MacBook Air Unboxing

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Ponzi has searched high and low for a lighter-weight notebook she can use for travel. After doing a lot of comparison shopping, we decided on the new MacBook Air for her.

First thing out of the box is the proprietary SuperDrive. Integrated neatly is a slot-loading SuperDrive that lets you play and burn your own CDs and DVDs — including double-layer DVDs. And there’s no disc tray. You just slide the disc right in. The SuperDrive makes it easy to protect yourself from data loss. It’s as simple as sliding in a blank disc and copying files to it. Or use the built-in tools in iPhoto and iTunes to back up your media libraries. With a standard DVD, you can burn up to 4.7GB of data. It does not require a power supply, which makes it lighter. For Ponzi, it’s all about portability.

She now moves on to opening the MacBook Air itself. It’s slower, yes. Ponzi doesn’t do a lot of heavy processing stuff. This machine will work perfectly for her. No way I could ever use it. There just isn’t enough power for me. As I mentioned before, Ponzi needs the portability. She needs something lightweight to take with her when she travels. It has a full sized keyboard, which is good. MacBook Air is nearly as thin as your index finger. Practically every detail that could be streamlined has been. Yet it still has a 13.3-inch widescreen LED display, full-size keyboard, and large multi-touch trackpad. It’s incomparably portable without the usual ultraportable screen and keyboard compromises.

The incredible thinness of MacBook Air is the result of numerous size- and weight-shaving innovations. From a slimmer hard drive to strategically hidden I/O ports to a lower-profile battery, everything has been considered and reconsidered with thinness in mind.

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