This laptop, advertised as “the world’s thinnest notebook“, features a 13.3-inch LED backlight display, a modified Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a spacious trackpad with multi-touch gesture support, 2GB of memory, an 80GB 1.8-inch hard drive or an optional 64GB solid state drive, 802.11n wireless connection, Bluetooth 2.1 technology, the Intel GMA X3100 integrated graphics, a micro-DVI port, and only one USB port. Ethernet LAN port and modem are provided via external USB adapters. The MacBook Air has no built-in optical drive. The system weighs three pounds and starts at $1,799.
According to the reviews, “Pros” of the MacBook Air are:
- an incredibly thin design (0.16-inches at its thinnest point),
- sturdy case,
- beautiful look,
- lovely wide LED backlit screen,
- comfortable-to-type-on full-size keyboard with a built-in ambient light sensor,
- spacious track-pad with support for multi-touch gestures, and
- a decent battery life.
Its “Cons” are:
- a weak performance, the notebook is claimed to be “the slowest Apple machine” ,
- limited hard drive storage space,
- expensive solid state drive option, no performance boost with the SSD,
- only one USB port, USB 3G modems won’t fit in the MacBook Air,
- no Expansion slot (ExpressCard or PC Card), no media card reader, no firewire
no built-in Etnernet LAN port,
- no user-replaceable battery,
- “belches out heat like nobody’s business”, and
- price may be an issue with students and other consumers.