Of MacBook Airs and MacBook Pro Retinas
This thread is to solicit the views and experiences of Apple Macintosh laptop computer users, particularly those who own/operate late-model equipment.
My parents own an aging, first-generation white MacBook. (2006 vintage). To say the least, it is getting old and is on its last legs. They will have to replace it in the coming months, probably some time in the new year. They have very limited computer knowledge, usually relying on me for advice/guidance.
I want to ask late-model Apple laptop owners about their feelings on the choices my parents are about to face. No anti-Apple or anti-laptop-computer comments, please.
When I told them about the MacBook Air, their first reaction was to question why anyone would want a computer without a built-in DVD drive. While visiting a Best Buy in a small city about 65 miles away, I showed them an Air, and they still did not understand. Up until recently, I felt the same way. Now, I am more accepting and fatalistic. My view is that, while CDs and DVDs are still very much a viable medium, more and more folks demand greater portability from their laptops. The fact that the MacBook Air (MBA) and MacBook Pro with Retina Display (MBR) offer very lightweight, very powerful machines with the only remaining moving part being the cooling fan is beginning to impress me as a selling point. I am especially concerned about the use of laptop hard drives; I've seen several of these drives fail and their reliability issues cause them to sour on me. The use of Solid State Drives (SSDs) instead of spinning hard drives in the MBA and MBR is also beginning to impress me.
Of course, all the weight savings of these ultra-thin sub-notebook-class computers is negated if you carry a USB SuperDrive, so from that point one can legitimately ask "This is progress?" But a failed USB superdrive would be much easier to replace than a failed internal SuperDrive in any laptop. And the improved battery life and relative security of using SSDs seems more attractive than laptops with spinning hard drives.
Does any of this make sense to anyone else here?