Apple MacBook Air MD223LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)


Apple MacBook Air MD223LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)

Apple MacBook Air MD223LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)

  • Faster Flash Storage; USB 3.0; 720p FaceTime HD Camera
  • 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor
  • 64 GB Solid State Drive; 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000; 11.6-inch LED Display
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

Expect everything. From a notebook that weighs almost nothing.With the latest Intel Core i5 processor, up to 60 percent faster graphics, and faster flash storage, MacBook Air packs a lot of features into an astonishing 2.38 pounds. New Intel Core i5 processor. A big shift in power.Integrating a faster processor, more powerful graphics, and a memory controller into a single chip makes for some serious performance. The new Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers up to 60 percent faster graphics – performance you’ll really notice in the games you play, the movies you watch, and the FaceTime calls you make. And MacBook Air now supports up to 8GB of memory, so you can run more memory-intensive applications without compromising performance. Faster all-flash storage. Even more instant gratification.Part of what makes MacBook Air so responsive is that it’s designed entirely around flash storage. Not only does this make MacBook Air much lighter and more portable than traditional notebooks, it also provid

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  1. 220 of 224 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Portability Perfected, June 13, 2012
    Christopher Mayo (New Jersey) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

    I purchased the Apple MacBook Air MD224LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION) to replace my 2011 Macbook Pro 13″. I am a lecturer / graduate student, and this is now my main computer.

    It is surprisingly sturdy. Although I plan to purchase a clear case for it (probably from iPearl), I think you could probably get away with using nothing at all. This ruggedness is an amazing feat, considering its light weight. Owners of previous Macbook Airs will enjoy more of the same.

    The Macbook Air has a beautiful display that is quite bright, crisp, and clear. The automatic dimmer function adjusts the brightness level according to the ambient light, and I have found that this works really well. Personally, I think the colors on the Macbook Pro 13″ display “popped” a little bit more, and I liked the bezel-less solid piece of glass on it better. However, there is no denying that the resolution on this machine is far superior. I have seen the resolutions on some of the other ultrabooks (Windows), and I think this looks better (the ppi is actually about the same). [EDIT:] The soon-to-be-released Zenbook and others are supposed to have better displays this year, though, so this may change in the future.

    It is full-sized and typing on it feels good. The backlit keys are great. The keys don’t travel enough for my taste, and it feels a little less solid than the Macbook Pro, but this is a minor complaint. I write for a living, and I am looking forward to writing on this!

    The glass trackpad probably does not get much mention in most reviews, but it is one of the best features of a Macbook, and it sets Apple computers apart from competitors. I retired my mouse a long time ago because of it. If you take the time to master the gestures (see your preferences), and you give full-screen views on applications a try, you can enjoy an incredible experience on this machine. The slightest touch whisks you from screen to screen.

    Far too short. Really, 5 hours is not very much, and it looks like I am only getting about that much with regular use on half brightness [EDITED: after testing a couple of times — just short of five hours]. I wish they could have bumped this up an hour or two more, and I will miss the long life on my Macbook Pro. I guess battery life is one of the trade-offs for this form factor.

    It is lightning fast. To be honest, I cannot tell a difference yet between it and last year’s model. They tell me it is faster, though, so I guess I will have to believe them. Perhaps a few months of usage will give me more perspective. At any rate, it is noticeably faster than the Macbook Pro.

    The cord is a good length, and the power brick is quite small. It is somewhere between the size of my iPad power brick and the Macbook Pro power brick. From what I can tell, it looks considerably smaller than the 13″ Macbook Air one. I am thinking that I might not mind carrying it around in my man bag with the Macbook Air. The ports on the machine are very conveniently placed, with one USB port on each side. This is so much better than the Macbook Pro, which had all of the ports on the left, where they would inevitably cause problems. Fat thumb-drives sometimes took up so much space I couldn’t get another USB cable into the slot next to it. There is no Ethernet port. No Firewire port either. Be forewarned. It doesn’t matter to me, but it might to you.

    – 64GB
    I purchased the 128GB model. With judicious use of cloud services like Google Drive and Dropbox, and perhaps the purchase of a 32GB thumb drive to carry around files in case you are not connected, I think 64GB is also doable. One of the great things about this year’s 64GB model is that you get the same 4GB of RAM. I consider that model to be the best value, and I would have gotten it if I didn’t have a large number of files in one application that, because of the application’s design, I cannot put on the cloud.

