Apple MacBook Air MD761LL/B 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)


Apple MacBook Air MD761LL/B 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)

Apple MacBook Air MD761LL/B 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)

  • 1.4 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
  • 4 GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • 256 GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display; Intel HD Graphics 5000
  • OS X Mavericks; Up to 12 hours of battery life

MacBook Air features fourth-generation Intel Core processors with stunning graphics, all-day battery life, ultrafast flash storage, and great built-in apps. It’s thin, light and durable enough to take everywhere you go and powerful enough to do everything once you get there. What’s Included Apple MacBook Air (Latest Model) – 13.3 Display – Intel Core i5 – 4GB Memory – 256GB Flash Storage Power adapter AC wall plug Power cord The MacBook Air features fourth-generation Intel Core processors with stunning graphics, ultrafast flash storage, great built-in apps, and all-day battery life.* It’s thin, light, and durable enough to take everywhere you go — and powerful enough to do everything once you get there. The MacBook Air with 13.3-inch screen gives you up to 12 hours of battery life (view larger). This 13.3-inch model of the MacBook Air (MD761LL/B) sports up to 12 hours of battery life, a 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor (with a Turbo Boost of up to 2.7 GHz), 256 GB of fl

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  1. 149 of 166 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The ultimate travel laptop, May 13, 2014

    If you’re looking to buy a macbook to use as a desktop replacement, or to use as your primary computer, then the Macbook Pro may be a better choice due to it’s faster CPU, slightly stronger GPU, and retina display.

    If you are looking for a laptop that you will be using primarily for traveling, or on the go (library, coffee shop, flights), then look no further than the Macbook Air.

    It’s what you’d expect in this model. It’s very sleek, light, and portable. It runs very quiet. The price is significantly lower than the Pro, and the battery life is excellent. Considering the tasks that most people will be running on the Air, it’s performance will be more than plenty for most people. The Core i5 and the HD5000 GPU can handle gaming surprisingly well. And normal tasks like web browsing, iLife applications, and movies, music, and web, will run very quickly and smooth.

    The 11″ is a nice choice as it gives you better mobility, and fits better into small spaces, like the food tray on a coach seat. However, battery life is shorter. But unless you intend to use it non stop on a 12 hour flight, the 9 hour battery will last you for most any situation. The 11″ model also puts the laptop in a price range that gives it a great value that macs are typically not associated with.

    Startup and shutdown time is very snappy as you’d expect with the mac. The keyboard is very brisk, and I find that my typing is the most fast and accurate than on PC laptop keyboards. The trackpad is very large, has a glass surface, and it has lots of gestures (all useful and practical), and it is a joy to use, unlike the small, plastic, unresponsive trackpads that other laptops have.

    Apples standard 1 year warranty is the best in the industry. Especially when its augmented with your local Apple store and genius bar, and especially if you decide to purchase AppleCare. Unlike other brands where you only have a 15 day store warranty, and any issues for the next 11.5 months require an RMA claim, and shipping your system to the manufacturer which can take a month. Or for less serious issues, long calls to indian call centers where you are transferred a dozen times, put on hold for long periods of time, and are put through lengthy warranty validation processes.

    For this latest iteration, the hardware has been bumped up, and the price has been reduced $100 which makes it a great value. This helps to offset the non retina display.

    However, not all is perfect. I have to deduct one star because of one major caveat. The macbook’s RAM is soldered to the motherboard. This means that you cannot upgrade the RAM in the future. RAM upgrades are simple, easy to do, and play a major part in extending the lifespan of your computer. RAM requirements go up faster than CPU and Disk Space needs, because richer content requires more RAM. I have an iMac from 2008 that I still use today thanks to the fact that I was able to double the RAM. If it was not possible, I would have had to sell it on eBay several years ago.My advice is to spring for the extra RAM now if you plan to own this laptop for more than 4 years.

    What I enjoy about the macbook is they are good to go as soon as you take it out of its box. You don’t have to spend hours uninstalling two dozen junkware programs that came installed on your system that are taking up valuable space. You don’t have to run registry utilities to clean up after that. Nor do you have to install anti virus scanners and malware and adware removers. You don’t need to download and install 96 critical updates in order to patch all the security holes in the operating system, just to keep it safe and afloat.

    There’s no bios to worry about, no blue screens of death, no driver conflicts, and freezing and crashing is extremely rare, instead of a common occurrence it is with PC’s. Macs tend to retain their optimal performance, and you won’t find the need to defrag your drive every 6 months, and format and reinstall the OS every year to combat performance degradation as I always had to do with my PC desktops and laptops.

    OSX is Unix based, which is very solid and stable. It’s the same platform that mission critical enterprise servers use in corporate data centers. Windows is based on DOS, which is less stable and robust, and more prone to security issues. I have also become frustrated by the design choices in Windows 10, like the removal of the start menu, and the way it is designed to be used with a touch screen as if it’s an operating system for a tablet. Even with high end touch screen laptops, I did not use these touch screen features.

    Another perk is that the whole iLife suit is included for free. And much like iOS, the OSX App Store has great new software that is either free or low cost, coming out every week, giving more incentive to use this platform.

