Apple Macbook Air 11 inch 2011-07 MC968D/A


Apple Macbook Air 11 inch 2011-07 MC968D/ANotebook: Apple Macbook Air 11 inch 2011-07 MC968D/A (MacBook Air Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 2467M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.1kg
Price: 1000 euro
Average Score: 82.36% - good
Average of 22 scores (from 31 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 84%, features: 73%, display: 80% mobility: 75%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 85%, emissions: 78%

Reviews for the Apple Macbook Air 11 inch 2011-07 MC968D/A

80% Apple MacBook Air 11in (Mid-2011) 64GB review
Source: PC Advisor English
The 11in MacBook Air is exactly the same price as Asus' 11in contender, although with only half the RAM and SSD space. But what it lacks in these respects it makes up for in build quality – especially when it comes to the screen – and for giving you the option to have a machine running both Windows 7 and Mac OS X.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 70% ergonomy: 90%
80% Macbook Air 11.6 Mid-2011 Review: Small But Powerful
Source: English
The new Mac OS X Lion brings a lot of improvements and above all some nice new features: LaunchPad, Mission Control, Versions, Auto Save, Resume, Air Drop, Mac App Store, the redesigned Mail app, full screen apps and new multi-touch gestures. Couple that with a slim profile and a body that weighs next to nothing and you’ve got a $999 that may actually worth the effort.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/21/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% features: 100% display: 80% ergonomy: 80%
90% Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (2011) review
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Air was derided when it was first launched, and to some extent, rightly so. It was too slow and an example of form over function. With the 2011 refresh, Apple has managed to keep the remarkable form, but also add some internals that make this more than just a rich person's plaything. Now, the Air is an excellent day-to-day laptop, and one that we think most people will find more than adequate for their needs. Unless those needs are crunching the data that comes out of the CERN supercollider. If nothing else, Intel's Ultrabook specification proves that Apple had the right idea when it first launched the Air. There is demand for these small laptops, and it's possible to build them and make them objects of desire while remaining useful.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/14/2011
Rating: Total score: 90%
90% Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (2011)
Source: PC World India English
The Apple 11-inch MacBook Air is almost flawless when it comes to its build quality as well as its physical appearance and feel. Add to that the fact that Air's performance statistics trounce those of even some mainstream laptops, makes the option of buying this Mac unit all the more attractive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/09/2011
Rating: Total score: 90%
60% Apple MacBook Air 11-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
With the removal of the MacBook 13, the MacBook Air 11 is now Apple's least expensive laptop available. While the 2011 update has brought some marked improvement in performance, it doesn't address enough of the other issues to make it a great replacement for the MacBook Pro. It certainly is extremely small and light but this is not a great primary computer due to the memory and storage concerns.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/21/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
Apple MacBook Air 11in vs iPad 2 head-to-head review
Source: English
Although it's technically a draw, the MacBook Air wins out in key areas of performance, interface and connectivity. The laptop is definitely the better option for productivity on the move, and can be used in an office because it has excellent specifications. Those who just want to browse the internet on the move would be better suited to the iPad 2. We recommend buying a Wi-Fi-only iPad 2 and using the extra money to invest in a mobile phone contract with a generous data allowance. The tablet can be tethered to the smartphone when Wi-Fi is not available, and this will save on having to pay two separate contracts. Given the choice, V3 definitely opts for the laptop over the tablet, as it is so much more useful and is definitely worth the extra investment. WINNER- MacBook Air.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/01/2011
80% Apple Macbook Air 11in (2011 model) laptop computer
Source: Computer Active English
We reviewed Apple's last Macbook Air just over seven months ago, but this latest version has some new hardware and the latest version of Apple's OS X operating system. The inclusion of the latest version of the operating system, OS X Lion, is the most important change, and it worked well on the Macbook Air. This is an excellent but expensive laptop, but it is a pleasure to use and looks great.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/11/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Apple MacBook Air 11in (Mid-2011) review
Source: PC Advisor English
Since the company has discontinued its popular white MacBook, the Apple MacBook Air 11in (Mid-2011) now stands alone as the most affordable Mac portable. At £849, you get 2GB memory and 64GB of solid-state drive; another £150 doubles both those specs to a decent 4GB and 128GB storage. Whether you’re a student or business professional, it’s a great carry-anywhere laptop with more power than we’d imagine was possible at this size, yet still providing decent battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/10/2011
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 80% ergonomy: 100%
Apple MacBook Air 11in vs 13in video review
Source: English
video review
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/10/2011
80% 11-inch MacBook Air 2011 review
Source: Techradar English
We have no hesitation in recommending the 2011 11-inch MacBook Air, but before spending £1,399 on this expensively customised model, you should ask yourself if you really need the extra power and storage. If you want your Air as a convenient portable Mac to supplement to your main machine, you might be better off with an entry-level model.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/09/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Apple MacBook Air - 11 inches, 2011
Source: Digital Versus English