    – 13″ Macbook Air
    The base model 13″ Macbook air is a better buy if you want the extra battery life and screen size. I value portability over those things (I can carry this in a small man bag, but if I got the 13″ I would have to move up to a mail bag or backback).

    – 13″ Macbook Pro
    The Macbook Pro 13″ was an OK computer last year, and before the Macbook Air’s Sandy Bridge refresh, was definitely the best entry-level product. However, they did not update the resolution this year, it is rather pokey compared to the Macbook Air, and it is much heavier. Unless you just simply refuse to use the cloud and have an obscene amount of files to carry around every day, I see no point in getting it.

    – Ultrabooks
    As for Windows ultrabooks, I might actually…

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  2. 113 of 114 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Thrilled with my 11″ 2012 Macbook Air!, June 24, 2012
    Ron Cronovich “Ron” (Kenosha, WI) –
    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)

    UPDATE Oct 26, 2012: For about four months, my 11″ Air has been my main computer. I am just as happy with it now as the day I got it. Battery life has consistently been close to the 5 hours Apple claims, sometimes more. Performance is consistently blazingly fast, and traveling with the Air is a dream (2.4 pounds and super thin instead of 4-6 pounds for a regular laptop). No scratches on the aluminum body or display. No problems of any kind. If my Air was lost or stolen, I would buy the same one again without thinking about it. Here’s my original review:


    The 11″ 2012 Air is a winner in my opinion. It offers absolutely excellent performance and it is amazingly portable despite having a comfortable full-sized keyboard and an excellent display. The design is beautiful and build quality is exceptional.

    I ordered my 2012 11″ Macbook Air the day it was introduced, received it a few days later, and have used it intensively since. I also own a 13″ late 2010 model MB Air, which was my main computer until getting this one.

    The 2012 Air’s SSD is literally more than twice as fast as the SSDs in the 2010 and 2011 model Airs. The new ivy bridge processors are more than twice as fast as the core 2 duo’s in the 2010 Airs and about 20% faster than the sandy bridge processors in the 2011 Air. Compared to my 2010 Air, the 2012 Air flies and makes the 2010 Air seem very sluggish.

    The new ivy bridge processors are faster yet less power-hungry than the processors in the 2010 and 2011 Airs, which makes for a small but appreciated improvement in battery life according to independent published benchmarks. I’ve had my Air for 4 months now, and I’m getting pretty close to the 5-hour battery life that Apple promises, sometimes more. I usually have the screen brightness at 50% and the keyboard backlight down to the lowest setting (but not off).

    This is my first computer with USB 3.0 ports. I have been blown away by transfer speeds to my USB 3.0 flash drive and a 2TB external hard drive. (My other USB peripherals are USB 2.0, so I don’t notice any difference with them.)

    I used bootcamp to install Windows 7 and some Windows-only software I need for work. Booting into Windows and running Windows natively is a noticeably better experience on this new Air than on the Lenovo Windows laptop that I used to have at my job.

    For people who don’t have an Apple TV and want to play their Air through a home theater system, it’s very helpful that the 2012 Air now has HDMI audio pass-through. This means that a single HDMI cable can transmit video and audio from your Air to your home theater system or television set. (Though, you still need the HDMI adapter because the Air still doesn’t have its own HDMI port. But the adapter is pretty inexpensive.) The 2010 Air (and maybe the 2011 Air?) could only pass video through the HDMI cable, so you’d need separate audio cables for sound. I have run my new Air through my home theater and watched a few SD and HD programs I downloaded with iTunes, and it worked really great – setup was very easy and sound and picture were very good. I really appreciate this because I recently ditched cable and now depend on iTunes, Hulu+, and similar internet services for my TV needs.

    If you have a 2010 Air and can afford it, upgrading to a 2012 Air is a no-brainer. The performance is vastly better, plus there are many small but meaningful improvements (backlit keyboard, HDMI audio pass-through, USB 3.0, better Facetime webcam).

    If you have a 2011 Air, the case for upgrading is weaker. Compared to the 2011 Airs, the 2012 Airs have fewer improvements and the performance gain is much less dramatic (the main exception being the much faster SSD).

