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£770 Apple MacBook Air: The inspiration for the Ultrabook now cheaper than ever before

Apple’s MacBook Air laptop (2012 version) has set the trend for ultrathin laptops and brought some revolutionary features - like always-on - to mainstream notebooks.

Some might even say that it was the true inspiration for Intel’s Ultrabook product range when it debuted five years ago (although the 11.6in was launched in 2010).

The current generation uses an Intel Core i5 processor based on the Ivy Bridge architecture, the i5-3317U, clocked at 1.7GHz with 6MB L3 cache and turbo boosting to 2.6GHz. It has been paired with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of flash memory, an 11.6in display with a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution.

Other features include Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU, a HD webcam, Mac OS X Lion, Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a full-size backlit keyboard, up to five hours battery life and a 35Whr battery.

Apple says that you can leave the laptop on stand-by for up to 30 days. The MBA is amongst the thinnest mainstream laptops on the market with a weight of only 1.08Kg and a thickness of as little as 5mm.

You can check out the review of the Apple MacBook Air 2012 version here. Note that you can get next business day delivery by typing in NDD at check out.

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