Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2012-06 MD231LL/A

Specifications

Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2012-06 MD231LL/ANotebook: Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2012-06 MD231LL/A (MacBook Air Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 3427U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.35kg
Price: 1249 euro
Average Score: 86% - good
Average of 21 scores (from 27 reviews)
price: 82%, performance: 85%, features: 75%, display: 81% mobility: 88%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 88%, emissions: 90%

Reviews for the Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2012-06 MD231LL/A

88% Review Apple MacBook Air 13 Mid 2012 Subnotebook | Notebookcheck
Ivy Air. Sounds like an airline, but it is the newest generation of Apple's successful subnotebooks. We tested the entry-level model featuring a 13.3-inch screen and Intel's Core i5. Its exterior is - as always - (virtually) nothing new.
90% Apple MacBook Air 13in (Mid-2012) review
Source: PC Advisor English
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 also appreciate the even quieter fan. This is the original ultrabook, and with extra details and quality touches it still beats all Ultrabooks we’ve seen so far.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/09/2012
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 90% ergonomy: 90%
90% Apple MacBook Air 13in review
Source: Reg Hardware English
Overall, I found the combination of weight, features and performance to be ideal. Used constantly over several weeks, it made itself a strong candidate to be the nicest laptop I’ve ever used. It’s just a shame that even the 256GB Core i5 model can’t accommodate my iTunes and iPhoto libraries…
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/27/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
100% Apple MacBook Air 13''
Source: Digital Versus English
With a design that never seems to date and an impeccable finish, the 2012 13" MacBook Air packs excellent levels of processing power and a monster battery life into a sleek, compact casing. The new MacBook Air has so many great features that you'll soon get over the fact that its screen isn't quite as good as the displays in certain rivals (although it's still above average) and that it's lacking a few connections.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/10/2012
Rating: Total score: 100%
100% Apple Macbook Air 13 inch mid-2012 review
Source: Computer Active English
Tweaks to the innards of the Macbook Air, especially the inclusion of 4GB of memory and USB3 as standard, have made this an even better laptop than before. It is still expensive – this model costs £999 – but it is excellent value if you need a lightweight laptop. For all the Ultrabooks we've seen, none can quite match the Macbook Air.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/20/2012
Rating: Total score: 100%
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 13" Mid-2012 Review
Source: Techspot English
The mid-2012 MacBook Air is a very solid offering and continues to be a target for many notebook manufacturers, and for good reason. Four years after its unveiling, the Air is still one of the sexiest notebooks on the market and with the recent slight price adjustment, it seems to be competing well even on value terms. Intel is likely to put some extra pressure on the Air with second and third generation ultrabooks, many of which are shaping up to be real contenders, at least on paper. But even still, the Air is the system that all other Windows ultrabooks strive to be like and that’s quite the complement.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/16/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
90% Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid-2012) review
Source: Pocket Lint English
We aren't sure what has happened, but it very much appears that Apple laptops are no longer all that much more expensive than a decent PC. The Dell XPS 13 uses older tech, but still costs nearly the same as this 13-inch Air. Arguably, the Air offers a lot of advantages too. The screen is 16:10, which, for most computer use is far better than that stupid 16:9 ratio, foisted upon us by HD television.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/10/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2012 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Apple has updated what was already one of the better ultraportable laptops on the market to keep it competitive, with a downright impressive set of specification upgrades and (in theory) some of the best connectivity going thanks to its dual USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt combination. However, we can’t say we’re not disappointed to have the same old 1,440 x 900 TN screen rather than an IPS-panel Retina display, especially since some of the competition will be packing 1,600 x 900 or even 1080p IPS screens on their premium 13in Ultrabooks.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/04/2012
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 90% display: 80% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 90%
80% Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (Mid 2012)
Source: PC Mag English
Apple has given the MacBook Pro 13-inch some real improvements, and the end result is a laptop that's worth buying—if you're due for a new one anyway. Owners of the previous MacBook Pro 13-inch (Late 2011) or the previous MacBook Pro 13-inch (Thunderbolt) may want to stick with the current model. Last year's model upgraded to second-generation Core processors from the two-year old Core Duo, which saw much more dramatic improvements in performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/03/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% MacBook Air 2012 review
Source: Techradar English
It's easy for us to recommend the newest MacBook Air, because it's a fantastic machine. But, unlike this time last year, there are other impressive lightweight options out there. So be sure to check out our Best Ultrabook feature and reviews to see if the MacBook Air is the right ultra-portable notebook for you.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/29/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Apple 2012 MacBook Air 13-inch Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Apple's MacBook Air 13 refresh may be most notable for its $100 price drop from last years model but this ultrathin and light design that is several years old still holds up well even compared to the onslaught of competition from the second generation of ultrabooks. Performance has improved as has battery life thanks to the new Ivy Bridge based dual core processor. Storage and memory remain unchanged but now external expansion is improved with USB 3.0.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/26/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Apple MacBook Air review (13-inch, Summer 2012)
Source: CNet English
Not too long ago, the MacBook Air practically stood alone in the computer landscape with its unique blend of design, size, and performance, an improvement on the thin laptop with low-voltage CPU. This year's MacBook Air opts for gradual improvements rather than anything revolutionary, but lowered prices continue to make it the go-to mainstream recommendation for any MacBook owner-to-be.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/18/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
MacBook Air review (13-inch, mid 2012)
Source: Engadget English
At first blush, the MacBook Air doesn't appear to have changed much between 2011 and 2012: it looks exactly the same, save for those USB 3.0 ports and new MagSafe2 connector, and even the 50Wh battery remains unchanged. As for those faster Ivy Bridge processors, well, every PC maker is refreshing their Ultrabooks with Intel's new chips, if they haven't already.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/18/2012
MacBook Air 13-inch Review (mid-2012)
Source: Slashgear English
With the PC industry throwing every ultrabook it can come up with at the market in the hope of scoring a win, Apple has done exactly what it needs to with the MacBook Air. Faster, more flexible and cheaper, it presents the strongest challenge from an Air model to-date. That’s certainly enough to leave it as our choice of ultraportable notebook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/17/2012
90% Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2012) Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The 13-inch MacBook Air remains our favorite ultraportable notebook. In addition to best-in-class ergonomics, loud speakers and a svelte profile, you now get faster performance and much longer battery life than the Ultrabook competition for $100 less than before. The only reason we dropped the rating from a perfect 5 stars to 4.5 stars is because some Ultrabooks offer higher-resolution screens and more compact designs.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/15/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2012)
Source: PC Mag English
The new Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2012) is a simple upgrade of the class-leading line, with a $100 price drop. Although a new processor gives you a little extra performance and some tests, the real additions are things like the new (for Mac) USB 3.0 ports and free upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/15/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Apple MacBook Air 13-inch review
Source: CNet English
Few companies generate anything like the buzz that Apple does for its new products, with rumours flying around months before an official announcement is made. The new 13-inch Apple MacBook Air is as thin and stunningly designed as ever, but it's now packing the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processor, making it more formidable for graphics tasks and bringing those all-important high-speed USB 3.0 ports. It's still going to cost you a pretty penny though.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/14/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Apple MacBook Air (13.3-Inch, 2012 Version) Review and Ratings
Source: Computer Shopper English
When it first launched in 2008, Apple’s sleek and skinny MacBook Air didn’t have much competition in the premium ultraportable market. With an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU and speedy USB 3.0 ports, Apple’s latest Air is still a strong candidate for best ultraportable available. But with the same chassis and screen resolution as last year’s models, it’s not the class-leader-by-a-mile that the previous version was.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/14/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
67% Apple MacBook Air 13in (2012) review
Source: PC Pro English
And that’s it. If you bought a MacBook Air last year, there frankly isn’t enough here to warrant an upgrade, but if you didn’t, there’s one more treat in store: it’s now £999 for the 128GB model and £1,249 for 256GB, down £100 in both cases. It was an attractive enough proposition before, but the 2012 model sets the bar exceedingly high for the impending wave of Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/14/2012
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 83% performance: 67% features: 100% ergonomy: 100%
Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2012
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Apple has updated what was already one of the better ultraportable laptops on the market to keep it competitive, with an impressive set of specification upgrades and the best connectivity going thanks to its dual USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt combination. However, we can’t say we’re not disappointed to have the same old screen rather than an IPS-panel Retina display, especially since some of the competition will be packing 1080p IPS screens on 11- and 13in Ultrabooks.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/14/2012

