Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, mid 2011)

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.

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

What You Need To Know

  • Same chassis as the previous 13-inch Macbook Air
  • Backlight keyboard returns after its removal from its predecessor
  • RAM is soldered onto the motherboard an is not user replaceable

Verge Review

The original MacBook Air was more of a status symbol than a computer. Sure, it was a functional laptop that could glide into a manila envelope, but the $1,799 laptop was, by and large, a secondary machine — it trailed behind other ultraportables in performance, lacked some essential ports (it only had one USB port and there was no SD card slot), and packed a small and slow hard drive. For most, the sacrifices were just too many to justify for the high price. If I think back, they were...

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Ultraportable
Thickness 0.68 inches
Weight 2.96 pounds
Operating system Mac OS X
Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000
The Verge Battery Test 6 hours 53 minutes

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Tech Specs

Hardware
Laptop type Ultraportable
Width 12.8 inches
Depth 8.94 inches
Thickness 0.68 inches
Weight 2.96 pounds
Color Silver
Software
Operating system Mac OS X
Notable apps OS X 10.7 Lion
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
Multitouch points 4
Processor (base)
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i5-2557M
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.7 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 2.7 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 384 MB
Memory
Base 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 128 GB
Max. config SSD 256 GB
Card reader Yes
Card reader support SD
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 50 Wh
Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
Removable No
Quoted time 7 hr
Benchmarks
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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