    So basically, if you want a macbook that is the best…

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  2. 270 of 312 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not Enough RAM, May 4, 2014
    NotTheOnlyFan (Lost Without Complete O&A) –

    (I’ve been editing and editing this piece to address comments below.)

    In a nutshell: the MacBook Air is a great laptop with a fantastic operating system, but Mavericks clearly prefers OVER 4GBs of RAM… which is the limit of this specific model.

    The good thing about this new MacBook is Apple marked it down $100 from the previous model. The bad thing is that you have to spend that $100 on Apple’s site to raise this model above 4GBs of RAM (to 8GBs, both your only option and more than enough RAM).

    Since you can’t add RAM after purchase or buy an 8GB model on Amazon, this Amazon Air ships as essentially obsolete. If past is precedent, new annual-ish release of OS X will require more RAM as the years pass, slowing this model down even more.

    Here’s what a reviewer from The Register has to say on this exact subject, “As always, there are numerous build-to-order options, including an i7 processor running at 1.7GHz for an extra £130, although you’d probably want to spend any extra cash on doubling the memory to 8GB of RAM if you intend to keep it for a while.”

    Apple Apologists in the comments below insist there is enough ram for the average user. The average user, if you’ll forgive me, has no idea the numerical amount they need. They just presume for this kind of money Apple included enough RAM, and in this Amazon model instance: they haven’t. (Since you can’t upgrade the RAM before ordering at Amazon.)

    What casual users do know is that they intend to have a web browser always open with a few taxing sites like Facebook open, an open mail app, perhaps the calender, perhaps iTunes open (but not running) and the messaging app.

    With the current OS X Mavericks and these aforementioned apps open, you’re on the brink of maxing out the four gigs. Push play on iTunes, open up iWorks, play with a big iPhoto library — or any combination thereof — and you’ve exceeded free RAM.

    Apple Apologists will inform you that the new compressed memory ‘tech’ in Mavericks fixes this 4GB problem. Yes and no. In my brand new Maverick iMac, I can open all sorts of stuff in crazy combos and the machine runs surprisingly well. (Stunningly, actually.) But new iMacs come with 8GBS of RAM, twice what this Amazon Air comes with.

    But is there something better than software engineering tricks to get the best out of limited RAM? Absolutely. Having the right amount of RAM in the first place.

    From a 2013 MacWorld article, “Adding extra RAM is the most inexpensive way to improve the performance of your machine and – now that all new Macs are 64 bit – 8GB should be the minimum amount of memory you put.”

    From Apple’s site regarding compressed memory, “The more memory your Mac has at its disposal, the faster it works. But when you have multiple apps running, your Mac uses more memory. With OS X Mavericks, Compressed Memory allows your Mac to free up memory space when you need it most. As your Mac approaches maximum memory capacity, OS X automatically compresses data from inactive apps, making more memory available.”

    This doesn’t mean unlimited memory. If it did, all Macs would come with 4GBs, right? Why would they ship iMacs and MacBook Pros with 8GBs if compressed memory made it irrelevant? MacBook Pros with 8GBs of RAM do now allow you to downgrade to 4 at purchase. Only upgrade, since, as Apple just old you, “The more memory your Mac has at its disposal, the faster it works.”

    Exactly. 4GBs isn’t quite enough.

    Some folks who have read this review have already posted comments inviting you to disregard it. One asks where I get my information from. I own two app (Free Memory/Memory Clean) which accurately report how much system RAM is available. Mavericks eats up just under/over 4GBS of RAM with a minimal amount of taxing apps open, whether it be on my two year old MacBook Air or my brand new iMac. Same exact number.

    Read the reviews of the new iMacs anywhere. I personally guarantee that not one reviewer is complaining that 8GBs of RAM is too much and adding unnecessary cost to the unit.

    UPDATE: Some comments below suggest this review isn’t relevant because I don’t own this specific model. And so I went to a Mac store, found THIS model, turned every app off, and rebooted. When the system started fresh with NOTHING BUT OS X MAVERICKS OPEN, 2.75 gigs were already gone. That leaves 1.25 gigs for apps. Virtual memory was already active at 4 gigs. Take 2.75 gigs, add 4 gigs, and what do you get? 6.75 gigs with nothing else open yet.

    If that doesn’t make the need for 8 gigs clear, what exactly does?


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  3. 19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Beautiful, functional, light… I’m sold!, June 19, 2014

    I used to be a staunch defender for Microsoft and Windows. I always thought that MacBooks were overpriced and didn’t offer the same performance for the money as their Windows laptop. But I was never satisfied with Windows laptops – they all had problems and glitches that prevented me from recommending them to others.

    But when it was on sale for $900 – plus a $150 student discount – at Best Buy, I just had to get it. And simply put, the MacBook Air surpassed my expectations. The hardware design is flawless. There are simply no other notebooks that can match the aesthetic value of the MacBook. Performance-wise, it’s great. The 4GB RAM is definitely not for heavy, demanding tasks, but plenty enough for surfing the web, GarageBand, word processing… pretty much everything a regular college student and average user would need.

    Please do yourself a favor and save yourself from dealing with subpar laptops. MacBook is the way to go for portability, aesthetics, and functionality.


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