Foreign Reviews

84% Luftig-leichte Ultrabook-Konkurrenz
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/25/2012
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 83% performance: 83% features: 56% display: 69% mobility: 99% ergonomy: 100%
Test: 11" und 13" Apple MacBook Air
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 08/01/2012
91% Notebook für unterwegs
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/20/2012
Rating: Total score: 91% performance: 99% features: 78% display: 86% mobility: 97% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 92%
Back to the Future – 13 Zoll MacBook Air mit Core i5 Ivy-Bridge-Prozessor
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/02/2012
Rating: performance: 90% features: 50% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 50%
93% Test: Apple MacBook Air 13" Core i5 1.8 GHz 128GB (2012) Nur innere Werte aufgebohrt
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/21/2012
Rating: Total score: 93% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 95% emissions: 90%
Поспели! Обзор ноутбуков Apple MacBook Air 11 и MacBook Air 13 образца 2012 года
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 08/22/2012
83% Apple MacBook Air 2012 13"
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/23/2012
Rating: Total score: 83%

Comment

Model:

When the MacBook Air first came, it was the only one in its class. There weren’t any other competitors out there that could even get close to it. However, things changed a whole lot when Intel invented the Ultrabook category. We now have more than a hundred of models to choose from that could be potential MacBook air killers. Though they can feel the heat, Apple has stuck with the same design of the original Air for this current series with Ivy Bridge processors. Only a few details were changed such as the USB port. The older USB 2.0 has been replaced with a USB 3.0 port. Additionally, the MacBook Air can now be configured with more RAM and bigger storage space.

The good news is: the MacBook Air already has a design that is still one of the best in today’s market. Not many of those Ultra-thin Windows laptops can come close to the perfection of the Air. Keyboard and touchpad are still the best in its class and far better than most Ultrabooks we’ve seen.

The MacBook Air does lack in some areas though. The display is nice, but still has the 1440x900 pixel resolution, which is high but not as high as its bigger brother's, the MacBook Pro with retina display, and some other ultrabooks such as the Asus Zenbook Prime, too. It still lacks a memory card slot and the number of ports around the chassis is limited. The Asus Zenbook Prime and Samsung series 9 are both in the same class as the MacBook Air and in some ways better than it. Their prices are also close enough to keep the MacBook Air in the third place.

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.


3427U: Fast Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.8 - 2.8 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1150 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.35 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 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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86%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-06-19 (Update: 2012-06-19)