Wow. The MacBook Air, looking less and less like a machine I’ll buy.

First thing this morning, I see that AppleInsider has some reviews from journalists from The Wall Street Journal, NewsWeek, and USA Today.

While the pro’s are the typical gushy lameness "Did I mention it’s thin?" Well no duh sherlock. The Con’s are quite telling. Take a look, almost all make a lot of sense as a user… 3 hour battery life? Not 5… mmm so now not only can I not take it across the ocean, I can’t take it across the US.

Then I see this on Engadget.

The Optional external superdrive is useless anywhere but connected to the Air. Well what kind of crap is that? I understand they’re pumping more juice down the USB line to the drive, but at least make the drive able to be powered from AC, or provide a two connector adapter to combine juice…

From Engadget, "Seriously though, how many machines do you have that need an external optical drive, anyway?"

While I don’t know the numbers, I’d say any customer of MCE, of which, one is me! I’ll grant that we knew we’d be losing the drive, and I get along fine without. If I know I’ll be away from my desk for extended periods, I’ll pack up my displaced drive in it’s little enclosure. however it’s not really portable since it doesn’t fit in the enclosure well , since the drive is so thin and made such that there aren’t a great many enclosures for the slim slot load drive.

But jeez Apple throw users a bone. The external drive is sexy! I’d buy it alone before I even owned a MacBook Air.

It almost seems like Apple is trying to make the Air as single purpose as possible, further pigeon holing it as a "device" not a laptop.

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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