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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2011)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 797 reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2011). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The usability and portability also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed views about the price. Some have doubts about the connectivity.

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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 (Mid 2011) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2011)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2011) from 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 People really like the reliability and usability. The design and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the durability and screen.

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76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple 13 inch MacBook Air (Dual-Core i5,1.7GHz,4GB,128GB Flash,HD Graphics)Apple 13 inch MacBook Air (Dual-Core i5,1.7GHz,4GB,128GB Flash,HD Graphics)

Mar, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2011)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 318 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2011) from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Opinions about the reliability and design are overall positive. The usability and portability also get good feedback. Opinions about the touchpad and price are mixed. There are some negative comments about the connectivity and sound.

performance, portability, usability, design, reliability

sound, connectivity

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Air MC965LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple MacBook Air MC965LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)

Mar, 2019


Expert review by : Andrew Williams (

MacBook Air 13in


The 2011 MacBook Air proves that while a beauty and power combo isn't cheap, it sure is nice.

Beautiful ; Quick and powerful ; Great screen ; Flexible, fast Thunderbolt connectivity ; Excellent build quality

Expensive ; Limited connectivity without adapters

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Hugo Jobling (

MacBook Air with nVidia 9400M and 128GB SSD


Eminently desirable, undeniably compromised.

. Not only are Sony's ultra-portables more portable - thank's to their smaller chassis - than the Air, but ever since the T2XP they've also come with built-in disc drives; not to mention that they provide many hours more battery life than any other...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Ian Osborne (

Apple MacBook Air 2011 review


Apple's new Macbook Air laptop boasts, amongst other things, improved Intel processors, a myriad of new features, Thunderbolt, which supports high-resolution displays, and Apple's new desktop operating system OS X Lion - but is that enough in this day...

The MacBook Air was originally released as a secondary Mac, that was convenient to carry around and an excellent supplement to your main desktop Mac. Over the years it has grown in power until today, it’s more than powerful enough to use as your main...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (

Apple MacBook Air vs Dell Inspiron vs Packard Bell


Whether you're a cash-strapped college student or starting your degree, we've got your perfect portable right here.

Sep, 2011

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Apple MacBook Air 2011 video


Video: First look at the i5 and Thunderbolt-toting Air

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Apple MacBook Air 2011 review


Has Apple's absurdly slim crowd-magnet finally matured into a 'proper' laptop?

Now with the power to match its iconic looks, the Air has evolved into the world's best everyday laptop

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid 2011) hands-on - Pocket-lint


Apple has just released a new range of MacBook Air laptops and we've already grabbed the top of the range 13-inch model to put it through its paces. Before

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Ben Camm-Jones (

Apple MacBook Air 13in (Mid-2011) 1.8GHz Core i7 review


Where the 11in Air tested here is the most basic and affordable, this 13in ultraportable is the best money can buy.

The most expensive of the thin and light laptops we've tested recently, the 13in Apple MacBook Air will set you back the best part of a grand and a half. This makes it a sizeable investment, but one you're unlikely to regret – the build quality is...

Mar, 2012

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Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch Summer 2011 review


As with most Apple products, the MacBook Air has moved into an annual update cycle, taking it from the original niche product version to its new perch as Apple's mainstream laptop line. With that, we've also seen a continued mainstreaming of the...

The 13-inch MacBook Air has been updated with the latest Intel CPUs for better performance and battery life. Backlit keyboards make a welcome return.

The 128GB SSD drive is a lot smaller than a standard hard drive. This also starts at $100 more than the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The latest version of the 13-inch MacBook Air vastly outperforms its predecessor, and can finally be called suitable for mainstream use, instead of relegated as a niche product.

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Andrew Hoyle (

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2011 review


Apple's MacBook Air divided opinion when it launched in 2008 . Some were charmed by the machine's razor-thin design and light weight. Others were repulsed by its high price and merely average performance.

Beautifully slim design; sturdy unibody chassis; greatly improved performance.

Expensive; very few ports.

Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Air offers the same super-slim and sturdy design as its predecessor, but packs in a more powerful processor. It's a fantastic choice for the super-wealthy traveller.

Jul, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD / STEREO
Audio system full duplex: Yes
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery capacity (Watt hours):35 / 50 / 54
Battery life (max):12 / 7
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Swivel webcam:No / Yes


Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
Wi-Fi certified: Yes


Colour of product:Aluminium / Black, White / Silver / White
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Product colour:Aluminium / Black, White / Silver
Product Type:Notebook


3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9 / 4:3
Display diagonal:33.8
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1440 x 900
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type: No
LED Backlight: Yes
Touchscreen: No


Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / No / NVIDIA NVS 3100M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.348 / 0.384
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:166 / 350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1200 / 500
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.375
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 5000


Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes
Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: No


Internal Memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


3G: No
4G: No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / WLAN
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 4500 / 0 - 4570
Operating altitude:0 - 10000 / 0 - 3000 / 0 - 3050
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90 / 0 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other features

Audio system:HD
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LCD / LED / TFT
External display:N
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Maximum operating altitude:10000 / 3000
Maximum shipping altitude:10500 / 35000
Maximum storage altitude:15000 / 4500
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Operating temperature (T-T):50 - 95
Power requirements:100 - 240 V / 100 - 240 V AC / 100 - 240V / 100-240V AC / 110 - 240V / 110 - 240V AC
Power supply type:AC/DC
Relative humidity:0 - 90
TV in port: No
Type:MAC / PC
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:N
Cables included:AC
Mouse included:N
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Bag included: No
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: No
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
LAN/VGA combo port: No
Line-in: No
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:40 / 45 / 50 / 60
Power auto-sensing: Yes


Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17 / 18 / 9
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):12.8 / 21.3
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 800
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing Die size:81
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 2.9 / 3.3
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Arrandale / Sandy Bridge
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7 / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.2 / 1.7 / 1.8
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I5-2557M / i5-2577M / I7-2677M / U5400
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Pentium U5000 series for Mobile
Processor Socket:BGA1023 / BGA1288
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:J1 / K0
System bus rate:2.5 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17 / 18
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32 / 45
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:I7-2677M / U5400
Processor code:SLBUH
Processor package size:31 / 34
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington / N / No
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader: No
Password protection: Yes


Bundled software:iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\nMaps\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nMessages\nCalendar\nContacts\nReminders\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nPreview\nNotes\nMac App Store
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X Mavericks


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SDXC
Flash memory:512
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Storage Media:Flash / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth (imperial):22.7
Height :1.7
Height (front):3
Height (front) (imperial):2.79
Height (rear):1.7
Height (rear) (imperial):1.73
Width (imperial):32.5