The skinny laptop finally gets a refresh.
Apple leads- others follow as far as hardware designs are concerned. From the MacBook to the iPhone to the Air and the iPad, we have seen Apple create wonderful designs that other manufacturers have been “inspired” by. And by looking at the latest version of the MacBook Air, I don’t think that is changing any time soon. Available in 11” and 13” models, I received the smaller version from Apple a few days back and am having a hard time putting it down. Packaged very much like other Apple laptops, the MacBook Air comes bundled in a small black box with the power charger and installation media which is not your usual CD or DVD but a nice little USB drive.
Specifications wise, the 11” version is based on the 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU with 2GB RAM while the 13” version has a 1.83GHz CPU. Both the models have the NVIDIA 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory and Solid State drives- the 11” comes standard with 64GB while the 13” comes with 128GB. Apple has increased the pixel densities on the MacBook Air’s screen with the 11” version sporting a 1366×768 resolution and the 13” a 1400×900 resolution. Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 are included though I must say that a 3G option would have been nice.
These new MacBook Air’s are sleek and beautiful measuing just 0.11-0.68 inches in height- definitely the best looking laptops that I have seen. Other than looking good, they feel incredibly solid with construction quality that you seldom see. Only Apple could’ve made the older MacBook Air look a bit dated and that’s exactly what the newer version does.
On the left side you have the power connector, a USB port as well as the audio jack while the right side has another USB port and a display port. The 13” features an SD card slot on the right. Unlike the previous version of the MacBook Air, the connections are built straight on the body and don’t require opening any bays. Lastly, a Facetime camera sits above the screen.
The MacBook Air comes pre-installed with OS X 10.6.5 and your usual suite of i applications such as iPhoto, iMovie and Garage band that will help you get started quickly. A trial version for Microsoft Office 2008 was also present on our unit.