Apple MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.86 13″ (Late ’10)

A solid system with a truly elegant design

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display models combine an impressive high-resolution LED-backlit 15.4″ widescreen 2880×1800 (220 ppi — over 4 million pixels) Retina display with an elegant, light case design (4.5 lbs/2.02 kg).

Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina Display has been called a “sealed” design. The RAM is soldered in place and cannot be upgraded after purchase and the “integrated” battery is impossible to safely remove. In effect, this means that most damages sustained by one of these systems will require replacement of the logic board. 

With a blazing fast processor, more RAM than the average user will ever need, and the increasingly popular solid-state drive (SSD) included in even the stock configurations, the MacBook Pro 15-Inch Mid-2012 with Retina Display is the perfect mobile platform for professionals and casual users alike.

Most savvy users will agree that the MacBook Pro is an absolutely fantastic system for designers, and the new Retina Display models uphold that consensus. The high-resolution displays provide unrivaled clarity down to the smallest detail. 

It doesn’t stop there! The MacBook Pro with Retina Display is also employed heavily by video editors, photographers, developers, and even gamers.

A solid system with a truly elegant design, one would be hard-pressed to find a more versatile laptop.

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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The Apple MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.86 13″ (Late 2010) is powered by a 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (SL9400) with two independent processor cores on one chip with a 6 MB on-chip shared level 2 cache running on a 1066 MHz frontside bus.

It features 2 GB of onboard 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (upgradeable to 4 GB at the time of purchase), 128 GB or 256 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 and a 13.3″ widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix glossy display (1440×900 native resolution) in a razor thin (0.11-0.68 inch), 2.9 pound aluminum case.

Connectivity includes dual USB 2.0 ports, AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, an SD card slot,  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 was available as a US$29 upgrade) and is lacking Firewire and optical audio in/out as well.

The MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.86 13″ (Late 2010) uses a completely new housing compared to earlier MacBook Air models — sans fold down ports door and an inertial multitouch trackpad — but also is notable for internal differences. Internally, it has onboard RAM and does not have an optical drive, just like its predecessors, but 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.

1.86 GHz Core 2 Duo (SL9400)
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..
13.3″ Widescreen 1440×900
Details: 13.3″ color widescreen TFT LED-backlit active-matrix “glossy” display with a 1440 by 900 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports “1280 by 800, 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.
128 GB, 256 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
SD Card (SDXC) None
Details: No expansion slots or bays provided.
Full-size Trackpad (Inertial)
Notebook MacBook Air 13″ Late 2010
MC503LL/A Late 2010
A1369 (EMC 2392) MacBookAir3,2
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1369 Model Number, the 2392 EMC Number, and the MacBookAir3,2 Model Identifier.
50 W h Li-Poly 7 Hours
X 10.6.4 (10F3061) Current
Original Price (US): $1299

Rating overview

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Total score
Good 4.7

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