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    Opinions on New MacBook Air?

    Apple have increased the price, do you think the product is worth it?

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    Re: Opinions on New MacBook Air?

    Was it ever?
    Not only is it an Apple product anyway, so already seriously overpriced, but IIRC that was the one where someone could hack in, steal all your data and then brick your battery, with the potential ability to whack up the current draw and make the battery explode.

    But whatever gets Apple's post count up, I guess.....

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    Re: Opinions on New MacBook Air?

    I bought a 2011 Air and I have been very happy with it. It has lasted longer than any other laptop I've ever had, it's a little sluggish now but that's all the updates pitching at a higher spec and even though it's now obsolete and there are no OS updates, I'm still getting secutiry updates which is impressive. It's still faster and easier to use than my missus's i3 laptop with Windows 10.

    The new product is silly. One of the best parts of the Air was the compactness and robustness and long battery life meaning you didn't need to carry a charger or anything else, it just fit in a slim case. As a result, having to carry dongles just to use a USB stick if required is infuriating. I know they're future proofing it but you NEED a USB-A port. There are reasons to have thunderbolt / USB-C but the people who have the need for that kind of bandwidth on every port won't be buying an Air. The new screen had to be done, there was no excuse for the old TN screen being kept.

    I think that myself I'd be buying a ~£500 laptop every 3 years or so or if I spend more it will be better and last longer. My concern with doing this with a Windows machine is that if MS decides everyone needs to produce new drivers to keep hardware running and the manufacturer doesn't make them after 5 years, I'm left with a brick. At least Apple will support it for a decent length of time. I think 6-7 years is pretty reasonable.

    I also like to keep my hand in with another OS as it keeps you thinking rather than getting into a singular way of thinking. Once the security updates stop, my Air will turn into a Linux machine. The thing is still in very good condition and the hardware is still up to the job.

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