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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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3 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

Based on 3,157 expert and owner reviews, Apple has excellent ratings for its notebook PCs. Apple also has excellent ratings specifically within its MacBooks range compared to other brands.

Has a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other MacBooks that were launched more than two years ago, the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a full-size keyboard.

Alternative notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available which you might want to consider include the Apple Macbook Air Early 2014 which has better reviews.

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802.11n Wi-Fi Standards

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n wi-Fi standards, which is the most frequently found wi-Fi standards on portable PCs of this age and spec.

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11 Reasons Against

Only One Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes

Most MacBooks that have been around for more than two years have between 1 and 15 maximum number of PCI Express laness, including the MacBook Air Mid 2012 which has one maximum number of PCI Express lanes.

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Does Not Have a Front Camera

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 does not have a front camera, unlike most of the other portable PCs of this age and type which have a front camera.

We compared this laptop to all the other laptops with a front camera and we think the Apple Macbook Air Early 2014 is also worth considering.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of notebook PCs of this age and type is 410GB. At only 128 gigabytes, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 128GB total storage capacity portable PCs currently available including the MacBook Air Mid 2012, or the Macbook Pro Late 2012 both from Apple which has better reviews.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 13.3 inches, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has one of the smaller display diagonals amongst similar spec laptops of this age. The average display diagonal of notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 is 14".

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Quite Small Internal Memory

The internal memorys of MacBooks that are a comparable age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 range from 4GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 8.5GB. At only 4 gigabytes, the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Short Battery Life (max)

At only 7 hours, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a quite short battery life (max) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec. Laptops that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 have battery life (max)s of between 5h and 720h, and the average battery life (max) is 28h.

If this portable PC battery life (max) is not long enough for you then you might want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (8h) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 does not have a touchscreen. Most of the other laptops of this age and spec also do not have a touchscreen.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

When compared to other portable PCs that came out more than two years ago that we have checked, the maximum internal memory of the MacBook Air Mid 2012 of only 8 gigabytes is one of the smallest. The smallest maximum internal memory of comparable spec laptops that were released more than two years ago is 8GB, the biggest is 16GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 11GB.

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Only 128 Solid-State Drive Capacitys

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 is a 128 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity portable PC. Most of the other laptops of this type and age have between 128 and 999 solid-state drive capacitys.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)

The Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has one of the smaller battery capacity (Watt hours)s (only 63.5 watt-hours) amongst comparable spec laptops of this age. The smallest battery capacity (Watt hours) of laptops that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 is 35Wh and the biggest is 95Wh.

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Only One Thunderbolt Ports Quantity

The Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 is a one thunderbolt ports quantity laptop. Most of the other laptops of this spec and age have one thunderbolt ports quantity.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012

Released Over Four Years Ago

Apple released the MacBook Air Mid 2012 over four years ago.

Average Processor Frequency

At 2.5 gigahertz, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a pretty typical processor frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 2.5GHz processor clock speed laptops currently available including the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2012 which has better reviews.

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SSD Storage Media

This laptop has an SSD storage media, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable age and spec 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.

We compared this laptop to all the other notebook PCs that have an SSD storage media and we think because of it's better review score, the MacBook Pro Late 2013 Retina, and the MacBook Air Early 2014 both from Apple is also worth considering.

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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 notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to it. Most MacBooks that have been available for around the same time as it have an Intel Core i7 processor family.

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Average Weight

At 2.1 kilograms, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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Specification

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Conflict Free Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
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PCI Express Slots Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configurations
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
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ECC Supported by Processor
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Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
Display Surface
Display Number of Colours
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
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Optical Drive
DVD+R Write Speed
DVD+R Read Speed
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LightScribe
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Audio
Built-In Microphone
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Audio System
Networking
Bluetooth Version
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Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
3G
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
TV Out Port
DC-In Jack
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Thunderbolt Ports Quantity
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Ports
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DVI Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Sets
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Embedded Options Available
Intel® Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel 64
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Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
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Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
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Power Auto-Sensing
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Security
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Packaging Data
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Manual
Quick Start Guide
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Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)

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Expert Reviews

(102)
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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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Manufacturer Part Numbers apple md231, apple md231b, apple md231ba

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