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Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (mid 2012)

83
Global
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Summary

With its refresh of the 11-inch MacBook Air, Apple has added some key upgrades — including faster processors, better graphics performance, and USB 3.0 ports — while keeping everything that was good about the company's smallest laptop, including its Thundrbolt port and illuminated keyboard. Apple also cut the price of the base 128GB model by $100, to $1,099. We still think the 13-inch model is a better value, and a more usable computer. But if you must have the smallest, lightest, fully capable portable computer, it's hard to argue against the updated Air.

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User Reviews

100
nden
I use an iMac 2011 on my desk and use this now on the road ... had it just for...read more
90
karlsf
This is the third Macbook Air that I've owned, and the best to date. I was at...read more
100
pH77Hp
I've always wanted an Air since its first debut in 08- now that they are incredibly...read more
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Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Screen size
11.622
Screen resolution
1366 x 768
Bundled OS
Mac OS
CPU family
Core i5
Processor speed
1.719
System RAM
41
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
DisplayPort
Maximum battery life
Up to 520
Model
64GB

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Lion [10.7])

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)
Processor speed
1.7 GHz
Number of cores
Dual-core

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
DisplayPort (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
No
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Integrated webcam
Yes
Security lock slot
No
Case lighting
No
Screen size
11.6 inches
Screen resolution
1366 x 768
Aspect ratio
16:9
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No
3 MB L3 cache
8 GB (system)
64 GB (total)
SSD

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 5 hours
Battery type
Li-polymer (35 Wh capacity)
Battery access
Built-in

Input

Keyboard
Yes (78 keys) (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad (Multi-touch)

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
Yes (1 port(s))
FireWire / 1394
No
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
No

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No
Model
128GB

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Lion [10.7])

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)
Processor speed
1.7 GHz
Number of cores
Dual-core

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
DisplayPort (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
No
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Integrated webcam
Yes
Security lock slot
No
Case lighting
No
Screen size
11.6 inches
Screen resolution
1366 x 768
Aspect ratio
16:9
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No
3 MB L3 cache
8 GB (system)
128 GB (total)
SSD

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 5 hours
Battery type
Li-polymer (35 Wh capacity)
Battery access
Built-in

Input

Keyboard
Yes (78 keys) (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad (Multi-touch)

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
Yes (1 port(s))
FireWire / 1394
No
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version)

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
No

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No
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