Apple MacBook Air Fall 2010 (13.3 inch) – With two USB ports
Apple MacBook Air Fall 2010 is the successor to the original Air which we saw a couple of years ago. The manufacturer has made some improvements in this luxury product and it can now be used as a standard laptop (the previous version wasn’t really a good alternative to a regular laptop). The display has been improved with a bigger resolution of 1,440×900 pixels. The gorgeous track pad and the comfortable island-like keyboard too are still there. The mouse pad is hinged at top and it allows the entire thing to come down which I didn’t like much because I prefer traditional typing. By default, it is switched off and you need to activate it in the Preferences.
The screen resolution has been improved but it is still not a 16:9 screen. The USB ports have been doubled here over the original Air and this is good if you are the kind of person who uses these ports too often. The original one had just one USB port so if you were using an external mouse, you couldn’t connect anything else. There is also an SD card slot which you won’t find on the 11 inch version. These additions make the new laptop useful for everyone.
On the other hand, some will still complain about a few missing features here. For entertainment freaks, there is no HDMI or VGA port and you will need aftermarket adapter for Mini-DisplayPort jack. Other than that, there is no onboard Ethernet (you will have to purchase a $29 USB adapter separately) or 3G wireless antenna built in. There is also an external optical drive offered for $79 but you won’t get Blu-ray technology because MacBooks don’t support it.
The Apple MacBook Air Fall 2010 base configuration for the 13 inch MacBook is 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (not the latest Core i-series processors), 128GB SSD, and 2 gigs of RAM. You can put in 2GB of RAM for $100 or for a price of $1,799, you get a step up version of Air which has 4GB RAM, 2.13 GHz processor and 256GB SSD.
Nvidia 320M/Core 2 Duo combination is quite similar to what you get on the $999 white MacBook. However, Apple has put in a ULV version in the Air. The speed is nowhere close to a nonULV processor laptop but the Air is still fast enough for everyday tasks. The performance is much better than the original one.