Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2012-06 MD223D/A


Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2012-06 MD223D/ANotebook: Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2012-06 MD223D/A (MacBook Air Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.07kg
Price: 1049 euro
Average Score: 84.36% - good
Average of 14 scores (from 17 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 84%, features: 63%, display: 78% mobility: 91%, workmanship: 98%, ergonomy: 93%, emissions: 87%

Reviews for the Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2012-06 MD223D/A

88% Review Apple MacBook Air 11 Mid 2012 Subnotebook | Notebookcheck
Fresh Air. Cupertino's smallest notebook receives new components in Apple's mid 2012 update. Cornerstones of the new Macbook Air 11 are the Ivy Bridge processors, flash storage, an 11.6" display and new USB 3.0 ports. Have various Ultrabooks caused the air to get thinner?
70% Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (Mid 2012)
Source: PC Mag English
The MacBook Air 11-inch (Mid 2012) is a great laptop for writers. It's light at less than 2.5 pounds, and even if you cart along the AC adapter, you're still carrying less than 3 pounds. It's speedy enough for day to day use, and its keyboard is more comfortable to use than the virtual keyboard on a tablet. Unfortunately, ultrabooks like the Asus Zenbook Prime have caught up in features: the UX31A is imperceptibly heavier, yet has a larger 1080p screen and much more storage space on its SSD. Full blown business ultraportables like the Editors' Choice Lenovo ThinkPad X230 are better still at most tasks, including battery life and storage. The 11-inch MacBook Pro is best as a secondary laptop for when you need more than a tablet.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/21/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Apple MacBook Air 11" (2012)
Source: Digital Versus English
Apple just couldn't let summer end without a new 11-inch MacBook Air. The 2012 version of the MacBook Air 11" has added processor power and battery life to the 2011 stock and is just as excellent of a deal in terms of size, capability and make. On the downside, it's still lacking in all the same areas: skimpy connectivity, problematic heat dissipation and an overly glossy display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/03/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Apple MacBook Air (11.6-Inch, 2012 Version) Review and Ratings
Source: Computer Shopper English
When we looked at the mid-2012 model of the larger-screened 13.3-inch MacBook Air, we were quick to point out that, impressive as it is, we've seen quite a few Windows ultrabooks with similar displays and internals but lower prices. But that's not so much the case with the smaller model. We've reviewed Asus' 2011 ZenBook UX21, but as of this writing, we haven't yet seen the Asus UX21A with its newer "Ivy Bridge" processor and backlit keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/16/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
The 2012 MacBook Air (11 & 13-inch) Review
Source: AnandTech English
The MacBook Air is in its third iteration of the current design and it's tangibly better than the two that came before it. The 2010 (and older) models are just plain slow by comparison. Thanks to architectural, frequency and thermal improvements, one of the cores from a 2012 MacBook Air ends up being faster than two from a 2010 MBA. In other words, the 2012 models end up being more than twice as fast as the 2010 models in many of our CPU bound tests.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 07/16/2012
90% Apple MacBook Air 11in (Mid-2012) review
Source: PC Advisor English
Looking beyond our misgivings over the cheaper screen, the 2012 MacBook Air 11in is an improvement in every direction for the smallest and cutest Mac portable ever made.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/11/2012
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 80% ergonomy: 90%
80% MacBook Air 2012 review
Source: T3 English
In terms of performance and usability it's hard to fault the 2012 Apple MacBook Air. It may not have the sheer power of its MacBook Pro brethren, but it's hardly a slacker either with the third-generation Intel Core power making for a much slicker experience than last year's range.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/06/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Apple MacBook Air 11.6-inch (2012) Review
Source: Digital Versus English
After a year of releases from PC manufacturers, the MacBook Air remains the ultra-thin laptop that sets the standard for the industry. Its build quality, design, and value are difficult for any PC alternative to match. Most can rival the MacBook Air in one or two areas but don’t offer the complete package.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/03/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Apple 2012 MacBook Air 11-inch Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Apple's 2012 refresh of the MacBook Air 11 brings with it some significant improvements from the past base $999 model but this isn't the huge revision many had hoped for. The chassis is still the same extremely thin and light platform as before making it the smallest of the 11-inch laptops on the market. The changes instead are all internal with a newer Core i5 processor that gives a slight performance improvement and better graphics, 4GB of memory instead of 2GB and USB 3.0 ports.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/25/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Apple MacBook Air review (11-inch, Summer 2012)
Source: CNet English
Remember Netbooks and ultraportable laptops? Those 10- and 11-inchers were all the rage a few years ago, but thanks to the rise of larger-screened ultrabooks and smaller-screened tablets, they've been disappearing from the computer landscape. The new 11-inch MacBook Air is every bit as fast as the 13-inch Air, despite its smaller size, but you'll give up 2 hours of battery life in the bargain.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/25/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% MacBook Air Mid 2012 Review
Source: Hardwareheaven English
Looking first to the build quality of the new 2012 MacBook Air we have a device which very much looks and feels like the previous model. That isn't a bad thing though as the quality of that older model was top notch in many regards. We get a nice sturdy metal casing which is manufactured to a high standard. Each section fits the next perfectly and we noted no defects or imperfections on our model.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/19/2012
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 80% workmanship: 100%
90% Apple MacBook Air 11in 2012
Source: Reg Hardware English
This year’s MacBook Air hasn’t been reinvented in the same way as the MacBook Pro has. It’s essentially a housekeeping update that introduces Intel's Ivy Bridge platform and at long last brings in USB 3. Existing owners won’t need to rush out and upgrade, but this update should keep the MacBook Air competitive with all its Ultrabook rivals for the rest of this year.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/18/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%

