yeah i know that the air is small. however, the computer i used throughout four years of undergrad was only 37 GB, and right now, I have filled it with 34 GB. So to me, even the Air with the 64 GB is going to seem huge. I have about 11 GB of music on my computer, and I'm not planning to tranfer very much of that. I have all my documents from high school through college on my computer now, and plan to only transfer a few things. Pictures is probably the biggest problem, b/c I do have 12 GB of them on my computer now and would like to transfer them b/c I like having them. So to me, I still think I will just have tons of space...?? How much space would Windows take up?? My mom told me I could get an external hard drive if I start to run out of space...I believe those run between 100 and 200 dollars...Do you know anything about the difference between the air's 80 GB 4200-rpm PATA hard drive vs. the 64 GB solid-state drive? Obivously the size difference, but do you know what the other stuff means?Any help you give is appreciated (or good links you know of, since you've been researching!)...I'm not completely computer illiterate, but my mom has always helped me do this stuff and she doesn't know much about apples...
Aside from the "cool" factor of no moving parts, the SSD in the Air isn't that useful to a consumer. The read times are faster, but it actually writes slower. I have an Air with the 80GB HDD. LOVE IT. I have a WD passport external HD (USB powered) that I keep all my "big" stuff on, and a "hackintosh" desktop at home (that I'm typing this on). I think the Air would make a fine primary computer, so long as you don't do heavy photo/video editing. The LCD is super-bright, and the large trackpad is great. Even though it's only 80gb, you can put make a 5gb Windows partition, which should be WAY more than enough to get Windows and Examsoft, etc. on there. I didn't buy the external Superdrive, because I have no use for it. I can't recall the last time I used a CD for anything. I have a 8gb Flash drive that I can copy programs/disc images to for installation. I can't say enough good things about mine. I'd recommend it to anyone who can swing the $1800.
To the guy who claims it is "terrible", what are some of these "potential" problems and limits because of its size? The only real "potential" problem is battery replacement, and as long as you know Apple can do it in store, while you wait, for $130, there is no problem. It's about $40 more than buying a battery for a MacBook/Pro, but that's the price you pay. And extremely limited due to its size? That makes no sense at all, and you've offered nothing to back that up.
How often do you really use the disc drive?