Pros

  • Bright 13-inch display
  • Full-size keyboard
  • Weighs three pounds
  • Thin

Cons

  • Slower than all other Apple laptops
  • Single USB port limits connectivity

At A Glance

If what you want out of your Mac laptop is the best combination of speed and price, the MacBook Air’s not for you. But if the specs that matter most to you are light weight and small size, the MacBook Air is the system for you. If the MacBook Air always appealed to you, but you were turned off by the price tag, it’s time to reconsider the Air, now that the price has been reduced.

Manufacturer’s Description

MacBook Air Notebook is carved from a solid sheet of aluminum. This revolutionary unibody design replaces many parts with just one and results in a clean, seamless appearance. The anodized aluminum surface and stunning contours confirm MacBook Air as a feat of beautiful engineering.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number MC233LL/A
Processor
Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor speed 1860.0 MHz
Cache size 6.0 KB
Bus speed 1066.0 MHz
Display
Display size 13.3 inches
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect ratio 16:10
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Graphics
Graphics Type Integrated
Primary Graphics Chipset NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Drive size 120.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 4200.0 RPM
General Information
UPC Code 885909335305
Battery
Battery Type Lithium ion
Vendor Rated Battery life 5.0 hours
Standard Number of Batteries 1.0
Number of Included Batteries 1.0
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • Bluetooth
  • Mini DisplayPort
Bluetooth Yes
Memory
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1066.0 MHz
Memory max 2.0 GB
Dimensions
Width 12.8 inches
Depth 8.94 inches
Height 0.76 inches
Weight 3.0 pounds
Sound
Speakers Mono
Included Software
Operating System Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
Included Software iLife
Other Features
Docking Station Port No
Devices Built-In Microphone
Input devices
  • Keyboard
  • Touchpad (multitouch)

Performance

Macworld Labs
Quake 4 23.8fps   fps
Photoshop CS3 1:25   min
Cinema 4D XL 10.5 1:24   min
Speedmark 6 Score 70
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.5.7 with 2GB of RAM
Speedmark 5 Score 156
Compressor 2:49
iMovie HD6 1:09
iTunes 7.7 1:30