The deal: Apple MacBook Air 13in - brilliant ultraportable for a reasonably low price - $1,299.60
Hot on the heels of Dick Smith’s 10% off Apple notebook sale, JB Hi-Fi is now doing the same until Sunday. One of the best bargains by our reckoning is the MacBook Air 13in (128GB) for $1,299.60, as it’s still one of the best ultraportable notebooks money can buy. The 1.35kg notebook has a stellar aluminium exterior that is the gold standard every other ultraportable aspires to, but the internal specs are more than enough to get some real work done as well.
Due to the form factor it doesn’t have many ports, although of the four available it does have a high-speed Thunderbolt port. The other three are a headphone jack and a pair of USB 2.0 ports; not exactly generous, but about par for the course with ultraportables. A backlit keyboard is a really nice touch, as is the 13.3in (1,440 x 900 resolution) screen. That’s better than typical for the size, and only a handful of alternatives match or exceed it.
See the special online here.
See a summary of the specs below.
The Air features a 2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2557M (1.7GHz), which is one of the better mid-range low-voltage processors that can run productivity applications and some intensive software. It can burst up to 2.7GHz using Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology if a particularly demanding program is running.
It comes with an integrated graphics solution called Intel HD Graphics 3000. It’s on par with a low-end dedicated graphics card, and is sufficient for modern games at the lowest settings.
4GB of RAM is enough to run several programs at once smoothly. It’s more than enough to ensure fluid overall system performance with Mac OS X Lion.
A128GB solid state drive is very small, but it does have very rapid response though for both reading and writing data.
The Air sports a 13.3in (1,440 x 900 resolution) gloss screen. This is higher resolution than what’s typical for this size of screen.
The Air has exceptional portability, because it weighs 1.35kg and measures 17mm thick. It’s more than light enough to be taken anywhere without any problems whatsoever.
Where to buy it
Available until 15th Apr 2012
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