January 29, 2008. Apple announced the MacBook Air. It was nothing short of amazing! Thin, light, and beautiful. I got one shortly after release and loved it for about 2 weeks. The machine was absolutely perfect until you tried to do any real work on it. Because of its size, it had to sacrifice on power.
Jump ahead through 2009 and into 2010 where there were a few spec bumps and model changes, such as adding an 11" model. You now had a 13" and 11" model with new unibody styling. When you hit July 21, 2011 we saw the launch of the newest versions of the MacBook Air. On that date, it became time to consider an Air again because the game had changed!
This new MacBook Air is better than the first generation in every way. It is thinner, lighter, and the power of the machine has grown to abnormal heights considering its size. As you can see from the specs below of the machine I bought, you would be hard pressed to say this machine wasn’t a 17" tank of a “mobile desktop” notebook. However, this machine is anything but! It is a super sleek ultra portable that has more horsepower than the 2 year old, 15", top of the line MacBook Pro that it replaced.
With the dual-core i7 (giving you 4 threads), the 256GB SSD, and 4GB of memory, this thing absolutely screams!
If you have been thinking about an Air since the beginning, or even if you bought one of the early models and felt burned, trust me when I say, it’s time to take a second look. This thing will out perform your expectations in every way.
The mind blowing specs of my new machine
Screen size: 11.6", 1366 × 768 (16:9)
Weight: 2.38 lb.
Processor: 1.8 GHz (i7-2677M) dual-core Intel Core i7 with 4 MB shared L3 cache.
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM.
RAM: 4 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM.
Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive.
Dimensions: 11.8 in wide × 7.56 in deep × 0.11 in to 0.68 in high.
Ports: 2× USB 2.0 Port | 1× 3.5 mm headphone jack | 1x Thunderbolt Port
Retail Price: $1,649 +tax
(Of course this review is based solely on the specific configuration I purchased; this in no way means every model in the line is equal to my glowing review)