The 11" MacBook Air is light and versatile, making it well-suited for traveling. It is designed primarily for web browsing and returning emails, but is not ideal for intensive multimedia use.
Updated in mid-2012, the current MacBook Air comes with an Intel Core i5 processor and a solid-state drive that starts at 64GB capacity. The 11.6" screen has a 1366x768 native resolution and a built-in web camera offers 720p Face time chats that can connect with other MacBooks or iPhone 4 or later.
The MacBook Air comes with a versatile Thunderbolt port that allows VGA, HDMI, and DVI outputs -- but adaptors for those tasks are sold separately.
The MacBook Air comes with OS X Mountain Lion installed, the most recent Apple operating system for MacBooks. Standard software includes Safari, FaceTime, iCloud, Calendar, Messages, access to the Mac App store and integration with Twitter and Facebook.CostHelper Bottom Line: Advertised prices for the Apple MacBook Air 11 vary from $50-$400 from the base MSRP of $999 for the 64GB model, and $60-$600 from the $1,199 base MSRP for the 128GB model. Often the best time of year to buy a Mac computer is around the beginning of the school when student discounts are available.
Prices For Apple MacBook Air 11(Prices as of 08/19/2013)
|MD711LL/A ||MD712LL/A ||Source|
|(64GB storage) ||(128GB storage) |
|$100 ||Upgrade to 8GB memory|
|$150 ||Upgrade to Intel i7 processor|
|$300-$800||Upgrade to 256GB-512GB solid-state hard drive|
|$79 ||External optical drive|
|$35 ||HDMI adapter|
|$79 ||Extra power adapter|
|Weight||2.38 lbs. |
|Operating System||Mac OS X Mountain Lion|
|Processor||1.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 ($1,099 model upgradeable to 2.0GHz dual-core Intel i7)|
|Memory||4GB (can be upgraded to 8GB)|
|Hard Drive Type||Solid-state drive|
|Graphics Card||Intel HD Graphics 5000|
|Battery Life||Up to 5 hours|
|Audio||Stereo speakers; omnidirectional microphone|
|Ports||Thunderbolt port (for VGA, HDMI, DVI outputs with adapters sold separately); 2 USB 3.0; headphone jack|
|Other Features||FaceTimeHD camera|
|Warranty||1 year, limited|
For manufacturer information about this product, go to Apple.
What People Are Saying:
The 11" MacBook Air is ultra-light, ultra-portable and ultra-fast, but it's not meant to be a replacement for a home desktop. It has limited space and the hefty price tag might exclude some shoppers.
- CNET: "A thousand dollars is a lot to pay for such a tiny laptop, but this Air's shocking portability and comfortable keyboard will win travelers over, with performance that's pretty much as good as that of the fuller Air."
- PC Mag: "It's the MacBook for those who already have a larger MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac Pro at home, but need something more portable. Its full keyboard makes it a better writing tool than simply carrying around an iPad or other tablet. Plus, it fits perfectly on an airplane tray table."