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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Early 2008 (MB003)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 541 reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Early 2008 (MB003). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and usability. The design and performance also get good feedback. Many are negative about the sound and price. There are some mixed reviews about the connectivity and battery.

portability, performance, design, usability, durability

price, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Early 2008 (MB003) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Early 2008 (MB003)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Early 2008 (MB003) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the screen and design. The usability and performance also get good feedback. Many are critical about the connectivity and battery. The keyboard and size get mixed opinions.

portability, performance, usability, design, screen

reliability, battery, connectivity

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple MMGF2B/A MacBook Air 13-Inch Laptop (Intel Core m3 1.6 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB Storage, Intel HD Graphics 6000, OS X El Capitan)Apple MMGF2B/A MacBook Air 13-Inch Laptop (Intel Core m3 1.6 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB Storage, Intel HD Graphics 6000, OS X El Capitan)

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Early 2008 (MB003)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 213 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Early 2008 (MB003) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the price and design. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably.

portability, performance, usability, design, price

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Air MB003LL/A 13.3 Inch Laptop (1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive)Apple MacBook Air MB003LL/A 13.3 Inch Laptop (1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive)

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Klaus Hinum (notebookcheck.net)

Review Apple MacBook Air Subnotebook

 

Want to possess it? Today's thinnest notebook is small enough to

Exemplary design; High-quality workmanship; Very good display; Very good full-size keyboard; Size

Poorly equipped with interfaces; Battery and memory cannot be exchanged by user

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (notebookcheck.net)

Review Apple MacBook 13" Core 2 Duo Notebook

 

A wolf in sheep's clothing. After Apple changed the processors of ...

Top Workmanship, First-class reasonable design, Good Input Devices, Very mobile, because of its low weight and compact design., High-Quality Interfaces, Remote Control, Bright Display, Good Performance, Low Noise Emissions during Idle mode, Good...

Sharp Edges, Only 2 USB Ports, Limited vantage point vertically., High noise emissions under load.

At first everything worked properly under Win XP. After installation of some (countless) updates, (Auto Update was activated), the fans started to run even without load and annoyed us with its maximum loudness

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: Darren Gladstone (pcworld.com)

Apple MacBook Air/1.6GHz

 

The MacBook Air is a super-slim ultraportable laptop computer that you can slip into very thin spaces. Like anything else that Apple crafts, the Air's industrial design is phenomenal. But its beauty is little more than skin deep.

Greatly improved graphics power ; Sleek, sexy, spartan design ; Full-size keyboard ; Fantastic keyboard ; Weighs three pounds ; Bright display

Single USB port ; So slim, there's little room for inputs ; Poor battery life ; No video adapters in box ; Slower than much more affordable Apple laptops ; Unswappable battery

The Air's looks can't be denied. Its performance and expandability are whole other matters, though.

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Anand Lal Shimpi (anandtech.com)

The MacBook Air: Thoroughly Reviewed

 

We've taken the past couple of weeks to thoroughly review the MacBook Air. Curious about how Apple's latest notebook really measures up? Read on and don't worry, we kept the Air puns to a minimum.

When Apple announced the MacBook Air, it was met with harsh criticism from many; it was almost as if the Air was being treated as the next MacBook Pro instead of an ultra portable Mac

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Kevin O'Brien (NotebookReview.com)

Apple MacBook Air Review

 

Apple's latest notebook, the MacBook Air, is being hailed as the world's thinnest. At well under an inch at the thickest point, the Air offers a thin design coupled with an extremely lightweight package for a notebook that has the same basic footprint...

Works out of the box with Windows Vista (even if it does have a few hiccups) ; Thin and lightweight design that manages to stay incredibly strong ; Battery life claims are not far off from being accurate

Belches out heat like nobody's business ; No replaceable battery ; Slow charging speeds ; Almost no ports

Apple is pushing the envelope (cough cough) with the MacBook Air ... in various ways that some people will love and others will hate. On one hand they offer a super thin, lightweight design, but on the other they take away ports and give you a...

