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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Mid 2009 (MC233, MC234)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 79 reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Mid 2009 (MC233, MC234). 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. Reviewers really like the screen and design. The usability and performance also get good comments. Many are less positive about the sound and connectivity, while there are some mixed reviews about the energy efficiency and price.

portability, performance, usability, design, screen

connectivity, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Mid 2009 (MC233, MC234) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Mid 2009 (MC233, MC234)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Mid 2009 (MC233, MC234) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the performance and image quality. The design and usability also get good feedback.

portability, usability, design, image quality, performance

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

This summary is based on the products: MacBook Air 2.13GHz/2GB/128GB SSD/GeForce 9400MMacBook Air 2.13GHz/2GB/128GB SSD/GeForce 9400M

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Mid 2009 (MC233, MC234)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Mid 2009 (MC233, MC234) 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. Views about the price and reliability are generally positive. The usability and performance also get good reviews. Comments about the image quality and durability are mixed, and there are some critical reviews about the energy efficiency and size.

portability, performance, usability, reliability, price

sound, size, energy

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Air MC233LL/A 13.3-Inch LaptopApple MacBook Air MC233LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop

Nov, 2017

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

Review Apple MacBook Air - Mid 2009 (MC234*/A)

 

Up in the Clouds... Around a year and a half ago Steve Jobs intro

Design with high recognisability; Excellent workmanship; High mobility thanks to slender dimensions; Keyboard is pleasant to use; Very good measurement results for the display; Good 3D performance thanks to Geforce 9400M

Very limited range of interfaces; Battery and memory not exchangeable; No integrated broadband/WiMAX available

In many respects just the MacBook Pro 13". In the remote periphery other particularly flat notebooks, for example those that would count themselves in: Lenovo Thinkpad X300, MSI X-Slim X340, Dell Adamo, Acer TM Timeline 8371, Acer Aspire 3810T,...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Jason Snell (pcworld.com)

Apple MacBook Air/2.13GHz

 

The MacBook Air is a product that lives on the margins. It's the slowest laptop--indeed, the slowest computer--in the Mac line. It omits many features that are standard on other Mac laptops, such as multiple USB ports, FireWire ports, an ethernet port,...

Bright 13-inch display ; Incredibly lightweight ; Bright, beautiful screen ; Full-size keyboard ; Weighs three pounds ; Thin

Slower than all other Apple laptops ; Slow performance ; Only one USB port ; Single USB port limits connectivity

Lower prices make the new versions of Apple's ultrathin ultraportable more appealing.

Jun, 2009

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

The MacBook Air: Thoroughly Reviewed

 

We take a quick look at the EVGA X58 Classified and provide an early BIOS guide for getting the most out of this X58 board and others.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Jeffrey L. Wilson (laptopmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air (2009)

 

The updated version of Apple's strikingly thin and strong ultraportable adds plenty of graphics punch, but its battery life is too short.

If you were hesitant to pull the trigger on the original MacBook Air because of the short battery life and limited port selection, Apple hasn’t done much to win you over with the latest version. Road warriors who require good endurance should pass, but...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Apple Macbook Air (nVidia)

 

The wonderful thing about a 13-inch laptop is that a full-size keyboard is guaranteed. Although the Air's non-interconnecting keys are styled differently than traditional ones are, they don't compromise the typing experience. They're very similar to...

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

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.

Expert review by: (electronicsme.com)

Apple MacBook Air MC234LL/A

 

Naturally, a notebook as sleek and thin as the Apple MacBook Air MC234LL/A is going to cost you an arm-and-a-leg, but if you want an ultra-thin laptop, then consider this one. It lacks several “standard” features, but it boasts others, such as...

Stunning ergonomics- less than one inch thick and very lightweightPerformance- 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphicsTight space- means less storage with a 128GB solid state drive and 2GB RAMCapable-great for on-the-go...

Apple stunned the world when the company released their 13.3” Apple...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Jason Snell (macworld.com)

Review: MacBook Air (Mid 2009)

 

If light weight and small size are you top considerations, the MacBook Air is the laptop for you. The new models aren't much faster than their predecessors-in fact, the high-end system is slower than the previous model-but they're cheaper.

Weighs three pounds ; thin ; full-size keyboard ; bright 13-inch display

Slower than all other Apple laptops ; single USB port limits connectivity

It’s also Apple's thinnest, lightest laptop. And I still love it

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: anoop (newlaunches.com)

MacBook Air upadated by Apple

 

The MacBook Air's price has been dropped drastically especially the SSD model and also has few extra specifications. The base model comes with a 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, 120GB SATA drive and a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics card...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: (laptopbroker.com)

MacBook Air

 

Expert review by: Paul Stamatiou (paulstamatiou.com)

Review: MacBook Air

 

As a reminder, I picked up the lower model MacBook Air with the 1.6GHz dual-core processor and the 80GB 1.8-inch 4200RPM hard drive. The MacBook Air has finally allowed me to use it how laptops should be used - on the go. Several years ago I had a...

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Mono
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2

Battery

Battery life (max):5

Camera

Front Camera: Yes

Design

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

Display

3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:1280 x 800
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen: No

Energy Management

AC adapter power:45
Battery performance:40

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256

Keyboard

Keyboard function keys:12
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:79
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Number of keyboard cursor keys:4
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad

Memory

Internal memory:0.25 / 2
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout:1 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2

Networking

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

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

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

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:No / Type III
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port:No / Yes
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:1 x Mini DisplayPort
Microphone in: No
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

Power

AC adapter power:45
Battery performance:40

Processor

Bus type:FSB
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):7.1
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Processing die size:107
Processor:SL9400
Processor cache:6
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor core voltage (AC):1.050 - 1.150
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.86 / 2.13
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:SL9400
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: Yes
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:36689
Processor package size:22
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington

Software

Bundled software:iLife / iLife ’09 (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand) / iTunes, Time Machine, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Agenda, QuickTime, iCal\niLife (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Storage

Card reader integrated: No
Hard disk rotational speed:4200
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:4200
Host interface:SATA
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:120 / 128

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.94
Height:0.764
Height (front):0.764
Weight:3
Width:12.8