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There are quite a few disadvantages to the MacBook Air. Quite frankly, I can't see any advantage in owning one over a MacBook Pro unless portability and size are of utmost importance. Among the disadvantages are:

1. The slowest Mac in Apple's current line-up. This includes the Mac Mini.
2. Non-upgradeable RAM (you are stuck with 2GB for the life of the machine).
3. Smallest hard drive in the Mac line-up at 80GB or 64GB SSD. Upgrading will not be easy either as it requires a fairly obscure form-factor. Also, if it fails, finding a replacement may be very difficult out of warranty.
4. Non-user-replaceable battery. You must take it into an Apple store for replacement.
5. Lack of ports - there is a single USB port for any external devices. This means hooking up an external hard drive for backups will limit you to very slow transfer speeds.

These might not be a huge deal for a lot of people, but if this is your primary computer, it can be very limiting. If you don't travel very frequently, I can't see the appeal of this model other than as a fashion statement.

Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!
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