Apple MacBook Air Core i5 1.7 11″ (Mid-2012)

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.

MACBOOK AIR 11 2010_8Perhaps 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 i5 1.7 11″ (Mid-2012/USB 3.0) features a 22-nm “Ivy Bridge” 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor (3317U) with two independent processor cores on one chip, a 3 MB shared level 3 cache, 4 GB of onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (not upgradeable), 64 GB or 128 GB of flash storage, and a Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares system memory.

This all is packed in a razor thin (0.11-0.68 inch), 2.3 pound aluminum case with a 720p FaceTime HD webcam, a backlit full-size keyboard and a beautiful 11.6″ widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix glossy display (1366×768 native resolution).

Connectivity includes two USB 3.0 ports, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, analog audio out, and a Thunderbolt port. It does not have an internal Ethernet.

This model has a very similar external enclosure to its predecessor, although it includes the USB 3.0 ports and a new thinner and wider MagSafe 2 power connector. Internally, it has a faster processor, architecture, graphics, RAM, and storage.

1.7 GHz Core i5 (I5-3317U)
4 GB 8 GB
HD Graphics 4000 Integrated
Details: This model has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
384 MB 512 MB
Details: Apple and Intel do not report the minimum memory usage for the Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor. However, with 4 GB of RAM standard, 384 MB of memory is reserved for graphics use. With the 8 GB RAM upgrade, 512 MB of memory is reserved for graphics.
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 (x2)
Details: Although Apple makes no mention of it, third-parties have discovered that this model can simultaneously support two external displays up to 2560×1600 “daisy chained” via Thunderbolt.
64 GB, 128 GB SSD Proprietary (6 Gb/s)
None None
None None
Details: No MacBook Air models have an internal Ethernet port. However, for the “Mid-2012″ models, an Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter was offered for US$29.
802.11a/b/g/n 4.0
2 (3.0) None
None None
Details: No expansion slots or bays provided.
Full-size Trackpad (Inertial)
Notebook MacBook Air 11″
MD223LL/A Mid-2012
A1465 (EMC 2558) MacBookAir5,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1465 Model Number, the 2558 EMC Number, and the MacBookAir5,1 Model Identifier.
35 W h Li-Poly 5 Hours
X 10.7.4 (11E2520) Current
Original Price (US): $999

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