A year after the Core 2 Duo MacBook Airs, Apple has now included the Core i5 in its 11.6-inch. The MacBook Air 11.6-inch 2011 still offers a very good performance to size ratio. This ultraportable laptop continues to get more powerful but Apple hasn't redesigned the cooling system to cope with this. Plus, the connectivity is still just as lite.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/05/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Lab Tests: Build-to-Order Core i7 MacBook Airs
Source: PC World English
How fast is a MacBook Air when it's powered by an Intel Core i7 processor? Now that we've posted performance reports for the standard-configuration MacBook Airs, it was time to turn our attention to testing the optional, build-to-order (BTO) configurations of Apple's latest line of ultra-portable computers.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/02/2011
94% Apple MacBook Air (11.6-Inch, 2011 Version)
Source: Computer Shopper English
When the 11.6-inch MacBook Air was originally released in 2010, the word "netbook" was bandied about, as if the Air had anything in common with these portable, but not exactly powerful, mini laptops. A strong boost in CPU power puts the MacBook Air in the performance zone of the more expensive MacBook Pro, floating it well above its ultraportable competition.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 94%
67% Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 128GB Mid 2011
Source: It Pro English
Apple's dinkiest and most desirable ultraportable is also its most affordable, but is it a false economy? Alan Lu finds out in our review.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 67%
Tested: Core i5 MacBook Airs Zoom Past Predecessors
Source: PC World English
And finally, for those of you lamenting the dearly departed MacBook, our test results show the new $999 MacBook Air to be much faster in our file duplication and unzipping tests, and faster in our processor tests-but as we've seen before, slower in the graphics tests.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/29/2011
The 2011 MacBook Air (11 & 13-inch)
Source: AnandTech English
Whereas last year's MacBook Air was a good machine for light work, the 2011 models are true replacements for mainstream portable Macs. There's still no dethroning the MacBook Pro (although the 13-inch model clearly needs a higher resolution display option), but for the rest of the world there are now some excellent ultra portable options that don't force you to really compromise on performance.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/28/2011
80% Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (mid 2011) review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Apple MacBook Air 11in (mid 2011) is clearly a machine for the well heeled, with a starting price of £850 and desirable configurations coming in over £1,000. Nonetheless, it is far from a frivolous purchase. Its styling and build are unrivalled, it has plenty enough performance for everyday computing, it'll at least half a working day on battery, and the improvements to MacOSX make it a lovely system to use. It does lack connectivity right out of the box (even eshewing the SD card slot of its 13in sibling) but, thanks to its ThunderBolt port, it can actually connect to just about anything you desire with the right adapter (once they become available). Many competitors are getting close but right now the Air is still flying high.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/28/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 80% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 100%
Apple MacBook Air 11in video review
Source: English
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/28/2011
100% Apple MacBook Air 11in review
Source: English
We tallied up the total of our high-end device including the cost Thunderbolt, Ethernet, VGA, Airline Power accessories and it came to £1,513. With insurance another £200, the high-end device isn't going to be cheap.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/27/2011
Rating: Total score: 100%
70% Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (Thunderbolt)
Source: PC Mag English
So how does the Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (Thunderbolt) stack up in the category its predecessor shaped? It's certainly a fine laptop, with plenty of features you'll only get from Apple, like outstanding design, a highly refined multitouch trackpad, and OS X Lion. But you'll have to sacrifice several features that come standard on other 11-inch laptops, like all-day battery life, an Ethernet port, SD card reader, and significant storage space. The Editors' Choice Alienware M11xr3 and Lenovo X120e provide all these features, with superior performance to boot. When judged purely on its feature set the MacBook Air 11-inch (Thunderbolt) comes up short compared with its peers. But with its light weight, striking looks, and Apple's well-deserved reputation for reliability, the MacBook Air 11-inch (Thunderbolt) presents a compelling package for Apple devotees.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/25/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
90% Thin FTW: Apple`s New Mac Book Air
Source: Wired Magazine English
Indeed, the new MacBook Air provides an unbearable lightness of being that seamlessly marries brute computing muscle with unprecedented portability. There’s little reason to doubt that it may ultimately change our perception of what can be accomplished, technologically speaking, in small packages.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 07/25/2011
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, Summer 2011)
Source: CNet English
Last October, Apple's 11-inch MacBook Air debuted. The tiny, slim ultraportable was the smallest laptop Apple had ever made. This year's 11-inch MacBook Air improves on last year's model in several significant ways and is by far the fastest ultraportable you're likely to find, though some users will consider the limited flash storage space to be a hindrance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/23/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% mobility: 80%
70% Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, 2011) Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
We're just not sure consumers want to use an 11-inch laptop as their primary computer. Frequent travelers and students would, but a few family members and co-workers said they would prefer a larger 13-inch screen. Apple offers that, too, but you'll need to spend either $1,199 for the 13-inch MacBook Pro or $1,299 for the 13-inch MacBook Air. The 11-inch MacBook Air is a very good ultraportable, but some shoppers will prefer one of Apple's other options as an everyday notebook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/20/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%

