Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, mid 2011)

Basic Specs

Laptop type Mainstream
Thickness 0.68 inches
Weight 2.38 pounds
Operating system Mac OS X
Screen size (diagonal) 11.6 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Laptop type Mainstream
Width 11.8 inches
Depth 7.56 inches
Thickness 0.68 inches
Weight 2.38 pounds
Color Silver

Software

Operating system Mac OS X
Notable apps OS X 10.7 Lion

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 11.6 inches
Display surface Glossy
Technology LCD
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 1366 px
Resolution (Y) 768 px

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad No

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad
Multitouch Yes
Multitouch points 4

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i5-2467M
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.6 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 2.3 GHz

Processor (max)

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

GPU (base)

Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000
Dedicated VRAM size 256 MB

GPU (max)

Dedicated VRAM size 384 MB

Memory

Base RAM size 2 GB
Max. config RAM size 4 GB
RAM type DDR3
Base RAM speed 1333 MHz

Storage

Options Flash Memory (SSD)
Base drive type Flash (SSD)
Base drive capacity 64 GB
Max. config SSD 256 GB

Audio

Speakers 2

Webcam

Video resolution VGA

Sensors

Ambient light Yes

Port options

USB 2
Thunderbolt 1
3.5mm mic / headphone combo 1

Connectivity

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

Battery

Size 35 Wh
Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
Removable No
Quoted time 5 hr

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9.0

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  • Heat / noise 8
  • Battery life 8
  • Software 9

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    Reviewed by ar1814 (Currently owns)

    After owning a black MB 13'' and a MBA 11'' 2010, I just moved to this one in february 2012.

    The design is still amazing, ever after owning the previous one for a year and a half, still incredibly light too (1.06 kg !). It makes a huge difference compared to a MBP 13'' which is quite light already. As a student, it's really a pleasure to know that I always have it in my bag without breaking my back (I have enough weight with all my books and files...).

    First, it's incredibly fast, the previous one was still fast (even my 2 GB/64 GB), but this one is flawless, I've never experienced any lag or anything, even with lots of tabs and apps running at the same time (thanks to the SSD). It cold boots in under 15 seconds, very practical to be able to use it fast (even if it's turned off).

    The display is useable but not great (still a lot better than most PC's though). The relatively high resolution (what we usually find in 13'' laptops) makes it comfortable to use, the tap to zoom feature in Safari is a great combination. Color fidelity is not great, but the display is less glossy than the MBP ones, making it more useable in bright environments. I strongly recommend an external screen when at home, making this laptop almost a desktop replacement.

    Keyboard and trackpad are, just like every Mac for the last several years : amazing ! Light-years ahead from PC's... let's hope that Windows 8 drivers will take care of that, 'till then, OS X lead the way.

    The last point, maybe the only downside that I would express : the battery life. Apple advertised 5 hours browsing. It's realistic, I get that without problems. BUT, you must turn flash off (with ClickToFlash and ClickToPlugin in Safari, or FlashBlocker in Chrome), this thing is killing battery like red tuna in Japanese territorial waters...

    Considering the weight, it's still the best computer I've ever owned (and in general, used). I'd still consider the 13'' one for battery life (and screen estate, but it's not really a concern because of the high resolution screen of the 11''), everything else is the same.

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    Reviewed by ljpuk (Currently owns)

    I picked up the 11" MacBook Air to replace my ageing white plastic MacBook, which served me well for 5 years but I wanted something lighter that I could take with me to write and do some music and video production - I haven't been disappointed.

    Before I continue I went for the i5, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD configuration.

    Out of the box this laptop is stunning with it's all aluminium construction and lightweight body it's a joy to use. Its comfortable and almost feels lighter than carrying my iPad 2 around. As with a lot of Apple products build quality is outstanding, although it is going to ding if you drop it. I've got a few light scratches on mine as it goes in and out of my bag, but our products are there to be used - right?

    The first thing that struck me when first powering it on was this thing flies! It booted up in less than 10 seconds (and still does after a few months use) and runs all of my daily driver apps with no issues. This includes music and video production using Garageband and iMovie (rendering HD will take a bit longer), mails, writing and surfing. So no issues for most of us in the speed department.

    In use I had no problems with the display, although the 11" does feel a little squashed coming from my 13" but I soon got used to it.

    The trackpad is amazing and after using Lion on an iMac previously I know get it - it's to be used on a trackpad. It's responsive, reacts well to clicks and makes the gestures a breeze to use.

    The Apple keyboard is still in my opinion the best out there and the backlight really makes it great for use any time and I quite often use in complete darkness forgetting the time whilst using it.

    Battery gave me no issues and I was able to go around 4 hours on a charge, although if you do decide to do some heavy iMovie work expect a lot less.

    Before going onto the software we should look at price and yes it's an expensive bit of kit but it will last a long time, you get great support and when you eventually sell on you will get a good chunk of your cash back.

    So onto Lion... As already mentioned I had used it on the desktop but using it here gave me a completely different experience and I found that I was suddenly using full screen apps all the time with multiple desktops. This is how it's meant to be used and suddenly using a trackpad on my iMac makes sense.

    To sum up, this is the best laptop I have ever owned - its quick, light and the OS is a joy to use. Before you pick up the Pro give an Air a chance.

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    Reviewed by kimfranken (Currently owns)

    I needed a very tiny laptop to carry around when being at university. Without question, the Air is a beautiful device with some compromises.
    Design, keyboard and touchpad are exceptionally good as on all of Apples laptops. The display however is not that great. On my unit, the bottom of the display is slightly darker than the top. It doesn't bug me enough to get it replaced but it's definitely there. Also, the resolution of 1366 by 768 doesn't provide enough space, coming from a 1680x1050 resolution on the MacBook Pro.
    I upgraded to 4 GB RAM and the 128 GB SSD and I get along very well. I do not keep any photos or music on this device, and now since iTunes Match is available the music part is not even a problem.
    The performance is better than expected, the 1.6 GHz i5 handles most tasks without problems. I have not tested Photoshop on this machine and probably won't ever do that.
    Having such a small device also means compromising on some parts. In this case it's the screen - mentioned before - and the battery life. Apple says on its website that it'll get you working for 5 hours and I do find that quite accurate.

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