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Gadget Pr0n

Posted February 4, 2008 - By Eugene Morton

Every now and again we like to slow things down, dim the lights, lie down by the fireplace (perhaps put on some Barry White) and play with our gadgets. That’s not code for anything; we mean it in a literal sense, so put the whipped cream and strawberries back in the fridge.

After you’ve done that, make sure to grab your remote and tune in for an all new Gadget Pr0n. Our own tech experts are going to review all of the sexy tech products that drive the ladies (and tech buffs) wild.

Today, they'll review the MacBook Air.

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MacBook Air

  • 0.76” at its thickest, 0.16” at its thinnest
  • Weighs 3 lbs.
  • 13.3” LED backlit display
  • Power port as well as drop-out USB port, headphone jack, and Mini-DVI port for display out; some USB modems or certain headphones will not fit.
  • All aluminum chassis to keep it light and cool; reported heat issues make the Air shutdown one of its processor cores to stay cool, making it sluggish after a lot of use
  • Mono speaker underneath keyboard
  • Roomy backlit keyboard that has ambient light sensor
  • Large 5” trackpad with new gestures
  • Pinch allows you to zoom pictures and documents
  • Three fingers allows you to go back and forward in your web browser
  • Wireless 802.11-n but it had problems connecting to our n router: also reported problems of older airports with older N draft
  • Isight webcam and mic
  • No optical drive; remote disc allows you to remotely access other computer's optical drives if they are shared thru a network
  • 80 GB 4200 rpm hard drive
  • 2 GB RAM that allows you to run a lot of different applications at once open up iChat, Safari, iPhoto, DVD player., etc.; your video won't run choppy and the internet stays fast, just watch out for heat
  • 1.6 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo
  • USB-powered Apple Superdrive for $100
  • Time Capsule for $300, wireless back-up hard drive and router combined
  • Don't get the solid state hard drive; $1,000 more for little to no decrease in boot time
  • With upgrades and warranties, you're looking at $2300-2400 for a lot of downgrades in performance.
  • Hold off until the price goes down. Whereas the iPhone was barely worth $600 at release, this is definitely not worth $1800
  • If you absolutely must have a MacBook, spend $200 more and get a MacBook Pro that doesn't sacrifice so many things for design's sake

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Comments are Closed

  • Bigman664

    Looks sweet but is it worth that much?

    Posted: February 9, 2008 2:27 PM
  • ninjaXgamer

    I also think it is over rated. Macbooks still have basically the same functions and probably are better on the regular macbooks than the macbook air. Okay so it looks nice....big deal...it looks like the biggest waste of money in my opinion.

    Posted: February 8, 2008 7:24 AM
  • streetpilot1

    I would have to carry around another laptop to make up for what this one lacks. Pretty....but Pass.

    Posted: February 6, 2008 7:56 AM
  • perrigoa

    Ok...it looks fancy but seriously...when compared to PC Torque's 7260 laptop..which weighs 3.96 lbs.. which has everything the 'Air' doesn't besides possible screen size. I would most likely not buy the Air or any other Apple product. My second choice would have to be the ASUS's Eee PC 8G notebook.

    For a sidenote, what happens when your desktop or fellow notebook is powered down? The'Air will be unable to do anything without it's special attachments, and that's with the added cost of buying them.

    Posted: February 4, 2008 11:29 PM
  • kaidamaz

    It actually has a feature that allows it to connect to any optical drive on nearby Mac or Windows based system so that makes up for the missing hardware ;)

    Posted: February 4, 2008 4:59 PM
  • lostboykev

    Very sleek and sexy, but there are a lot of essentional hardware missing

    Posted: February 4, 2008 4:44 PM