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Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (Mid 2011) MC968 / MC969

alaTest has collected and analyzed 438 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the keyboard and screen are generally positive. The performance and design are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts 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 11-inch (Mid 2011) MC968 / MC969 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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

 

Netbook? No thanks. The smallest and cheapest notebook that Apple currently has to offer is called the MacBook Air 11. It weighs in at less than a kilogram and is just 1.7 cm at its thickest point. On the outside: an aluminium unibody case. On the...

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

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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...

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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...

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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

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Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, 2011)

 

The 11-inch MacBook Air adds a backlit keyboard and faster Core i5 processor to one of the sleekest ultraportables on the market.

You really have to look at the 11-inch MacBook Air in two ways to evaluate it: First as an ultraportable and next as the most affordable laptop Apple offers. As an ultraportable, the Air is superior in almost every way. It offers a bright display with...

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MacBook Air 11-inch GelaSkin Review and Hands-On (with Bonus iPod Touch Review!)

 

So we were contacted by no less than GelaSkins themselves to see if we'd like to take a look at their brand new MacBook Air protective skins. What did we say? Of COURSE we'd like to take a peek. So they did indeed let us take a peek, and since I just...

Head over to http://www.gelaskins.com/ and grab a bunch!

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Apple MacBook Air (11.6-inch)

 

A new version of the MacBook Air has arrived. Check out our 2012 Apple MacBoook Air 11.6-inch review.

Class-leading boot and resume times ; Full-size keyboard, enormous trackpad ; Surprising power for productivity and gaming ; Gorgeous, high resolution 11.6-inch display ; Unmatched aluminum unibody build quality ; Respectable volume for its size

Shallow, mushy keyboard ; Limited port selection ; Display doesn’t lean back past 45 degrees ; No removable battery, RAM, HDD

The smallest notebook Apple has ever built, the 11.6-inch MacBook Air might also be one of its finest.

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Apple 11.6-inch MacBook Air/1.4GHz (128 GB)

 

You can forgive Steve Jobs for a bit of hyperbole when he's on stage introducing new products to an audience of thousands of people following along via a live video stream and countless liveblogs. “It's like nothing we've ever created before,” Jobs...

My original review of the MacBook Air ended with a simple question: “How much are you willing to compromise?” While it’s still true that a small, light laptop will require some degree of compromise on both speed and price, over time Apple has made...

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MacBook Air 11.6″ Review

 

Steve Jobs' views on budget ultraportable are pretty clear. “We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk,” he told investors back in 2008, and so the new 2010 MacBook Air is neither of those things. Instead, it's a $999+ slice...

The MacBook Air is not the laptop for every user. Those looking to frequently edit HD multimedia will find its ULV processor limiting, while the downside to the speed and frugality of its flash storage is reduced capacity versus the 320GB and 500GB...

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Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, Summer 2011)

 

Editors' note: As of June 2009, the product reviewed here has been replaced by these updated models .

Incredibly thin yet surprisingly sturdy; new trackpad gesture controls are very useful; remote optical drive makes living without a built-in drive much easier.

Very limited connectivity; slower than other MacBooks; SSD hard-drive option is ridiculously expensive and standard hard drive is small; battery is not user replaceable.

The design is revolutionary, but Apple's MacBook Air will appeal to a smaller, more specialized audience than the standard MacBook, thanks to a stripped-down set of connections and features.

Product Specifications

Configuration

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
Wireless LAN: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
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® / Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown
Processor:CORE I5 / CORE I7 / Core™ i5
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-2467M / I7-2677M
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