Foreign Reviews

11 Zoll MacBook Air mit "Haswell" im Test
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/30/2013
81% Das kleinste MacBook mit Ivy-Bridge-Power
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/11/2012
Rating: Total score: 81% price: 80% performance: 83% features: 54% display: 68% mobility: 94% ergonomy: 95%
Test: 11" und 13" Apple MacBook Air
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 08/01/2012
92% Test: Apple MacBook Air 11" Core i5 1.7 GHz 128GB (2012) "Ein Kilo Leistung, bitte!"
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/22/2012
Rating: Total score: 92% performance: 85% display: 90% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 95% emissions: 90%
80% MacBook Air 11 pulgadas (mid 2012)
Source: MuyComputer Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/10/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Поспели! Обзор ноутбуков Apple MacBook Air 11 и MacBook Air 13 образца 2012 года
Source: RU→EN
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 08/22/2012


Series: The original MacBook Air, “the world’s thinnest notebook” was introduced at the 2008 keynote by Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs. Key advantages are thinness, durability, high quality display especially the input device when compare with other netbook at the time. However, it was also heavily criticized for lack of Optical Disc, only one USB port, not user-removable battery among other things. At that time, nobody knows that these disadvantages of the MacBook Air series would be the pinnacle of Intel’s concept for next generation notebooks which will be the newest trend for 2012.

In 2011, Apple has introduced the latest update of the MacBook Air Series, with Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge Series, which doubling the performance. Major advantages of the 2011 MacBook Air in our reviews are the light weight, outstanding, unrivalled design and robust build quality thanks to the aluminum case, very good backlit keyboard plus glass track pad, as well as a very good performance for a subnotebook. The 2011 MacBook Air still shares some of the original’s disadvantages like limited ports, heavily reflective display, non-upgradeable memory and non-user-removable battery. Still, the MacBook Air outclasses almost every other Ultrabook out there with its advantage, save only for Samsung’s newest Series 9 model. On average, the review-ratings are very good, which always assure a place in the top 3 Subnotebook of Notebookcheck.

Rumor has it that Apple will introduce the new MacBook Air within a month during Apple’s usual WWDC with Retina-display, USB 3.0 and Ivy-bridge processor, so stay tune for the newest update of the most popular Ultrabook from the tech giant in Cupertino.

Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

3317U: Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.7 - 2.6 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1050 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

11.6": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.07 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Apple: Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation which designs and manufactures consumer electronics and software products. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system but nowadays Macbooks are also able to run Windows. The company operates more than 250 retail stores in nine countries and an online store where hardware and software products are sold. Established in California in 1977, Apple has about 35,000 employees worldwide and had worldwide annual sales of US$ 32.48 billion in its fiscal year 2008. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

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84.36%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

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Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G1
Core i5 3437U, 1.4 kg
» Asus Taichi 21-CW005H
Core i5 3317U, 1.25 kg
» Acer Travelmate X313-M-6824
Core i3 3229Y, 0.8 kg
» Acer Iconia W701
Core i5 3337U, 1 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z10t-A-111
Core i5 3339Y, 1.5 kg
» Samsung ATIV Tab 7 XE700T1C-G01DE
Core i5 3317U, 0.9 kg
» Acer Aspire P3-171-3322Y4G12AS
Core i3 3229Y, 1.4 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z10t-A-106
Core i5 3439Y, 1.5 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s-59377342
Core i5 3339Y, 1.3 kg
» Acer Aspire P3-171-6408
Core i3 3229Y, 1.4 kg
» Gigabyte S1185
Core i5 3337U, 1 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130-NZU8CGE
Core i3 3217U, 1.5 kg
» Acer Aspire P3-171-5333Y4G12as
Core i5 3339Y, 0.8 kg
» Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2
Core i5 3427U, 1.13 kg
» MSI S20-0M-009PL
Core i5 3337U, 1.2 kg
» Acer Aspire P3-171-3322Y2G06as
Core i3 3229Y, 1.338 kg
» Asus UX21A-K1004H
Core i5 3317U, 1.1 kg
» Acer Iconia W700P-53334G12as
Core i5 3317U, 1 kg
» Toshiba WT310
Core i5 3339Y, 0.825 kg
» Asus Taichi 21-CW009H
Core i7 3517U, 1.25 kg
» Acer Aspire S7-191-53334G12ASS
Core i5 3337U, 1 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z10t
Core i5 3339Y, 1.435 kg
» Gigabyte U2142-CF1
Core i5 3337U, 1.4 kg
» HP EliteBook Revolve 810
Core i5 3437U, 1.352 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
Core i5 3427U, 2.5 kg
» Acer Aspire P3
Core i5 3339Y, 1.4 kg
» MSI S20-i541 UltraSlider
Core i5 3337U, 1.16 kg
» Medion Akoya E6232-MD99222
Core i3 3120M, 2.5 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-06-20 (Update: 2012-06-20)