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Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 2 Core Intel Core I5 2.5GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 13.3" Laptop

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5 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

Apple MacBooks have excellent reviews on average and across all notebook PCs Apple is one of the top rated brands.

Has a Front Camera

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a front camera, as do most of the other MacBooks that came out around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on laptops of a similar age and spec to it.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution

At 1 megapixel, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly high front camera resolution compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012. Across all the similar spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012 the front camera resolutions range from 0.9MP to 1MP.

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12 Reasons Against

Quite Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 13.3 inches, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012. Portable PCs that were released more than two years ago have screen sizes of between 11" and 16", and the average screen size is 14".

Notebook PCs with a bigger screen size that might be worth looking at include the Apple Macbook Pro Retina ($3,400.00) (15.4") which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Internal Memory

With an internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the MacBook Air Mid 2012. Across all the MacBooks that have been available for a comparable time to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 the internal memory range from 4GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 8.9GB.

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Very Short Battery Life

The average battery life of portable PCs that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 is 17h, and the battery lifes range from 5h to 720h. With a battery life of only 7 hours, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly short battery life compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec.

If you want a portable PC with a longer battery life then you might want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (8h).

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012, the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of only 8 gigabytes, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012. The average maximum internal memory of portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 is 12GB, and the maximum internal memory range from 8GB to 16GB.

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Quite Small Hard Drive Capacity

Across all the MacBooks that came out more than two years ago the hard drive capacity range from 120GB to 1TB. The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a quite small hard drive capacity (only 500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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Very Small Processor Cache

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has one of the smaller processor caches (only 3 megabytes) amongst MacBooks of this age. The average processor cache of similar spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012 is 4.5MB.

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Very Small L3 Cache

Across all the MacBooks that came out around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012 the L3 caches range from 3MB to 8MB. At only 3 megabytes, the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a quite small L3 cache compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Slow CD-RW Write Speed

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly slow CD-RW write speed (only 10 CD-speeds) compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012. Across all the portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 the CD-RW write speeds range from 10x to 16x, and the average CD-RW write speed is 12x.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

MacBooks that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 have battery capacities of between 35Wh and 95Wh, and the average battery capacity is 75Wh. At only 63.5 watt-hours, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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Only One Thunderbolt Port

Most laptops of this age and type have one thunderbolt port, including the MacBook Air Mid 2012 which has one thunderbolt port.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a quite slow maximum turbo frequency (only 3.1 gigahertz) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the MacBook Air Mid 2012. The maximum turbo frequencies of notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the MacBook Air Mid 2012 range from 2.5GHz to 4GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.3GHz.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012

Released Over Three Years Ago

Apple released the MacBook Air Mid 2012 over three years ago.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2.5 gigahertz, the MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a relatively typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has an Intel Core i5 processor family which is better than the Intel Core i7 processor family found on most laptops of this age and spec.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a relatively standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the MacBook Air Mid 2012.

If you want a notebook PC with a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to consider the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (512GB) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has a pretty standard weight (2.1 kilograms) compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.

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HDD Storage Medium

The MacBook Air Mid 2012 has an HDD storage medium which is better than the SSD storage medium found on most comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for more than two years. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

We compared all the other laptops that have an HDD storage media to this laptop and we think because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 is also worth considering.

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Specification

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Expert Reviews

(104)
5 October 2014

One of the Surface Pro 3 commercials makes a big deal out running Adobe Photoshop on the tablet. That's big plus in comparison to the Apple iPad Air, but the MacBook Air runs the beefy photo...

Hello Ivy Bridge
Gorgeous design
Extremely thin, light, and sturdy
Excellent offangle viewing, especially for a TN panel
Fast SSD
Missing an IO port or two
Where's the Retina Display resolution
Base model storage a bit small for the current day
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27 December 2013

It may have been overshadowed by the launch of Apple's new MacBook Pro with its dazzling Retina display, but this updated version of the superslim MacBook Air is still Apple's main offering for... Read more…

Incredibly light, yet well built
Class leading keyboard and touchpad
Thin and light
Speedy enough with an Ivy Bridge CPU
Nicely bright screen
The TN-based screen is getting a bit long in the tooth
Default storage size is too small
Only middling battery life
No SD card slot, or HDMIEthernet
Choice of connectors is lacking
14 June 2013

The 2013 MacBook Air Flash Storage Screams.The new flash storage "blade" is dramatically faster than the flash storage in both the 2012 MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro. The...

9 October 2012

This revised 13in MacBook Air is a little bit faster in general speed, a lot faster in graphics speed ? if only catching up with 2010?s Air ? but with approaching an hour of extra battery life. We...

PC Advisor.co.uk

5 October 2012

The MacBook Air 11 continues to be a wonderfully portable laptop, suiting travel or those who are constantly on the move. While an IPS screen would be nice and the default storage sizes need to be...

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User Reviews

(8)
Reviewed 13 July 2012 by Timothy p.
(Verified Purchase)

If your not looking to lug around a larger laptop, then consider this!

Reviewed 30 December 2012 by Thomas S.

This computer is awesome for portability, battery life, typing, etc. I watch Netflix on this all the time, use it for Microsoft Office, but haven't tested out any games yet. If you are looking for... Read more…

Reviewed 26 April 2013 by Anonymous

I will make no review of any of the software as that's more subjective in expirience than hardware. I only use the thunderbolt port to expand the display via an DisplayPort to HDMI adapter, so I... Read more…

11" makes this laptop extremely portable. It's ridiculously thin, so you'll have no problem tossing it into your backpack if you're a student and going off to class. It'll go anywhere
USB 3.0 really is a night and day difference in this day and age. I have my MacBook connected to an external WD drive that serves as a Time Machine Backup. It's very speedy. See for speeds below
Flash is fast. Photoshop opens speedily, and exports are no problem. Office and its suite all open in less than a second
Ivy Bridge is a huge boost for this laptop. Even under full load, the system barely flinches. Don't be fooled by the 1.7 Ghz, this thing holds its own. Also note, that the 5 inside has hyperthreading
The display is at a higher PPI than that of MacBook Pros (sans Retina ones). It's very bright, very crisp, and you'll never once be bothered by any sort of fuzziness
Battery life is rather short compared to other MacBooks. It'll still get you through a days work, just realize you're shaving off a good 2 hours of projected battery life by springing for this model o
While idle battery life is nice 3 5 drop a day), recovering from sleep still takes forever. From when you open the clam shell to when the password screen actually becomes usable is still 3 5 seconds.
Cant really play games on it, but I cant knock an egg off for this because its not designed for games and I knew that going in
Only has 64GB, which means I may consider purchasing a larger storage device in the future. But really, with icloud available, it probably won't be necessary
64gb wont cut it for most users. its not enough to store music, videos, programs, ext. .. its amazing for just simple internet use but if you plan to do any work at all consider the 128gb which is sti
Reviewed 24 March 2013 by Joseph o.
(Verified Purchase)

The best super mobile laptop in the world. Ultrabooks cant touch it...

Reviewed 19 December 2012 by Pamela M.
(Verified Purchase)

It's a tablet on steroids...

Ordered this for resale to a customer. Super fast boot, opens apps very fast. The SSD and core 5 get all the kudos for that. This laptop shipped with Mountain Lion OS X 10.8 (NOT 10.7 as in the specs
Lightweight, 6 hrs battery life, fast. Great speakers, beautiful display (non-retina display, but I can't tell the difference). Camera is high resolution and works great in low-light. Mountain Lion is
None. It's a great little notebook
Had some bad stability issues with the video card (froze while playing videos, needed restarting frequently) but most recent system update seems to have fixed this. SD slot would be better if it was a
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