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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 292 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 are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the sound. There are some less positive reviews about the connectivity and battery.

portability, performance, design, usability, reliability

price, battery, 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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( 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 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

100% of the reviews on 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

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: ( 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 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 People are impressed by the usability and price. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the sound.

performance, portability, design, price, usability


88% 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)

Jun, 2017

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: J.R. Nelson (

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 (

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 (

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

Product Specifications


Standby time:30


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720


Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:HD

Docking station

Docking station included: No


Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:16
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1626
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3


Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes


4G: No

Ports & interfaces

Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: Yes
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2


Configurable TDP-down frequency:600
Conflict Free processor: Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Processor cache type:L2 / L3
Processor codename:Broadwell
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-5200 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel TSX-NI: No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): Yes
Processor ARK ID:36686 / 36689 / 36697 / 37262 / 84984
Processor package size:40


Flash drive interface:PCI Express