What you can expect from the new MacBook Air is an even lighter and more compact version of its predecessor. Both the 11- and 13-inch models come with a striking innovation in a laptop that makes the smaller and lighter sizes possible: flash drive technology to replace the traditional hard drive.

Solid-State Flash Drive and High-end Memory

Borrowing from its popular iPad, Mac has done away with the spinning hard drive, its case and mountings. Data storage is via a 512- gigabyte flash module. (You can also opt for either 4 or 8 gigabytes of memory.) The flash drive module requires the space of only 10 percent of the previous hard drive, which has made room for a larger battery.

Long Battery Life

The battery provides up to 9 hours wireless web time for the 11-inch and 12 hours for the 13-inch models. You charge it up with the MagSafe 2 Power Adapter and run the unit all day. Mac also boasts a whopping 30-day “instant-on” standby time.

Generous External Ports and Fast Wi-Fi

The MacBook Air also achieves its lightweight–2.38-/2.96-pound for the 11-/13-inch models–status by doing without an internal DVD drive. Both models come with two USB 3 ports and one Thunderbolt port. The Wi-Fi 802.11ac means two to three times faster web surfing and download speeds.

Multimedia Capable

Completing its multimedia capabilities is the FaceTime HD camera. For the 13-inch model add an SDXC card receptacle for loading photos from your digital camera.

Top-of-the-line Operating System

Unlike many of its PC competitors, the MacBook Air comes with the same operating system that runs Mac high-end equipment — OS X Mavericks. Look for an array of free apps including Maps, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand and Mac’s excellent office apps.

So if you’re ready for an amazingly light new laptop at a competitive price that won’t weigh you down while traveling, the new MacBook Air might be just the solution to your mobile computing needs. Contact us and we’ll connect you up with this light-weight beauty.