At a Glance
- Greatly improved graphics power
- Full-size keyboard
- Weighs three pounds
- Bright display
- Single USB port
- No video adapters in box
- Slower than much more affordable Apple laptops
- Unswappable battery
Apple’s follow-up to the early 2008 debut of the ultraportable features faster RAM, more storage (a 120GB Serial ATA drive compared to the 80GB Parallel ATA drive in the original), and improved graphics. Instead of an integrated Intel GMA X3100, the Air now features an Nvidia GeForce 9400 graphics processor (though it still shares memory with the system RAM).
Though not for everyone, Apple’s MacBook Air can still boast about its status as the world’s thinnest notebook computer, only now, with a 33 percent performance gain, the tradeoff between size and speed is not as great as with the first generation MacBook Air.