Product Type: Apple laptops
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Super Sleek Re-defines Netbooks
Apple MacBook Air MB003B/A
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Apple MacBook Air MB003B/A
Advantages: Light, Durable & Beautiful
Disadvantages: Battery Life
Apple products in general are promoted to have the most simplistic design to have the most beautiful outcome while keeping up with most of the competition in performance. In other words the Macbook Air, I have had this for over a year now can honestly say when you first get it you are dubious, thinking is this going to be a novelty but no it keeps you enthralled from the moment you take it out the box which is also simple and beautiful as far as packaging goes that is... The first thing is the price however, you cannot simply go down to your local seller of macbooks and expect to be able to afford it. Even if you spend a good couple of hours hunting for a cheap deal online I'm afraid you will still be spending more money than someone ever should on a little silver chopping board ;-) Although they have been cut in price in the past year from £1200 approx. by around £200 it is one of the higher priced models on the market for the performance you get out of it. I can say right now if you dont need to have an apple product or have stylish machine DONT buy this as you can get better performances and better prices for those better spec devices. I do know however that a lot of you out there might be more inclined to look at the total package and not just one particular area of a netbook. For example performance is not Apple's selling point to a big extent. Apple is the number one for creating works of art when it comes to the looks department and in order for them to do this they need to reduce the power a little. The tapered look is very cool on the macbook air and even though it is no longer the thinnest available it still very sleek. It is not the lightest but is still ultra portable, as a traveller myself I know that when you have a powerful latpot thats like putting a couple of big bricks in your rucksack it isnt much fun to cart around. The Air on the otherhand is light durable and is 10x better than most laptops for travelling. The machine itself is still good enough that you could scrape by using it for work but its not recommended, this is much more of a personal laptop that is good for fun and games. The built in flash storage means is very quick on boot up and when in standby mode open it up & it instantly back on and you can start using it again.
With 2 usb slots and a SD card slot you should be fine for memory and the headphone jack is of course very useful. The magnetic charger port that whips your charging cable into the slot is a nice touch if not very important. The backlit keyboard is very nice and the keyboard itself as usual with apple is great to use. With the new OS: X Lion (Operating System e.g Windows XP) the multi touch gestures are brilliant and anyone can pick them up. The biggest downside for me personally is the battery life, apple say the battery life is 5-7 hours but it depends on what you are doing, surfing the web it should cope and give you about the 5 hours, but if you plan on using heavy cpu use apps / games or other software it does tend to drop to just a 2-3 hours. It can during such taks also heat up a little and cause the fans to heat up on ocassion which can be annoying it times but like a say depends on the apps used.
As netbooks / Laptops & Macbooks go, this is one of the for the casual user and traveller definitely but if you need it for work I wouldnt recommend.
Summary: Great for people with stylish desires
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