Tuesday, January 15, 2008

MacBook Air

They did it!

The good:
  • Ultra-thin design. 0.76 inches at the thickest part!
  • Just 1.36 Kg.
  • 13.3" LED display, 1280x800.
  • Backlit keyboard.
  • 802.11n and Bluetooth. Rocking fast WiFi!
  • Multi-touch trackpad.
  • Pretty decent 1.6-1.8GHz Intel Core2Duo and 2 GB RAM.
  • MagSafe power cord, 45W power adapter.
  • More environmentally friendly than its predecessors.
  • €1550 at the Apple Store Education. Obviously not the cheapest computer in the world, but the thinnest Sonys start at €2000.
The bad:
  • No optical drive (though: external superdrive is available, and it can mount optical drives wirelessly).
  • No ethernet adapter (usb dongle sold separately at €29).
  • No FireWire, just one USB port.
  • You cannot order a BTO MacBook Air with more than 2 GB memory.
The not-so-good-but-not-so-bad-either:
  • 80 GB PATA HDD, 64 GB SSD available for €879. The SSD is pricey, but the 80 GB drive is enough for such a small computer (which definitely is not meant to replace any model in the MacBook lineup).
  • 5h battery life. Pretty good for such a small laptop, but not that much impressive for Apple.

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