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A bit more about the new MacBook Air

It seems like everyone’s not had enough of the new MacBook Air.

In this post, we’ll be seeing some of the features that makes the smaller Air a big contender in the laptop category.

A quick bird’s eye view on the MacBook Air

  • Price: $999 to $1,799
  • Pro. Amazingly thin—0.11 inches at the slimmest point, ultra-light with only 2.3 or 2.9 pounds of weight, sturdy, fast, and reliable as always. Good battery life.
  • Con. (very) Expensive. Limited storage. No optical drive. Not so much on ports.
  • Width: 11.8 inches
  • Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Depth: 7.56 inches

A closer look:

  • Design and basics. These run Apple’s Mac OS X Snow Leopard software and the new iLife ’11 software, with the new versions of iPhoto, iMovie (for editing videos) and GarageBand (for all musicians and would-be musicians).

Expertly made from a single slab of aluminum, just like the other MacBook Pro laptops, the Air has a glossy display, buttonless multitouch glass trackpads, and the edges are tapered down just over a tenth of an inch. Battery life is magnificently long.

  • Battery. Apple promises you’ll get up to 7 hours of battery life on the 13-inch models and 5 hours on the 11-inch versions. You’ll also get a full month of stand-by. As we all know the battery life really depends on how you use the device. But hey, at least we know what to expect from the new Air. I think that the hours are pretty decent for something so thin and light.
  • Running iLife. The new Air is capable of running applications within iLife ’11. The iPhoto can be much appreciated because of the full-screen modes, which are similar to the apps in the iPad. Apple has made it easier to view albums within iPhoto, especially albums in Facebook and the like.

Pricey?

MacBook Air models may not be ideal for everybody. But they’re really attractive computers that would certainly change the way you look at portable computers.

Air comes with an 11.6-inch screen weighing a little over 2 pounds, razor thin, priced under $1,000 which is already inexpensive by Apple standards. The Air models with a 13.3-inch display are equally great and only a bit heavier. The price starts at $1,299 and goes all the way to a $1,799.

Would you want one in addition to your iPad?

Your thoughts

What do you think? What other things would you like to add? What other features did you expect for the Air to have, but didn’t make it?

Let us all know in the comments!

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Stephen NellasStephen is part of the Software Jewel team, the company behind Clutterpad and BiP. He's also a regular author for BiP.View all posts by Stephen Nellas →