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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Late 2008)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 266 reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Late 2008). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the battery and usability. The design and performance are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the connectivity and price.

portability, performance, design, usability, battery

price, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Late 2008) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Late 2008)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Late 2008) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: MacBook Air 1.6GHz/2GB/120GB/GeF... 9400MMacBook Air 1.6GHz/2GB/120GB/GeF... 9400M

Mar, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Late 2008)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Late 2008) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the usability and price. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the sound.

performance, portability, design, price, usability

sound

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Air MB940LL/A 13.3 Inch Laptop (1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 128 GB Solid State Drive)Apple MacBook Air MB940LL/A 13.3 Inch Laptop (1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 128 GB Solid State Drive)

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : T3 Online (t3.com)

MacBook Air 2012 review

 

The next-gen MacBook Air adds an Ivy Bridge power boost to the classic design

Ivy Bridge Power ; USB 3.0 connectivity ; Incredibly thin

Ageing design ; No SD card reader ; No wired internet

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Apple MacBook Air (2010)

 

It's beautiful, it's stunning, it's thin, it's like a supermodel. That is probably the best way to describe the MacBook Air to anyone asking. But should you be buying the thinnest MacBook on the planet? We've been living with the new model to find out....

Fast, thin, light

No optical drive, no Ethernet connection

On the surface the MacBook Air looks like an expensive option compared to Apple's MacBook Pro that you get off the shelf. In fact, at a quick glance the difference is over £500, but to be fair, the off the shelf MacBook Pro doesn't come with the flash...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Apple MacBook Air - First Look

 

Apple has launched a new line of laptops with the MacBook Air, an ultra-portable model that Apple say will sit in between the MacBook and the MacBook Pro ranges, but while it might be the thinnest laptop in the world, is it any good? We had a brief...

Thin, 13.3-inch screen, light, option of solid state drive

No optical drive, no Ethernet, no FireWire, no replaceable battery, expensive

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Air review: An old friend shows its age

 

The 13-inch Apple MacBook Air doesn't have much new under the hood, but it remains the least expensive way to get a Mac laptop.

The MacBook Air remains the least expensive MacBook, and has finally received a minor spec upgrade. Battery life is excellent, and performance for everyday tasks remains smooth. It's the only MacBook left with standard USB ports or a MagSafe connection.

The design feels dated, with a thick bezel around a low-resolution screen. Windows laptops in the same price range offer newer components, higher-res screens and lighter, slimmer bodies.

The MacBook Air lives to fight another day, thanks to its mainstream price and long battery life, but this classic laptop is definitely in its twilight.

Aug, 2017

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Expert review by : Ken Mingis (techadvisor.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Air 1.86GHz SSD review

 

Thin as ever, the latest Apple MacBook Air offers up to twice the storage and snappy performance.

If the first MacBook Air was a revolutionary take on the Apple laptop line, this is an evolutionary step - which is exactly what you'd expect from a second-generation release. Aesthetically, the two generations are virtually the same; technologically,...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Air review

 

Manufacturers often have to sacrifice features, such as a spacious keyboard and screen, to make an ultra-portable laptop weigh significantly less than 2kg.

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Nigel Atherton (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Apple Macbook Air Review

 

A compact, light laptop with the power to edit images on the move

Top-drawer design and build quality, small and light, powerful

No USB 3.0, expensive

Overall, the Macbook Air is an awesome computer that combines the power of a desktop machine with the portability of a netbook. Beautifully designed and made, the only downer is the cost.

Jan, 2012

Expert review by : Cliff Joseph (theinquirer.net)

Apple Macbook Air review

 

Enhanced performance, but still stupidly expensive

Extremely slim and light. excellent build quality, looks great, flash memory and improved graphics provide strong performance improvements

No built-in Ethernet, lacks Firewire and optical drive

that the Macbook Air looks stunning, but it's also been blighted in the past by a stunningly high price tag. While Apple hasn't exactly slashed the price on this latest release in the Macbook Air series, it has at least upped the specifications to make...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Stephen Dean (reghardware.co.uk)

MacBook Air Late 2008

 

The improved performance is very welcome, but the price remains a sticking point.

We still have reservations about the MacBook Air. The improved graphics performance does make it feel a lot smoother and more responsive than before. However, it's still very expensive, and design decisions such as the non-replaceable battery just seem...

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Jason Snell (macworld.co.uk)

MacBook Air 1.86GHz review

 

Apple's new MacBook Air is faster and has a much better hard drive inside the same sleek shell. But with a better MacBook on the market, is it still the slickest MacBook you can buy? We take a look at Apple's pricey, but stylish, MacBook Air 1.86GHz.

Weighs 1.36kg; thin; full-size keyboard; bright 13in display

Slower than all other Apple laptops; single USB port limits connectivity

If what you want out of your Mac laptop is the best combination of speed and price, the MacBook Air’s not for you. It’s hobbled by having a single USB port. Its processor is slow and it’s locked into 2GB of RAM. There’s no FireWire, no optical drive...

