After much anticipation the Macworld 2008 keynote is over and Apple released some new products(time capsule and macbook air) and updates(apple tv, movie rentals and ipod touch ). I have to say that most of what was shown at this year’s keynote was expected.
The most important product released today was the MacBook Air, Apple’s ultra thin computer weighting in at 3.0 lbs and measuring, at its thickest point, just 0.76?. This product has been rumored for a few months already and was generating some excitement among Apple fanboys including myself. However after the initial excitement I realized that the product is disappointing.
On the outside my main concerns with the MacBook Air are the number of USB ports and the micro-dvi port. Only 1 USB port wont satisfy my needs at the moment, I know that wi-fi is the main idea behind the Air but not all the gadgets, the ones I use with a laptop, are wi-fi enabled. Secondly a micro-dvi port? why didnt they try to keep the mini-dvi port? that means that I will have to carry yet another adapter with me.
As far as hardware goes the Air’s standard specs seem good enough. However if we take a closer look at the specs we can see that the HDD speed is just 4200RPM, quite slow if you ask me. The same is true for the processor 1.6Ghz shouldn’t even be there it should have come with 1.8Ghz standard. The 5hr battery life for an ultra thin computer seems low; I remember two years ago while looking for a laptop that IBM had ultra thin laptops with a 7-9hr battery life. Heat is another issue I’m concern with, my MacBook runs HOT most of the time, how is the MacBook Air going to handle heat? The only things I really dig in the MacBook Air are the screen size and full keyboard.
I guess I will be waiting for the reviews from the early adopters. The product is not bad and I dont think the price is excessive as some people complain. Nonetheless I believe the Air is a product whose technical specs were not well thought out.