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The MacBook Air: Three Sacrificed Features

I think Steve Jobs definitely hit the nail on the head with the MacBook Air—It's super tiny, it comes with a bright LED display, has exceptional battery life, a built-in iSight camera with microphone, and includes a large multi-touch trackpad. But as innovative and chic as this notebook is, I can't deny the fact that there are three main features that I wish it didn't omit. Scroll down to see what they are. Features like an optical drive that allows you to copy tunes from CDs to iTunes or watch DVDs. As well as an ethernet port since you're basically outta luck if you can't find a wireless network to connect to (good luck finding WiFi in older hotels). And last but not least, the MacBook Air only comes with one USB port. . . Let's just say you're going to need a USB hub for sure! Nonetheless, it's understandable that there's going to be some compromise for having a laptop as sleek and light as the MacBook Air.

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thoughtgirl thoughtgirl 9 years
I love the fact its so light however, it so expensive to buy!
kymmeisme kymmeisme 9 years
I just don't see the point in making an even lighter laptop. Aren't laptops light and portable enough?
macgirl macgirl 9 years
sfjberk- I remember that too! The end of the world was near ;-) I for one am happy that Steve is ahead of the curve.
Tabloid Tabloid 9 years
Steven Jobs does it again! He is soo brilliant!
sfjberk sfjberk 9 years
SkinnyMarie (Comment #5) doesn't have the numbers right: It's almost 2 cm at its thickest; not at its thinnest point. At its thinnest point its .4 cm. Remember when Jobs intro'd the first computer without a floppy drive? The same doom-&-gloom comments appeared, bemoaning the absence of this "much needed feature." And it wasn't "fixed" with the next rev. What actually happened? No computer has a floppy drive now. I'll take bets that this is the wave of the future.
starsmom starsmom 9 years
it's really great looking.......but I think I'll stick with the MacBook for now.....
macgirl macgirl 9 years
It's not a replacement to the MacBook or MacBook Pro line. People have been yelling for this for quite awhile, but who knows it could go the way of The Cube.
loveisreal loveisreal 9 years
And to think, I was actually fooled by it's commercial and advertisements! It sure is lacking a lot from the older macbooks but it sure is beautifully thin!
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I rarely need ethernet, more than 1 USB or even an optical drive but the MacBook Air is still not for me. I need the power and the bigger screen to so my job. I will be looking forward to the bigger trackpad on future models though.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
Exactly what I said was wrong with this laptop when I commented in the Mac Air v. Slim notebooks pole.
bunnystack bunnystack 9 years
Honestly, this notebook is NOT for the everyday person. It's more for business people on-the-go who can use it to take quick notes and stick it in a briefcase. It's not supposed to be a decked-out media center/work station. If you want something like that, get a MacBook or a MacBook Pro. The purpose of the MacBook Air is versatility and convenience, and having been a business student, I have to say, carrying around something that thin and light for taking notes, is very, very convenient.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
Thanks for posting this, because I was so wanting one until I paid attention to these missing features - in this situation, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. I could see myself getting frustrated with it verrrry quickly.
jflutterjess jflutterjess 9 years
I would love to have this Laptop. I can only dream since I can't afford it right now and I just use my work laptop for everything that I need to do.
astello astello 9 years
that's disappointing. but hey, for such a skinny little laptop, i guess some things have to give.
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
As fantastic as the Air seems to be, I'm still leaning more towards the Macbook.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
I wonder how well it's really going to do. The economy is in a pinch and it's not designed to be your only computer, just a travel one. It's not got enough memory for students, so .... I guess we'll see :-)
Alia-Miller Alia-Miller 9 years
I guess the more attractive they are, the less functionality they get. And that's a huge disadvantage.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
I have a Gateway right now. I like it just fine. I think the next laptop I get will be a Macbook, but not this one. It needs to have more of the things I want. I love how thin it is, but that's about it.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I use my MacBook every day at work and I have to be connected via ethernet to print. It's very impractical if it's going to be your only computer, but if you have a desktop or another laptop, it works. It just depends on the lifestyle- that's all.
potc-crazyy potc-crazyy 9 years
Sorry, but I'd rather buy the Sony SZ or Asus EEE... It's gorgeous and thin, that's pretty much where it ends.
verily verily 9 years
oops. "need more than one ethernet" should be "need an ethernet"
verily verily 9 years
I think you're missing the point that this notebook is designed to be ultra-thin! It's all about portability. Of course, it's going to have to sacrifice some features like an optical drive. That's why it's designed to wirelessly connect to another computer's CD/DVD drive. And do you really need more than one ethernet port these days with the huge prevalence of wifi? The people who use this sort of laptop are probably not going to be hooked up very often to an ethernet jack. As for USB, lots of keyboards and mice can use bluetooth. How often will your ultra-thin laptop need to be jacked in to more than one USB device? If you need all three things so desperately, save your money and get a MacBook.
pixelsugar pixelsugar 9 years
It's a gorgeous computer, but you need to a)travel a TON, b)have a bunch of extra money laying around to pay for it, and c)have all wireless accessories and never use a CD/DVD. I'm anxious to see the changes that will be made to this computer next year.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I love the way this looks, and I love some of the innovative features such as the touchpad, but I can't see spending $3000 on a laptop that I'm basically just going to get to surf the internet. I don't need a lot on it, but it has to give me something more than style for $3000 when I have a 17" MacBook Pro already. All this laptop has done was visually excite me for 5 minutes, then make me wonder if what other people say about Apple is true. I almost feel betrayed.
trishcmc trishcmc 9 years
Absolutely spot on! Couldn't have said it any better myself!
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