Nov, 2008

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Mono
Built-In Microphone:Y
Built-in subwoofer:N
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2
Number of microphones:2 / 3

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):50.3 / 54 / 54.5
Battery life (max):10 / 12 / 4.5 / 5 / 7
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby time:30 / 720

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Colour of product:Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Product colour:Silver
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display brightness:500
Display diagonal:29.5 / 33.8
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1366 x 768 / 1440 x 900 / 2560 x 1600
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Pixel density:227
Touchscreen:N

Docking station

Docking station included:N

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel GMA X3100 / Not available / NVIDIA GeForce 320M / NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Embedded DRAM (eDRAM) memory:64
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:16
Maximum Resolution:2560 x 1600 / 3840 x 2160 / 5120 x 2880
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2 / 11.3
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel Iris Plus Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics / Intel® UHD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1626
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 6000 / Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 / Intel UHD Graphics 617 / Intel® HD Graphics 6000
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3

Hard drive

Hard disk drive type:SSD

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:78 / 79
Numeric keypad:N
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 2 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1600 / 2133
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 4.0 / 4.2
Ethernet LAN:N
Networking type:USB Ethernet Adapter
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 10000 / 0 - 4500
Operating altitude:0 - 3000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / 10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45 / 10 - 35

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other features

Dimensions (WxDxH):325 x 227 x 19.4
Display:LCD / LED
External display:N
Graphics adapter family:nVidia
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 95 / 50 - 95
Power requirements:100 - 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz / 100 - 240V 50 - 60Hz
Relative humidity:0 - 90
TV in port: No
Type:MAC
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC / USB Type-C
Power cord included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:USB Type-C
Power cord included:Y

Performance

Ambient light sensor:Y
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:N / Y
DC-in jack:No / Y / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity: Yes
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No
ExpressCard slot:N / No
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:1 x Mini DisplayPort
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:Y
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port:N / No / Yes
SmartCard slot:N / No
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:1
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:2
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:30 / 35 / 45 / 50 / 61

Processor

Bus type:DMI2 / FSB
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600
Conflict Free processor:No / Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):6 / 7 / 7.1 / 8
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
PCI Express configurations:4x1, 2x4 / 4x1,2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing Die size:107
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 2.9 / 3.2 / 3.6
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L2 / L3
Processor codename:Broadwell / Penryn
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:5th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5-5xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx / Intel® Core™ Duo / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.6 / 1.8 / 1.86 / 2.13 / 2.2 / 2.3
Processor front side bus:1066 / 800
Processor lithography:14 / 45
Processor Model:I5-5250U / i5-5350U / SL9300 / SL9400 / SL9600 / SU9400
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 32-bit,64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo SL9000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo SU9000 series / Intel Core i5-5200 Mobile series / Intel® Core™ i5-5200 Mobile Series / Intel® Core™ i5-5300 Mobile Series
Processor Socket:BGA 1168 / BGA1168 / BGA956
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:E0 / F0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):10 / 15 / 17
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No / Y / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Y
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Y
Intel FDI Technology:No / Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Y
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Y
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Processor ARK ID:84984 / 84990
Processor code:SLGEQ / SR268 / SR26C
Processor package size:22 / 40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Y

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / N
Cable lock slot type:Kensington

Software

Bundled software:- Photos\n- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- Pages\n- Numbers\n- Keynote\n- Siri\n- Safari\n- Mail\n- FaceTime\n- Messages\n- Maps\n- Notes\n- Calendar\n- Contacts\n- Reminders\n- Photo Booth\n- Preview\n- iTunes\n- iBooks\n- App Store\n- Time Machine / iLife / iLife ’08 (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand) / iMovieGarageBandSiriSafariFaceTimePhoto BoothiTunesiBooksApp StoreTime Machine / iMovie\nGarageBand\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center / iMovie\nGarageBand\nSafari\nFaceTime\nApp Store\niTunes\niBooks / iMovie\nGarageBand\nSiri\nSafari\nFaceTime\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\niBooks\nApp Store\nTime Machine
Drivers included:Y
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan / Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard / macOS High Sierra / macOS Mojave / macOS Sierra

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / No / Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SDXC
Flash drive interface:PCI Express
Flash memory:128 / 256 / 512
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:4200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express
SSD capacity:128 / 256 / 512
SSD interface:PCI Express
Storage Media:Flash / SSD
Total SSDs capacity:128 / 512
Total Storage Capacity:120 / 128 / 256 / 512 / 64

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:19.2 / 212.4 / 22.7 / 227
Height :1.94 / 14.9
Height (front):3 / 4 / 4.1
Height (rear):1.56 / 1.7 / 1.94
Weight:1.06 / 1.25 / 1.32 / 1.35 / 1.36 / 1.37
Width:29.9 / 304.1 / 32.5 / 325