"NOT the new Normal"2.0 starson by wuchmee
Pros: Light and Small
Cons: No optical drive, no Ethernet port, no SD slot, 11" screen
Summary: Apple's insistence of $999 as its minimum entry point for laptops gives lie to the value of the new Air. This is NOT a good value any way you slice it. Price it accordingly, Apple: $699 at most.
If Apple ditches built-in optical drives on their portable line altogether, then my interest in a new Apple laptop becomes nil. Separately, if Apple begins to phase out optical drives on the iMac, then it's really over for me. The DVD drive is still too patently useful to get rid of it. TERRIBLE idea to remove it from the Mac mini refresh. I do not want to live with an external SuperDrive. Same as Apple's massively annoying love affair with dongles.