Apple MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.6 13″ (NVIDIA)

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 13  Photos_5Perhaps 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 1.6 13″ (NVIDIA/Late 2008) is powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (SL9300) 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, a 120 GB SATA (4200 RPM) hard drive, a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory, an iSight video camera, a full-size backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor, and a gorgeous 13.3″ widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix glossy display (1280×800 native resolution) in a razor thin (0.16-0.76 inch), three pound aluminum case.

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

The MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.6 13″ (NVIDIA/Late 2008) uses the same housing as the original model, with the same 13.3″ display, full-size keyboard and single button, three-finger trackpad. Internally, it does not have an optical drive, the battery is not removable, and the memory cannot be upgraded beyond the onboard 2 GB. It has a number of internal improvements including faster NVIDIA graphics, a faster architecture with a faster system bus, faster memory , and a larger L2 cache. It also ships equipped with more storage, and SATA instead of PATA support, and switches out the mini-DVI port for a new Mini DisplayPort standard.

1.6 GHz Core 2 Duo (SL9300)
2 GB 2 GB
GeForce 9400M Integrated
Details: This model has a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 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, but notes “an additional 16 MB is requred when using an external display”.
13.3″ Widescreen 1280×800
Details: 13.3″ color widescreen TFT LED-backlit active-matrix “glossy” display with a 1280 by 800 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports “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.
120 GB (4200 RPM) Serial ATA
None None
None None
Details: Neither an internal modem nor an internal Ethernet port are provided. An external Apple USB Modem (56.6k v.92) is available for US$49 and an external Apple 10/100Base-T Ethernet adapter is available for US$29.
802.11a/b/g/n 2.1+EDR
1 (2.0) None
None None
Details: No expansion slots or bays provided.
Full-size Trackpad (Gesture)
Notebook MacBook Air
MB543LL/A Late 2008
A1304 (EMC 2253) MacBookAir2,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model. In this case, please also note that the EMC number is not externally listed on the notebook so it cannot be used readily for identification.Also see: All Macs with the A1304 Model Number, the 2253 EMC Number, and the MacBookAir2,1 Model Identifier.
37 W h Li-Poly 4.5 Hours
X 10.5.5 Current
Original Price (US): $1799

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