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Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012
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Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 2 Core Intel Core I7 2.9GHz 4GB 500GB SSD 13.3" Laptop

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12 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

Apple MacBooks have excellent reviews on average and across all laptops Apple is one of the best brands.

Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of MacBooks that were released around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012 is 1,000MHz, the fastest is 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz. The Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (1,250 megahertz) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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Very Fast Processor Clock Speed

The slowest processor clock speed of MacBooks that are a comparable age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 is 1GHz and the fastest is 3.1GHz. With a processor clock speed of 2.9 gigahertz, the MacBook Air Mid 2012's processor clock speed is one of the fastest amongst MacBooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Front Camera

The Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a front camera. Most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years also have a front camera.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other MacBooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7 processor family, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and type.

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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 the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most portable PCs that were released around the same time as it. This notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all portable PCs of this age and spec.

Amongst similar types of notebook PC 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 typical of many notebook PCs of this age and spec. 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.

There are a number of alternative laptops that have an SSD storage media currently available which you might also want to look at including the Apple MacBook Air Early 2014 which has better reviews.

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Quite Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a quite fast maximum turbo frequency (3.6 gigahertz) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the MacBook Air Mid 2012. MacBooks that were released more than two years ago have maximum turbo frequencies of between 2.5GHz and 4GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.3GHz.

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Very Fast DVD-RW Write Speed

When compared to other MacBooks that were released around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012, the MacBook Air Mid 2012's DVD-RW write speed of 8 CD-speeds is one of the fastest. The DVD-RW write speeds of comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 range from 4x to 8x.

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Very Fast DVD-RW Read Speed

The slowest DVD-RW read speed of MacBooks that have been around for more than two years is 6x, the fastest is 8x, and the average DVD-RW read speed is 6.3x. When compared to other MacBooks that are a comparable age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 that we have assessed the DVD-RW read speed of, the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012's DVD-RW read speed of 8 CD-speeds is one of the fastest.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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9 Reasons Against

Quite Small Screen Size

Similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 have screen sizes of between 11" and 16", and the average screen size is 14". The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a quite small screen size (only 13.3 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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Heavy

With a weight of 2.1 kilograms, the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 is one of the heavier notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 amongst similar spec laptops of this age. The average weight of laptops of this spec and age is 1.9kg, and the weights range from 920g to 2.6kg.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

When compared to other portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 that we have checked the internal memory of, the MacBook Air Mid 2012's internal memory of only 4 gigabytes is one of the smallest. The smallest internal memory of portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012 is 4GB and the biggest is 16GB.

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Very Short Battery Life

At only 7 hours, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly short battery life compared to most of the other MacBooks that were launched around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012. Across all the MacBooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012 the battery lifes range from 5h to 720h.

Laptops with a longer battery life that might also be worth looking at include the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (£595.00) (8h) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other laptops of a comparable spec and age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012, the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

Notebook PCs of this type and age have maximum internal memory of between 8GB and 16GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 12GB. At only 8 gigabytes, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Thick

MacBooks that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 have heights of between 13mm and 25mm. With a height of 24.1 millimeters, the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 is fairly thick compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been available for around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

The battery capacities of MacBooks that were released around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012 range from 35Wh to 95Wh. At only 63.5 watt-hours, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Only One Thunderbolt Port

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 is a one thunderbolt port laptop. Most of the other MacBooks that were released more than two years ago have one thunderbolt port.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012

Released Over Three Years Ago

This portable PC was released over three years ago.

Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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Specification

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Design
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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
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Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
Display Surface
Supported Number of Colours Display
HD Type
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-RW Write Speed
DVD-RW Read Speed
DVD-R Write Speed
DVD-R Read Speed
LghtScribe Feature
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Subwoofer
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
DC-In Jack
Combo Headphone/mic Port
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
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
Power Auto-Sensing
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
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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
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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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