The new ultra-light MacBook Air goes on sale

The notebook not only ticks the style boxes, but is high performance too

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The new ultra-light MacBook Air goes on sale Apple's new MacBook Air is their lightest and most portable MacBook yet. (Courtesy of Apple)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  October 25, 2010

Apple has unveiled its lightest and most portable notebook yet, the new MacBook Air. The device uses solid state flash storage, meaning that it is lighter, faster and more reliable than the usual hard drive driven notebooks.

"MacBook Air is the first of a new generation of notebooks that leaves behind mechanical rotating storage in favour of solid state flash storage," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We've taken what we have learned with the iPad - solid state storage, instant-on, amazing battery standby time, miniaturisation and lightweight construction, to create the new MacBook Air. With its amazing responsiveness and mobility, it will change the way we think about notebooks."

The MacBook Air is available in both 11-inch and 13-inch models and boats up to seven hours of battery time and 30 days of standby time. The 0.85 kg powerhouse is fully encased in aluminium and measures a slim 2.796 mm at its thinnest point and just 17.27 mm at its thickest. Apple's specially designed flash storage is approximately 90% smaller and lighter than a normal hard drive.

Flash storage combined with energy-saving  Intel Core 2 Duo processors and NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics delivers mobility, battery life and high performance. The notebook also has a Mini DisplayPort to connect your Apple LED Cinema Display, projector or HD TV.

Pricing and availability in the UAE is still to be confirmed, but you can nab the cheapest 11-inch 64GB version in the US for $999 or the top-end 13-inch, 256GB model for $1,599.

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