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Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012
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Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 2 Core Intel Core I5 2.5GHz 4GB 128GB SSD 13.3" Laptop

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5 Reasons For

Apple Laptops Have Excellent Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Apple laptops and also specifically for Apple MacBooks and found that in both cases Apple had excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers.

Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec 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 portable PCs of a comparable type and age to it. Most comparable spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all MacBooks that have been around for more than two years.

Amongst comparable types of laptop the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an SSD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on portable PCs of a comparable 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 the Apple MacBook Air Early 2014 which has better reviews.

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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 typical of many MacBooks that have been available for a similar time to it.

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13 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

Most portable PCs of this spec and age have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the MacBook Air Mid 2012 which has one PCI Express lane (max).

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Does Not Have a Front Camera

The Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 does not have a front camera. Most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 do have a front camera.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of only 128 gigabytes, the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops that came out more than two years ago. The smallest total storage capacity of MacBooks that are a comparable age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 is 120GB, the biggest is 1TB, and the average total storage capacity is 380GB.

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Heavy

Across all the similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 the weights range from 920g to 2.6kg. At 2.1 kilograms, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 is quite heavy compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Comparable spec portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012 have internal memory of between 4GB and 16GB, and the average internal memory is 8.9GB. At only 4 gigabytes, the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 4GB internal memory notebook PCs currently available including because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011.

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Very Short Battery Life

The average battery life of laptops that were released around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012 is 17h, and the battery lifes range from 5h to 720h. With a battery life of only 7 hours, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly short battery life compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other MacBooks that have been around for more than two years also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

Similar spec laptops that have been on the market for more than two years have maximum internal memory of between 8GB and 16GB. At only 8 gigabytes, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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Only 128 Solid-State Drive Capacity

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 is a 128 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity laptop.

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Very Thick

The heights of MacBooks that have been available for a similar time to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 range from 13mm to 25mm. The height of the MacBook Air Mid 2012 of 24.1 millimeters is one of the thickest amongst laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Small Processor Cache

The Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly small processor cache (only 3 megabytes) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012. Notebook PCs of this spec and age have processor caches of between 2MB and 8MB.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

At only 63.5 watt-hours, the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the MacBook Air Mid 2012. MacBooks that were released more than two years ago have battery capacities of between 35Wh and 95Wh.

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Only One Thunderbolt Port

The Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 is a one thunderbolt port notebook PC. Most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec have one thunderbolt port.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012

Released Over Three Years Ago

This laptop has been on the market for over three years.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2.5 gigahertz, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a relatively standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has an Intel Core i5 processor family which is better than most portable PCs of this age and spec. Most portable PCs of this age and spec have an Intel Core i7 processor family.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 13.3 inches, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
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
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
Display Surface
Supported Number of Colours Display
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
DVD+R Write Speed
DVD+R Read Speed
DVD-R Write Speed
DVD-R Read Speed
LghtScribe Feature
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
TV Out Port
DC-In Jack
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Thunderbolt Port
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
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
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
Power Auto-Sensing
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Manual
Quick Start Guide
Operational Conditions
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Technical Details
Other Features

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Expert Reviews

(104)
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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27 December 2013

It may have been overshadowed by the launch of Apple's new MacBook Pro with its dazzling Retina display, but this updated version of the superslim MacBook Air is still Apple's main offering for... Read more…

Incredibly light, yet well built
Class leading keyboard and touchpad
Thin and light
Speedy enough with an Ivy Bridge CPU
Nicely bright screen
The TN-based screen is getting a bit long in the tooth
Default storage size is too small
Only middling battery life
No SD card slot, or HDMIEthernet
Choice of connectors is lacking
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...

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User Reviews

(8)
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 26 April 2013 by Anonymous

I will make no review of any of the software as that's more subjective in expirience than hardware. I only use the thunderbolt port to expand the display via an DisplayPort to HDMI adapter, so I... Read more…

11" makes this laptop extremely portable. It's ridiculously thin, so you'll have no problem tossing it into your backpack if you're a student and going off to class. It'll go anywhere
USB 3.0 really is a night and day difference in this day and age. I have my MacBook connected to an external WD drive that serves as a Time Machine Backup. It's very speedy. See for speeds below
Flash is fast. Photoshop opens speedily, and exports are no problem. Office and its suite all open in less than a second
Ivy Bridge is a huge boost for this laptop. Even under full load, the system barely flinches. Don't be fooled by the 1.7 Ghz, this thing holds its own. Also note, that the 5 inside has hyperthreading
The display is at a higher PPI than that of MacBook Pros (sans Retina ones). It's very bright, very crisp, and you'll never once be bothered by any sort of fuzziness
Battery life is rather short compared to other MacBooks. It'll still get you through a days work, just realize you're shaving off a good 2 hours of projected battery life by springing for this model o
While idle battery life is nice 3 5 drop a day), recovering from sleep still takes forever. From when you open the clam shell to when the password screen actually becomes usable is still 3 5 seconds.
Cant really play games on it, but I cant knock an egg off for this because its not designed for games and I knew that going in
Only has 64GB, which means I may consider purchasing a larger storage device in the future. But really, with icloud available, it probably won't be necessary
64gb wont cut it for most users. its not enough to store music, videos, programs, ext. .. its amazing for just simple internet use but if you plan to do any work at all consider the 128gb which is sti
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
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers apple md231, apple md231b, apple md231ba

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