Engadget, CNET and Slashgear take a look at the new and smaller MacBook Airs. Like I said before, these are going to be huge (no pun intended) for people who need OS X running on a highly portable device.
The new Airs, in both the 13-inch and 11-inch formats. are incredibly thin and light, even to someone used to working with very small laptops (such as Sony’s SSD-only Vaio Z models). The all-metal construction keeps it form feeling too fragile, often an issue for ultra-thin systems. The shape is closer to the previous Air than we would have expected, given the radical redesign the iPhone 4 got over its predecessors. The body is tapered towards the front, creating an optical illusion of even more thinness (although it’s still only 0.68 inches thick at the rear). Interestingly, the 11-inch and 13-inch both narrow down to the same 0.11-inches.
It definitely feels significantly bigger than the 11-incher, and we noticed the function keys are standard MacBook size, as opposed to the shrunken ones on the 11. We also noticed that it was seriously instant-on – we popped the lid open and closed several times while taking photos, and it was ready to go the second we opened it.
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