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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 710 reviews of Apple MacBook Air 11-inch, Late 2010 (MC505, MC506). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, 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 negative about the connectivity, and there are some mixed reviews about 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 11-inch, Late 2010 (MC505, MC506) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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


alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 11-inch, Late 2010 (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 reliability and design. The usability and price are also appreciated. There are some critical views about the durability and size, while views about the battery and portability are different.

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size, durability

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

May, 2018

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


alaTest has collected and analyzed 241 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 11-inch, Late 2010 (MC505, MC506) from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers are impressed by the price and size. The usability and performance also get good feedback.

portability, performance, usability, size, price

95% 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)

May, 2018

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

Expert review by : Scott Stein (

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 : Dan Ackerman (

Apple MacBook Air Fall 2010 review


Apple's original ultrathin MacBook Air was the very definition of a specialty laptop: its alluring design was offset by a limited number of connections and an underpowered CPU, making it truly useful for only a small fraction of users. The second...

Apple's MacBook Air is thin and powerful enough to use as a mainstream laptop. It has an excellent battery and includes an SD card slot.

The Air has limited connections compared with other 13-inch laptops, and its keyboard isn't backlit. It's outclassed by the new MacBook Pro line.

The second generation of Apple's MacBook Air fixes many of our issues with the ambitious original, adding more USB ports, an SD card slot, and a more powerful processor.

Mar, 2011

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

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Jason Snell (

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 (

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 : J.R. Nelson (

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 (

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


Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA
Audio system:HD / HDA / Stereo
Audio system full duplex: Yes
Built-in Microphone:No / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.5


Battery Capacity:35 / 38 / 9
Battery capacity (Watt hours):35 / 38 / 9
Battery life (max):35 / 5 / 7 / 9
Battery performance:35
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)


Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92
Swivel webcam:No / Yes


Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes


Color of product:Aluminium / Silver / White
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium / Silver
Product type:Notebook


3D:N / No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:11.6 / 13.3
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:35 / 45
Battery performance:35
Power auto-sensing: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce 320M / NVIDIA GeForce 330M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256
Maximum Resolution:2560 x 1600
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
On-board graphics adapter:No / Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.375
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 5000 / No


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard function keys:12
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Windows keys: No


Internal memory:2 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333 / 1600 / 800
Memory form factor:On-board


3G: No
4G:N / No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:N / No / Y
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:WLAN
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 179921.3 / 0 - 393700.8 / 0 - 420000
Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):0 - 90
Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2 / 0 - 120000 / 0 - 120078.7 / 0 - 129921.3
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90 / 10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 90 / 10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / 10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45 / 10 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45 / 10 - 35
Storage temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45 / 10 - 35

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:HD
Dimensions (WxDxH):11.8 x 7.56 x 0.669
Display:LCD / LED
External display:N
Graphics adapter family:Intel / NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Maximum operating altitude:120000 / 393700.8
Maximum shipping altitude:1377952.8 / 420000
Maximum storage altitude:180000 / 590551.2
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 95 / 50 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 95 / 50 - 95
Power Requirements:100 - 240 V AC / 100 - 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz / 100 - 240V / 110 - 240V
Power supply type:AC / AC/DC / MagSafe
Relative humidity:0 - 90
TV in port: No
Type:Mac / PC
Video in:N
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wireless Technology:IEEE 802.11n / Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: No
Power cord included:No / Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


Ambient light sensor: Yes
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector: No
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: No
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:35 / 45
Battery performance:35
Power auto-sensing:Y / Yes


Bus type:FSB
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):6 / 7 / 8
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Number of processors supported:1
Processing die size:107
Processor:SL9300 / SU9400 / SU9600
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 3.2 / 3.3
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L2 / L3
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7 / Intel® Core™ Duo / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.3 / 1.4 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 2
Processor front side bus:1066 / 800
Processor lithography:45
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:SU9400 / SU9600
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo SU9000 series
Processor socket:BGA956
Processor threads:2 / 4
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):10

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:36697 / 37264
Processor code:SLGFN
Processor package size:22
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


Cable lock slot:Kensington / No / Yes
Password protection:BIOS
Password protection type:BIOS


Bundled software:Mail, Messages, Contacts, Calendar, Safari, Reminders, Notification Center, Notes, Dictation, iCloud, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, AirPlay, Game Center, the Mac App Store, iTunes, Gatekeeper, iLife
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard / Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X Mavericks


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:No / SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC / SDXC
Flash memory:128 / 256 / 512 / 64
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 64
Storage media:Flash / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512 / 64

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.56 / 75.6
Depth (imperial):7.56
Height (front):0.118 / 1.18
Height (front) (imperial):0.11
Height (rear):0.669 / 6.69
Height (rear) (imperial):0.68
Weight:2.34 / 2.38
Width:11.6 / 11.8 / 118.1
Width (imperial):11.8