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Where’s my 3.5 lb Mac notebook?
When Apple announced new Powerbooks recently I thought, “Ah, finally, they’ll release a 12″ screen model without an optical drive so that it will be much lighter!” But I was wrong (and disappointed.)
One of the primary reasons I bought my Thinkpad X31 two years ago was its weight (or lack thereof): 3.6 lbs with battery. The lightest Powerbook (or iBook or TiBook or WiFiBook or whatever Apple is calling their notebook computers then or now) was 4.9 lbs. The lightest one of the new crop from Apple is 4.6 lbs.
The skinniness of my Thinkpad comes at a price, of course: 12″ screen, no optical drive. (And about $2000, in March 2003, for a 1.4Ghz Pentium M, 40GB hard drrive, Gigabit ethernet, 256MB RAM).
I have an external USB CD/DVD drive to use when I need it, which is infrequently: installing new software, burning a CD, copying music from a CD onto my computer, watching a movie.
But I have never needed that optical drive while traveling and I’ve been very glad not to tote around its mass. I suppose if I wanted to watch a large stack of DVDs while on the road, it would be handy, but putting a few video files on my hard drive before I leave home provides much the same result.
So how about it, Apple? I’m willing to pay a financial premium, but not a mass premium. Where’s my 3.5 lb (or less!) Mac notebook?
Would you buy a lighter Powerbook? How about a heavier Newton?