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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Late 2008 (MB543, MB940)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 353 reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Late 2008 (MB543, MB940). 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. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The usability and performance also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the connectivity and price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Late 2008 (MB543, MB940) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Late 2008 (MB543, MB940)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Late 2008 (MB543, MB940) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk.

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

This summary is based on the products: MacBook Air 1.6GHz/2GB/120GB/GeF... 9400MMacBook Air 1.6GHz/2GB/120GB/GeF... 9400M

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Late 2008 (MB543, MB940)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Late 2008 (MB543, MB940) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Comments about the usability and price are generally positive. The design and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the sound.

performance, portability, design, price, usability

sound

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Air MB940LL/A 13.3 Inch Laptop (1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 128 GB Solid State Drive)Apple MacBook Air MB940LL/A 13.3 Inch Laptop (1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 128 GB Solid State Drive)

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Will Smith (maximumpc.com)

Apple MacBook Air

 

Without a doubt, the MacBook Air is one of the niftiest-looking laptops we've ever tested.  But he smallest notebook we've ever tested comes with sacrifices - the MacBook Air makes serious compromises to maintain its petite profile.

Amazingly small; killer design; 802.11n support. Decently-powered

Only one USB port; no mic, no PC Card, no modem, no Ethernet, no optical drive

With an Ethernet port and a couple more USB ports, this would be a killer laptop.

Jun, 2008

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

It's worth to mention, that everybody of our team like the MacBook Air at once. This might be similar to the iPod - others are more capable - but, once you've used the Apple product, you'll highly want it

Feb, 2008

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

Apple MacBook Air (2011) Review

 

Apple introduced the first MacBook Air in 2008, taking the industry by surprise. The next evolution of a company that puts design first, the MBA was a thing of beauty - yet it wasn't until 2010 that the internals really matched the exterior. But can...

Unbeatable design ; Thin and very light ; Backlit keyboard ; Thunderbolt port

Slightly worse GPU ; No USB 3.0 ; No SD card slot on 11-inch models ; Price premium

Mar, 2012

Expert review by: JoannaStern (theverge.com)

MacBook Air with Windows 7 review: the ultrabook to rule them all?

 

Let's be honest: The ultrabook phenomenon is by and large Intel's and the rest of the PC industry's reaction to Apple's MacBook Air. Just take a look at a lot of the designs and the features: the...

Very thin and well-built chassis ; Beautiful display ; Touchpad works great with Windows 7 ; Snappy performance

Only 4.5 hours of battery life in Windows ; Too expensive ; Keyboard layout can be confusing to Windows users ; Boot times slower than competition

Apple is never going to make the perfect Windows 7 machine, but in many ways its hardware enables the best Windows experience right now

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air (Nvidia 9400M GT)

 

The Apple MacBook Air (Nvidia 9400M GT) is a specimen of unsurpassable beauty, but upgrades of a few parts internally won't be enough to win over converts to Mac.

Still the thinnest and best-looking ultraportable. Bright screen. Comfortable keyboard. Best graphics performance in its class. Extremely lightweight

Depleted feature set. Downgraded to a low-voltage processor. Only 2GB of memory with this configuration. Lacks higher-resolution screen options. Slow spinning hard drive. Battery life hasn't improved

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: (pcworld.com)

MacBook Air 1.6GHz

 

Though Apple announced a second generation of the MacBook Air in October of last year, a shipping delay, some surprising...

Though not for everyone, Apple's MacBook Air can still boast about its status as the world's thinnest notebook computer, only now, with a 33 percent performance gain, the tradeoff between size and speed is not as great as with the first generation...

Jan, 2009

Expert review by: Jason Snell (pcworld.com)

Apple MacBook Air/1.86GHz

 

On the outside, the new MacBook Air 1.86 GHz is identical to the first generation of Apple's extremely lightweight laptops. Inside, it's quite different, offering a new and faster processor, upgraded video circuitry, a faster frontside bus, speedier...

Light and sleek ; Greatly improved graphics over first Air

Unswappable battery ; Single USB port

Apple's second stab at the Air adds a better GPU but keeps the same shape--and the problems that come with it.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: Paul Miller (engadget.com)

MacBook Air Rev. B mini-review

 

We've spent a bit of quality time with the new MacBook Air, and while there's little on the surface to denote a change, Apple did quite a bit under the hood to turn this into a serious laptop -- of sorts. Full disclosure: we (meaning a certain Paul...

Much faster than earlier version ; Improved boot time ; mini DisplayPort plug

Fixes problems that shouldn't have been ; Could use a 3G option ; Still very expensive

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: Vincent Nguyen (slashgear.com)

MacBook Air Review: it's a different beast inside out

 

When the MacBook Air first launched, nobody could deny it was physically impressive.  Well under an inch thick, it was a visual delight to anybody who saw

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Apple Macbook Air (penryn)

 

The new MacBook Air is still ultrathin, ultraportable, and ultra unlike anything else. But somehow there's room to add so much more. A bigger hard drive. A 4x graphics performance boost. And more power for everyday tasks. Mobile computing has yet...

Oct, 2008

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Mono
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: No
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2

Battery

Battery Capacity:54
Battery capacity (Watt hours):54
Battery life (max):12 / 4.5 / 5 / 7
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby time:30

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Color of product:Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook

Disk Drive

Hard disk drive type:SSD

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display Diagonal:11.6 / 13.3
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1366 x 768 / 1440 x 900
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:HD
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Docking station

Docking station included:N

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:35 / 45 / 50

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel GMA X3100 / Not available / NVIDIA GeForce 320M / NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:16
Maximum Resolution:2560 x 1600
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1626
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 6000
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3

Hard Drive

Hard disk drive type:SSD

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:78 / 79
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1600
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout:1 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 4.0
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Networking Type:USB Ethernet Adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 177165.4
Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / 10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45 / 10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45 / 10 - 35
Storage temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 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 / 50 - 95
Power Requirements:100 - 240 V AC, 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
Power cord included: Yes

Performance

Ambient light sensor: Yes
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:1 x Mini DisplayPort
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:Y
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:1
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:45 / 50

Processor

Bus type:DMI2 / FSB
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600
Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):6 / 7 / 7.1 / 8
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
PCI Express configurations:4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:107
Processor:i5-5250U / SL9300 / SL9400 / SL9600 / SU9400
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 3.2
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L2 / L3
Processor codename:Broadwell / Penryn
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core i5-5xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx / Intel® Core™ Duo / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.6 / 1.86 / 2.13 / 2.2
Processor front side bus:1066 / 800
Processor lithography:14 / 45
Processor model:i5-5250U / SL9600
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo SL9000 series / Intel® Core™ i5-5200 Mobile Series
Processor socket:BGA1168 / BGA956
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:E0 / F0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 17
Tjunction: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:14
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
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 Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
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
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:37262 / 84984
Processor code:SLGEQ / SR26C
Processor package size:22 / 40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington

Software

Bundled software:iLife / iLife ’08 (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand) / iMovie\nGarageBand\nSafari\nFaceTime\nApp Store\niTunes\niBooks
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan / Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SDXC
Flash drive interface:PCI Express
Flash memory:128 / 256 / 512
Hard disk rotational speed:4200
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:4200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:Flash
Total Storage Capacity:120 / 128 / 256 / 512 / 64

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.56 / 8.94
Height:0.764
Height (front):0.118 / 0.157
Height (rear):0.669 / 0.764
Weight:2.34 / 2.91 / 2.98 / 3
Width:11.8 / 12.8