After devoting the last few podcasts to all things Lion, we turn our attention to hardware—specifically, the MacBook Air and Mac mini updates that were announced the same day Mac OS X Lion arrived. Because these days, it all circles back to Lion.

Editorial director Jason Snell shares his thoughts on the MacBook Air, while senior editor Dan Frakes does likewise with the Mac mini. And Macworld Lab director James Galbraith sits in to tell us about how all the new models performed in our tests.

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Show Notes

You can read all about how the Core i5 processors in the MacBook Air push those laptops to new performance heights in our report on MacBook Air benchmarks. Macworld Lab has also been busy testing some build-to-order Airs powered by Core i7 chips. Be sure to read Jason Snell’s MacBook Air review to see why the new models earned a very rare  -rating.

As for the Mac mini, the Lab report details huge speed gains for the new models. And Dan Frakes weighs in with his review of Apple’s smallest desktop.

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