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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 8GB 128GB SSD 13.3" Laptop

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9 Reasons For

Apple Portable PCs Have Excellent Reviews

On average Apple MacBooks have excellent ratings compared to other brands as do all portable PCs produced by Apple.

Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

Across all the portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Macbook Air Mid 2012 the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 16GB to 32GB. With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of 32 gigabytes, the Apple Macbook Air Mid 2012 has a quite big maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other laptops that are a similar age to the Macbook Air Mid 2012, 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 portable PCs that were released around the same time as 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 MacBooks that have been available for more than two years. Most notebook PCs of this age and spec 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 notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Macbook Air Mid 2012.

The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across comparable types of notebook PC is 133MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

This laptop has an SSD storage medium, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as 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.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other notebook 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 portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on laptops of a similar spec and age to it.

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Very Light

The Macbook Air Mid 2012 is fairly light (only 1.4 kilograms) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that were released around the same time as the Macbook Air Mid 2012. MacBooks that have been available for a comparable time to the Macbook Air Mid 2012 have weights of between 920g and 2.6kg, and the average weight is 1.9kg.

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Shallow

With a depth of only 8.94 inches, the Apple Macbook Air Mid 2012 is fairly shallow compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable spec and age to the Macbook Air Mid 2012. The depths of MacBooks that were released more than two years ago range from 7.5" to 9.9".

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7 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

The Macbook Air Mid 2012 is a one PCI Express lane (max) laptop.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

Across all the laptops of a comparable age and spec to the Macbook Air Mid 2012 the total storage capacity range from 120GB to 1TB. With a total storage capacity of only 128 gigabytes, the Macbook Air Mid 2012's total storage capacity is one of the smallest amongst similar spec laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Macbook Air Mid 2012.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of similar spec portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Macbook Air Mid 2012 range from 1GHz to 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.3GHz. With a processor clock speed of only 1.8 gigahertz, the Apple Macbook Air Mid 2012 has one of the slower processor clock speeds amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the Macbook Air Mid 2012, the Macbook Air Mid 2012 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

At only 2.8 gigahertz, the Apple Macbook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type. The average maximum turbo frequency of MacBooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the Macbook Air Mid 2012 is 3.3GHz.

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Very Low Speaker Power

The lowest speaker power of comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Air Mid 2012 is 1W and the highest is 1.5W. With an speaker power of only 1 Watt, the Macbook Air Mid 2012 has one of the lower speaker power amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

The battery capacities of similar spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the Macbook Air Mid 2012 range from 35Wh to 95Wh, and the average battery capacity is 75Wh. The Macbook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly small battery capacity (only 50 watt-hours) compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released more than two years ago.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Apple Macbook Air Mid 2012

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Apple laptop has been on the market for over four years.

Average Internal Memory

The Macbook Air Mid 2012 has a relatively standard internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

The Apple Macbook Air Mid 2012 has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family which is better than the AMD E processor family found on most portable PCs of a comparable type and age to it.

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1440 X 900 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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Average Battery Life

At 7 hours, the Apple Macbook Air Mid 2012 has a pretty average battery life compared to most of the other portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Average Screen Size

The Macbook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly standard screen size (13.3 inches) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the Macbook Air Mid 2012.

If this MacBook screen size is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Macbook Pro Late 2011 (15.4" and higher rated), or the Macbook Pro Retina (£2,999.99) (15.4" and higher rated) both from Apple.

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Housing Material
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Product Type
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Cache
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Flash Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
Display Surface
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Open GL Graphics Adapter
Maximum Resolution
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Combo Port
DC-In Jack
S/PDIF Out 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
Island-Style Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Bundled Software
Processor Special Features
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
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
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Operational Conditions
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
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Other Features

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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
Prix de l'option sur le modle 11"
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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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Manufacturer Part Numbers apple md231, apple md231b, apple md231ba
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2 core Intel Core i5 1.8GHz 8GB 128GB SSD 13.3"
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4 core Intel Core i7 2.6GHz 8GB 512GB SSD 15.4"
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2 core Intel Core i5 1.8GHz 8GB 128GB SSD 13.3"
£ 2,265.98
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Macbook Pro Retina vs Macbook Air Mid 2012

Apple Macbook Pro Retina vs Apple Macbook Air Mid 2012
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4 core Intel Core i7 16GB 1TB SSD 15.4"
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2 core Intel Core i5 1.8GHz 8GB 128GB SSD 13.3"
£ 2,999.99
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