MacBook Air: The world's thinnest notebook

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Here she is, the Mac laptop that had us all buzzing these past few weeks, the MacBook Air. What is it, exactly? And what’s with the Air monkier?

• She’s really, really thin. Like, 0.16 inches thin at the thinnest point. It fits inside an envelope. I’m staring at my credit card.

• It’s got a 13.3-inch widescreen, LED display.

• Yes, it uses a multi-touch trackpad.

• It uses an Intel Core 2 Duo processor at 1.66 GHz. It comes with an 80GB hard drive as standard, or you can opt for a 64GB flash drive, but that’ll cost ya. 2GB RAM is standard. Finally.

• There’s no built-in optical drive. A separate, USB drive will be available for $99 later. You can “borrow” another PC/Mac’s optical drive using supplied software.

• Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. It has something called a micro-DVI port for outputting video.

• She weighs three pounds, with a five-hour battery life. Three pounds? Isn’t that a little on the heavy side?

• Price: $1,799. Yeah…

• You can pre-order it today and it’ll ship in two weeks.

• Apple just put a video of it on its Web site. Right here, or thereabouts.


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