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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 861 reviews of Apple MacBook Air 11-inch, Late 2010 (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 really like the size and design. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably. Comments are divided on the price, and some have doubts about the connectivity.

portability, performance, usability, design, size

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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 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 11-inch, Late 2010 (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. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design. The usability and price also get good views. Some have doubts about the durability and size, and there are some mixed opinions about the battery and portability.

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

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. 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 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)

Nov, 2017

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: (laptopmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (2014)

 

Editors' Note: Apple has announced a new 2015 version of the 11-inch MacBook Air that features a 5th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, improved graphics and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity. You should still get 9 hours of battery life. We recommend buying...

May, 2014

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, 2013)

 

It's as if someone took a late-model Mini Cooper and placed it on a Tesla. The 2013 MacBook Air 11-inch may look the same as previous generations, but, with Intel's latest Haswell processor, it's more powerful and lasts much longer on a charge than...

Jun, 2013

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: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

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 (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

Product Specifications

Audio

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 / 1.5

Battery

Battery Capacity:35 / 38 / 9
Battery capacity (Watt hours):35 / 38 / 9
Battery life (max):35 / 5 / 7 / 8.6 / 9
Battery performance:35 / 6600
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camera

Front Camera:N / Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92
Swivel webcam:No / Yes

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance:No / Yes

Design

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

Display

3D:N / No / Y
3D compatibility:No / Yes
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9 / 4:3, 16:9, 16:10
Display Diagonal:11.6 / 13.3
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Full HD / HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

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

Graphics

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 on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Maximum Resolution:2560 x 1600
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:No / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel Iris Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166 / 0xA26
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.375
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 5000 / Intel Iris Graphics / No

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard function keys:12
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:79
Keyboard type:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Number of hot keys:12
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Windows keys: No

Memory

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 / SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 3.1 / 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
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Networking features:WLAN
Wi-Fi:No / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n / No
WWAN: No

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 177165.4 / 0 - 179921.3 / 0 - 393700.8 / 0 - 420000 / 118110.2 - 180000
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:DVD Super Multi / No

Other Features

Audio system:HD / Stereo
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 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

Performance

Ambient light sensor: Yes
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / 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
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
Total number of SATA connectors:4
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
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

Power

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

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2 / FSB
Conflict Free processor:N / Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17 / 20 / 6 / 7 / 8
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
L3 cache:3
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 12 / 16
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x4, 2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8 / 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:107
Processor:I5-3317U / i5-4250U / I7-3667U / i7-4650U / SL9300 / SU9400 / SU9600
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.7 / 3.2 / 3.3
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell / Ivy Bridge / Penryn
Processor cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 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:22 / 45
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-3317U / i5-4250U / I7-3667U / i7-4650U / SU9400 / SU9600
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo SU9000 series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4600 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / BGA1168 / BGA956
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:C0 / L1 / R0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):10 / 15 / 17
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:36697 / 37264 / 64898 / 65707 / 75028 / 75114
Processor code:SLGFN / SR0N5 / SR0N8 / SR16H / SR16M
Processor package size:22 / 31 / 40
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Yes

Security

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

Software

Bundled software:iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nNumbers\nKeynote\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nMac App Store / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPagesPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nMac App Store / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\nMaps\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nMessages\nCalendar\nContacts\nReminders\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nPreview\nNotes\nMac App Store / 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 architecture:64-bit
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
Pre-installed software:iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Safari, iCal, Time Machine, FaceTime

Storage

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
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:Serial ATA III
Storage media:Flash / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512 / 64

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:31.2 / 7.56 / 75.6
Depth (imperial):7.56
Height:0.669
Height (front):0.118 / 0.669 / 1.18
Height (front) (imperial):0.11
Height (rear):0.0669 / 0.118 / 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