The MacBook Air: What you need to know

How does the MacBook Air stack up against other Apple laptops? The chart below compares the tech specs of the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air.

Apple's Laptops Compared

MacBook Air MacBook MacBook Pro (15-inch) MacBook Pro (17-inch)
Price (base) $1,799 $1,099 $1,999 $2,799
Height (in.) 0.16-0.76 1.1 1.0 1.0
Width (in.) 12.8 12.8 14.1 15.4
Depth (in.) 8.9 8.9 9.6 10.4
Weight (pounds) 3.0 5.0 5.4 6.8
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz or 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz or 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, 2.4GHz, or 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz or 2.6GHz
RAM (standard) 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM 1GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
RAM (max.) 2GB 4GB 4GB 4GB
Storage (standard) 80GB 4200-rpm Parallel ATA 80GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA 120GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA 160GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA
Storage (optional) 64GB solid-state drive 120GB, 160GB, or 250GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA 160 or 250GB 5400-rpm or 200GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 250GB 5400-rpm or 200GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA
Optical No (1) 24x slot-loading Combo drive or 8x slot-loading SuperDrive 8x slot-loading SuperDrive 8x slot-loading SuperDrive
Display (diagonal size) 13.3-inch 13.3-inch 15.4-inch 17-inch
Display technology glossy widescreen TFT LED backlit glossy widescreen TFT widescreen TFT LED backlit (optional glossy) widescreen TFT (optional glossy)
Resolution (native) 1280 by 800 1280 by 800 1440 by 900 1680 by 1050
Graphics processor Intel GMA X3100 with 144MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory Intel GMA X3100 with 144MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 128MB-256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM
Wi-Fi Built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11n draft) Built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11n draft) Built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11n draft) Built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11n draft)
Ethernet No (2) Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector) Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector) Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Built-in speakers mono stereo stereo stereo
Audio out analog optical digital optical digital optical digital
USB 2.0 ports 1 2 2 3
FireWire 400 ports 0 1 1 1
FireWire 800 ports 0 0 1 1
Express/34 slots 0 0 1 1
DVI output micro-DVI (3) mini-DVI (5) DVI DVI
VGA output Yes (4) Yes (6) Yes (7) Yes (7)
Kensington cable lock slot No Yes Yes Yes
Apple Remote included No Yes Yes Yes
Battery 37-watt-hour lithium-polymer 55-watt-hour lithium-polymer 60-watt-hour lithium-polymer 68-watt-hour lithium-polymer
Battery life (hours, claimed) 5 6 6 5.75
Battery user-replaceable? No Yes Yes Yes
Power adapter 45W MagSafe with cable management system 60W MagSafe with cable management system 85W MagSafe with cable management system 85W MagSafe with cable management system

(1) External USB MacBook Air SuperDrive optional. (2) USB-Ethernet adapter optional. (3) Micro-DVI to DVI adapter included. (4) Micro-DVI to VGA adapter included. (5) Mini-DVI to DVI adapter sold separately. (6) Mini-DVI to VGA adapter sold separately. (7) DVI to VGA adapter included.—DAN MILLER

[Senior editors Peter Cohen and Dan Frakes, senior news editor Jonathan Seff, executive editor Dan Miller, and editorial director Jason Snell contributed to this story.]

This article was reposted on January 21, 2008 to correct information in the table on the 17-inch MacBook Pro's display.

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