“Just like before, this ultraporable is wonderfully thin and light and wakes up instantly when you lift the lid, but the new Air ups the ante with a backlit keyboard and a faster Core i5 [and i7] processor[s],” Spoonauer reports. “The notebook is also more versatile, thanks to a new Thunderbolt port that allows you to connect the laptop to a growing number of super high-speed peripherals, including Apple’s new Thunderbolt display.”
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“We already loved the 13-inch MacBook Air, and Apple’s improvements make it the perfect notebook as far as we’re concerned. When you combine a sleek ultraportable design with a great display and touchpad then nearly double the performance–without sacrificing battery life–you’re left with a winner,” Spoonauer reports. “You also get an improved backlit keyboard, Thunderbolt support, and the more powerful and versatle Mac OS X Lion… Add it all up and you have a machine that not only earns our Editors’ Choice award but also a very rare five-star rating.”
Full review – recommended – here.
MacDailyNews Take: The world’s best operating system inside the world’s best ultraportable computer. It doesn’t get any better than Mac™.
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WSJ’s Mossberg reviews Mac OS X Lion: ‘The best computer operating system’ – July 21, 2011
2011 MacBook Air benchmarked; outperforms all 2010 MacBook Pros – July 21, 2011
Apple debuts new MacBook Air with Intel Core i5 & i7, Thunderbolt I/O & backlit keyboard – July 20, 2011