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MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2011) - Technical Specifications

Display

  • High-resolution LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors.
  • 11.6-inch (diagonal) high-resolution LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
  • Supported resolutions: 1366 by 768 (native), 1344 by 756, and 1280 by 720 pixels at 16:9 aspect ratio; 1152 by 720 and 1024 by 640 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768 and 800 by 600 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio

Size and Weight

Ultrathin and ultralight unibody aluminum construction.

  • Height: 0.11-0.68 inch (0.3-1.7 cm)
  • Width: 11.8 inches (30 cm)
  • Depth: 7.56 inches (19.2 cm)
  • Weight: 2.38 pounds (1.08 kg)1

Storage

All-flash storage.2

  • 64GB flash storage
  • 128GB flash storage
    Configurable to 256GB flash storage, only at the Apple Online Store.

Processor and Memory

Powered by a dual-core Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and DDR3 memory.

  • Processor
    • 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache
    •  Configurable to dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Core i7 with 4MB shared L3 cache, only at the Apple Online Store.

  • Memory
    • 2GB or 4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 onboard memory

Graphics

Advanced Intel HD Graphics 3000.

  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 256MB or 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory3

Video Support and Camera

Built-in FaceTime camera.

  • FaceTime camera
  • Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors

Connections and Expansion

USB 2.0, Thunderbolt, headphone port, MagSafe power port, SD card slot (13-inch model).

  • Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
  • Thunderbolt port

Battery and Power

Advanced lithium-polymer battery with MagSafe power adapter.4

  • Up to 5 hours wireless web
  • Up to 30 days standby time
  • Built-in 35-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery; 45W MagSafe Power Adapter with cable management system; MagSafe power port

Wireless

Latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies.

  • Wi-Fi
    802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking;5 IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
  • Bluetooth
    Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Audio

Stereo speakers, microphone, and headphone.

  • Stereo speakers
  • Omnidirectional microphone
  • Headphone port
  • Support for Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic

Electrical and Operating Requirements

  • Line voltage: 100-240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -13° to 113° F (-24° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
  • Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet

Limited Warranty and Service

Your MacBook Air comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend your service and support to three years from your computer’s purchase date. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple-authorized technicians using genuine Apple parts. For more information, visit Apple support or call 800-823-2775.

DVD or CD Sharing

With the Mac App Store, getting the apps you want on your Mac has never been easier. No more boxes, no more discs, no more time-consuming installation. Click once to download and install any app on your Mac. But if an app you need isn’t available from the Mac App Store, you can use DVD or CD Sharing. This convenient feature of OS X lets you wirelessly “borrow” the optical drive of a nearby Mac or PC. So you can install applications from a DVD or CD and have full access to an optical drive without having to carry one around.

In the Box

  • MacBook Air
  • 45W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, and power cord
  • Printed and electronic documentation

Included Software

OS X Lion
Includes Mail, Address Book, iCal, the Mac App Store, iTunes, Safari, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Mission Control, Launchpad, AirDrop, Resume, Auto Save, Versions, Quick Look, Spotlight, QuickTime, and more. Learn more about OS X Lion

Lion Recovery
OS X Lion includes a built-in set of tools for repairing your Mac in the Recovery HD, a new feature that lets you repair disks or reinstall OS X Lion without a physical disc. Learn more about Lion Recovery

iLife
Includes iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand.

Configurable Options

Purchase from the Apple Online Store to upgrade processor, memory, and flash storage.

  • 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
  • 4GB memory upgrade
  • 256GB of flash storage
  • Apple USB Ethernet Adapter
  • Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter
  • Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter

Configure your MacBook Air with even more options, only at the Apple Online Store

MacBook Air and the Environment

Apple takes a complete product life cycle approach to determining our environmental impact. 

MacBook Air is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:

  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free6
  • Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure
  • Meets ENERGY STAR 5.2 requirements
  • Rated EPEAT Gold7

Apple and the Environment

Learn about Apple’s dedication to reducing the environmental impact of our products and process. Or read our Product Environmental Reports for detailed information on the environmental performance of every Apple product.

Recycling

Apple takes a holistic view of materials management and waste minimization. Learn more about how to recycle your Mac or PC.

Acoustic Performance

DECLARED NOISE EMISSIONS in accordance with ISO 9296

 Sound Power Level
LWAd (B)
1 B = 10 dB
Sound Pressure Level
Operator Position
LpAm (dB)
Idle2.56.0
Hard drive accessingN/AN/A
CD drive accessingN/AN/A
  1. LWAd is the statistical upper-limit A-weighted sound power level (rounded to the nearest 0.1 B).
  2. LpAm is the mean A-weighted sound pressure level measured at the operator position (rounded to the nearest dB).
  3. 1 B (bel) = 10 dB (decibel).

