Apple MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.4 11″ (Late 2010)

One of the Best Ultrabooks Ever Made

The MacBook Air packs significant power, memory, and storage into an ultra-thin, ultraportable case. 0.68 inches at its thickest, the MacBook Air is an attractive option for those seeking a lightweight performance system.

While not as powerful as its MacBook Pro cousin, the MacBook Air doesn’t have to be. Boasting Intel processors with turbo boost capability, PCI-e based flash storage (64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB configurations), and several configurable RAM options, the MacBook Air is without argument one of the best ultrabooks on the market. 

A highly capable design, the MacBook Air can tackle most consumer computing needs with ease. With impressive sound quality from an ultrabook and high-speed USB and Thunderbolt Ports, it delivers plenty of quality entertainment options.

Perhaps most impressive is the MacBook Air’s extensive battery life. In its latest iterations, this ultrabook has been known to function through over 15 hours of use and boast nearly 30 days of stand-by battery life. 

Though perhaps not the best option for those interested in hardcore gaming, the MacBook Air is a wonderfully mobile platform for those needing a system that gets the job done. 

Whether one’s constant companion or a seldom-touched home system, the MacBook Air has earned its place as one of the best ultrabooks ever made.


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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The Apple MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.4 11″ (Late 2010) is powered by a 1.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (SU9400) with two independent processor cores on one chip with a 3 MB on-chip shared level 2 cache running on a 800 MHz frontside bus.

It features 2 GB of onboard 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (upgradeable to 4 GB at the time of purchase), 64 GB or 128 GB of flash storage, a NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory, a FaceTime video camera, a non-backlit full-size keyboard (function keys are smaller) and a gorgeous 11.6″ widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix glossy display (1366×768 native resolution) in a razor thin (0.11-0.68 inch) aluminum case weighing 2.3 pounds.

Connectivity includes dual USB 2.0 ports, AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, analog audio out, and video out capabilities (Mini DisplayPort) that support an external 30″ display. It does not have an internal Ethernet (an external adapter is available) and does not have Firewire and optical audio in/out.

The MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.4 11″ (Late 2010) uses a completely new housing compared to earlier MacBook Air models — with an 11.6″ display and an inertial multitouch trackpad — but is also notable for internal differences. Internally, it has onboard RAM and does not have an optical drive, like its predecessors, but also has flash storage that is not intended to be upgraded after purchase and multiple internal battery cells that are not designed to be replaced. Apple states that the flash storage makes it possible for this MacBook Air model to offer instant on responsiveness and up to 30 days of standby time as well as a thinner housing and improved battery life.

1.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (SU9400)
2 GB 4 GB
GeForce 320M Integrated
Details: This model has a NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
256 MB 256 MB
Details: Apple reports that “memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs” and that the minimum graphics usage is 256 MB with this model..
11.6″ Widescreen 1366×768
Details: 11.6″ color widescreen TFT LED-backlit active-matrix “glossy” display with a 1366 by 768 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports “1344 by 756, 1280 by 720, 1024 by 576 pixels at 16:9 aspect ratio; 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio”.
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600
Details: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560×1600.
64 GB, 128 GB SSD Mini SATA (6 Gb/s)
None None
None None
Details: No MacBook Air models have an internal Ethernet port. However, an external Apple 10/100Base-T Ethernet adapter was offered as a US$29 option.
802.11a/b/g/n 2.1+EDR
2 (2.0) None
None None
Details: No expansion slots or bays provided.
Full-size Trackpad (Inertial)
Notebook MacBook Air 11″ Late 2010
MC505LL/A Late 2010
A1370 (EMC 2393) MacBookAir3,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers often refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1370 Model Number, the 2393 EMC Number, and the MacBookAir3,1 Model Identifier.
35 W h Li-Poly 5 Hours
X 10.6.4 (10F3061) Current
Original Price (US): $1199

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