“Apple quietly introduced a brand new AirPort Express model on Monday at the WWDC,” Terry White writes for Terry White’s Tech Blog. “Although I was most excited about the new MacBook line up, I was quick to take a look at the New AirPort Express too. While the specs looked great, I cringed when I saw the back of it.”
“Apple has gone away from the all-in-one design to one that is almost identical of the Apple TV,” White writes. “By that I mean that it now requires a power cord. This may not seem like a big deal and maybe it isn’t (I’ll be on the road with it next week), but I certainly will miss just flipping out the prongs and plugging it in!”
“On the plus side Apple added a second Ethernet jack so that you can connect not only the ethernet cable to your internet connection, but also plug in a device via ethernet for speed. Sadly though these still aren’t gigabit ethernet ports. Not sure how much I’ll need that second port on the road, but it’s nice to have. The new AirPort Express is also dual band (like the AirPort Extreme) simultaneously supporting 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz WiFi connected devices,” White writes. “It still has AirPlay and a USB port for printers as well as support now for up to 50 devices [up from 10].”
Read more in the full review here.
Apple reveals all-new AirPort Express Base Station – June 11, 2012