updated 02:35 am EDT, Fri July 16, 2004
AirPort Express details
Apple has delayed shipments of AirPort Express to customers in the UK and other parts of Europe, according to a note sent to customers on Thursday. AirPort Express, which began . One reader also offered a few "first impressions" of the device.
"The Fit & Finish is 'Standard Apple'... meaning near flawless, the packaging is similar to the iPod's with an external "sheath" which slides off and inside packaging that opens like a book to reveal the actual unit which is wrapped in plastic 'cling wrap'.
"Making a complicated product isn't difficult, making a complicated product simple to use is an art form that Apple has perfected and the Airport Express is no exception.
"In an enclosure about the size of a deck of cards Apple has crammed in not only a wireless access point, but wireless USB Printing and a Wireless Audio.
"In the audio end of things you are given a choice of analog or digital audio via one jack. A standard 3.5mm audio jack provides analog audio-out and the same jack has also has a Mini-Optical connector in it!
"The signal strength of the unit is comparable to the other Apple Airport products I've owned (Graphite, Snow, & Extreme base stations) but because of the design (as shipped) there is less flexibility in positioning the antenna. Apple anticipated this and there is a power cord accessory (not included) that allows for more flexible positioning if required."
Thanks to Nik Hammarberg of Base Station Rescue.