11-inch MacBook Air review: Tiny awesomeness

Those TUAW readers who watched TUAW TV Live last Wednesday afternoon were treated to a live unboxing when an 11-inch MacBook Air arrived at my office. The Air was a replacement for a MacBook that I sold to a client, and since I had previously owned (and loved) one of the original MacBook Airs, I decided to go for the 11-inch model.

To be honest, I had a bit of cognitive dissonance after I ordered the little laptop, but that’s gone now since I gave it a real workout last Friday and Saturday at the 360MacDev conference.

In the rest of this short review, I’ll give you my opinions on the speed, battery life, display and other features of the 11-inch MacBook Air. If you’re considering purchasing a MacBook of any type as a Christmas present, be sure to at least take a look at this model.

The price of the 11-inch model starts at US$999 — that’s for a machine with 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD and a 1.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. While that doesn’t sound like much power, the combination of the CPU, the fast SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce 320M GPU makes for a laptop that is much faster than the raw tech specs would indicate.

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