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New MacBook Air 13 inch Laptop(Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz, 2GB RAM, 128GB Flash Storage, NVIDIA GeForce 320M Graphics) - launched October 2010

by Apple
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Flash storage for ultimate portability and fast loading
  • Spacious, smooth glass trackpad to tap, pinch, drag and rotate with ease
  • Up to seven hours of battery life, and 30 days' standby
  • NVIDIA graphics and Intel Core Duo processor for full-size performance
  • Thin, high-resolution display with built-in FaceTime camera
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Technical Details
BrandApple
Product Dimensions48.2 x 33.8 x 12.2 cm
Item model numberMC503B/A
Screen Size13 inches
Processor TypeCore 2 Duo
RAM Size2 GB
Hard Drive Size128 GB
Operating SystemApple Mac OS X
Lithium Battery Energy Content50 watt_hours
Lithium Battery Packagingbatteries_contained_in_equipment
Lithium Battery Weight300 grams
  
Additional Information
ASINB00486U20U
Best Sellers Rank 70,261 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.1 Kg
Date First Available21 Oct 2010
  
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Manufacturer's Description

Everything we've learned has come to this

We learned a lot from iPad. The new MacBook Air is proof. It’s designed around all-flash storage for better responsiveness and reliability. It features a trackpad with full Multi-Touch support. And though it’s incredibly thin and light, its large battery gives you portable power that lasts for hours.

Advanced technology from iPad. Taken to the air

A truly mobile device needs to be light, thin and strong enough to take with you wherever you go. It also needs to perform quickly, spring to life instantly and have enough battery power to keep up with you. It should have no spinning hard drive, no optical drive and no unnecessary parts. All of that is true of iPad. And now, it’s true of Apple’s most mobile notebook ever: MacBook Air.

Out-of-the-box flash storage

MacBook Air continues its legacy of firsts with something entirely new for any Mac: flash storage. As standard. In fact, the new MacBook Air is designed completely around flash storage. But in a totally different way. Typically, flash storage is housed in a package that’s the same size as a conventional hard drive. Yet the flash chips themselves occupy a very small portion of that housing. Getting rid of the hard drive enclosure and using only the parts that matter — the actual flash chips — frees up about 90 per cent more space. And just like that, there’s room for other important things, like a bigger battery. Now you have a notebook that weighs practically nothing and runs for hours on a single charge. That’s mobility mastered.

The best way to Multi-Touch on a notebook

No one knows Multi-Touch technology better than Apple. Introduced with the very first iPhone and taken even further with iPad, Multi-Touch is now part of practically every Apple device. It’s simply the best and most personal way to interact with your software. And the optimal way to experience Multi-Touch on a notebook is through a trackpad. That’s precisely the case with MacBook Air. Now you can perform more gestures than you have fingers on a roomier, all-glass surface that’s smooth to the touch.

An incredible battery. Case closed (or open)

If you looked inside MacBook Air, you’d see something remarkable: how much space we devoted to the battery. Apple engineers were able to fit all the computer components on one of our smallest logic boards ever. Removing the flash storage enclosure and placing the flash chips on the logic board freed up even more room. And voila: space for a bigger battery. So you can get up to 5 hours of battery life on the 11-inch MacBook Air and up to 7 hours on the 13-inch model. And when you put MacBook Air to sleep for more than an hour, it enters what’s called standby mode. So you can come back to MacBook Air a day, a week — even up to an entire month later — and it wakes in an instant.1 Time is on your side, courtesy of MacBook Air.

FaceTime Camera

When MacBook Air first debuted, it was groundbreaking in many ways. Chief among them was the precision unibody enclosure. Now that same engineering process comes to the MacBook Air display. Just like the main enclosure, the display housing is crafted from a single piece of aluminium, with all the structural elements machined directly into it. Total unibody construction means a less complex design with fewer parts. That makes MacBook Air exceptionally thin and light, yet still durable enough to handle the rigours of everyday use.

Product Description

Apple MacBook Air - Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz - RAM 2 GB - HDD 128 GB SSD - GF GT 320M


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it, use it all the time 21 Mar 2011
By tiredoldtimer VINE VOICE
No technical stuff: it works well, it's very fast, no matter how you measure it, and it has great battery life. The screen's crisp, it works well with the Magic Mouse, and it's easy to work around the limited USB ports (2) at the workstation. I said I'd buy a SuperDrive, but I haven't had to yet. I've slaved another machine to wirelessly load Office programs, and that worked fine, and pretty quickly.