Accessories

Mac Software

  • iWork
  • Aperture
  • Logic Express
  • Final Cut Pro X

Displays and Graphics

  • Apple Thunderbolt Display
  • Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter
  • Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
  • Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter<

AirPort and Wireless

  • Apple USB Ethernet Adapter
  • AirPort Extreme Base Station
  • Time Capsule
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • Apple Magic Mouse

Other Accessories

  • Apple MacBook Air SuperDrive
  • Apple Keyboard
  • AppleCare Protection Plan

  1. Actual weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  2. 1GB=1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  3. Memory available to OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 256MB or 384MB.
  4. Testing conducted by Apple in July 2011 using preproduction 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5–based 13-inch MacBook Air units and preproduction 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5–based 11-inch MacBook Air units. The wireless web test measures battery life by wirelessly browsing 25 popular websites with display brightness set to 50%. The standby test measures battery life by allowing a system, connected to a wireless network, to enter deep sleep mode with Safari and Mail applications launched and all system settings left at default. Battery life varies by use and configuration. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information.
  5. Wireless Internet access requires a base station or other wireless access point and Internet access; fees may apply. Some ISPs are not currently compatible with AirPort.
  6. PVC-free AC power cord is available in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, North and South America, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.
  7. MacBook Air achieved a Gold rating from EPEAT in the U.S. and Canada.
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MacBook Air review (mid 2011)
There comes a time when that giant, corporate-issued laptop stops fitting into your lifestyle. When dragging around a Kensington roller case just won't do. When you start to hear the siren lilt of something thinner, lighter, and maybe a bit more alluring. For years the MacBook Air has been that svelte temptress hollering your name, but it's always been a bit too slow -- all show and no go. It didn't have the power and the longevity to make it a serious contender for your serious affections.

No more. With its latest refresh, Apple has taken what was once a manilla-clad curiosity and turned it into a legitimate machine, not just a sultry looker. Good thing, too, because the death of the plastic-clad MacBook means the Air is now Apple's entry-level portable. Weary traveler looking for a laptop that will lighten your load and, it must be said, your wallet too? This might just be it.
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Hardware


The outside of this 2011 refresh of the MacBook Air is virtually indistinguishable from that which came before it. Yes, that means compromises. On the 13-inch model you'll still have to make do with but one USB port on the left and one on the right, but now that latter one is flanked by a Thunderbolt connector, Apple's implementation of Intel's Light Peak standard. This 10Gb/sec interconnect has become standard fare on all new machines coming out of Cupertino, a fact that should help to accelerate the so-far tardy uptake in support from accessory manufacturers.

The 11-inch model is likewise emblazoned, but sadly has still not been granted an SD reader, something restricted to the bigger 13. On the left you'll find a 3.5mm headphone jack, the MagSafe power connector and... nothing else. All other ports have been deemed unnecessary by Apple's designers and therefore relegated to myriad USB adapters for things like Ethernet -- though if you start relying on those you'll likely need to start packing a USB hub as well.

Like before, the omission of these ports leaves the Air free to pinch down to a delicious taper beneath the keyboard, thin enough to make for a decent cleaver when no proper blade can be found -- or when you just can't be bothered to find one. Even on the fat end it measures a mere .68-inches (17mm) thick. Or thin, rather.


So what has changed? The touchpad, surprisingly. It's still big and glassy and situated in the middle of the full-sized palm rest like on the chunkier Pro. Now, though, it's subtly quieter, with a more refined sound and feel as you click away. The previous generation almost feels hollow and has an annoying resonance that's been banished.

The keyboard above, too, has a better feel. Keys are more springy than before, more solid and responsive than the somewhat loose, flappy ones on the last generation. But the biggest change here is what's lurking beneath the keys: a backlight. Yes, you'll now be able to do things like adjust volume, change track, and hit that damned ^ character in the dark. And, thanks to the ambient light sensor hidden in the bezel, you won't have to worry about those keys blinding you in bed.

Internals / Display


Step inside the case and you'll find the most important changes here: new Intel Core i5 and i7 ULV processors. The backlit keyboard is nice, and the addition of Thunderbolt could be a boon in 12 months or so, but its the new selection of processors that really turn the Air into a serious machine, as you'll see when we talk benchmarks in a bit.

