It’s only been a day since the Macbook Air was announced, and I understand that it’s too early to draw any conclusions, and I’m not going to, but I would still like to point out the small shortcomings of this device. They are only eight, and you decide whether they are essential or not. So, let’s begin:
1. The inability to replace the battery yourself – this means that you will be constantly dependent on a power source, and will not be able to bring a spare battery with you on a long trip like you do now with your dell or sony.
2. No optical drive – which means you won’t be able to watch your favorite movie on DVD or install the software you need until you shell out the extra $99 for an external DVD drive, which, by the way, only works with the Macbook Air.
3. Built-in mono speakers – is this a throwback to the past? Why not stereo?
4. RAM is limited to 2GB with no replacement or upgrade possible.
5. Lack of Ethernet port – you can only connect to a local network via Wi-Fi, but not all networks offer this possibility.
6. Slow Processor – The Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz is the slowest in the series and even an upgrade (for an additional $1, 300) to 1.8GHz will not bring much performance improvement.
7. Slow hard drive – as you know, the base model Macbook Air comes with an 80GB 1.8″ hard drive and only 4200rpm – be prepared for slow system and program loading. Of course, there’s an option to upgrade to a 64GB SSD, but again for $1.3k
8. Only two laptop options on sale, the expensive ($1, 799) and the super-expensive ($3, 098).
Of course, you could add Single Link DVI which is not supported by the Apple 30" Cinema Display (it requires Dual Link DVI), but it’s not a big deal – those monitors aren’t very common and I don’t think their owners will take to the streets to protest about it.
That’s it, and now you can decide if this device is worth the money Apple is asking for it or not.