At a Glance
Apple’s follow-up to the early 2008 debut of the ultraportable features faster RAM, more storage (a 128GB solid-state drive, double the capacity of the original SSD option), 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).
If you’re someone who cares about the size and weight of your laptop more than anything else, don’t really need top-of-the-line performance, or don’t care about the price of your laptop, the MacBook Air was designed specifically for you. And this new model is definitely faster than the original MacBook Air, with increased storage space that makes it less of a sacrifice to migrate to an Air. Still, the redesigned, less expensive MacBook is a better buy for all but the most extreme devotees of thinness and lightness.