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- May 26th, 2011

MacBook Air

If you’re considering buying a Macbook Air – Don’t. Wait a month because according to the DigiTimes the Taiwanese supplier for Apple products will be shipping upgraded models of the 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch MacBook Airs this week, leaving many to speculate that they could available as early as June.

The upgrade will likely include Sandy Bridge processers and Thunderbolt technology, both of which were included in the MacBook Pro and iMac refreshes this year. Intel’s Sandy Bridge chip will replace the aging Core 2 Duo processor, keeping the Air competitive by offering stronger computing power and better battery life. The Thunderbolt port is new technology that is much faster than your regular USB port, allowing you to transfer data at blazing speeds.

While netbook sales have faltered with the explosion of the tablet market, MacBook Airs remain popular thanks to their ultra-thin design. My Air is just 0.68” thick and weighs just 2.9 pounds, making it extremely portable. While it’s not quite as light as the average tablet weight of 1 pound, the physical keyboard is well worth the extra 2 pounds. A downside to the thinness is the lack of ports (it has just one), which sometimes makes me have to switch to my much heavier MacBook Pro. MacBook Airs don’t have CD drives or card readers either, so keep that in mind when shopping for laptops. Still, with all the tablets I’ve tried out, none has made me want to make the switch from my Air, hands down the best laptop I’ve ever owned.

Source: Shanon Dhanoa, GetConnected

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