apple more revenue than the Air itself, soon the technology will be adopted to every laptop, its that good to use… like the first time you play with an ipod touch…
    Go try it – make your own decision…

    who thinks about whether it would survive a fall?

  69. Noodleman Says:

    Yes, you do have a point.

  70. jimbillybobguyfredenriquepersonhimhergirlboywhat Says:

    I agree, macbook air is pretty bad, but what do you expect from a laptop that is so thin like that? if you think that you hate it, then be a PC person, or buy a plain old macbook. it probably costs less and you get more space. problem solved.

  71. bag charm Says:

    great post,thanks.like your share.

  72. james braselton Says:

    hi there new macbook airs have 2 usb ports a sd card port on the 13 inch air and ssd is standard not optional 64 gb ssd air $999 and 256 gb air $1,599

  73. Kenneth E. Spence Says:

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    i like your share.

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