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Apple MacBook Air (Late 2008) MB543 / MB940

alaTest has collected and analyzed 319 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the keyboard and screen. The performance and design are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the connectivity and battery.

portability, design, performance, screen, keyboard

price, battery, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook Air (Late 2008) MB543 / MB940 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Air (Late 2008) MB543 / MB940

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 102 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air (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 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

portability, performance, design, screen, size

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Air 13.3" Laptop (1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 64 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)Apple MacBook Air MB543LL/A 13.3 Inch Laptop (1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 120 GB Hard Drive)

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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.

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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

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New MacBook Air

 

Out of thin air, Steve Jobs reveals Apple's newest notebook.

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The Best Gets Better

 

The best ultra-portable computer just got better -- with a new processor and some much-improved battery performance.

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MacBook Air

 

It's real, and it's spectacular.

Thunderbolt port, Sandy Bridge CPU provide unprecedented zip. Backlit keyboard a welcome re-addition. Unsoldered Flash chips make storage upgrade easy

Optical drive RIP. No SD card slot on 11-inch model. Extreme lightness causes frequent tip-backs when opening closed lid. You’ll have to be careful you don't accidentally throw yours out with the recycling

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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

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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...

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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...

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One Small Problem With the MacBook Air . . .

 

Why you'll need an external USB optical drive.

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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...

Product Specifications

Configuration

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

Connectivity

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

Display

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

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
Operating System Version:Mac OS X Leopard
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM
Type:Portable

Graphic

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

Processor

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