Apple MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.8 13″ (Original)

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 MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.8 13″ (Original) is powered by a customized 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (P7700) in a smaller packaging design with two independent processor cores on one chip with a 4 MB on-chip shared level 2 cache running on an 800 MHz frontside bus.

It features 2 GB of onboard 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, a 64 GB PATA SSD (Solid State Drive), an Intel GMA X3100 integrated graphics processor with 144 MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory, an iSight video camera, a MacBook-style full-size backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor, and a beautiful 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, video out capabilities (micro-DVI) that support an external 24″ display, Firewire, and optical audio in/out. It does not have Ethernet, though an external adapter is available.

It is important to recognize that Apple made some compromises on performance, expansion, connectivity, and affordability in favor of size and weight. Although the system has an impressively large 13.3″ display, full-size keyboard and a trackpad that supports multi-touch gesturing, it uses slower processors than the stock MacBook models available at the same time. The memory is not upgradeable beyond the onboard 2 GB. It does not have an internal optical drive, and the battery is not removable.

1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (P7700)
2 GB 2 GB
Intel GMA X3100 Integrated
Details: N/A
144 MB 1144 MB
Details: Apple reports that “memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 144 MB.
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 1920×1200
Details: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 1920×1200.
64 GB SSD Parallel ATA (ZIF)
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) was available for US$49 and an external Apple 10/100Base-T Ethernet adapter was 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
BTO/CTO MacBook Air – Original
A1237 (EMC 2142) MacBookAir1,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1237 Model Number, the 2142 EMC Number, and the MacBookAir1,1 Model Identifier.
37 W h Li-Poly 5 Hours
X 10.5.1 (9B2324) X 10.7.5
Original Price (US): $3098

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