Is this not the coolest laptop you have ever seen? My next question for you guys is how do any PC manufacturers plan to compete with the awe and coolness factor Apple demands from its products?
Like sure, the price is still sky high, but HDTVs cost more than this when they were made, and the new ones still do. And the resolution and usefulness of this laptop are so much higher than that of a TV.
which ports are you disappointed about? it comes with USB 2.0/3.0 hybrid ports, which I have never really seen before. It has always been one or the other and not cross compatible I believe. Yeah, it has no ethernet port, but there is a ethernet to thunderbolt converter that would do the job just fine for a minimal extra cost compared to buying this thing.
in my opinion, the lack of an optical drive is not a problem. personally, i have .iso images of every disc i own, and i havent bought anything on physical media in quite some time now. it has been all online downloads the i create bootable USBs from or whatever i need. plus, if they put an optical drive in the battery life would be half of what it is now. running an i7, and nvidia card, and a retina display is not an easy thing on a battery.
and as a college student, i guess the physical size doesnt matter too much to me where as it would for some other people. I don't have the space for a huge HDTV, and I would use my laptop to watch TV way more often anyways.
seriously considering selling my early 2011 17" MBP to buy one of these. with my student discount it would cost me $200, $250 with an optical drive.
I was mistaken thinking it only had 1 USB 3 port and the Ethernet port is biggest on for me on ports. My netbook manages to have 2 USB ports an HDMI port and an Ethernet port.
Most people, even those super smart(read sarcasm) mac users, don't know how to mount an ISO file. I actually avoid digital distribution like the plague but that is a different discussion for a different day. While many movies come with a digital copy and now Walmart will digitize your DVDs, not sure about Blu-Ray, for $2-$3 per movie its not too bad to lack optical. The optical is mostly a personal preference I don't miss it on my netbook but to me it is a sacrificial cost for the size. When I step out of that size bracket I want the drive as then I am intending to do more with that machine some of which will require the use of an optical drive.
In the end Im still not a mac user and still can't find any reason to change so really I don't much care beyond the fact that the manufacturers of Windows computers might begin to put out similarly minimal designed systems. Which the irony is I am typically a minimalist myself.
I think Apple makes excellent small electronics (iPhone/pod/pad), probably the best in the industry... Their computers/laptops on the other hand, I detest.
For less money I can get a windows based machine that has more power, more flexibility on size/shape/color (there are dozens of laptop manufacturers/distributors for windows based laptops). The operating system itself allows for more flexibility, and is in my opinion significantly easier to use.
My sister has a macbook, and I have played a little with the OS/programs/file system. It absolutely drives me nuts.. Then there's the whole compatibility issue with 90% of the programs we all use.