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Apple's Macbook Air Pros and Cons

Before jumping on the MacBook Air bandwagon be sure you know what you are getting.

True, the MacBook Air is the sleekest, lightest, and newest laptop available from Apple but there are considerations to make before buying one. Below are some pros and cons that have surfaced about the MacBook Air:

Pros:

  • Lightweight and extremely thin design 3 lbs
  • Large 13.3" LCD
  • Full size keyboard
  • Ships with maximum 2gb memory
  • Long battery life 4.5 - 5 hours under "normal" conditions
  • Innovative technology allows you to "share" DVD drive from networked computers (Windows or Mac)

Possible Cons:

  • No built-in Ethernet port
  • Wireless only
  • no wired Ethernet for Facilities backups
  • No removable battery
  • must be changed by Apple Certified Technician
  • No built-in DVD drive
  • Thin case does not allow for a larger internal hard drive 80gb maximum
  • Lack of common ports and connectors
  • Only 3 connectors available
    • USB port
    • Headphone jack
    • mini DVI port for connecting external display
  • Requires use of external devices for additional connections

For more information about the MacBook Air visit http://www.apple.com/

For pricing and configuration information refer to the CMU Computer Store at:http://www.cmu.edu/stores/computer/apple.html