Apple’s New ‘Ultrabook’: The MacBook Air

It looks as gorgeous as an iPad, but with the new MacBook Air you can actually use it for some proper computing work. Thin enough to be able to slip inside an envelope, it still manages to fit a full size keyboard which was one of the things I hated about most laptops. And, the keyboard is backlit, so you can type with ease in even the dimmest light. Moreover, a built-in ambient light sensor detects changes in lighting conditions and adjusts the display and keyboard brightness automatically. Available in 11 and 13-inch sizes, MacBook Air now incorporate the latest Core i5 and i7 Intel processors which are more than capable of burning through HD video and games, all of which are plenty on Apple’s new app store. With speeds up to 1.8GHz and faster memory, the new MacBook Air gains up to 2.5x the processing performance over the previous generation. MacBook Air also features the Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor, which includes an on-chip engine for video encoding and decoding. That means you experience video playback and FaceTime calls that are smoother, more responsive and more true to life.

The MacBook Air is light on ports but there are two USB ports. It also has Apple’s new Thunderbolt port which allows you to connect the new Apple Thunderbolt Display and transform your ultra-compact MacBook Air into a complete desktop workstation. Power up over 4 million pixels while enjoying these features: Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, an additional Thunderbolt port, three USB ports, a FaceTime HD camera, 2.1 stereo sound and a built-in microphone. The display can even charge your MacBook Air, so you don’t have to unpack your power adapter. With two quick connections — the MagSafe power lead and the Thunderbolt cable — you’re up and running in seconds. Unplug them, and you’re on your way just as fast. The MacBook Air uses flash storage which means that your computer starts up in almost no time and accesses data quickly. Flash also gives MacBook Air the astonishing ability to remain in standby mode for up to 30 days. This allows your MacBook Air connect to in an instant, whether you open it tomorrow, next week or next month.

The new Lion operating system is fantastically smooth with Multi-Touch gestures and Mission Control or Launch pad apps to make everything you do on MacBook Air more intuitive, direct and fun. Gesture responses in Lion are smooth and realistic. So when you’re scrolling up and down a web page or swiping from one full-screen app to another, it’s almost like you’re touching what you’re seeing. Although the MacBook Air is four times the price of a normal laptop, £849 for the 11”, it is well worth the cost. This model is like the supermodel of laptops; thin, gorgeous and definitely one to be seen with.