Glenn_Fleishman, on 25 June 2012 - 01:06 PM, said:
toslinker, on 25 June 2012 - 12:40 PM, said:
It seems a bit weird that they still have analog audio here at all, since its big brother the Apple TV already removed all analog audio and video connections.
Would anyone be surprised if the 2013 revision is called the AirPort A/V Express, and has an analog audio out, an HDMI port, and all Apple TV functionality plus all AirPort Express features?
Yep, I'd be surprised - though not as surprised after this revision as I would have been with the prior model.
Which gets into the big problem I have with this release - after dropping the built-in two-prong connector design, this version is definitely less convenient as a travel router. The old design was easy to carry around and plug in, with ethernet being the only cable you had to mess with (and many hotels had that run through a cable feeder, much easier to manage); with the new design, you have one more cable to mess with, and on the small 'desks' a lot of hotel rooms have, that can be a significant irritant.
It really feels like Apple designed this version of the Express as 'cheaper alternative to the Extreme', mostly dropping the 'travel router' part of the product spec.
Glenn_Fleishman, on 25 June 2012 - 06:27 PM, said:
BruceLeeXIV, on 25 June 2012 - 05:38 PM, said:
I will sorely miss the wall mountability; it's very convenient and portable.
Funny, I always had to carry the bulky external cable, as I could never manage to find an outlet in the right place that was in good enough shape to hold the prongs of the plug.
I'm definitely with Bruce. I very rarely had trouble with it staying in the wall, on the occasions I did have trouble I could usually fix it by having it hang down from the bottom outlet instead of pointing up from the top, and when even that didn't work, bending the prongs together just a touch was usually enough.
This post has been edited by tbutler67: 26 June 2012 - 07:13 AM