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Has a Front Camera
The Macbook Air Mid 2012 has a front camera. Most of the other MacBooks that have been available for around the same time as the Macbook Air Mid 2012 also have a front camera.
Has a Full-Size Keyboard
The Apple Macbook Air Mid 2012 has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other MacBooks that have been on the market for a similar time to the Macbook Air Mid 2012.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The Macbook Air Mid 2012 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most MacBooks that have been on the market for around the same time as it.
This laptop's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all laptops that have been around for a similar time to the Macbook Air Mid 2012.
The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across comparable types of laptop is 133MHz.
802.11b WiFi Standard
The Macbook Air Mid 2012 has an 802.11b WiFi standard which is better than most MacBooks that have been available for around the same time as it. Most laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to it have an 802.11n WiFi standard. Across all portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the Macbook Air Mid 2012 the worst Wi-Fi standard is 802.11a and the best is 802.11n.
Portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Macbook Air Mid 2012 have widths of between 280mm and 370mm, and the average width is 340mm. The Macbook Air Mid 2012 is quite narrow (only 300 millimeters) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the Macbook Air Mid 2012.
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At only 1.1 kilograms, the Macbook Air Mid 2012 is quite light compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the Macbook Air Mid 2012. The lightest notebook PC that was released more than two years ago is 920g heavy and the heaviest is 2.6kg.
With a width of only 11.8 inches, the Macbook Air Mid 2012 is quite narrow compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been available for around the same time as the Macbook Air Mid 2012. Portable PCs of this age and type have widths of between 11" and 15", and the average width is 14".
The Macbook Air Mid 2012 is one of the shallower notebook PCs of this age and spec (only 7.56 inches) amongst MacBooks of this age. Across all the laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the Macbook Air Mid 2012 the depths range from 7.5" to 9.9".
12 Reasons Against
Only One PCI Express Lane (max)
The Macbook Air Mid 2012 is a one PCI Express lane (max) portable PC.
Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
Portable PCs of this age and spec have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 1,000MHz and 1,300MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of only 1,050 megahertz, the Apple Macbook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.
Very Small Screen Size
Notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the Macbook Air Mid 2012 have screen sizes of between 11" and 16". With a screen size of only 11.6 inches, the Macbook Air Mid 2012 has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst MacBooks of this age.
Very Small Total Storage Capacity
The average total storage capacity of notebook PCs of this age and type is 360GB, and the total storage capacity range from 120GB to 1TB. With a total storage capacity of only 128 gigabytes, the Apple Macbook Air Mid 2012 has one of the smaller total storage capacity amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age.
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Quite Short Battery Life
At only 5 hours, the Apple Macbook Air Mid 2012 has a very short battery life compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec. The shortest battery life of notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the Macbook Air Mid 2012 is 5h and the longest is 12h.
Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed
With a processor clock speed of only 1.7 gigahertz, the Macbook Air Mid 2012 has one of the slower processor clock speeds amongst laptops of this age. Across all the portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the Macbook Air Mid 2012 the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 3GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.3GHz.
Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution
The Macbook Air Mid 2012 has a maximum display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. That's 19% less display resolution than the most frequently found display resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels.
A 1366 x 768 pixels display resolution is actually the worst display resolution amongst all portable PCs of this age and spec.
A 1680 x 1050 pixels display resolution is the best display resolution across similar types of laptop.
Very Small Internal Memory
The Apple Macbook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly small internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Air Mid 2012. MacBooks that have been available for a similar time to the Macbook Air Mid 2012 have internal memory of between 4GB and 16GB.
Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen
The Macbook Air Mid 2012 does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec also do not have a touch sensitive screen.
Quite Small Battery Capacity
Across all the laptops of a similar age and type to the Macbook Air Mid 2012 the battery capacities range from 35Wh to 95Wh. With a battery capacity of only 35 watt-hours, the Macbook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.
Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency
When compared to other MacBooks that are a comparable age to the Macbook Air Mid 2012 that we have assessed the maximum turbo frequency of, the Apple Macbook Air Mid 2012's maximum turbo frequency of only 2.6 gigahertz is one of the slowest. MacBooks that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Air Mid 2012 have maximum turbo frequencies of between 2.6GHz and 4GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.3GHz.
Very Small Flash Memory
At only 128 gigabytes, the Apple Macbook Air Mid 2012 has a quite small flash memory compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been on the market for more than two years. The smallest flash memory of comparable spec notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the Macbook Air Mid 2012 is 120GB, the biggest is 770GB, and the average flash memory is 280GB.
3 Other reasons to consider the Apple Macbook Air Mid 2012
Released Over Three Years Ago
This Apple portable PC was released over three years ago.
SSD Storage Medium
This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on similar spec portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.
Intel Core I5 Processor Family
The Macbook Air Mid 2012 has a better processor family than most MacBooks that have been around for a similar time to it. This notebook PC has an Intel Core i5 processor family, whereas most laptops that are a similar age to it have an Intel Core i7 processor family.
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Intel Core i5
Processor Clock Speed
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
333, 1333, 133, 1600
Processor Memory Type
DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR3L
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configuration
1x16, 1x1, 2x8, 1x8, 1x8+2x4, 2x4
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Processor Cache Type
SMP Processor (max)
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Total Storage Capacity
Integrated Card Reader
1366 x 768
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Number of Colours
Supported Number of Colours Display
16.78 million colours
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Intel HD Graphics 400
Open GL Graphics Adapter
2560 x 1600
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
DisplayPort, DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Front Camera Resolution
1280 x 720
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Ports & Interfaces
TV Out Port
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Combo Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Ambient Light Sensor
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Mail, Messages, Contacts, Calendar, Safari, Reminders, Notification Center, Notes, Dictation, iCloud, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, AirPlay, Game Center, Mac App Store, iTunes, Gatekeeper, iLife, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Lithium Polymer (LiPo), Lithium, Polymer
AC Adapter Input Voltage
100 - 240
AC Adapter Frequency
50, 60, 50/60
AC Adapter Power
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Height At Front
Height At Front
Height At Rear
Height At Rear
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Quick Start Guide
0 - 4570
0 - 3050
Storage Relative Humidity Range
0 - 90
Operating Relative Humidity Range
0 - 90
Storage Temperature Range
-24 - 45
Operating Temperature Range
10 - 35
Energy Star Certified
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
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