I guess by now you’ve all probably heard of the new Macbook Air and how ridiculously and amazingly thin it is. Well, now here’s the kicker question: why should I or shouldn’t I get it?
True, it’s an engineering wonder and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything similar or even remotely close to it. So what’s the drawback to the Air?
For starters, everything is pretty fixed. The default capacity of the hard drive is already maxed out at 80 GB, and the battery is not user-replaceable. You also don’t have that many options to choose from since there is only one model available with the option of upgrading to a SSD drive. Second, it doesn’t provide room for additional peripherals. There’s only one USB port and no optical drive. FireWire, which most Mac users are accustomed too, is sorely missing. Lastly, the absence of an optical drive is a point of concern as Remote Disc installations will prove futile when your OS or your HDD crashes. However, I doubt that this last dilemma will be much of a concern as the instance of HDD crashes are minimal when it comes to a Mac. Nevertheless, caution and a safety-net should always be in place just in case such instances occur.
So, is this laptop for you? If you’re looking for an easy-to-carry mobile computer, then by all means, get the Air. However, if you’re the type of user who will need of an optical drive and a number of ports available most of the time, then you might encounter some problems with this latest offering from Apple.
Though the dilemma of a single USB port can be addressed by a USB hub, this only adds to the number of things you will have to carry around whenever you’re using the Air. As a principle, I don’t recommend carrying too many accessories for your computer whenever you’re traveling as this only increases the chances of it getting lost.
So the answer to the question of whether or not the Macbook Air is for you is pretty simple. If you’re the type who doesn’t need much from a computer except the bare essentials, then Air is it. If not, there’s always the Macbook Pro.