Meet MacBook Air’s Kids: Ethernet and SuperDrive Peripherals

Meet MacBook Air’s Kids: Ethernet and SuperDrive Peripherals

mummy.jpgIf the MacBook Air is the mother of all slimline notebooks, then these two must be her offspring: you may have to ferry them around a lot if you watch DVDs or use wired surfing while you’re on the road. While the Superdrive is a slot-loading 8x number in an aluminium jacket, and weighing just over a pound, the ethernet adapter looks to be a standard Apple white, and gives you that RJ-45 connector for 10/100BASE-T support that everyone’s talking about. Combined together they take up around 25 cubic inches we think, showing just how skinny the Air itself actually is at 52 cubic inches:

Here’s the beef on the $US99 Superdrive:

  • Slot-loading
  • Built-in short USB cord
  • Works with DVD±R DL, DVD±RW, CD-R/RW
  • Slightly bigger than a CD case at 5.47 x 5.47 x 0.67
  • 1.09 lbs

The $29 Ethernet adaptor specs:

  • RJ-45 socket for 10/100BASE-T Ethernet
  • Built-in 4.6 in USB cord
  • Bus-powered USB 2.0

Both, unsurprisingly, are shipping in 2-3 weeks from the Apple