Apple MacBook Air Review Quotes

MacBook AirThe MacBook Air, Apple’s latest ultraportable notebook which gained a lot of interest, has been reviewed recently by several websites.

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.

Sources: Engadget | NotebookReview | USA Today | Mac World | CNet | Laptop Magazine

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Danijel is a tech writer who founded Laptoping in 2006. His specialty are Windows-based laptops, 2-in-1 convertibles, and tablet PCs.

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