12-23-2011 11:32 PM
01-16-2012 10:37 AM
Macbook Airs have 2 USB ports, one on each side, but that has gotten much less important with the addition of the Thunderbolt port, which is going to be used more and more for applicatons which need speed like audio and, even more so, video. I much prefer the lighter weight of the Air, and, with the current models, which are WAY faster than the Core 2 Duo models, the speed is there, Even my 11" has an 17 processor and a 256GB SSD. The SSD makes a huge difference in performance, as often the disk rather than the processor is the bottleneck, and even when an app needs to swap out to disk for virtual memory, it is very quick, unlike swapping to a conventional hard drive. As the original post mentions, adding an SSD or hybrid drive to a Pro is a great option as well, I just don't like the weight. I have used an optical drive once in three years, but you can share another computer's optical drive wirelessly or use an external drive if you need one.
Get a MBP- I LOVE the Air's. You get so much more for the money witha 13 MBP. I dropped a Hybrid drive in mine a month ago, and it flies. With the air, you have 1 USB only, no optical. Adding or cart just these couple things is more a PITA than having them in the chassis on the MBP. I'd rather se someone get a MBP for work, and a small iPad for travelling as a 2nd machine so to speak.
02-22-2012 06:32 AM
Yeah the optical drive.
I popped into my local Apple retailer and had a good look over the MB Air. Its svelte, but it just feels like there's something missing in it.
04-13-2012 01:10 PM
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