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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 962 reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Mid 2011 (MC965, MC966). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design. The usability and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed views about the price, and some have doubts about the connectivity.

performance, portability, usability, design, reliability

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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 88/100 = 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 2011 (MC965, MC966)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Mid 2011 (MC965, MC966) from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the reliability and usability are on the whole positive. The design and portability also get good reviews, but there are some less positive views about the durability and screen.

performance, portability, design, usability, reliability

price, screen, durability

76% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple 13 inch MacBook Air (Dual-Core i5,1.7GHz,4GB,128GB Flash,HD Graphics)Apple 13 inch MacBook Air (Dual-Core i5,1.7GHz,4GB,128GB Flash,HD Graphics)

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Mid 2011 (MC965, MC966)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 403 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Mid 2011 (MC965, MC966) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People really like the reliability and design. The usability and portability are also appreciated, but opinions about the touchpad and price are different. There are some negative opinions about the connectivity.

performance, portability, usability, design, reliability

connectivity

92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Air MC965LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple MacBook Air MC965LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)

Nov, 2017

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

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

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

We have to say, as we have said before, that Apple outclasses almost everyone with the Air. Dell’s Adamo XPS 13 was supposed to be a direct competitor but in fact fell far short. Samsung’s current premium 900X3A range is probably the machine that comes...

Aug, 2011

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Mark Spoonauer (laptopmag.com)

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...

Aug, 2011

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

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...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Erik Malinowski (wired.com)

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

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: JoannaStern (theverge.com)

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...

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

Jul, 2011

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch Summer 2011 review

 

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.

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Vincent Nguyen (slashgear.com)

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...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Thunderbolt)

 

The Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Thunderbolt) is a formidable player in the ultraportable space, thanks to a Core i5 processor, backlit keyboard, and Thunderbolt port.

Core i5 processor and 4GB of memory provide a big performance lift. Backlit keyboard is back. Stunning design. Screen resolution is superb. Great clickpad implementation. Quick wake-from-sleep times. Thunderbolt port

Pricey. Battery life could have been longer

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2011) Review

 

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...

Bright and crisp display, Comfy backlit keyboard, Nearly double performance of last model, Thunderbolt support, Best-in-class trackpad

SD cards stick out from the side

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, 2011)

 

The 11-inch MacBook Air has been on a tear ever since it first debuted back in October of 2010, combining a razor-thin design with instant-on responsiveness for an affordable price. Apple believes the latest version is so good that it has decided to...

Jul, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / Stereo
Audio system full duplex: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:35 / 50 / 54
Battery capacity (Watt hours):35 / 50 / 54
Battery life (max):12 / 7
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Swivel webcam:No / Yes

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Aluminium / Black, White / Silver / White
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9 / 4:3
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:1440 x 900
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:40 / 45 / 50 / 60

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / No / NVIDIA NVS 3100M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.348 / 0.384
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:166 / 350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1200 / 500
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.375
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 5000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: No

Memory

Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:N / No / Y
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / WLAN
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n
WWAN: No

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 177165.4
Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2 / 0 - 120078.7 / 0 - 393700.8
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90 / 0 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 90 / 0 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:HD
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LCD / LED / TFT
External display:N
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Maximum operating altitude:118110.2 / 393700.8
Maximum shipping altitude:1377952.8 / 413385.8
Maximum storage altitude:177165.4 / 590551.2
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Operating temperature (T-T):50 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):50 - 95
Power Requirements:100 - 240 V / 100 - 240 V AC / 100 - 240V / 100-240V AC / 110 - 240V / 110 - 240V AC
Power supply type:AC/DC
Relative humidity:0 - 90
TV in port: No
Type:Mac / PC
Weight:2.98
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Bag included: No
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: No
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: No
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:40 / 45 / 50 / 60

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17 / 18 / 9
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor:i5-2557M / i5-2577M / I7-2677M / U5400
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 2.9 / 3.3
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7 / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.2 / 1.7 / 1.8
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:i5-2557M / i5-2577M / I7-2677M / U5400
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i5-2500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Pentium U5000 series for Mobile
Processor socket:BGA1023 / BGA1288
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:J1 / K0
System bus data transfer rate:2.5 / 5
System bus rate:2.5 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17 / 18
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32 / 45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:49156 / 54617 / 54620
Processor code:SLBUH
Processor package size:31 / 34
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / No
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:Y

Software

Bundled software:iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\nMaps\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nMessages\nCalendar\nContacts\nReminders\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nPreview\nNotes\nMac App Store
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X Mavericks

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SDXC
Flash memory:512
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Storage media:Flash / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.94
Depth (imperial):8.94
Height:0.669
Height (front):0.118 / 1.18
Height (front) (imperial):0.11
Height (rear):0.669
Height (rear) (imperial):0.68
Weight:2.98
Width:12.8
Width (imperial):12.8