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Vincent Nguyen (slashgear.com)

MacBook Air Review

 

They're calling it the iPod of laptops - Apple's board-sweeping answer to Sony, Dell and all the others who've been proudly strutting their ultraportables. It was enough to send David Pogue into paroxysms of delight, whinnying about "admiration for...

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Jerry Jackson (NotebookReview.com)

MacBook Air First Thoughts Review

 

The MacBook Air is quite simply the most stunning notebook we've seen in recent memory. There just isn't any way to prepare yourself for the thinness of this notebook until you hold it in your hands for the first time. A thickness of just 0.16 to 0.76...

Sure, you can fit the MacBook Air in a manila envelope ... but most consumers won't be impressed if the $1,800 laptop that comes out of the envelope isn't very powerful. Stay tuned for our full review of the MacBook Air in a few days

Jan, 2008

Expert review by: (pcworld.com)

Compromises Limit Appeal of Apple's MacBook Air Laptop

 

The story of Apple's lightest-ever laptop is a series of compromises. To buy or not to buy can be answered by one question: How many are you willing to make?

Despite its diminutive size, the MacBook Air doesn't feel fragile. I wouldn't recommend trying to break it over your knee; the keyboard feels solid, as does the Air's entire bottom half. I noticed a bit of flexion on the top of the laptop--the portion...

Jan, 2008

Expert review by: Jerry Jackson (NotebookReview.com)

MacBook Air Review Roundup

 

Thousands of consumers might still be waiting for Apple to start shipping the MacBook Air, but that hasn't stopped the MacBook Air from showing up in the news. Love it or hate it, this ultra-thin laptop will likely continue to make headlines during...

Jan, 2008

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Apple Macbook Air

 

The MacBook Air is officially the thinnest laptop, and the lightest of those with a 13-inch screen. But there were compromises that had to be made.

Thinnest laptop on the market. Simply gorgeous. Amazing 13-inch display on a 3-pound chassis. Full-size keyboard. Doesn't load ultra-low-voltage processors. Eco-friendly. Gesture-enabled touchpad. Reasonable prices

Only one USB port, three ports total. No ExpressCard or card-reader option. Battery is not user upgradable. Productivity may take a hit with only 3 hours of battery life running Vista ; Watch the MacBook Air Video Review

Jan, 2008

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Mono
Number of built-in speakers:1

Battery

Battery life (max):5 / 7

Design

Color of product:Silver

Disk Drive

Hard disk drive type:+64GB solid-state drive

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1440 x 900
Display Surface:Gloss
LED backlight: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter power:50

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel GMA X3100 / NVIDIA GeForce 320M / NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.144 / 0.256
Maximum Resolution:2560 x 1600

Hard Drive

Hard disk drive type:+64GB solid-state drive

Keyboard

Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone / Trackpad

Memory

Internal memory:2
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout:1 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Wi-Fi: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2
Operating temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / 10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45 / 10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / 10 - 35
Storage temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45 / 10 - 35

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):12.8 x 8.94 x 0.764
Display:LCD / LED
External display:N
Graphics adapter family:NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 95
Power Requirements:100 - 240 V, 50/60 Hz / 100 - 240V 50 - 60Hz
Relative humidity:0 - 90
TV in port: No
Type:Mac
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port:No / Yes
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2

Power

AC adapter power:50

Processor

Bus type:FSB
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):6
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Processing die size:107
Processor:SL9300
Processor cache:4 / 6
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Core™ Duo / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.8 / 1.86
Processor front side bus:1066 / 800
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:SL9300
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo SL9000 series
Processor socket:BGA956
Processor threads:2
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction:105

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: No
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: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:36686
Processor package size:22
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington

Software

Bundled software:iLife
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Pre-installed software:Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard (includes Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools); iLife ’08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Hard disk rotational speed:4200
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:4200
Host interface:SATA
Total Storage Capacity:120 / 80

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.94
Height:0.0157 / 0.764
Height (front):0.118
Height (rear):0.669
Weight:2.91 / 3
Width:12.8