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The 2011 MacBook Air keeps the same super-slim design as the previous model, yet includes double the power with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. It's also been updated with a backlit keyboard and Thunderbolt port.

Description

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jul. 20, 2011
  • Price at launch: $1,299.99

Availability

  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.8 inches
  • Depth: 8.94 inches
  • Thickness: 0.68 inches
  • Weight: 2.96 pounds
  • Color: Silver

Hardware

  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Notable apps: OS X 10.7 Lion

Software

  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1440 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px

Display (base)

  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No

Keyboard

  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Multitouch points: 4

Mouse

  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-2557M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.7 GHz

Processor (base)

  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-2677M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.8 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.9 GHz

Processor (max)

  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 3000
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 384 MB

GPU (base)

  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1333 MHz

Memory

  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD

Storage

  • Speakers: 2

Audio

  • Video resolution: VGA

Webcam

  • Ambient light: Yes

Sensors

  • USB: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1

Port options

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0

Connectivity

  • Size: 50 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr

Battery

  • PCMarkVantage: 10134
  • 3DMarkVantage (IGP): 1748
  • 3DMark06 (IGP): 4195
  • Just Cause 2: 11.32
  • The Verge Battery Test: 6 hours 53 minutes

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