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Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (Late 2010) MC505 / MC506

alaTest has collected and analyzed 261 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the keyboard and design. The screen and performance also get good opinions, but there are some less positive reviews about the connectivity and value for money.

portability, performance, screen, design, keyboard

value for money, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (Late 2010) MC505 / MC506 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 261 reviews)

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Review Apple MacBook Air 11 Mid 2013 i5 1.3 GHz 128 GB


A gentle breeze. Not a beat too late in the circannual rhythm, Ap

Compact and mobile build, weighs only about 1000 grams (~2.2 lbs); Aluminum unibody case very pleasant to the touch; USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt; Very good input devices; Very good application performance; Increased graphics performance; Very good battery...

No SD card slot; "Only" HD resolution; Almost zero expandability or accessibility for maintenance

Presumably the MacBook Air 13 in its newest edition. Same qualities and a somewhat larger screen for a reasonable fee. Otherwise just the Asus Zenbook UX21A and the Sony Vaio Pro 11, both of which are looking to draw in the same kinds of customers...

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Review Apple MacBook Air 11 Mid 2011 (1.6 GHz, 128 GB SSD) Subnotebook


Netbook? No thanks. The smallest and cheapest notebook that Apple

Low weight and small size; Outstanding aluminium case; Very good input devices; Keyboard backlighting; Very good application performance

Not so many ports; Reflective display; RAM is soldered down

Samsung’s 900X1B must prove itself first in the same sector.

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Macbook Air 11-inch


The Tech2 Labs receives many products every single week and each of them is tested with the utmost care and highest level of objectivity. There's a constant effort to reduce and totally eliminate subjectivity. Each product is tested according to set...


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Review Apple MacBook Air 11 Inch 2010 Subnotebook


Mac-Netbook? The 11.6" MacBook Air may compete in the Netbook lea

Extremely thin and light; Exceptional manufacturing quality; Robust and high quality aluminum case; Exceptional input devices; Quiet with a low load; Graphics performance

Few interfaces; No UMTS; Few and difficult to access upgrade possibilities; No backlit keyboard

There isn't really any. The closest one would be the Sony Vaio X13, which has a much worse performance though.

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Apple MacBook Air (11.6-inch) Review


The all-new 11-inch MacBook Air features a cutting-edge industrial design, innovative new technology and may even define a new standard for ultraportable notebooks. Can a wafer-thin notebook deliver the high performance that Mac owners expect?

Small, sleek and light ; Can run games in a pinch ; Best-in-class trackpad ; Full-sized keyboard

No Ethernet networking ; No USB 3.0, no SD card slot ; No backlit keyboard

While there is something about the Apple/Microsoft dichotomy that seems to bring out the worst in tech aficionados, it's hard to deny that the new MacBook Airs, especially the smaller, 11.6-inch model, have style. Holding one makes it easy to believe...

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MacBook Air review (late 2010)


The MacBook Air has never exactly been a simple product to review. Since the laptop's launch back in the heady days of 2008, we've always considered it a niche, high-end product and much less a mainstream system. Originally, the wafer-thin (and...

Amazing industrial design ; Beautiful screen ; Great battery life

Can be slightly sluggish at times ; No backlit keyboard ; Expensive

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Size Does Matter With the 11-inch MacBook Air


It's obscenely thin, tremendously attractive and doggedly expensive. Don't call it an Apple netbook. Call it MacBook Air.

So slender, so sexy. Ridiculously fast app launch times. Excellent battery life. Comfortable keyboard and trackpad.TIRED Size does matter — 11 inches is too small, no matter how nice the screen is. Sluggish with some media-heavy tasks

Size does matter — 11 inches is too small, no matter how nice the screen is. Sluggish with some media-heavy tasks

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Apple MacBook Air (11.6-inch) First Look Review


This week Apple finally updated the seemingly forgotten MacBook Air line with new graphics, new looks and an entirely new model. The smallest Apple laptop ever, the new Air promises to pack notebook performance into a netbook form factor. Read on for...

Is that enough to let it succeed? Stay tuned for our full review and find out

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Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, 2010)


This ultraportable breaks the mold with a strikingly thin and light design and the ability to start working (and playing) in an instant.

Apple said it would never make a netbook, and it hasn't. The 11-inch MacBook Air is a powerful ultraportable that makes other systems in its class look positively bloated. More important, this machine never keeps you waiting, thanks to the way it uses...

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Apple MacBook Air (11-inch)


The Apple MacBook Air (11-inch) is the lightest, smallest laptop in Apple's inventory, but you'll have to give up certain luxuries and pay a hefty price for it.

Exquisitely thin. Lightest in its class. Full size keyboard. Sharp, vibrant 11.6-inch widescreen. SSD is durable and quick. Good graphics chip included. Runs cool

No SD Card slot. No Ethernet. Sluggish compared with its peers. Unimpressive battery life

Product Specifications


DVD Writer: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
Firewire: No
TV Output:No / Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No


Brand of Graphic Chip:nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GeForce 320M


Chipset Brand:nVidia / Unknown
Chipset Type:GeForce 320M / MCP79 / Unknown
Processor:Core 2 Duo
Processor Brand:Intel
Processor Number:SU9400 / SU9600 / Unknown