Posted by: macintoshsisters | February 18, 2008

The MacBook Air beyond the hype

By now, you’ve read all about the wildly hyped MacBook Air, the slenderized version of Apple’s MacBook line that looks like it’s been run over by a steamroller.

I had a chance to bang on one of these for awhile, and I’m here to report that Mac-centric road warriors used to lugging around a 5-lb. MacBook or a 6.8-lb. MacBook Pro — count me in the latter camp — will find the 3-lb. Air to be just what they’ve been waiting for.

This ultralight (if not exactly ultrasmall) laptop comes with a heaping helping of Mac OS X, a full-size keyboard, a 13.3-in. backlit LCD and even an optional state-of-the-art solid-state drive.

What more could you want?

Well, how about more than one USB port, a FireWire port or two, an ExpressCard slot and an optical drive? The fact that the Air offers only a single USB port, a micro-DVI port and a headphone jack means that if you tend to hook up a lot of peripherals, you’re going to have to rethink how you use your laptop.

FULL Article at ComputerWorld

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