Apple just introduced the MacBook Air touted as the world’s thinnest notebook with a maximum thickness of only 0.76-inches. That’s thin for sure, but I’m not so sure about the thing myself. I am sure Apple fan boys are jumping up and down right now at the thought of a mega thin notebook.
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After you get over the svelte dimensions, the remainder of the machine is a bit meh if you ask me. The screen is a 13.3-inch LED backlit unit and the system has a full size backlit keyboard. Backlighting on a notebook keyboard is a cool feature. The Air is powered by either a 1.6GHz or a 1.8GHz Intel core 2 Duo processor with a 4Mb L2 cache.
The machines come with 2GB or RAM stock and an 80Gb HDD along with 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1. The track pad uses multi-touch gesture support allowing navigation similar to that of the iPhone with eh pinch gesture for zooming in and out.
Apple claims that the battery life for the notebook is five hours. The one thing lacking from the MacBook Air is an optical drive. Buyers can opt to purchase an external MacBook Air SuperDrive for $99. The base price for the MacBook Air is $1799 and can go up from there with options ranging from faster processors to a 64GB SSD instead of the 80GB drive.
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