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?