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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2011) MC965 / MC966

alaTest has collected and analyzed 549 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the keyboard and screen are on the whole positive. The performance and design are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the connectivity and value for money.

portability, design, performance, screen, keyboard

value for money, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2011) MC965 / MC966 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review Apple MacBook Air 13 Mid 2011 (1.7 GHz, 256 GB SSD) Subnotebook


Turbo Air. After the refresh of the Air's case in autumn of last year, we now see completely new internal hardware based on Intel's Sandy Bridge technology. The extremely thin aluminium chassis remains unchanged, still setting the bar for...

Low weight and small size; Outstanding aluminium case; Very good input devices; Backlit keyboard; Very good application performance for a subnotebook

Relatively expensive; Not so many ports; Reflective display; Non-upgradeable system memory

Apple has managed to deliver the epitome of a ‘notebook’ or ‘laptop' in this model of the Air

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Apple MacBook Air


The Apple MacBook Air is a powerful, ultraportable notebook with a regal attitude, a considerable personality, and an egotistical price — the model we reviewed retails for as much as Rs. 67,900.

So should you buy it? If you need a slick ultraportable for light to medium duty, if design and aesthetics weigh heavily on your mind and price is not a concern, then this one’s a no brainer. Of course, if you’re like the vast majority of the notebook...

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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 influence (and in some places...

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



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Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch (Mid-2011)


Geeks the world over swooned when Apple released the re-designed MacBook Air in the latter half of 2010. Now forged from solid aluminum and offering high-resolution displays (as well as a brand new 11.6-inch model), the update transformed the company's...

Excellent backlit keyboard ; Glass touchpad is still great ; Beautiful high-resolution display ; Surprisingly enjoyable audio ; Second-gen Core i5 packs a punch ; Absurdly thin and light

Average battery life ; Port selection remains limited ; Can become too warm for lap use ; Gaming performance takes a step back

The Air nails down the fundamentals. The keyboard is superb (and now backlit), the touchpad is excellent as always, the display offers a wealth of pixels, and performance is on par with much larger laptops.

Editor's Choice!

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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2011)


The ultimate 13-inch notebook gets even better with a faster Core i5 processor, backlit keyboard, and Thunderbolt support.

We already loved the 13-inch MacBook Air, and Apple's improvements make it the perfect notebook as far as we're concerned. When you combine a sleek ultraportable design with a great display and touchpad then nearly double the performance--without...

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The 2011 MacBook Air (11 & 13-inch): Thoroughly Reviewed


I've always liked ultraportables. Back when I was in college I kept buying increasingly more portable notebooks until I eventually ended up with something horribly unusable for actual work. When Apple introduced the first MacBook Air back in 2008 I...

Whereas last year's MacBook Air was a good machine for light work, the 2011 models are true replacements for mainstream portable Macs. There's still no dethroning the MacBook Pro (although the 13-inch model clearly needs a higher resolution display...

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MacBook Air (mid 2011)


There comes a time when that giant, corporate-issued laptop stops fitting into your lifestyle. When dragging around a Kensington roller case just won't do. When you start to hear the siren lilt of something thinner, lighter, and maybe a bit more...

Huge performance improvement ; Thunderbolt port ; Backlit keyboard

Middling screen resolution ; No matte option ; Expensive

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Apple MacBook Air review (13-inch, mid 2011)


The original MacBook Air was more of a status symbol than a computer. Sure, it was a functional laptop that could glide into a manila envelope, but the $1,799 laptop was, by and large, a secondary machine — it trailed behind other...

Double the performance of the last gen Air ; Over six hours of battery life ; Best touchpad around ; Backlit keyboard returns

Keys are a bit shallow ; Webcam isn’t HD ; No high resolution or matte screen option

It’s the first Air that’s capable enough to replace not only the old white MacBook but also the MacBook Pro — at least for some

Editor's Choice!

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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, Summer 2011)


As with most Apple products, the MacBook Air has moved into an annual update cycle, taking it from the original niche product version to its new perch as Apple's mainstream laptop line. With that, we've also seen a continued mainstreaming of the...

The 13-inch MacBook Air has been updated with the latest Intel CPUs for better performance and battery life. Backlit keyboards make a welcome return.

The 128GB SSD drive is a lot smaller than a standard hard drive. This also starts at $100 more than the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The latest version of the 13-inch MacBook Air vastly outperforms its predecessor, and can finally be called suitable for mainstream use, instead of relegated as a niche product.

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MacBook Air 13-inch core i5 Review (mid-2011)


Apple's MacBook Air left many mobile users with a difficult decision back in late 2010. The unibody ultraportable was certainly beautiful, but its ULV processor left some wary that OS X might not be able to keep up with their lifestyle. The new 2011...

In short, that difficult decision between prioritizing portability and performance has pretty much been made for you: the MacBook Air grants you both. Build-quality is reassuringly strong, speed and performance are sufficient for most users, and the...

Product Specifications


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


Bluetooth: Yes
TV Output:No / Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:10
LED Backlight:Edge LED
True Resolution:WXGA / WXGA+

General Features

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


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel / Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Intel ® HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 3000


Chipset Brand:Intel / Intel ® / Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown
Processor:CORE I5 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-2557M / I7-2677M