Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

More Galleries
Five most expensive cars sold at Pebble Beach These classic cars went for seven figure sums at the world's premier classic car event. More
Seats that move! Rain! Movie-watching goes beyond 3D How can movie theaters compete when many prefer to watch streaming video from their own comfy couches? Some hope a new interactive technology will lure audiences with immersive effects. More
15 cool cars for sale at Pebble Beach While these events are best known for seven-figure classics, just about everything crosses the block at Pebble Beach. More
Special Offer
4 of 4
BACK NEXT
Hot - in all ways
Hot - in all ways
The MacBook Air is going to get approving looks no matter where you go, so let's start with its negative points.

It has no removable battery, only one USB port, and no Ethernet port. There is no DVD drive built in, so you need to either carry Apple's external superdrive, which kind of negates the whole purpose of an ultralight laptop, or use Apple's remote disc software, which "borrows" a DVD drive from nearby machines. Also, the Air's case is made of brushed aluminum, which transfers heat. I found the left side of the unit could get uncomfortably hot.

But there's no denying the thing is gorgeous. It feels great in your hands and somehow seems lighter than the VAIO, even though it actually isn't. The trackpad is large, and scrolling is intuitive. You use two fingers to scroll, one finger to mouse, just like the iPhone. Using the Air is like Christmas, your birthday, and Valentine's Day all rolled into one.

BOTTOM LINE: The MacBook Air really won me over. It does not compromise on keyboard or screen size. The Mac OS was fairly easy to use (though I'll never get used to not having a right mouse button). If you need to use Windows, you can install a program called Bootcamp, which switches between Mac and Windows. I now lust for this laptop and will switch to a Mac as soon as possible.

More galleries

Last updated April 25 2008: 9:24 AM ET