The main advantage of this laptop is that because it's so light, you always take it with you. My previous Toshiba and Samsung laptops were so heavy I constantly avoided taking them anywhere, and spent all my time loading content onto USB sticks or small hard drives to transfer it. With the MacBook Air, I automatically take it, and never really feel the weight. With its fast boot up and close down, I use it if I have 10 minutes to spare (the Toshiba takes 3 minutes to boot up Vista). The result is that I'm far more productive, always have my data to hand, and have revolutionised my daily train journey.

If you're buying a portable computer, it has to be portable. All other advantages aside (and there are many), that's the real reason to buy this: more computing.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars macbook air - style over substance? 6 Dec 2010
The Macbook Air is a beautiful piece of engineering by Apple. It is ultra thin and stylish in a compact light form. I would describe it as the supermodel of note books in terms of design.
Below the surface however is a dual core 1.86ghz processer which is rather old tech with a 128gb solid state flash drive and 2gb of ram.(I would upgrade to 4gb of ram as this is soldered onto the board and is non upgradable once purchased)

The machine is lightning fast on boot up. It takes less then 14 seconds to boot up in both mac o/s and Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Full Version (PC DVD), 1 User installed in bootcamp with lots of additional software installed on the mac.(bootcamp allows you to install the windows operating system on a partioned drive its easy to set up with the bootcamp assistant on mac o/s)

Programs and web pages open very quickly compared to my I7 processor and dual core desktops. This is probably more due to the way the processor architecture and ram works in conjunction with the solid state drive.

The Macbook Air comes with no dvd drive or ethernet Lan connection (you can buy a Apple usb ethernet adapter if you want) and the Mac o/s comes on a usb pen drive (this is much better no cracked discs and a much smaller form). So if you want to install windows or other programs on disc you will need to purchase an external dvd drive or connect to another pc via wireless to borrow one from another pc.

To reinstall the Mac o/s it takes around 25 minutes to reinstall from scratch. Windows 7 took around 35-40 minutes to install on the Air.

The Macbook comes wth the latest iLife pre-installed. Which includes iphoto, garage band and imovies.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I settled on this in the end 1 Dec 2010
Lets get this straight from the outset, Apple equipment can be expensive (although no more than some of the Sony, HP, and Dell models out there), compared to some of the Windows boxes being given away with a packet of cornflakes these days. However, it's about the same sort of price I paid for Sony notebooks in the 90's. The big difference is that this runs OSX. Having suffered Microsoft's various O/S' since Windows first came out I took the plunge with OSX about a year ago and never intend to go back (OK I have to at work but not at home ...)

Anyhow I finally dumped my Windows laptop but couldn't decide on whether to go for a Pro or the new Air. I liked the idea of some of the feature set of the ipad (instant on, solid state memory), but with a desktop O/S, so after much soul searching and saving every available penny I bought an Air.

When you get it, it's beautifully presented (some expensive hifi manufacturers could learn a thing or two) and when you take it out and feel how light it is you wonder if there's anything inside! There is though as bootup is blisteringly fast and OS X runs even faster than it's normal fast self - many apps load in less than a bounce on the dock. Oh and everything just works. When it first boots it finds all your wifi and other devices and connects (asking for any encryption codes, etc). Job done!

I haven't found anything to really tax this machine yet but I shall try some online games soon so that may make it work a bit.

In conclusion, if you want a fully featured notebook that runs OSX, has very high build quality, is very fast, but weighs about the same as a netbook, and not much more than an iPad, then this is for you!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mac v Windows 27 April 2011
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I'm 67 and grew up with computers through Basic, MSDOS, Sinclair spectrums etc. There was always the Apple of course, they were always too expensive for me when a DOS machine seemed to do all I wanted. So, for 30 years I've been stuck with Windows, clogged up registries, anti-virus software etc. Now I'm running out of time and the time wasted waiting for a Windows machine to struggle into life, find it's WiFi is great if you like making lots of cups of tea and reading the newspaper before it's ready to use, it's no longer an option for me. So, when my 6yr old laptop needed replacing I decided on a Macbook Air 13. A 250 netbook would still do it for me if I was masochistic enough, instead I'm delighted with the 'to hell with it all' expense of a decent computer. I wondered about the transition from Windows software, but no problem, even a 67 yr old can easily master the OSX environment. iPhoto for instance is simplicity itself unlike the Windows stuff. I used to use the camera software and get confused, but iPhota sorts it out no problem. Heck, if you don't even think you can justify the expense, believe me it's worth it. Even if you love some Windows software, Apple provide a utility to partition your disc for Windows stuff. There is the issue of Apple looking over your shoulder software wise, but this does ensure security and with care, who needs anti-virus software? I'm now an Apple convert, before buying this I was considering an Android tablet as my home computer - Acer A500, Motorola Xoom. No contest.
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