Last October 20, Apple introduced the new redesigned MacBook Air and dubbed it as,”The Next Generation of MacBooks.” For weeks, as usual, news has been growing piles. The all-new MacBook Airs (an 11-inch and 13-inch model), as described, thinner and lighter than their predecessors, cheaper versions, longer battery life, more iPad-like experience, and a faster flash storage.
The new 13-inch MacBook Air weighs about 2.9 pounds in an aluminum unibody case and a 0.68 inches at thickest point all way down to 0.11 inches front straight edge thick. It has a FaceTime camera, 1440 x 900 high-resolution display, full size black keyboard, stereo speakers, and a new multi-touch glass track pad.
There is really a lot of features to like about the MacBook Air, though it lacks an optical drive, it’s the speed of the flash storage, ranging from about 64GB to 256GB capacity. It also has USB ports on each side, both models, and a built-in SD card reader just on the 13-inch MacBook Air. On the other hand, the 11-inch MacBook Air is much lighter and weighs just 2.3 pounds with same features as the 13-inch model.
The 13-inch MacBook Air, amounting at $1,299, is cheaper than the previous model’s introductory sale and much with the 11-inch model starting at $999. Both models corporate an Intel Core 2 Duo processors (a speed up to 1.4 GHz to 1.6 GHz with 3MB shared L2 cache for 11-inch and 1.86 GHz to 2.13 GHz processor with 6MB on-chip shared L2 cache for the 13-inch model) along with Nvidia GeForce 320M integrated bright graphics. Although some was kinda disappointed about the aging and draw back of processor, I guess Apple has really reasons for that – it’s not just the size, it’s the performance and the speed.
The MacBook Airs boots up in less than 15 seconds compare to MacBook Pro‘s about 35 to 48 seconds and iMac‘s at least a minute or 2, also a sleep and wake up time is remarkably instant. The 13-inch model can last up to 7 hours of usage and 5 hours on 11-inch model with wireless Internet, and an amazing 30 days battery life (both models) on a standby time mode.
Indeed, the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs are surprisingly effective and are capable for their size. What features do you like in the new MacBook Air anyway? Are you going to invest in a MacBook Air or other netbook? Let us know!