Last week Apple announced the release of what they are calling the World's thinnest laptop. Measuring just 4mm at it's thinnest point, the laptop is not only ultra portable but also boasts excellent battery life without compromising power. Details of the laptop can be found at http://www.apple.com/uk/macbookair/
This computer is the start of a revolution for the laptop market because it sees the first solid state hard drive to come into public awareness (Although technically Samsung and Lenovo have been shipping them out in their computers for a while). A solid state hard drive is basically a drive without any moving parts which means much less wear on the battery and a lot faster access speeds. To give you an idea, when we tested a solid state hard drive, we managed to get Windows to load in just 10 seconds which is much faster than the minutes it takes for a regular hard drive to load! Apple claim that the battery will last up to 5 hours of constant use which is not the best we have heard of but it is still pretty impressive.
You're not going to find an optical drive (CD/DVD player) though, as the MacBook Air was apparently "built to be a wireless machine", and features 802.11n wireless and Bluetooth to back up the point. If you want access to a DVD drive then you will need to 'borrow' one over a wireless network, however Apple provide you with software to do this.
The feedback on the new laptop so far has been mixed. Despite the fantastic styling (as with all Apple products) there are a few issues that should be noted. Firstly the battery is not removable so it is not possible to replace once it has started to degrade (as most batteries do). In fact, the whole laptop is sealed so you simply can't upgrade any of the parts should you want to in the future. There is also no firewire port so adding any extra devices makes life a little more complicated.
Despite the drawbacks, this is bound to signal the start of something new for laptops and as always Apple are leading the way.
If you don't like the thought of making the jump to a Mac but like the idea of an ultra portable laptop then perhaps you should consider the Sony VAIO G11. This laptop weighs in at just 1.13 Kg (compared to the 1.4 Kg of the MacBook Air) and the battery is quoted at lasting a staggering 9 hours! However it is less powerful than the Apple, has a smaller screen and is slightly thicker, but this is still an excellent alternative.
Tuesday 22 January 2008 12:43:28 by
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