Apple MacBook Air: A Closer Look At One Of The World's Thinnest And Lightest Notebook Ever
A Review Of The Features And Specs Of The Apple MacBook Air
Apple MacBook Air: Features And Specs
Mobility is king with MacBook Air, but performance comes in at a very close second. The Apple MacBook Air has an 11.6-inch light-emitting diode (LED) backlit screen that supports a 1,366 x 768 resolution. At 0.7-inches thick and just 2.4 pounds, it's one of the thinnest and lightest notebooks in the world. Peel back that thin aluminum shell and you'll find a 1.6Ghz Intel Core i5 processor with 4-way computing and Turbo Boost technology, which gives the system an extra speed boost in case you need it.
The Apple MacBook Air features 4GB of double-data-rate 3 (DDR3) memory and 128GB of flash storage for music, photos, files, and applications. The 128GB flash-based storage drive is a solid-state drive that lets the MacBook Air boot, load apps, and move files incredibly easy. Intel's integrated HD 3000 graphics processor handles video processing and some light gaming. A Thunderbolt port and a pair of USB 2.0 ports stand in for data transferring tasks and connecting peripherals.
Other features of the MacBook Air include an integrated FaceTime camera, an omnidirectional microphone, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. It also has Apple's software suite that consists of Photo Booth, FaceTime, iTunes, iLife, and more.
The MacBook Air comes preloaded with Mac OS X Lion. The battery that comes with it is non-user-replaceable, so avoid completely draining it to make sure it lasts a long time. Make a routine of partially draining and fully recharging the battery on a regular basis.
To note, the MacBook Air lacks an optical drive, but there's an optional external USB-based optical drive called MacBook Air SuperDrive that lets the MacBook Air read and write CDs and DVDs.
Bottom line, the MacBook Air with Mac OS X Lion operating system is fundamentally different from a Windows-based PC. However, Apple designed it to be easy and fun to use.