Apple MacBook Air Core i5 1.7 13″ (Mid-2011)

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 i5 1.7 13″ (Mid-2011/Thunderbolt) features a 32-nm “Sandy Bridge” 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor (2557M) with two independent processor cores on one chip, a 3 MB shared level 3 cache, 4 GB of onboard 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (not upgradeable), 128 GB or 256 GB of flash storage, and an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor with 384 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with system memory.

This all is packed in a razor thin (0.11-0.68 inch), 2.96 pound  aluminum case with a FaceTime video camera, a backlit full-size keyboard and a gorgeous 13.3″ widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix glossy display (1440×900 native resolution).

Connectivity includes dual USB 2.0 ports, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and analog audio out as well as an SDXC card slot and a new Thunderbolt port that is backwards compatible with Mini DisplayPort and supports an external display at 2560×1600, and passes an audio signal. Thunderbolt supports other peripherals that use the Thunderbolt standard which provides up to 10 Gbps of bandwidth in both directions. It does not have an internal Ethernet and lacks Firewire and optical audio in/out.

This model has a very similar external enclosure to its predecessor, although it has the Thunderbolt port, a backlit keyboard, and is slightly heavier. Internally, it has a faster processor, architecture and RAM as well as improved wireless capabilities.

1.7 GHz Core i5 (I5-2557M)
4 GB 4 GB
HD Graphics 3000 Integrated
Details: This model has an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
384 MB 384 MB
Details: Apple reports that “memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs” and that the minimum graphics usage is 384 MB for 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 USB 10/100Base-T Ethernet adapter was offered as a US$29 option.
802.11a/b/g/n 4.0
2 (2.0) None
SD Card (SDXC) None
Details: This model has an SDXC Card slot.
Full-size Trackpad (Inertial)
Notebook MacBook Air 13″
MC965LL/A Mid-2011
A1369 (EMC 2469) MacBookAir4,2
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1369 Model Number, the 2469 EMC Number, and the MacBookAir4,2 Model Identifier.
50 W h Li-Poly 7 Hours
X 10.7 (11A2063) Current
Original Price (US): $1299

Rating overview

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Good 4.7

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