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MacBook Air

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 May, 2015, 4:21pm

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Just when you think things in the computer world are starting to get boring, Apple Computer comes up with something new.

While not as revolutionary as the iPhone, the MacBook Air is still turning heads.

Apple's latest notebook computer is only 1.94cm at its thickest point. The world's thinnest notebook computer is slim enough to fit inside a manila envelope.

Despite its post-diet slenderness, the MacBook Air hasn't shed any muscle in terms of features.

Powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4MB of L2 cache, the MacBook Air comes with an impressive

13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display, a 80GB hard-disk drive that's upgradeable to a 60 GB solid state drive with no moving parts, an integrated graphics chip, built-in Webcam and

802.11n wireless connectivity.

Apple has also incorporated some of the innovations from other products, such as multi-touch support from the iPhone, into the MacBook Air.

The notebook offers an oversized trackpad that supports multi-touch gestures. Like the iPhone, you can now zoom in and out of onscreen content by moving two fingers together or apart on the MacBook Air's trackpad.

By leveraging the latest energy efficient technologies, such as the LED display, Apple has also managed to stretch the maximum battery life of the MacBook Air to an impressive five hours - still quite an achievement for any full-sized model.

The MacBook Air is priced at HK$14,990 and is expected to ship in the next couple of weeks.

Pros: super-thin, full-sized notebook, multi-touch, oversized trackpad, built-in camera and wireless connectivity

Cons: only one USB port, no Ethernet port (need to buy USB converter)

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