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Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012
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Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 2 Core Intel Core I5 1.8GHz 4GB 128GB SSD 13.3" Laptop

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8 Reasons For

Apple Has Excellent Notebook PC Reviews

Apple has excellent average reviews for its MacBooks as well as across its entire notebook PC range.

Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The smallest maximum internal memory supported by processor of MacBooks that were released more than two years ago is 16GB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory supported by processor is 25GB. The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has one of the bigger maximum internal memory supported by processors (32 gigabytes) amongst laptops of this age.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a front camera.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 also have a full-size keyboard.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most comparable spec notebook PCs that were released around the same time as it. Most laptops of this age and spec support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This Apple portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all MacBooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst similar types of portable PC is 133MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

This laptop has an SSD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on portable PCs of a similar spec and age to it. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other portable PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available including because of it's better review score, the Apple MacBook Air Early 2014.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on portable PCs of a similar type and age to it.

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Very Light

The average weight of laptops of this type and age is 1.9kg, and the weights range from 920g to 2.6kg. The MacBook Air Mid 2012 is quite light (only 1.4 kilograms) compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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10 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

The Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 is a one PCI Express lane (max) laptop. Most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been around for more than two years have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The total storage capacity of laptops of this age and type range from 120GB to 1TB. The Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly small total storage capacity (only 128 gigabytes) compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Old PCI Express Slot Version

The Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a quite old PCI Express slot version (only 2) compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all the MacBooks that were released more than two years ago the PCI Express slot versions range from 2 to 3.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

Across all the notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.3GHz. The Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly slow processor clock speed (only 1.8 gigahertz) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The average internal memory of portable PCs of this spec and age is 8.9GB. The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a quite small internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec.

There are a number of other 4GB internal memory notebook PCs currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 do not have a touch sensitive screen. The MacBook Air Mid 2012 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly small maximum internal memory (64-bit) (only 8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012. Portable PCs that came out around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012 have maximum internal memory (64-bit) of between 8GB and 16GB.

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Very Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

Laptops that were launched around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012 have maximum turbo frequencies of between 2.5GHz and 4GHz. With a maximum turbo frequency of only 2.8 gigahertz, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other laptops that have been available for around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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Thick

At 24.1 millimeters, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 is quite thick compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been around for more than two years. MacBooks that have been available for around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012 have heights of between 13mm and 25mm, and the average height is 20mm.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

MacBooks that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 have battery capacities of between 35Wh and 95Wh, and the average battery capacity is 75Wh. The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a quite small battery capacity (only 50 watt-hours) compared to most of the other MacBooks that are a comparable age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this MacBook was released.

Intel Core I5 Processor Family

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has an Intel Core i5 processor family which is better than most MacBooks that have been available for around the same time as it. Most notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it have an Intel Core i7 processor family.

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1440 X 900 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels, which is the most frequently found display resolution on comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to it.

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Average Battery Life

With a battery life of 7 hours, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a pretty typical battery life compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 13.3 inches, the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type.

If you are looking for a laptop with a bigger screen size then you might want to look at the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (£595.00) (15.4" and higher rated).

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Housing Material
Colour
Product Type
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
LED Backlight
Display Surface
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
DC-In Jack
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Thunderbolt Port
DVI Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Ambient Light Sensor
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Included Driver
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Operational Conditions
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Technical Details
Other Features
Power Supply Type
Graphics Adapter Family

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Expert Reviews

(102)
5 October 2014

One of the Surface Pro 3 commercials makes a big deal out running Adobe Photoshop on the tablet. That's big plus in comparison to the Apple iPad Air, but the MacBook Air runs the beefy photo...

Hello Ivy Bridge
Gorgeous design
Extremely thin, light, and sturdy
Excellent offangle viewing, especially for a TN panel
Fast SSD
Missing an IO port or two
Where's the Retina Display resolution
Base model storage a bit small for the current day
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14 June 2013

The 2013 MacBook Air Flash Storage Screams.The new flash storage "blade" is dramatically faster than the flash storage in both the 2012 MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro. The...

9 October 2012

This revised 13in MacBook Air is a little bit faster in general speed, a lot faster in graphics speed ? if only catching up with 2010?s Air ? but with approaching an hour of extra battery life. We...

PC Advisor.co.uk

5 October 2012

The MacBook Air 11 continues to be a wonderfully portable laptop, suiting travel or those who are constantly on the move. While an IPS screen would be nice and the default storage sizes need to be...

1 October 2012

When we switched gears to Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, which we installed via Boot Camp, the MacBook Air proved it was up to the challenge of running with dedicated Windows based Ultrabooks. It...

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User Reviews

(7)
Reviewed 13 July 2012 by Timothy p.
(Verified Purchase)

If your not looking to lug around a larger laptop, then consider this!

Reviewed 30 December 2012 by Thomas S.

This computer is awesome for portability, battery life, typing, etc. I watch Netflix on this all the time, use it for Microsoft Office, but haven't tested out any games yet. If you are looking for... Read more…

Reviewed 24 March 2013 by Joseph o.
(Verified Purchase)

The best super mobile laptop in the world. Ultrabooks cant touch it...

Reviewed 19 December 2012 by Pamela M.
(Verified Purchase)

It's a tablet on steroids...

Ordered this for resale to a customer. Super fast boot, opens apps very fast. The SSD and core 5 get all the kudos for that. This laptop shipped with Mountain Lion OS X 10.8 (NOT 10.7 as in the specs
Lightweight, 6 hrs battery life, fast. Great speakers, beautiful display (non-retina display, but I can't tell the difference). Camera is high resolution and works great in low-light. Mountain Lion is
None. It's a great little notebook
Had some bad stability issues with the video card (froze while playing videos, needed restarting frequently) but most recent system update seems to have fixed this. SD slot would be better if it was a
Reviewed 3 August 2012 by Charles S.

I have owned and used many computers (even before PCs) and many OS's and this is the most impressive computer I have ever used. I remember using room size computers over 30 years ago and to see... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers md231tu, md231hna, md231zpa, 125032308, 210022832, apple md231, apple md231b, apple md231ba
Barcodes 00885909592753, 00885909592852, 00885909626304, 00885909626328

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