MacBook Air: The world's thinnest notebook


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.