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13.3-inch Apple MacBook Air MD231LL/A (Mid-2012)

100% Positive Reviews

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Pros: It gives a whole new meaning to the word: "mobility"

Cons: Battery life is under 2 hours for most usage

I have owned at least a dozen different Mac laptops over the years, starting with a Powerbook 1400 back in the day. The 13-inch Air is my absolute favorite of the bunch. It's the first laptop that feels truly mobile (as opposed to just luggable). 

 

It's so light you can pick it up in one hand without really even exerting your wrist. It's so thin that you can put in in a backpack, strap that backpack on, and sit down at the wheel of your car without taking it off. You won't even know there's a laptop back there.

 

This 13" Air is my work computer, but this kind of mobility isn't just for business travelers anymore. I'm a parent of a toddler and I find it incredibly convenient to be able to zip this laptop around the house, wherever I need it to go at any particular moment. Taking it on the commuter train back and forth to work is absolutely no-problemo.

 

At home, I also own a 15" Macbook Pro Retina, and even though that machine is much thinner and lighter than its predecessors, I find that I barely touch it anymore. I would much rather bring my Air home from work and use it around the house.

 

So obviously I use it a lot. Perhaps that's why I find myself wishing it had more battery life. I get a maximum of 2 hours good usage out of it, despite Apple's claims of "7 hours of wireless web" battery life. Seriously, they should be sued for publishing that number. It's so unrealistic. 

 

If I fire up a game or Netflix, battery life can go as low as 1 hour. This is one area where my Macbook Pro Retina is vastly superior. It's 25% larger but has almost 100% more battery capacity.

 

Still, in the grand scheme of things, 2 hours is not terrible. My PowerBook 1400 didn't get 2 hours of battery on the best day of its life. And given how crazily thin and light the 13" Air is, I'm quite impressed with the battery life it does have. Heck, I'm surprised there is even room for a processor inside this thing. It's that thin.

 

Performance is excellent. It drives my 30-inch monitor beautifully via the DisplayPort. It handles my Photoshopping and such just fine. No issues with video playback. It doesn't have the graphics hardware for serious games but things like Angry Birds play fine.

 

I guess I'm going to have to invest in a couple of extra charger cables so I can zip around work and home but keep this machine juiced up. The battery is fine for my train commute home, and perhaps a quick outing to a cafe, but anything more than that requires a plug in. If you think you can live with 2 hours of battery life, I can't recommend this machine enough. 

 

No DVD drive? I care so little about this that I almost forgot. 

 

No ethernet jack? Haven't used one in years anyway.

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13.3-inch Apple MacBook Air MD231LL/A (Mid-2012)
Description:

Product Features Faster Flash Storage; USB 3.0; 720p FaceTime HD Camera 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor 128 GB Solid State Drive; 4 GB DDR3 RAM Intel HD Graphics 4000; 13.3-inch LED Display Mac OS X v10.7 Lion Operating System Processor, Memory, and Motherboard Hardware Platform: Mac Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5 Number of Processors: 1 RAM: 4 GB RAM Type: SDRAM Hard Drive Size: 128 GB Type: Solid State

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Package Height4.1 inches
Package Length16.8 inches
Package Weight6.55 pounds
Package Width13.8 inches
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TitleApple MacBook Air MD231LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)
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Technical Specifications

 

Display

High-resolution LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors.

13.3-inch (diagonal) high-resolution LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors

Supported resolutions:

1440 by 900 (native), 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, and 1024 by 640 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768 and 800 by 600 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio

 

Price

$1,199.00

Storage

 

 

700

 

128GB flash storage

 

 

Processor and Memory

Powered by a dual-core Intel Core i5 and DDR3L memory.

Processor

1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache

 

$1,499.00 model configurable to dual-core 2.0GHz Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache.

 

Memory

  • 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory

  • Configurable to 8GB.

 

Size and Weight

Ultrathin and ultralight unibody aluminum construction.

 

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Height: 0.11-0.68 inch (0.3-1.7 cm)

Width:  12.8 inches (32.5 cm)

Depth: 8.94 inches (22.7 cm)

Weight: 2.96 pounds (1.35 kg)

Graphics

Advanced Intel HD Graphics 4000.

Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor 

Video Support and Camera

Built-in FaceTime camera.

 

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  • FaceTime camera

  • Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors

Connections and Expansion

USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, headphone port, MagSafe 2 power port.

 

 

700

 

 

700

 

  • Two USB 3.0 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
  • Thunderbolt port
  • MagSafe 2 power port
  • SD card slot

 

Battery and Power

Advanced lithium-polymer battery with MagSafe power adapter.

 

400

 

Wireless web

Up to 7 hours

 

Standby time

Up to 30 days

 

50-watt-hour; 45W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter with cable management system; MagSafe 2 power port

 

Wireless

Latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies.

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Wi-Fi

802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible

 

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

 

 

Audio

Stereo speakers, microphone, and headphone.

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  • Stereo speakers
  • Omnidirectional microphone
  • Headphone port
  • Support for Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic

Electrical and Operating Requirements

  • Line voltage: 100-240V AC

  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -13° to 113° F (-24° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
  • Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet

Limited Warranty and Service

90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. 

Environmental Status Report

  • BFR-free

  • PVC-free
  • Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure
  • Meets ENERGY STAR 5.2 requirements
  • Rated EPEAT Gold

DVD or CD Sharing

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With the Mac App Store, getting the apps you want on your Mac has never been easier. No more boxes, no more discs, no more time-consuming installation. Click once to download and install any app on your Mac. But if an app you need isn’t available from the Mac App Store, you can use DVD or CD Sharing. This convenient feature of OS X lets you wirelessly “borrow” the optical drive of a nearby Mac or PC. So you can install applications from a DVD or CD and have full access to an optical drive without having to carry one around.

In the Box

 

400

  • MacBook Air

  • 45W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, and power cord
  • Printed and electronic documentation

Included Software

400

 

OS X Mountain Lion

Includes Mail, Messages, Contacts, Calendar, Safari, Reminders, Notification Center, Notes, iCloud, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, AirPlay, Game Center, the Mac App Store, iTunes, Gatekeeper, Twitter and Facebook integration and more.

 

 
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Includes iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand.
 

 

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