Apple MacBook AirApple makes the MacBook Air both smaller and less expensive, creating an excellent ultraportable, but leaving out a few features along the way. Find out if it lives up to all the hype in our Product Spotlight
-I'm Dan Ackerman and as Apple's new 11-inch MacBook Air was one of the nicest, most popular laptop for the holiday season. We're gonna shine it under the harsh glare of the product spotlight. Now 11-inch laptops have really become very popular in the later half of 2010. Originally, they were all offshoots of 10-inch Intel Atom netbook kinda low power, low cost system, but now you have 11-inch laptops with dual-core ultra low voltage CPUs that are nearly as powerful and nearly has full-featured as regular 14-, 15-inch or even larger laptop. Apple's 11-inch MacBook Air is the latest version of that super thin series from Apple. If you remember the original MacBook Air, it was not rightful itself for only having 1 USB port. The new version actually doubles that to two, you're still missing basics like an SD card slot on the 11-inch version. There's actually an SD card slot on the 13-inch version of the MacBook Air now. In the 11-inch MacBook Air, you got an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU and a video's basic 320 graphics that's actually very similar to what you find in the basic 999 White MacBook, although this is a low-voltage version of that processor. What you do get however is a pretty decent graphics for not truly discrete graphics and enough processing power to do basic task like word processing and web surfing and streaming video and pretty much what you want to do with your laptop 99% of the task. One of the most interesting things about the new MacBook Air is that with the first MacBook with a 16 x 9 display, which is pretty much what you'd fine any other type of laptop. It's a 1366 x 768 display, actually the 13-inch MacBook Air along with the other MacBook still has 16 x 10 display. If this looks very familiar that's because it's got the same flat key widely spaced keyboard that you see on other MacBooks along with the same large multi-touch tract pad, it's almost as big as the ones on the 13-inch MacBooks and of course you've got all those cool multi-touch features like using the 4 finger swipe here to get you all your windows, pretty much no PC laptops had a touch pad that is as intuitive and works as smoothly with multi-touch gestures. Of course one of the reasons you really want to get a MacBook Air is because they're so slim and so sleek. This guy is about 0.68 inches thick in the back about 0.11 inch in the front and when you opened it up, it wakes up from a sleep state very quickly, in fact it even turns on from a full stop almost as fast. If you're thinking that this new smaller screen size makes it look a little bit like an iPad just with the keyboard attached, well then actually it makes sense. Apple is talking some of that iOS development and moving it into the MacBook line. In the case of the new MacBook Air, is you can actually close the lid, it will go into a super low power standby state and you can leave it for up to 30 days without fully draining the battery.