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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 654 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. People are impressed by the size and design. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the connectivity.

performance, portability, usability, design, size

connectivity

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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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Air, Late 2010 (11-inch MC505 MC506)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air, Late 2010 (11-inch MC505 MC506) from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. People really like the reliability and design. The usability and price also get good opinions, but opinions about the battery and portability are mixed. Many are negative about the durability and size.

performance, price, usability, design, reliability

size, durability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk 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

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Air, Late 2010 (11-inch MC505 MC506)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 241 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air, Late 2010 (11-inch MC505 MC506) from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Views about the price and size are overall positive. The usability and performance also get good feedback.

portability, performance, usability, size, price

95% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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)

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Klaus Hinum (notebookcheck.net)

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 (ubergizmo.com)

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

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

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

Expert review by: Scott Stein (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Air (11-inch) review:

 

Last October, Apple's 11-inch MacBook Air debuted. The tiny, slim ultraportable was the smallest laptop Apple had ever made. Its combination of size and power earned it a four-star review, with caveats: it had a last-generation Core 2 Duo processor,...

The new 11-inch Apple MacBook Air is dramatically faster than last year's version, has a backlit keyboard, and comes with a high-speed Thunderbolt I/O port.

The $999 entry-level Air still has the same limited fixed flash storage and RAM as last year's version, which most people will want to upgrade from--and there's still no SD card slot, Ethernet port, or 3G wireless option.

This year's 11-inch MacBook Air improves on last year's model in several significant ways and is by far the fastest ultraportable you're likely to find, though some users will consider the limited flash storage space to be a hindrance.

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: J.R. Nelson (NotebookReview.com)

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

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Jason Snell (pcworld.com)

Apple 11.6-inch MacBook Air/1.4GHz (128 GB)

 

You can forgive Steve Jobs for a bit of hyperbole when he's on stage introducing new products to an audience of thousands of people following along via a live video stream and countless liveblogs. “It's like nothing we've ever created before,” Jobs...

My original review of the MacBook Air ended with a simple question: “How much are you willing to compromise?” While it’s still true that a small, light laptop will require some degree of compromise on both speed and price, over time Apple has made...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Brian X. Chen (wired.com)

Review: Apple 11-Inch Macbook Air

 

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

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Air Fall 2010 review:

 

Two of the most common wish-list items from prospective Apple customers have been a smaller, sub-13-inch MacBook, and a less-expensive version of the ultrathin MacBook Air. The new 11.6-inch version of the MacBook Air kills both birds with one stone,...

Amazingly slim design; great keyboard/trackpad combo; new iLife '11 software included; decent graphics performance; 16:9 display.

Pricey for an 11-inch laptop with an older processor; lacks backlit keyboard and SD card slot.

Apple makes the MacBook Air both smaller and less expensive, creating an excellent ultraportable, but leaving out a few features along the way.

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: J.R. Nelson (NotebookReview.com)

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

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Vincent Nguyen (slashgear.com)

MacBook Air 11.6″ Review

 

Steve Jobs' views on budget ultraportable are pretty clear. "We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk,” he told investors back in 2008, and so the new 2010 MacBook Air is neither of those things. Instead, it's a $999+ slice...

Oct, 2010

Product Specifications

Battery

Standby time:30

Camera

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

Display

Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Full HD / No
Panel Type:IPS

Graphics

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)

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes

Networking

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

Processor

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 cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell / Ivy Bridge / Penryn / Sandy Bridge
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® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): Yes
Intel�� Secure Key: Yes
Processor ARK ID:36689 / 36697 / 43544 / 54620 / 56858 / 64898 / 65707 / 75028 / 75030 / 75114
Processor package size:22 / 31 / 40

Security

Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes

Storage

Flash drive interface:PCI Express