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Apple MacBook Air

Apple MacBook Air

Is it a lot of Hot Air?

It is not often we review a Macintosh product on DriverHeaven and although we are late to the table we felt it would be an interesting novelty for our readers to have a look at probably the sexiest laptop ever made, the MacBook Air.

High quality aluminium

For those of you who have been living under a rock for a few years the Air is the star of the recent Apple advertisements, yes the one that fits inside an envelope. Quite why anyone would cram a £1,200 laptop into an envelope remains to be seen, but it certainly worked well for Apple to get the product noticed.

As we would expect from Cupertino’s finest, the design and engineering is quite extraordinary, however it is a more focused unit than the universally accepted 13 inch Macbook and it is targeting a very specific audience.

The purpose of the Macintosh Air is clear, create a laptop for people who loathe lugging around large (or even normal sized) machines. Macintosh are aiming for an audience who don’t want to compromise on screen real estate with something like the Asus EEE.

Wafer thin screen

Apple have design to the extreme and the Macbook Air is only 19mm at its thickest part, it earns the title of "The Worlds Thinnest laptop". It is close to one third the thickness of an iphone at its smallest side.

The Air is silver aluminium only, and comes in two flavours, 1.6ghz and 1.8ghz Core 2 Duo with 2GB of soldered onboard Ram, 802.11a/b/g/n (801.11n is Draft 2.0), Bluetooth, 13.3 inch LED backlit screen and a choice between a 80GB ATA drive or a 64GB solid state flash drive. The unit we have today is the 1.6ghz unit with 80GB hard drive.

Close up, showing the high quality finish

CPU 1.60GHz Core 2 Duo
Memory 2GB
Video card Intel GMA X3100, 144MB
FSB 800MHz
Weight 3lb
Hard drive 80GB
Battery life 5 hours

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Stuart Davidson

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