“Aside from the price, the only bad thing I can say about Apple’s second, ultrathin MacBook Air is that it can be tricky to open, like splitting two pieces of paper stuck together with static or separating the sides of a new trash bag right out of the box,” Brendan Lynch reports for The Boston Herald. “Otherwise, this is how using a computer should be.”
“The price – ranging from $1,000 for an 11-inch screen and 64 gigabytes of memory to $1,600 for a 13-inch screen and 256 gigabytes – is the MacBook Air’s defining characteristic, with the skinnyness a close second,” Lynch reports. “It’s an extremely fancy laptop. I reviewed a 13-inch model with 128 gigabytes of flash storage, which would set you back $1,300.”
“An Apple engineer I spoke to said the laptop borrows many of its ideas from the iPad,” Lynch reports. “Like the iPad, or a USB drive, the Air uses flash memory instead of a hard drive, and the laptop’s best features flow from that decision. The absence of a bulky hard drive allows for the slim shape, and keeps the machine cooler than most laptops I’ve used, and quieter. In fact, that’s my favorite feature – it never, ever makes noise.”
Full review here.