Chris Hardwick joins Kevin Pereira in the Gadget Pr0n review of the new MacBook Air from Apple. Weighing 2.3 lbs, the Air features a high-res LED display, multi-touch track pad, NVIDIA 320M graphics and more, but is the sleek look worth the $1,000 price tag? Find out.
What You Need to Know
- This is one of the thinnest, if not the thinnest, 11” laptops we've ever seen.
- The MacBook Air ranges from .10” to .75” thick.
- It’s super light at just over 2 lbs.
- It has 2 USB ports (rather than one on the original Air).
- There is no Ethernet or SD card slot.
- The keyboard is great; it's widely spaced and as easy to type on as any other thin-and-light we've used, but we do kind of wish it had the backlight like other MacBooks.
- The track-pad is where the air really shines; it's huge and easily the best multi-touch pad we've used with shortcuts like pinch and zoom, swipe to navigate, and rotate (Apple has this technology down to a science).
- The 11.6” widescreen LED display looks amazing, too and you'll have no problem watching high-def video on it for long periods of time.
- Apple has beefed up this generation of the Air with up to 4 GB of RAM, NVIDIA’s 320M graphics, and 128 GB of flash storage.
- Boot time is amazingly quick at only 15 seconds, so this is definitely the fastest start-up we've ever seen on a laptop of this size.
- Games like Portal and Team Fortress 2 look just as good as on other netbooks we've tested.
- Overall, this Air surpassed our expectations when it came to performance.
- The MacBook Air starts at $1,000.
- 4 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
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