2011 Lappy Awards: Best Laptop Features of the Year
Best Touchpad Award & Fastest Boot Time Award: Apple MacBook Air (13-inch)
The best all-around ultraportable laptop money can buy, Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air is a tour de force of portable computing craftsmanship. From its sleek, razor-thin design to the aluminum unibody construction, it’s immediately evident that Apple takes quality seriously. This same devotion to detail extends to the notebook’s roomy 4.1 x 3-inch touchpad.
The glass surface of the Air’s Trackpad allows for impressively smooth and responsive two-finger scrolling, three-finger swipes, and pinch-to-zoom gestures. Plus, Mac OS X Lion lets you perform nifty new gestures on this machine, including a three-finger swipe down for activating Mission Control.
To cut the trim machine down to a featherweight 2.9 pounds, Apple tossed the traditional hard drive and outfitted the Air with solid state memory installed right on the laptop’s motherboard. As a result, the 13-inch MacBook Air consistently fired up Mac OS X Lion in a mere 17 seconds. Just as impressive, the Air wakes from sleep as soon as you open the lid, giving it iPad-like responsiveness.
Starting at $1,299; www.apple.com