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Apple MacBook Air Announced at MacWorld '08

Discussion in 'Notebook News and Reviews' started by Andrew Baxter, Jan 15, 2008.

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  1. Andrew Baxter

    Andrew Baxter - Super Moderator

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    As the rumors suggested, Apple today announced the ultraportable MacBook Air notebook. The MacBook Air is being dubbed the "world's thinnest notebook", and at 0.16" to 0.76" they aren't kidding!

    <img src="http://www.notebookreview.com/assets/29925.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="360" height="240" /><br />Image courtesy of <a href="http://www.gizmodo.com" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a> (<span style="cursor: pointer; color: blue; text-decoration: underline" onclick="displayWindow('http://www.notebookreview.com/picture.asp?f=29924','Picture',770,489,'');">view large image</span>)

    The Apple MacBook Air has the following specs:

    • 13.3&quot; Widescreen LED Backlit (1280 x 800)
    • Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz (4MB L2 cache, 800MHz frontside bus)
    • 1.8&quot; 80GB HD (same type in iPod) or 64GB SSD option
    • Multi-touch trackpad
    • 2GB RAM (667MHz DDR2 SDRAM)
    • Intel X3100 graphics
    • Magnetic latch
    • 1 USB 2.0 port, Micro-DVI, Audio out (analog)
    • 802.11n wireless
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
    • iSight camera built-in
    • 37 watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
    • No optical drive built-in, but SuperDrive accessory available for $99
    • Dimensions: 12.8&quot; wide, 8.94&quot; deep, and 0.16&quot; to 0.76&quot; thin
    • Weight: 3.0 lbs (1.36 kg)
    • $1,799 price point

    <img src="http://www.notebookreview.com/assets/29927.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="360" height="241" /><br />Apple MacBook Air image courtesy of MacRumors (<span style="cursor: pointer; color: blue; text-decoration: underline" onclick="displayWindow('http://www.notebookreview.com/picture.asp?f=29926','Picture',770,480,'');">view large image</span>)

    With only one USB port you're limited on what you can attach, but Apple obviously was space challenged with the notebook being so thin. At least you can use BlueTooth for wireless devices since that is built-in. The claimed battery life is 5 hours, no indication under what usage you get that though. The availability will be within the next couple of weeks, you can pre-order from Apple for $1,799 starting price.

    More information can be found on the <a href="http://www.apple.com/macbookair/" target="_blank">MacBook Air product page</a> at Apple.com.

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  2. Paul

    Paul Mom! Hot Pockets! NBR Reviewer

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    Engadget is locked up! OH NOES!
     
  3. neonlazer

    neonlazer Notebook Evangelist

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    lol i noticed that too paul...i want to see a drop durability test!
     
  4. justanormalguy

    justanormalguy Notebook Consultant

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    sounds cool, shame it's way too far out of my price range
     
  5. Paul

    Paul Mom! Hot Pockets! NBR Reviewer

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    Wow... $1799 for the worlds thinnest ultraportable that gets 5 hours of battery life? I expected the price to be much higher. Surely the prices will skyrocket when you add the SSD though, and I would be concerned about the iPod hard drive's performance in this thing.
     
  6. darklich

    darklich Notebook Consultant

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    Now, will the Sony TZ price plunge to a compete?
     
  7. sly

    sly m1530 owner!!!

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    andrew mentioned two different widths. does this mean the new macbook is wedge shaped like the xps 1330`
     
  8. kenratboy

    kenratboy Notebook Guru

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    I bet this would not be a good laptop to overclock and open the case to mod. I cannot fathom what the inside must look like (or lack of insides).
     
  9. mvisa

    mvisa Notebook Guru

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    Meh its ok, just not worth the ridiculous price tag.
     
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    Vaiski Notebook Enthusiast

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    Wow, the price tag kind of shocked me, but the more I learn about it the more it sounds worth it.
     
  12. thejinx0r

    thejinx0r Notebook Guru

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    I want one with an SSD!
    But it's 3200$ CDN :'(

    I wonder if they do financing :D
     
  13. JM

    JM Mr. Misanthrope NBR Reviewer

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    $1799?!

    Pffffffffft!



    They do in the US, but I think they're partnered with Barclays Bank Delaware (Juniper Credit Cards), so it may only be in the United States.
     
  14. lunateck

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    Paper Thin.. razor sharp...
     
  15. darklich

    darklich Notebook Consultant

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    Name one other *competing* notebook in that price range? There is none! The price is fair.

    I wonder if the 1.8 inch HDD could be swapped out later for a SSD as the prices drop? Also, why not a 32GB SSD option?
     
  16. lunateck

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    Asus U1, U3.
     
  17. Matt is Pro

    Matt is Pro I'm a PC, so?

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    Drop that thing one time and it's done.

    Case closed.
     
  18. dietcokefiend

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    Now see though, you can ship it back to them in an envelope :)
     
  19. neonlazer

    neonlazer Notebook Evangelist

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    Amen, my thinkpad will outlive that thin little laptop many times over since, i drop it on the ground just for the fun to showoff how durable it is, with that?..lmao..drop it and it will snap in half..not to mention it has no buffer room for shock even a small drop would probably break something loose inside..lol...i dont care if it has the coolest features, i rather carry a extra 3 pounds than a laptop that has no durability..
     
  20. lunateck

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    And somehow, ur macbook air turns into a thin hardcover book...
    Edit: Correction, i doubt it'll be in 1 piece when it comes...
     
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