Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, mid 2012)

Verge Review

Apple’s MacBook Air was initially an expensive luxury, but with an update in 2010 became an affordable, excellent machine. It’s light, well-made, and relatively powerful, and it’s become the choice of many people willing to trade the raw computing prowess of a more high-end machine for a device that’s a little easier on the spine. Last year’s model brought a new level of computing power to the Air, without changing much about the design. New year, old story: last week at WWDC Apple announced...

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Ultraportable
Thickness .68 inches
Weight 2.96 pounds
Operating system Mac OS X
Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000
The Verge Battery Test 5 hours and 34 minutes

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Laptop type Ultraportable
Width 12.8 inches
Depth 8.94 inches
Thickness .68 inches
Weight 2.96 pounds
Color Silver

Software

Operating system Mac OS X

Display (base)

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

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad No

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad
Multitouch Yes

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Model Core i5-3427U
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.8 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 2.8 GHz

Processor (max)

Brand Intel
Family Ivy Bridge
Model Core i7-3667U
Cores 2
Clockspeed 2 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.2 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000

Memory

Base RAM size 4 GB
Max. config RAM size 8 GB
RAM type DDR3
Base RAM speed 1600 MHz

Storage

Base drive type Flash (SSD)
Base drive capacity 128 GB
Max. config SSD 512 GB
Card reader Yes
Card reader support SD

Audio

Speakers 2

Webcam

Video resolution 720p

Sensors

Ambient light Yes

Port options

USB 3.0 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 50 Wh
Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
Removable No
Quoted time 7 hr

Benchmarks

GeekBench 6736
The Verge Battery Test 5 hours and 34 minutes

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9.0

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  • Performance 9
  • Heat / noise 9
  • Battery life 9
  • Software 10

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by jj_hot (Currently owns)

    awsome laptop,better than all out there exept the 2013 model.
    it is really good
    i do not experience any noise problems
    it really is cool............literaly
    it deserves better than a score of 8.8
    it stands for 6hrs and 36min with normal usage
    only if u see movies ,it goes down

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    Reviewed by Connor Turnbull (Currently owns)

    The MacBook Air hasn't evolved much since it's introduction in 2010, at least, when it comes down to it's design. The device still sports an impressively thin form that means the device is not only super light, but incredibly portable, so much so that very little effort is needed to pick up your entire workstation and take it with you.

    The Air's 13" screen is easily the best that i've ever used, with a 1440x900 resolution that produces a really high quality display and the perfect amount of screen real estate for me. I constantly got frustrated with the 11" Air's small display, and those two additional inches make a definite and noticeable improvement. The screen resides above a beautiful island-style keyboard that's a breeze to type on and, as many reviewers concur, the best touchpad available on a notebook.

    Running off the latest generation of the Intel Core series, Ivy Bridge, the MacBook Air packs some impressive performance. In general, non-gaming use (things like video playback, web browsing, etc.), i've yet to feel the device get hot and, when Flash isn't been used, hear the fans at all. The notebook's only features an Intel integrated graphics chipset, but that's enough to power high-level graphics at native resolution in more casual games like Portal 2 and Minecraft just fine, albeit with some noticeable fan noise.

    For a device that is so incredibly thin, the power it houses is amazing, especially with it's ability to push out some really high-level graphics at playable speeds. The display produces a perfect amount of screen real estate for most tasks and, even though not technically retina, will probably still have you trying hard to discern the individual pixels from a normal distance away.

    Honestly, the 13" MacBook Air is the best notebook i've ever owned. I could even go as far as to say it's the best device, Apple-made or otherwise, my cash has ever been spent on.

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