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Apple MacBook Air, Mid 2011 (11-inch MC968 MC969, 13-inch MC965 MC966)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1539 reviews of Apple MacBook Air, Mid 2011 (11-inch MC968 MC969, 13-inch MC965 MC966). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and usability. The design and portability also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the connectivity. There are some mixed comments about the price.

performance, portability, design, usability, screen

connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook Air, Mid 2011 (11-inch MC968 MC969, 13-inch MC965 MC966) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Air, Mid 2011 (11-inch MC968 MC969, 13-inch MC965 MC966)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air, Mid 2011 (11-inch MC968 MC969, 13-inch MC965 MC966) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the reliability and design are overall positive. The usability and portability also get good opinions, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the battery and price.

performance, portability, usability, design, reliability

87% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple 11 inch MacBook Air (Dual-Core i5,1.6GHz,4GB,128GB Flash,HD Graphics)Apple 13 inch MacBook Air (Dual-Core i5,1.7GHz,4GB,128GB Flash,HD Graphics)Apple 11 inch MacBook Air (Dual-Core i5,1.6GHz,4GB,128GB Flash,HD Graphics)

Mar, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Air, Mid 2011 (11-inch MC968 MC969, 13-inch MC965 MC966)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 598 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air, Mid 2011 (11-inch MC968 MC969, 13-inch MC965 MC966) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the reliability and design. The usability and portability also get good opinions, but some have doubts about the touchpad and connectivity.

performance, portability, usability, design, reliability

connectivity, touchpad

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Air MC969LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)Apple MacBook Air MC966LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)Apple MacBook Air MC968LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)

Mar, 2015

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 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

Aug, 2011
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Expert review by: Hatim Kantawalla (tech.firstpost.com)

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...

Aug, 2011

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

Review Apple MacBook Air 11 Mid 2011 (1.6 GHz, 128 GB SSD) Subnotebook

 

Netbook? No thanks. The smallest and cheapest notebook that Apple

Low weight and small size; Outstanding aluminium case; Very good input devices; Keyboard backlighting; Very good application performance

Not so many ports; Reflective display; RAM is soldered down

Samsung’s 900X1B must prove itself first in the same sector.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Jamshed Avari (tech.firstpost.com)

Macbook Air 11-inch

 

The new 11-inch Macbook Air is one of Apple's most interesting launches to date. Apple has so far famously refused to enter the netbook game, choosing instead to give users the MacBook Air, a thin and light system that still had a regular notebook's...

For now, the 11-inch Air occupies a space that makes it way more than a netbook, but at a way higher price. If you’re looking for something ultraportable just for Web surfing, you’d have to really consider whether the Air is worth the money. On the...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: David Pierce (theverge.com)

11-inch MacBook Air review: living with Apple's smallest laptop

 

Note: be sure to read our 13-inch MacBook Air review for lots more on Apple's latest laptops.

Great battery life ; Stellar keyboard and trackpad ; Tiny

Screen is becoming outdated ; No SD card slot ; Smallish trackpad

Laptops are getting thinner, lighter, and smaller. How far will it go?

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Joanna Stern (theverge.com)

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

Feb, 2012

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)

Apple's 11-inch MacBook Air (Core i7 1.8GHz) Review Update

 

Last week we published our review of the new 2011 MacBook Air. Both the 11 and 13-inch models ship with ultra low-voltage (ULV) dual-core Sandy Bridge CPUs, a first for the lineup. Also another first for the lineup is the fact that you can now get...

If you're buying the high-end ($1199) 11-inch MacBook Air and care about performance, the 1.8GHz CPU upgrade is worth it. You shouldn't expect any real impact on battery life in normal use but you'll see a noticeable gain in performance across the...

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: Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (Thunderbolt)

 

The already impressive Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (Thunderbolt) gets Apple's OS X Lion, a speedier processor, Thunderbolt technology, but for this price other laptops offer more features.

Intel Core i5-2467m provides improved processing and integrated graphics capabilities. Better trackpad. Thunderbolt technology enables high-speed data transfers. Attractive, lightweight construction and design

Unimpressive battery life. Other systems have more RAM. Lack of familiar amenities like Ethernet, an SD card reader, or a sizable hard drive may vex users

Jul, 2011

Product Specifications

Configuration

Convertible: No
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

Connectivity

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

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
LED Technology:Edge LED
Touchscreen: No
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
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM
Type:Portable

Graphic

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

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel / Intel ® / Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown
Processor:CORE I5 / CORE I7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-2467M / I5-2557M / I7-2677M
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