The new MacBook Air is no exception. With its incredibly thin profile and claims of incredible performance and the latest and greatest technology, can the MacBook Air really be as good as it sounds?
The MacBook Air is undoubtedly the thinnest laptop computer available today. Depending on the model, the width is 0.11 to 0.68 inches.
At 2.3 pounds, it weighs much less than any other laptop. In fact, it is lighter than most of the small netbooks! It’s really quite revolutionary and amazing.
Gone is the difficult to use touchpad from the traditional laptop. MacBook Air features a Multi-Touch trackpad with no buttons. This means that users can tap anywhere on the pad to click. Similar to the technology used in the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, the trackpad allows users to pinch, swipe, rotate, zoom, and navigate with simple finger movements.
The 11-inch MacBook Air will last up to 5 hours on a single charge. The 13-inch model gives about 7 hours of battery life. Another feature of the improved battery is that when you open the MacBook Air, it is instantly on. There are no long, slow startup times. Apple claims that the battery will provide up to 30 days of power on standby.
Also contributing to the extended battery life and efficiency and speed is the flash storage system. Flash allows the system to turn on instantly and reliably every time as well as maintaining that amazing 30 days of battery life on standby.
Talk about amazing advances – the screen on the MacBook Air is only 0.19 inches thick, yet it has millions of pixels and an extremely high resolution.
The display also includes a FaceTime camera that allows users to make calls over a Wi-Fi connection to other Mac, iPhone 4, or new iPod touch users. Interestingly, the MacBook Air even includes stereo speakers in its slim profile that play sound through the keyboard!
The NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor gives users exceptional speed and performance for watching movies or playing games. The Intel Core 2 Duo Processor helps speed up the system for optimal work performance.
Wireless to Go
The MacBook Air is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capable so that you can connect to the Internet from wherever you are. There are also two USB ports and an SD card slot, as well as Mini DisplayPort for connecting to a projector or HDTV.
As Good As Apple Claims?
Apple’s MacBook Air is solidly made, despite its light weight and thin profile. The screen resolution is truly excellent and because of this, even the 11-inch screen seems pretty big. The keyboard is full size, but the keys are shallow because of the thinness of the device. This may take users time to get used to. The Multi-Touch trackpad works quickly and easily.
Apple makes every attempt to keep its products environmentally friendly. The MacBook Air is energy efficient, reducing power consumption and the impact on the environment from greenhouse gas emissions. This is all accomplished through an efficient power adapter, low-power components, and power management software.
Apple engineers have done their best to eliminate toxic materials that can often be found in computers such as lead, arsenic, mercury, BFRs and PVCs. Apple also has a free recycling program for old computers.
Apple has chosen not to include an Ethernet port or memory card reader. The SD slot is only available on the 13-inch model. There is no optical drive for reading or burning CDs or DVDs. Users would have to purchase an external drive for these tasks.
Powerful or Powerless
With decreasing the size and weight, some performance was sacrificed. The processor works adequately, but could certainly do better. It is comparable to laptops from Dell, but falls below those from Sony or Toshiba in testing speed and processing performance.
Worth the Investment
Overall, the MacBook Air is as innovative as it gets. The thin, light unit with an incredible display could use a few upgrades, but overall it is definitely worth the investment if you are looking for the latest, cutting edge technology.