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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 252 reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Late 2008 (MB543 / MB940). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the reliability and usability. The design and performance also get good feedback, whereas the sound and battery get mixed comments. Many are negative about the connectivity and price.

portability, performance, design, usability, reliability

price, connectivity

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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Late 2008 (MB543 / MB940) from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the usability and price. The design and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the sound.

performance, portability, design, price, usability


87% of the reviews on 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)

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Will Smith (

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 (

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: Cisco Cheng (

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

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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 (

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 (

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 (

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

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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

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One Small Problem With the MacBook Air . . .


Why you'll need an external USB optical drive.

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Mar, 2008

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Apple MacBook Air MB543LL/A


I really wonder when they sat down and started designing this laptop what the thought process was. Even in the Sub Notebook category, most laptops have more inputs and at the minimum a DVD burner. Now, I could say that they were trying to keep costs...

New touchpad gestures are awesomeAffordable if the features satisfy the needAmazing Design

Limiting inputs could limit the functionalityNo optical drive

Apple takes the Sub Notebook category to a whole new level with the MacBook

Dec, 2008

Product Specifications


Convertible: No
DVD Writer:DVD-Writer
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader: No
Firewire:No / Yes
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:10
LED Backlight: No
LED Technology: No
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Convertible: No
Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
Operating System Version:Mac OS X Leopard


Brand of Graphic Chip:nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GeForce 9400M


Chipset Brand:Intel
Chipset Type:Unknown
Processor:Core 2 Duo
Processor Brand:Intel
Processor Number:Unknown