Apple MacBook Air is the ancestor of the ultrabook class. This model defines the appearance and performance of components that must be present in any present ultrabooks. With specific regard to the 11.6-model, it is a smaller version of its big brother Apple MacBook Air 13. In our case, the ultrabook is equipped with low-voltage dual-core Intel Core i5-2467M and high SSD-drive.
|Processor:||Intel Core i5-2467M 1600 MHz|
|Memory:||4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz|
|Storage:||128 GB SSD-drive|
|Display:||11.6 “1366 x 768 LED, Glare|
|Video:||Intel HD Graphics 3000|
|Wireless:||Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Interfaces:||2xUSB 2.0, Thunderbolt, MagSafe, audio jack|
|Additionally:||web camera, speakers|
|Battery:||Li-Polymer 4860 mAh|
|Dimensions, weight:||300h192h3 ~ 17 mm, 1.08 kg|
|Operating System:||Apple OS X v10.7 Lion|
The design of MacBook Air 11 is really unique, it fits virtually everyone, from a student to a leader of an international corporation. The appearance of ultrabook is brief and concise so that it can not be attributed to a particular class. The name of «Air» fully captured the feel of the exterior design of this device from Apple.
Display and Sound
The Apple MacBook Air 11, according to the figure “11″ in the title, has a 11.6-inch display with a glossy finish and a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. The display quality is commendable, and brightness and contrast are at a high level.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Apple MacBook Air 11 has a keyboard island type fairly easy configuration. The average distance between the keys, alphanumeric keys are standard size and not narrow. The only units that had to be reduced in this keyboard is a block pointer and the top row of buttons [F1] – [F12], which is also responsible for multimedia features. But the digital block is missing, although such a compact model, this is not surprising.
Since this is Apple product, and the operating system will also be installed here by Apple, in this case, Apple OS X v10.7 Lion. The device of this size is the appropriate use of non-conventional processor, and low voltage. In our model, installed energy efficient low voltage dual-core Intel Core i5-2467M with an initial frequency of 1.6 GHz, but through support Turbo Boost 2.0 can increase its frequency to 2.3 GHz. Thanks to Hyper-Threading, the processor can process up to four threads simultaneously. CPU TDP of 17 W (including GPU and memory controller). This allows the processor to small ultrabooks such as the Apple MacBook Air 11. There is no discrete card, to ensure the graphics here are fitted with graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000.
IT does not have its own graphics memory, but uses the cache in the third level with the core CPU, and a part of memory. Apple MacBook Air 11 may have Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 256 MB or 384 MB standard DDR3. Integrated graphics card runs at 350-1150 MHz (Turbo Boost). Compared with the cards in the HD Graphics 3000 is not low-voltage processors, the adapter has a lower performance, but solutions are not very demanding tasks it “enough with his head”. Apple MacBook Air 11 can have either 2 GB or 4 GB of memory.
In our case it is 4 GB DDR3 memory clocked at 1333 MHz. The difference in the amount of memory depends on the size of a drive installed in the ultrabook – if 64 GB, 2 GB is the standard memory if 128 GB, 4 GB. But the store Apple authorized reseller you can change the complete set and to set the maximum amount of memory that is 4 GB for any modifications. Storage capacity in the MacBook Air 11 amazes with its size, but has a high speed. The thing is that in the ultrabook installed SSD, which has no physical moving parts and superior to conventional hard disk drives for performance. Volume SSD-drive is 128 GB. For the 11.6-inch MacBook Air model provides for an increase of up to 256 GB of storage, but only in the shop a retailer Apple. As for heating, the ultrabook removes internal heat through the case, there are no vents on the bottom of ultrabooks, or at the sides.
Ports and Communications
A set of ports and communications includes only the necessary connectors. Apple has long been put to a very minimalist approach to the set of communications. It is worth noting that, compared with its 13-inch sibling, this model also has lost the card reader.
Apple MacBook Air 11 has a built-in lithium-polymer battery capacity of 4860 mAh. The battery life is about five hours, a good indicator is provided by the low-voltage processor and the lack of a discrete graphics card. But to replace the battery you do not succeed, but with such indicators will usually be required.
Despite some minor flaws, ultrabook MacBook Air 11 from the company Apple, is currently one of the best in its class (if not the best). Externally, the new generation of MacBook Air 11 has not changed, but the filling is slightly improved. For such a slim device as a MacBook Air 11 its performance is at a high level. Still, his main trump card is excellent ergonomics and portability. Apple enthusiast will appreciate all the greatest strengths of MacBook Air 11 and choose it as the device is used with full mobility. What can I say – a great, but very expensive device.