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Another hot gadget for the gays
Apple debuts sleek MacBook Air

by Will Billings . Contributing Writer

Weighing under three pounds and at less than an inch thick, the new MacBook Air is bound to be a hit with high-tech-loving gay consumers.
Oh, those gays and their gadgets! Everybody knows how much queer folks love their stylish, clean and high-performing computers and other electronic toys. Don’t expect that to change with the recent debut of Apple’s new MacBook Air. It’s bound to be a hot commodity for queer consumers.

At less than an inch thick and weighing in at only three pounds (but with a hefty $1,799 price tag), the new MacBook Air is built for performance and wireless capabilities. Everything on the MacBook that could possibly be streamlined or scaled-down has been, but the new Air still has every full-size feature of its big sister.

To start, Air offers full-screen performance with all the benefits of a slim design. It has a glossy 13.3-inch, widescreen LED backlit display that is the same size as on the original MacBook. The standard 1280-by-800 pixel resolution keeps images vibrant and rich. The keyboard is also the same size as the original, with added backlighting for each key.

The computer comes with 2GB of RAM, which should prove to be more than enough memory for the advanced, memory-clogging software we love to run — like Photoshop, a must-have for retouching those unfortunate Manhunt pics. The hard drive clocks in at 80GB and users have the option of upgrading to a 64GB solid-state drive, which provides longer-lasting durability. (Unlike traditional hard drives, a solid-state drive has no moving parts.) Depending on the model, the MacBook Air comes with either a 1.6GHz or 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

The MacBook Air comes standard with the fastest 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless capability and Bluetooth 2.1 to take full advantage of the ever-increasing availability of wireless internet access in places like airports, coffee shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars and office buildings. Imagine, you can gross out your friends with the “2 Girls 1 Cup” internet clip from more places than ever.

Aside from wireless internet access, MacBook Air has also taken advantage of wireless computing for such needs as DVD or CD reading and writing and automatic back-up. The computer’s wireless capability is used for reading DVDs and CD-ROMs from another computer. The MacBook Air has no optical drive and uses its new wireless Remote Disc software to connect your computer to another Mac or PC for such uses as installing software from a disc. The Remote Disc also allows a user to automatically back-up their personal information to an external drive.

Air’s battery life sits at about five hours, and it comes with a built-in iSight camera and iLife programs, including iMovie and iWeb. It will also take advantage of iTunes’ new movie rentals.

The only possible drawback I foresee is that the MacBook Air might not be a good buy for someone who doesn’t already have a fast, up-to-date computer (preferably Apple) functioning in their home or workplace to help manage information that requires DVDs or CD-ROMs.

On the go, limited access to other computers that can run DVDs or CD-ROMs could cause trouble, especially for business people who need quick access to information stuck on CDs.

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