Pictures

36PRO SCORE
GIVE IT AN OVERALL RATING
1.82022471910112 62 5 0
1.82022471910112
445 VOTES

Apple announced the new MacBook Air as the world's thinnest laptop at MacWorld in San Francisco on January 15th, 2008.

Where to buy

Seller Price Seller Rating
Show more
Pros

Extremely thin

28 agree

LED backlit display

22 agree

Large backlit keyboard

21 agree

Large touchpad with advanced gesture support

21 agree

802.11n WiFi support

16 agree

Intel Core 2 Duo is a great option

11 agree

Runs Windows XP / Vista

10 agree

Runs Mac OS X (Leopard)

8 agree

Has a built-in camera

6 agree

Battery lasts even longer with SSD.

4 agree

Has a built-in microphone

4 agree

Runs Snow Leopard.

3 agree

Can get about 5 hours of battery life with the screen dim and backlit keyboard down

3 agree

Easy to replace hard disk with SSD.

3 agree

Easy to replace battery (you have to be able to remove and replace 8 screws).

1 agrees

just checking this

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

Fairly expensive premium for being thin

38 agree

Only 1 USB port

34 agree

No ethernet port

33 agree

Poor battery life (Ars Technica got around 2.5 hours)

27 agree

No optical drive

27 agree

Expensive to replace battery. (It is replaceable though)

23 agree

Non upgradeable RAM limited to 2G

20 agree

Battery is not replaceable

18 agree

Recessed USB port makes it hard to connect a 3G USB modem

18 agree

Can't stay connected to WiFi

14 agree

Relatively heavy considering how thin it is

13 agree

Proprietary video out, should have common VGA or HDMi for this price factor

10 agree

Screen is flimsy, it bends and creeks.

7 agree

not sure it works

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Edit

 

Apple announced the new MacBook Air as the world's thinnest laptop at MacWorld in San Francisco on January 15th, 2008. Its thickness varies from 0.16" to 0.76" as measured from different points along its edge and weighs about 3 lbs. It features a 13.3" LED backlit display, a full-size backlit keyboard, and an oversized multi-touch trackpad. Apple has made use of several new technologies and design features to create an ultra-thin form factor laptop. It does not include an optical media drive.

Specifications
  • 13.3" widescreen LED backlit display
  • 1.6 GHz Standard, 1.8 GHz Option -- Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 2 GB Memory standard
  • 128 GB 1.8" hard disk standard, 64 GB SSD as an option.
  • 5 hours of Battery Life
  • Multi-touch Trackpad
  • No optical drive
  • 802.11n + Bluetooth 2.1/EDR
  • 45 Watt MagSafe, 1 USB 2.0 port, Micro-DVI, Audio Out
  • Magnetic latch
  • 3 lbs
  • Thickness: 0.16" to 0.76"
  • it fits inside a envelope
Versions

There are two main options for the MacBook Air (now available for pre-order: 1) a 1.6 GHz CPU with 80 GB standard 1.8" hard drive starting at $1799, and 2) a 1.8 GHz CPU with a 64 GB solid state drive (SSD) starting at $3098.

Post Review
Gbchaosmaster
04/15/2009 11:54

If it weren't for the price, I'd take this laptop over many others, but, alas, I already have it. I must say, I love the keyboard. It's large and easy to type on, and I love the fact that it's lit up. I also like the built-in mic and cam, as well as light sensors that adjust the backlight and keyboard light automatically. If only the battery lasted longer...

Ruff_rugby
02/10/2008 03:43

Side note- The MBA battery is replaceable. I don't know why it says you can't. Its just like an iPod battery were you have to go through apple.

Erik
01/28/2008 11:11
4 reasons you need the MacBook Air according to The Joy of Tech.
Erik
01/17/2008 11:51

I agree with Discordanian. While you can't deny how cool this laptop is because of its thinness, I think this is more of a response to the consumer's irrational obsession with "thin" products. I would preferred a sub-compact laptop that was also smaller in the LxW dimensions as well that would weigh less than that 3lbs. On the upside, this would be a great laptop for Flatlanders.

Gt-d
01/17/2008 10:13

I'd totally go for this for school. I have a large and, for the time, fairly powerful laptop. I've found that now I want a laptop that will do word processing, surf the net and a bit of other productivity stuff and be as light as possible.

Though I'd have to fool around with the laptop a bit before deciding, it is VERY thing... I might be scared of breaking it.

Discordanian
01/17/2008 09:17

The premium for 'thin' is too much. I don't think I'd be happy without my superdrive and firewire. Count me as an Apple fan, but I think that this one misses the mark.

About Us