Ever since news about the Macbook Air broke (and in typical Apple style left the world open-mouthed) we at Tech2.0 had been waiting eagerly to get our hands on it. Well, the wait is now over, so without further ado or pontification let’s head straight to the heart of the matter – does the slim-and-sexy Macbook Air deliver?
Despite seeing images and videos of the Macbook Air, nothing could have prepared me for the “OMG THAT IS SLIM!!!” reaction I had when I first beheld the laptop. It is that thin. Measuring an incredible 14.2 x 10.5 x 1.9, this is truly the world’s slimmest laptop and will remain so till the competition gets its act together.
Considering how thin it is, quite a few users might have concerns about its sturdiness. Well these doubts can be easily laid to rest. The Macbook Air is constructed on a strong aluminum shell, which has a sober light silver finish. This is a revolutionary clean design and breaks new ground for high performance slim laptops.
However, the slimness has its drawbacks. The usual arrays of ports and the standard optical drive that are ubiquitous on normal laptops are completely absent here. Instead there's just a single USB slot – for any external connectivity one will have to use a variety of external connections that increase the number of items one has to carry. We'll cover this in greater detail later in the article.
Moving on to its features, the LCD panel on the Macbook Air is a 13.3 inch TFT LED panel with a native resolution of 1280 x 800. This glossy screen offers excellent levels of brightness and color/contrast. Thanks to the excellent anti-aliasing available on OSX, text and graphics were very crisp and rich. Watching movies was a real delight. The only hitch was the viewing angle – even a little tilt away from center led to a dramatic loss in clarity. The gloss of the screen did not pose a problem.
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