Apple's subnotebook wunder-machine is nigh. I've been waiting for an ultralight Web and writing machine for a long time now. So, should I run out and pant outside my local Apple store until the first units arrive?
Based on the information available right now, let's weigh the pros and cons ...
The Macbook Air is slim and light.
The unit's multitouch-equipped touch pad looks interesting, but I'd have to try it out for myself to gauge its worth.
The Macbook Air offers up to 5 hours of battery life.
Limited connectivity. There's only one USB port, and USB hubs never seem to work as well as built-in ports do. There's no Ethernet adapter, either.
Disposable? The battery is apparently not user-replaceable, nor is RAM, nor is the hard drive. It's one thing to sell a disposable $300 mobile device, it's quite another to sell a disposable $1,800 to $3,000 notebook. Who among us has never swapped a notebook battery, or upgraded our RAM?
Five hours of battery life sounds great, but I assume that's for a Macbook Air outfitted with a solid-state drive, which adds $1,000 to the cost of the unit. I'd rather pay less for a device with much less storage. I can keep more data up in the AIR, right?
My Snap Judgment (subject to change):
If my checkbook were fat enough, I'd probably preorder the Macbook Air immediately. Of course, in the land of "ifs," I'd probably also buy myself a whole branch of Fry's Electronics to use as a personal playground of gadgetry and wires.
However, as things currently stand, I'll probably wait for a few generations of Macbook Air notebooks to pass by (along with several friendly price drops) before I'd pick up one of these very slick-looking machines.
How does the Macbook Air strike you?