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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2012) MD231 / MD232

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2012) MD231 / MD232
alaScore 94

1336 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1336 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the screen and usability. The design and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the value for money.

performance, portability, design, usability, screen

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2012) MD231 / MD232 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review Apple MacBook Air 13 Mid 2012 Subnotebook


Ivy Air. Sounds like an airline, but it is the newest generation

High manufacturing quality; Low weight; Compact size; Fast SSD; Good overall performance; Usually very quiet

Moderate screen resolution; Reflective screen; Average brightness; Barely any maintenance or upgrade possibilities; Weaknesses in thermal design

Competition firstly comes from Apple itself. If you are looking for a higher performance, you will find it in the MacBook Pro 13. If you would like it more compact, you might take the MacBook Air 11. But other manufacturers also offer great devices....

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MacBook Air review (13-inch, 2013)


Toby's Estate Coffee in Brooklyn should be my favorite local coffee shop. The Australian company's first US location is big and bright, with ample seating, great service, and terrific coffee — the ultra-expensive Strada variable-pressure espresso...

Amazing battery life ; Industry-leading trackpad and keyboard ; More affordable than ever

Slight performance dip ; Paltry 128GB storage in base model ; No Retina display. Also, no pony

Still the best all-around laptop you can buy

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The 2012 MacBook Air (11 & 13-inch) Review


Things are getting very blurry.


Editor's Choice!

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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, Summer 2012)


Not too long ago, the MacBook Air practically stood alone in the computer landscape with its unique blend of design, size, and performance, an improvement on the thin laptop with low-voltage CPU. The MacBook Air, in turn, influenced the arrival of the...

The 13-inch MacBook Air has new Intel CPUs, better battery life, and an improved 720p Webcam, and finally adds USB 3.0 ports, while shaving $100 off the price from last year's models.

The design, while strong, stays largely the same: there's no Ethernet port, and the base SSD storage option of 128GB is smaller than a standard hard drive, though common for ultrabooks.

This year's MacBook Air opts for gradual improvements rather than anything revolutionary, but lowered prices continue to make it the go-to mainstream recommendation for any MacBook owner-to-be.

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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, mid 2012)


More Info Apple announces refreshed MacBook Air: Ivy Bridge processor, USB 3.0, shipping today The 2012 MacBook Air vs. the 2011 model: what's changed? ASUS Zenbook Prime UX21A preview The last time we reviewed the MacBook Air, we didn't have a whole...

Still thinner and lighter than many competitors ; Improved battery life ; Blistering speed ; Comfortable keyboard and trackpad

Aluminum casing is still scratch-prone ; Competitors offer higher-res displays

The Air remains our favorite ultraportable, thanks to improved battery life, exceptional speed and a comfortable design.

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MacBook Air 13-inch Review (mid-2012)


Apple's MacBook Air may have fallen into the shadow of the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display at their WWDC 2012 launch this past week, but the updated ultraportable has plenty going for it. A proven design favorite, and undoubtedly the inspiration...

That’s no small achievement for a machine that delivers not only extreme portability but the sort of performance that, only two years ago, would’ve demanded a top-spec MacBook Pro. The addition of USB 3.0 and an HD webcam addresses two of the most...

Editor's Choice!

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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2012)


Apple makes the quintessential ultraportable notebook even better by giving the MacBook Air faster performance and longer battery life.

Click to EnlargeThe 13-inch MacBook Air remains our favorite ultraportable notebook. In addition to best-in-class ergonomics, loud speakers and a svelte profile, you now get faster performance and much longer battery life than the Ultrabook competition...

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2012)


The new Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2012) is a simple upgrade of the class-leading line, with a $100 price drop. Although a new processor gives you a little extra performance and some tests, the real additions are things like the new (for Mac) USB...

Thunderbolt port. Quick wake from sleep. Good screen resolution for a 13-inch laptop. USB 3.0. 256GB and 512GB flash storage upgrade option

No HDMI. New Ivy Bridge processor doesn't add much performance. New AC adapter incompatible with previous accessories without an adapter

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Apple MacBook Air (2011) Review


The best all-around notebook that you can buy. Period.

Unbeatable design ; Thin and very light ; Backlit keyboard ; Thunderbolt port

Slightly worse GPU ; No USB 3.0 ; No SD card slot on 11-inch models ; Price premium

If you need a super portable laptop that is still pretty capable, get the 11-inch MacBook Air. If you need something that offers a bit more power and a smidge better resolution, go for the 13-inch form factor. You’ll be getting a great operating system...

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MacBook Air with Windows 7 review: the ultrabook to rule them all?


Let's be honest: The ultrabook phenomenon is by and large Intel's and the rest of the PC industry's reaction to Apple's MacBook Air. Just take a look at a lot of the designs and the features: the influence (and in some places the outright imitation) is...

Very thin and well-built chassis ; Beautiful display ; Touchpad works great with Windows 7 ; Snappy performance

Only 4.5 hours of battery life in Windows ; Too expensive ; Keyboard layout can be confusing to Windows users ; Boot times slower than competition

Apple is never going to make the perfect Windows 7 machine, but in many ways its hardware enables the best Windows experience right now

Product Specifications


Convertible: No
DVD Writer: No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:No / Single Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output:No / Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:WSVGA / WXGA / WXGA+

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Mac OS X Lion / Mac OS X Mountain Lion


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ® / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GeForce 320M / HD GRAPH. 4000 / HD GRAPH. 5000


Chipset Brand:Intel® / nVidia / Unknown
Chipset Type:HM76 / Unknown
Processor:Core 2 Duo / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-3427U / I5-4250U / I7-3667U / I7-4650U / SU9400