Desktops and Notebooks: Apple MacBook Air Design Gives Buyers a Lot to Like

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-11-05 Print this article Print
Apple MacBook Air Design Gives Buyers a Lot to Like

Apple MacBook Air Design Gives Buyers a Lot to Like

by Don Reisinger
The MacBook Air, which launched last month, is one of the better mobile computer designs on the market. Overall, consumers will find a lot to like in the MacBook Air. Apple sells two versions of the 11.6-inch model, as well as two versions of the 13.3-inch model. The larger-screen models feature a faster processor, and a secure digital card slot, and more memory, but other than that, customers will likely buy them for the size difference. It's just as mobile as the iPad, and it offers the kind of functionality that most would wish to see from Apple's tablet. Perhaps most importantly, it doesn't boast a cramped keyboard, making it all the more useful to enterprise customers that don't want to jump on the tablet bandwagon just yet. The MacBook Air certainly has its faults. A better processor would have been nice and the lack of a backlit keyboard makes it somewhat useless in dark places. Plus, it's awfully expensive at a starting price of $999. But if consumers can look past those flaws (and some others), they will find a really nice computer worth considering this holiday shopping season. Get a closer look at Apple's latest MacBook Air in this eWEEK slide show.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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