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MacBook Air/1.6GHz

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  • Apple MacBook Air Notebook

    Mac users now have a three-pound, thin laptop to call their own, but it comes with tradeoffs. The MacBook Air comes without an optical drive (though there's an optional USB SuperDrive you can buy for...

At a Glance

Mac users now have a three-pound, thin laptop to call their own, but it comes with tradeoffs. The MacBook Air comes without an optical drive (though there's an optional USB SuperDrive you can buy for $99), so you'll have to install programs via the machine's Remote Disk software. There's also no Gigabit Ethernet (again, available as an optional add-on) and no FireWire port. In addition to accessories, users can also opt for a 1.8GHz processor or a 64GB solid-state drive.

Price when rated: $1,799

Pros

  • Full-size keyboard
  • Weighs three pounds
  • Bright LED-backlit 13.3-inch screen

Cons

  • Limited configuration options
  • Slow processor
  • Slow and small hard drive
  • Unswappable battery
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