Let's say you're in the market for a new notebook computer. Would you buy the MacBook Air? In two weeks, the new super-thin notebook goes on sale. It's about .76 inches thick (about equal to the thickness of an index finger), has a 13.3-inch screen, 80 GB hard drive, 2 GB memory and full-sized keyboard.
But no drive for CDs or DVDs.
Steve Jobs says it won't matter because we download everything off the Internet. And if you have to install software that requires a CD drive, he says the system lets you wirelessly connect to another computer's optical drive.
It's a pretty neat feature. But is it a good buy? If this is your one and only computer -- like is the case for many students -- then you're stuck without a CD/DVD drive. That is, unless you dish out another $99 for the portable drive, which plugs in through a USB port. So that would bring the price to about $1,900.
You can get a regular MacBook with double the hard drive (160 GB) for $1,499. And if history repeats itself, wait a few months and it'll cost even less.
When Apple came out with the iPhone, it was only a few months before prices dropped. Will he make the same mistake again? I doubt it, but he might drop prices of other MacBooks. Hard to guess after last year's fiasco of angry customers.
It's all comes down to this -- do you trust the company enough to be an early adopter and buy the Air right away? Or will you wait several months for a drop in prices -- in either the Air or the other MacBook models?
Or maybe you will just stick with a notebook that comes with a CD/DVD drive and has a larger hard drive for a price tag under $2,000.