Foreign Reviews

Neuer Wind für Apples Air: MacBook Air 11" und 13" im Test
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 09/29/2011
77% Apple Macbook Air 11 im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/16/2011
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 81% features: 71% display: 74% mobility: 78% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 85%
85% Apple MacBook Air 11" Core i5 1.6 GHz 128GB (Mid 2011)
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/22/2011
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 80% display: 95% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 85% emissions: 70%
Apple MacBook Air 11 (Mid 2011)
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/12/2011
Rating: performance: 70% features: 20% display: 70% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 50%
89% Test: Macbook Air 11- und 13-Zoll
Source: Mac Welt German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 07/29/2011
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 92% features: 83% ergonomy: 81%
80% MacBook Air 11,6 Zoll im Test
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/25/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 80%
苹果的变与不变 新MacBook Air国内首测
Source: PC zh-CN→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/27/2011
100% Macbook Air 2011
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/15/2011
Rating: Total score: 100%


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 3000: Integrated graphics card in the Intel Sandy Bridge processors (Core ix-2xxx). The HD 3000 is the faster (internally GT2 called) version with 12 Execution Units (EUs).

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

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

2467M: Power saving ULV processor clocked at 1.6-2.3 GHz due to Turbo boost. Offers an integrated HD 3000 clocked at slow 350 / 1150 MHz and a DDR3-1333 memory controller.» 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.

1.1 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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82.36%: 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

» Asus UX21E-KX020V
Core i3 2367M, 1.1 kg
» Acer Iconia W700P-2365
Core i3 2375M, 0.95 kg
» Acer Aspire V5-171-6675
Core i3 2377M, 1.4 kg
» Asus VivoBook Q200
Core i3 2365M, 1.4 kg
» Asus VivoBook X202E-CT006H
Pentium 987, 1.4 kg
» Acer Iconia Tab W700-323c4G06as
Core i3 2365M, 1 kg
» Acer Aspire V5-171-32364G32ASS
Core i3 2367M, 1.3 kg
» Acer Aspire V5-171-6605
Core i3 2367M, 1.4 kg
» Sony Vaio SV-T1111M1ES
Core i3 2367M, 1.4 kg
» Acer Travelmate B113-M-323a4G50ikk
Core i3 2377M, 1.38 kg
» HP Pavilion dm1-4054nr
Core i3 2367M, 1.6 kg
» Samsung Series 7 XE700T1A-H01DE
Core i5 2467M, 0.88 kg
» Asus Zenbook UX21E-DH52
Core i5 2467M, 1.2 kg
» Asus U24E
Core i5 2430M, 1.5 kg
» Asus UX21E-KX002V
Core i5 2467M, 1.1 kg
» Asus UX21E-KX008V
Core i7 2677M, 1.1 kg
» Asus UX21E-KX004X
Core i5 2537M, 1.1 kg
» Samsung 700T1A-A03US
Core i5 2467M, 0.9 kg
» Asus Zenbook UX21E-DH71
Core i7 2677M, 1.2 kg
» Samsung 900X1B-A03AT
Core i5 2467M, 1 kg
» Asus Zenbook UX21E-KX004V
Core i5 2467M, 1.148 kg
» Samsung 900X1B-A01RU
Core i3 2357M, 1.1 kg
» Samsung XE700T1A-A01US
Core i5 2467M, 1.2 kg
» Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E120
Core i3 2357M, 1.5 kg
» Asus UX21
Core i7 2677M, 1.147 kg
» Samsung 900X1B-A02
Core i3 2357M, 1.072 kg
» Samsung 300U1A-A01
Core i3 2357M, 1.2 kg
» Lenovo X121e-204562U
Core i3 2357M, 1.55 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2011-08- 9 (Update: 2012-05-26)