Apple Macbook Air 11-inch (MID-2012) - Smallest And Cutest Mac Portable Ever Made

10/3/2012 4:03:55 PM

Apple's 11-inch  MacBook Air was revised in June, and now benefits from a faster Ivy Bridge processor, 4GB of memory and USB 3.0 ports. It's available with a 64GB SSD for $1333, or a 128GB SSD for $1458. Both versions run Intel's 1.7GHz Core i5-3317U dual-core processor, with various CPU, memory and storage upgrades also offered.

The 11-inch  model isn't just the cheapest Air, it's also the Mac maker's most affordable laptop. While 64GB is a relatively paltry amount of storage space, Thunderbolt and now USB 3.0 ports allow you to easily add fast external storage. And you still get the same peerless build quality and features as with any other MacBook Air.

Description: Apple Macbook Air 11in (MID-2012)

We noticed a few other changes around the Air. The built-in webcam is now specified for 1280x720 HD use, and the power connector has been revised to MagSafe 2 - a slimmer take on Apple's original magnetic power connector.

Description: Apple Macbook Air 11-inch (MID-2012)

Far less welcome is the loss of the reflection-reducing coating on the glossy screen. While shiny screens are the enemy of comfortable viewing, every Air until now had a thin optical coating that helped mitigate against the worst of mirror reflections. Without this coating, reflections are an annoying reality for 2012’s MacBook Air.

An upgraded processor and more memory inevitably introduce better application performance - and much improved graphics too, thanks to Intel’s HD Graphics 4000 integrated processor.

Tested while running Windows 7, the 2012 11-inch  Air scored an impressive 129 points in World Bench 6. When we benchmarked the 2011 64GB 11-inch  model we saw a more than useful 111 points, so this is a significant step up on an already fast laptop.

The graphics are also improved, and the Air recorded 28fps in our basic Fear gaming test against its predecessor’s 17fps.

Battery life has also received a boost, according to the Mobile Mark 2007 Productivity test. We recorded 370 mins here, while the previous Air lasted just 278 mins. As ever, with Mac portables, the runtime is likely to be longer when running native OS X.

Description: Apple Macbook Air 11in

Verdict: Looking beyond our misgivings over the cheaper screen, the 2012 MacBook Air 11-inch  shows improvements in every direction and is the smallest and cutest Mac portable ever made.


Price: $1,333



Build: 8/10

Features: 8/10

Performance: 8/10

Value: 8/10

Overall: 10/10


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