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Thursday, February 28, 2008

The MacBook Air


MacBook Air has a stunning 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display, a full-size and backlit keyboard, a built-in iSight® video camera for video conferencing, and a spacious trackpad with multi-touch gesture support so users can pinch, rotate and swipe.

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Pros - Slimmest notebook ever, nice Remote Disc Feature
Cons - No swappable battery, fixed HDD/RAM, too large footprint, sacrificed on ports, esp ethernet, lack of optical drive might be troublesome for students with one computer.
This notebook is not meant to be a powerhouse, with good graphics. The MacBook Pro line is for that. This is to reach the business traveller market who requires something extremely portable for basic tasks such as word processing, spreadsheet, emails and other business tasks.No optical drive is alternate with optional external superdrive.The point for macbook air is for everything to be wireless,so if you want to install something on your macbook you can do it from another computer.

Apple just announced in January 2008 the .16-inch thin MacBook Air -- a laptop so thin it fits in a manila envelope. The new machine features a full-size keyboard and LED-backlit 13.3-inch display with built-in iSight, and the new larger trackpad supports multi-touch gestures. Just like the iPhone, you'll be able to pan around, pinch to zoom, and rotate with two fingers, and move windows with a flick. Apple got the size down by using the same 1.8-inch 80GB drive that's in the iPod classic, but you'll be able to order a 64GB SSD as an option. The new MacBook Air will be available in February for a suggested retail price of S$2988. Apple also introduced Time Capsule, a backup appliance that automatically and wirelessly backs up everything on one or more Macs running Leopard™, the latest release of Apple’s Mac OS® X operating system including the amazing Time Machine™ automatic backup software. Time Capsule will be available in February for a suggested retail price of S$489 for a 500GB hard drive and S$788 for a 1TB hard drive.

Pros:

* Lightweight and extremely thin design 3 lbs
* Large 13.3" LCD
* Full size keyboard
* Ships with maximum 2gb memory
* Long battery life 4.5 - 5 hours under "normal" conditions
* Innovative technology allows you to "share" DVD drive from networked computers (Windows or Mac)

Possible Cons:

* No built-in Ethernet port
* Wireless only
* no wired Ethernet for Facilities backups
* No removable battery
* must be changed by Apple Certified Technician
* No built-in DVD drive
* Thin case does not allow for a larger internal hard drive 80gb maximum
* Lack of common ports and connectors
* Only 3 connectors available
o USB port
o Headphone jack
o mini DVI port for connecting external display
* Requires use of external devices for additional connections

For more information about the MacBook Air visit http://www.apple.com/

For pricing and configuration information refer to the CMU Computer Store at: http://www.cmu.edu/stores/computer/apple.html
Apple's share price dipped by 5% after this release.






[b]13inch - 1.6Ghz
Intel Core 2 Duo processor
2GB memory
80GB 4200-rpm PATA hard drive
Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
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S$ 2,988.00

13inch - 1.8Ghz
Intel Core 2 Duo processor
2GB memory
64GB solid-state drive
Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Estimated Ship: 2-3 weeks
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S$ 5,088.00 (edu discount $4,688)

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MacBook Air - Pros n Cons
MacBook Air at wikipedia

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