    If you’re trying to decide between an Air and a 13″ Macbook Pro: The Air is way thinner and lighter than the Pro, so it’s much nicer to travel with. The Air’s display has higher resolution than the Pro’s. The Air’s SSD blows away the Pro’s sluggish 5400 rpm hard drive. On the other hand, the Pro’s display has richer colors and wider viewing angles. The Pro has a built-in optical drive; this is important to some people, but many of us rarely use them anymore and cheap external drives work very well with the Air. The Pro’s processor is more powerful (though most people will find the 2012 Air’s processor to have more than adequate power and speed). A couple months ago, my employer replaced the Lenovo Thinkpad in my office with a new 13″ Macbook Pro. My 11″ Air is much faster than the Pro. I usually bring my Air to work every day and often don’t even turn on the Pro. If you’re trying to decide between an Air and a Pro, visit your local retailer and compare them in person. It’s really a tradeoff between the Pro’s built-in optical drive and rich (but low-res) display and the Air’s incredibly thin and light form factor and blazing…

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  3. 49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    DJMoody’s Quick Read Review:, July 20, 2012

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    I am reviewing this item alongside my Retina Macbook Pro, so I will be doing some comparisons.

    I bought this laptop to replace a family members aging Asus laptop. She was not a power user, and was convinced she wanted to buy an Apple. I helped her choose the Air, because she really just needs a general use laptop, not a powerful computer.

    Qualifications: Senior At Clemson University in Computer Engineering, and would consider myself a power user, but I will be writing this review for the purposes of non-power users, as I do not believe this laptop to be the best option for people that need processing power, but for consumers that want a quality laptop for everyday tasks.

    Build Quality: 9/10. The unbelievably thin of 2008 doesn’t seem quite so thin anymore. How times change. That said, this laptop is extremely well built, and feels well built, yet very light and compact. I do feel as if you need to be careful with it, just because it is so thin, but that may me just being paranoid.

    Power: 6/10. The Ivy Bridge processors give the Macbook Air a nice boost in graphical performance. However, this is not a processing workhorse. If you need a strong processor, go with the Macbook Pro 13″. But for every day performance, its perfectly adequate. If you haven’t used flash storage before (SSD’s), this laptop will likely feel quicker on most everyday tasks than a Quadcore computer just because everything that isn’t processor intensive is so zippy.

    Battery Life: 8/10. At full brightness, you can get about 3 hours out of it, but can get 5 at low brightness levels. While I complained about this in my Retina Macbook pro, this is excellent for such a small lightweight machine. You can bump up the battery life by jumping to the 13″ size, but for the 11″ form factor, this is a reasonable amount in my eyes.

    Screen: 8/10. The air is still using the TN display and has not yet switched to the IPS system. The advantage of IPS displays is that they have much wider viewing angles. If you tilt the screen all the way back, you will get a washed out screen. That said, as far as TN displays go, this is an excellent one, and is superior to the 13″ Macbook Pro’s screen. This screen is not a retina screen, and you can definitely tell a difference between the Air and the Ipad3/Retina macbook. However, the screen still is crisp and beautiful for a non-retina screen. I’d say it was somewhere between the ipad2 and iPad3 in screen quality.

    Sound: 4/10. Very Tinny at max volume… but its a half inch thick 11″ laptop… you don’t buy this for sound quality. The Retina Macbook Pro has a much better sound system, but this laptop is less than half the price, and in a much smaller form factor. I gave it a 4/10 for sound, but really sound quality won’t factor much into the overall review. The sound quality is fine at lower levels.

    Expansion: 3/10. I gave the retina macbook pro a 1/10. However, today OWC released flash storage for the air. You will never be able to upgrade the RAM/Memory, but you will be able to upgrade the storage.

    Sexiness Factor: 9/10. Not quite as amazingly sexy as it was in 2008, but still holds its own. Not many laptops are thinner than this one, and I’d argue none besides perhaps Samsung keeps its quality at this thinness.

    Overall: 8/10. This is one of those situations where the final device is better than the sum of its parts. Yes the speakers don’t handle high volumes, but did you expect them to? There is only so much you can do when you are working inside a case this thin. The power isn’t stupendous, but its more than enough for the target users(people that don’t want to run Final Cut Pro, but light to moderate photoshop and internet users). The screen isn’t retina, but is beautiful none-the-less. This laptop is perfect for general computing users, and will likely last you for several years before you start thinking about another upgrade.

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