I have a small obsession with technology. OK, maybe not a small one. I love trying out the latest gadgets and tech on my eternal quest to find the gear that makes me most productive and makes work fun. I've owned more computers than I can recall from almost every major manufacturer. Of all the laptops I've owned, only one has ticked most of the boxes of acceptable compromises when it comes to form and function - the 11-inch MacBook Air. And that's why I hit the used Mac sites last week.
I've been using several different devices over recent times. I have a Mac mini with a 27-inch LED Cinema Display on my desk alongside a small form factor Lenovo connected to a pair of 23-inch displays that my wife and I share when I need a Windows box.
I also have a Lenovo Miix 510 which I use when I'm out as well as a 10.5-inch iPad Pro which is handy for drawing and missing around with the Apple Pencil.
But I've always had a soft spot for the 11-inch MacBook Air so I picked one up for $400. It's no powerhouse but does have a Core i5 processor, 4GB or memory and a 128GB SSD. It's keyboard is superior to the Smart Keyboard that Apple offers for the iPad Pro and the one that comes with the portable Lenovo. Although it lacks a touchscreen, it has a decent display, and the large touchpad compensates, to some degree, for the lack of touchscreen capability.
It's a pity that Apple dropped this nifty little computer from its range and replaced it with the far dearer MacBook.
And that had me thinking - has there been a piece of technology that was dumped by its maker that you really miss or wish had been updated?