Apple have unveiled their ultrathin, ultraportable notebook; the Macbook Air. Claimed to be the thinnest notebook in the world, as one would expect from Apple the new addition to the Macbook range has been beautifully styled.With a sleek wedge shaped anodised aluminium case the Air weighs only 1.3 kg and boasts a variable thickness of 1.9 - 0.4 cm; this is despite its 13.3″ widescreen display, full size keyboard and extra large touchpad. An I/O door on the Macbook’s side neatly hides a headphone jack, USB port and micro-DVI output. I’m not quite sure a single USB port is sufficient and I think a quite a lot of Mac users will be disappointed that the FireWire port has been left out.
The important specs are pretty impressive given the Macbook Air’s size and weight. Specially designed ‘compact’ Intel Core 2 Duo processors available in 1.6 and 1.8 Ghz processors available, 2GB of RAM as standard and the options of either an 80GB hard drive or a 64GB solid state drive. That’s not really enough storage to keep me happy, and with a single USB port plus no FireWire using external storage is less convenient than with the Macbook or Macbook Pro.
Prices are rather high with the basic model costing £1199 and the higher spec (1.8Ghz and solid state disk) model coming in at an astronomical £2028. I can’t quite imagine who would buy the Macbook Air when the standard Macbook is more capable, cheaper and still rather compact. I guess there are some people out there with more money than they know what to do with!