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

Apple MacBook Air, Late 2010 (11-inch MC505 MC506)
alaScore 88

656 reviews

Aug, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 656 reviews of Apple MacBook Air, Late 2010 (11-inch MC505 MC506). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The usability and portability also get good feedback, whereas views are divided on the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook Air, Late 2010 (11-inch MC505 MC506) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air, Late 2010 (11-inch MC505 MC506) from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the price and design. The usability and portability also get good views, but views are divided on the size.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: New MacBook Air 11 inch Laptop(Intel Core 2 Duo 1.4GHz, 2GB RAM, 128GB Flash Storage, NVIDIA GeForce 320M Graphics) - launched October 2010New MacBook Air 11 inch Laptop(Intel Core 2 Duo 1.4GHz, 2GB RAM, 128GB Flash Storage, NVIDIA GeForce 320M Graphics) - launched October 2010

Aug, 2016

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Apple MacBook Air, Late 2010 (11-inch MC505 MC506)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 454 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air, Late 2010 (11-inch MC505 MC506) from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on People really like the price and reliability. The usability and portability are also appreciated.

performance, portability, usability, reliability, price

93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Klaus Hinum (

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.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Hubert Nguyen (

MacBook Air Review


MacBook Air Review: this in-depth review of the Macbook air covers strengths and weaknesses of the Macbook Air, for Mac and Windows users.

Build quality: The build quality of the new MacBook Air is excellent. It's made of aluminum and does not shear or bend. The chassis feels really solid all around with the weakest points definitely on either side (screen and underbelly). I hope that...

Oct, 2010

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Apple MacBook Air 11-inch, 128GB


The current MacBook Air models differ from the 2013 versions in that the base model uses a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5, an upgrade from the previous 1.3GHz processor. More significantly, the 11.6-inch MacBook Air now starts at $899 (from $999) in the US and...

The new 11-inch MacBook Air is a little faster and runs even longer, thanks to a small spec bump. More importantly, the base price drops by $100 to $899.

The new CPU is a very minor upgrade over last year’s Air and the system is still lacking an SD card slot.

Apple’s 11-inch Air gets a CPU speed bump and a decent price cut over the already excellent 2013 version. If you have a recent model there's no need to upgrade, but for anyone else, it's now a better deal than ever.

Jun, 2014

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, 256GB


It may be a case of "the more things change, the more they stay the same."

New Intel fourth-gen CPUs help the updated MacBook Air achieve amazing battery life. The multitouch trackpad is still the industry's best, and even better, the 13-inch MacBook Air now starts at $100 less than the previous model.

Newer features such as touch screens and higher-resolution displays are still missing. The ultrabook competition is catching up, in terms of design.

Apple keeps the latest MacBook Air updates on the inside, but greatly improved battery life and a lower starting price make up for a lack of flashy design changes.

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch


The SD slot, extra USB, and a staggering increase in battery life make the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch a strong contender in the ultraportable space.

An SD slot and extra USB port fill an important void. Stunningly beautiful design. Bigger battery resulted in almost twice as much battery life as its predecessor. Higher resolution increases the value of the 13-inch screen. Best clickpad...

Pricey. Starting memory configuration only 2GB rather than 4GB. Intel Core 2 Duo processor based on two-year-old technology

Dec, 2010

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Review: MacBook Air (2010)


Es ist bemerkenswert, wie sich unsere Erwartungshaltung an mobile Geräte immer wieder verändert. Schuld daran sind natürlich Smartphones und Tablets. Traditionelle Laptops wirken gegen die Winzlinge fast schon wie Dinosaurier, sind aber in Punkto...

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: J.R. Nelson (

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...

Oct, 2010

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Expert review by: Mark Spoonauer (

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2010)


Apple's ultimate ultraportable combines a barely-there profile with a high-resolution display, instant-on functionality, and long battery life.

Apple has made the MacBook Air line relevant again with its new 11-inch and 13-inch models. And between those two systems, we think the 13-inch model is a better buy. Although it costs $300 more, this $1,299 ultraportable is faster, includes an SD Card...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Joshua Topolsky (

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

Incredibly thin and light ; Excellent battery life ; Performance close to 13-inch MacBook Pro

Weak amount of RAM ; Expensive ; No backlit keyboard

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Anand Lal Shimpi & Vivek Gowri (

Apple's 2010 MacBook Air (11 & 13 inch) Thoroughly Reviewed


Last week Apple introduced its first significant upgrade to the MacBook Air since it was introduced two years ago. The announcement was met with the arrival of a new form factor for Apple: the 11.6-inch MacBook Air starting at just $999. The 13.3-inch...

I really like the form factor of the 11-inch MacBook Air. It's great to carry around. It's like an iPad for people who have to get real work done. I just wish it was faster. If Intel made a 32nm Core 2 Duo, clocked high enough the 11 would be perfect....

Oct, 2010

Product Specifications


Standby time:30


Front Camera:No / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92 / 1
Rear camera: No


Convertible: No
DVD Writer:DVD-Writer / No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam:2D / Yes


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


Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Full HD / No
LED Backlight:Edge LED / No
LED Technology:Edge LED / No
Panel Type:IPS
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:WXGA / WXGA+

General Features

Convertible: No
Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
Operating System Version:Mac OS X El Capitan / Mac OS X Leopard / Mac OS X Lion / Mac OS X Snow Leopard


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel / Intel ® / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GeForce 310M / GeForce 320M / GeForce 9400M / GMA X3100 / HD GRAPH. 6000 / HD Graphics 5000


Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.144 / 0.256
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166 / 0xA26
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub) / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)


Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes


4G: No

Ports & interfaces

LAN/VGA combo port: No
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:No / Yes
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:1
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 4


Chipset Brand:Intel / Intel® / nVidia / Unknown
Chipset Type:965GM / GeForce 320M / MCP79 / Unknown
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32 / 8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 12 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Processor:Core 2 Duo / Core™ 2 Duo / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ® / Intel®
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell / Ivy Bridge / Penryn / Sandy Bridge
Processor Number:I5-4250U / SL9400 / SL9600 / SU9400 / SU9600 / T9300 / Unknown
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo SL9000 series / Intel Core i5-2500 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4600 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 17

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel TSX-NI:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): Yes
Processor package size:22 / 31 / 40


Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes


Flash drive interface:PCI Express