Apple Macbook Air 11 inch 2011-07 MC969D/A


Apple Macbook Air 11 inch 2011-07 MC969D/ANotebook: Apple Macbook Air 11 inch 2011-07 MC969D/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: 1.07kg
Price: 1149 euro
Average Score: 86.6% - good
Average of 10 scores (from 14 reviews)
price: 68%, performance: 82%, features: 73%, display: 83% mobility: 88%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 92%, emissions: 87%

Reviews for the Apple Macbook Air 11 inch 2011-07 MC969D/A

88% Review Apple MacBook Air 11 Mid 2011 (1.6 GHz, 128 GB SSD) Subnotebook | Notebookcheck
Netbook? No thanks. The smallest and cheapest notebook that Apple currently has to offer is called the MacBook Air 11. It weighs in at less than a kilogram and is just 1.7 cm at its thickest point. On the outside: an aluminium unibody case. On the inside: a Sandy Bridge CPU which along with the SSD delivers superior performance.
80% Review: MacBook Air 11in Ultimate MD214
Source: Computing English
A very good laptop, uprated with the latest Intel processors, and also Apple's 10Gbit/s Thunderbolt connectivity. There are few Thunderbolt-enabled devices around, but expect more in 2012. The lack of USB 3.0 connectivity is a point against the MacBook Air and the price could cause a sharp increase in blood pressure.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Apple MacBook Air 11in Core i5 notebook
Source: Reg Hardware English
When's all said and done, to my surprise – my expectations being set by years of Mean Santa withholding features – it's an absolutely outstanding piece of kit. Design and execution are so professional that it's the sort of review where you start with 100 per cent, and knock off the odd one here and there. The overall experience is superb, and while the smallest Apple MacBook Air comes at a cost, it is a real advance in user expectations of how much a computer should weigh and what it should do.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/19/2011
Rating: Total score: 90%
Review: MacBook Air
Source: Gadgetmix English
Seeking a lighter, sleeker, more attractive business laptop? The Macbook Air was never quite powerful enough to fill that niche. Until now. Apple has transformed its dizzy eye-candy into a serious machine. Overall the 2011 Macbook Air is quick and efficient, it’s smaller, lighter, and though not a lot quieter, it’s a magnificent upgrade from last year’s version.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/17/2011
80% Apple MacBook Air 11-inch review
Source: CNet English
When the new 13-inch MacBook Air arrived on our messy desks, we were blown away by its razor-thin good looks and equally impressed by its powerful interiors. Apple's latest iteration of the 11-inch MacBook air packs excellent performance inside a razor-thin body. Its high price and sparse port selection means it won't appeal to everyone though.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/04/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% New MacBook Air review
Source: Electricpig English
Over the years we’ve tirelessly sought after the ultimate marriage of portability and power. Apple’s first MacBook Air was just too weedy and too expensive. Asus never quite managed to deliver with its low price, tiny Eee PCs, in truth because Intel’s Atom processors were just a false economy. MSI’s X-Slim range were as flimsy as they were thin.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 100%
Apple's 11-inch MacBook Air (Core i7 1.8GHz) Review Update
Source: AnandTech English
If you're buying the high-end ($1199) 11-inch MacBook Air and care about performance, the 1.8GHz CPU upgrade is worth it. You shouldn't expect any real impact on battery life in normal use but you'll see a noticeable gain in performance across the board. Subjectively the CPU upgrade does make the system snappier, easily faster than the base 13-inch MacBook Air.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/01/2011

Foreign Reviews

Notebooks im Vergleich: Die neue Leichtigkeit
Source: Business & IT - 1/12 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2012
Rating: features: 80% ergonomy: 100%
80% Apple MacBook Air
Source: Connect - 1/12 German
Single Review, , Medium, Date: 12/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% features: 80% ergonomy: 100%
88% Test Apple MacBook Air 11 Mid 2011 (1.6 GHz, 128 GB SSD) Subnotebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/25/2011
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 79% display: 75% mobility: 92% workmanship: 72% ergonomy: 87% emissions: 92%
77% Test: Apple MacBook Air 11,6 Zoll (MC969D/A) (Notebook)
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/08/2011
Rating: Total score: 77% price: 68% performance: 72% features: 64% display: 94% mobility: 81% ergonomy: 86%
87% Grosse Preise...
Source: Computerbild - 18/11 German
Single Review, , Medium, Date: 08/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 96% features: 85% display: 88% ergonomy: 85% emissions: 85%
96% Notebooks für jeden Zweck
Source: SFT - 3/11 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 96%
Schick, schlank, schnell
Source: c't - 3/12 German
battery runtime very good, office performance good, 3D gaming performance bad, display satisfying, noise emissions very bad
Comparison, , Long, Date: 02/01/2012
Neuer Wind für Apples Air: MacBook Air 11" und 13" im Test
Source: Tom's Hardware German
high performance, good workmanship, high noise and heat emissions, only two USB 2.0
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 09/29/2011


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.

1.07 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 %

Apple reviews

86.6%: 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.

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)