MacBook Air First Thoughts Review

For those of you who have been living in a cave for the last month, the MacBook Air is Apple's newest 13.3" ultra-thin notebook offering cutting edge design in a remarkably thin package. With Intel Core 2 Duo processors, Intel X3100 integrated graphics, an optional 64GB solid state drive (SSD), and a stylish yet tough design, the MacBook Air might be one of the hottest 13-inch notebooks on the market in 2008. Let's take a closer look. The Apple MacBook Air (starting at $1,799) is available with two choices of Core 2 Duo processors and a choice of 80GB hard disk drive or 64GB solid state drive. There is only one 13.3" screen offering, a 1280x800 WXGA glossy display with LED backlighting.

Our MacBook Air has the following specifications:
  • Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard
  • Intel Core 2 Duo P7500 1.6GHz (4MB L2 cache, 800MHz frontside bus)
  • 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • 80GB 4200rpm parallel ATA hard disk drive
  • 13.3" glossy widescreen TFT LED backlit display (1280 x 800)
  • Intel GMA X3100 graphics (144MB of shared memory)
  • iSight webcam
  • AirPort Extreme WiFi (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
  • Micro DVI, USB 2.0 port (480Mbps), Audio out
  • Dimensions : 0.16-0.76", 12.8", 8.94" (H, W, D)
  • Weight: 3.0 pounds
  • Integrated 37-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 45W MagSafe power adapter with cable management system

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