On the memory front, 4GB of DDR3 memory is found on all but the base 11-inch model, which gets by with half that. SSDs are standard across the board, starting at 64GB for the 11 and going up to 256GB for the top-shelf 13-inch. Intel HD 3000 graphics power the lot and stock processors include 1.6GHz and 1.7GHz Core i5's, though a 1.8GHz Core i7 is available for $100 more.

When it comes to displays nothing has changed: the 13-inch model features a 1440 x 900 glossy, LED-backlit panel while the 11 still does 1366 x 768. We spent our time testing the 13-incher and, as before, it continues to impress when it comes to contrast, brightness, and viewing angles, which are plenty wide enough to enable two-person, coach-class viewing of that latest episode of Top Gear. Contrast is helped by the glossy sheen here -- and no, you still can't option out a matte unit.

We still found its resolution to be more than adequate for most tasks but just a bit limiting for anyone working on photos or doing anything where pixels really count. Honestly, that wasn't much of a concern before thanks to the lack of power, but now...

Performance / Battery life


When it comes time to actually use the thing, when the Air isn't just dead weight in your bag that you want as little of as possible, how does it actually perform? This is when the previous models faltered, and this is where the new Air excels.

When last we tested an Air, the 13-inch model with a 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo processor scored a 2,717 on the GeekBench benchmark. This new 13, configured with the default 1.7GHz Core i5 and paired with 4GB of DDR3 and a 128GB SSD, nearly doubled that: 5,373. No, that won't threaten the full-bore 15-inch MacBook Pro for sheer speed, but double the performance in nine months is a welcome improvement, living up to Apple's 2x promises here, and from what we've seen elsewhere the 11-inch lives up to its 2.5x promises as well.

OS X BenchmarksGeekbenchXbench OpenGL
Battery Life
MacBook Air (mid 2011) (1.7GHz Core i5-2557M, Intel HD Graphics 3000) 5373 unavailable 5:32
MacBook Pro (early 2011) (2.2GHz Core i7-2720QM, Radeon HD 6750M / Intel Graphics 3000) 9647 340.1 (Radeon) / 157.78 (Intel) 7:27
MacBook Pro (early 2010) (2.66GHz Core i7-620M, GeForce GT 330M) 5395 228.22 5:18
iMac (mid 2010) (3.06GHz Core i3-540, Radeon HD 4670) 5789 unavailable n/a
iMac (late 2009) (2.8GHz Core i7-860, Radeon HD 4850)
8312 191.08 n/a
MacBook Air (late 2010) (1.83GHz Core 2 Duo, GeForce 320M) 2717 117.38 4:34

We also threw Windows 7 on there, Boot Camp making it easy, and ran through a further suite of benchmarks to see how it fares there. PCMark Vantage clocked in at 9,484, actually higher than the 15-inch Pro's 8,041 when we tested it, though the Air's 3DMark 06 score was considerably lower thanks to the limited graphics prowess here, just 4,223. So, it's still no gaming rig, but it is the sort of machine you wouldn't think twice about trying to do some serious business on.


Now, as we all know benchmarks only tell a part of the story, but we're happy to report that the numbers really do fall in line with our impressions here. This machine boots to a Lion login screen in a snappy 15 seconds, apps load quickly, batch photo jobs finish much more promptly, and overall in our time with this machine we did a lot less waiting and a lot more working. But, just like before, be prepared to listen to the thing's internal cooling fan register its complaints whenever utilization rates start climbing.

Windows BenchmarksPCMarkVantage3DMark06
Battery Life
MacBook Air (mid 2011) (1.7GHz Core i5-2557M, Intel HD Graphics 3000, Under Windows 7) 9484 4223 4:12
MacBook Pro (early 2011) (2.2GHz Core i7-2720QM, Radeon HD 6750M, under Windows 7) 8041 10,262 unknown
HP Envy 14 (Core i5-450M, Radeon HD 5650) 6038 1928 / 6899 3:51
Toshiba Portege R705 (Core i3-350M) 5024 1739 / 3686 4:25
Sony VAIO Z (Core i5-450M, NVIDIA 330M) 9949 6,193 unknown
Samsung Series 9 (Core i5-2537M) 7582 2240 4:20
Dell XPS 14 (Core i5-460M, NVIDIA 420M) 5796 1955 / 6827 2:58
Notes: For 3DMark06, the first number reflects score with the discrete GPU off (if possible), the second with it on.

Despite that, we had no issues with battery life. On our standard rundown test, where we'll loop a video until the machine calls it quits, the new Air clocked in at just over five and a half hours. That's well more than the Lenovo X1 recently managed on the same test and actually about an hour more than last year's model managed when we dusted it off and ran it through the same wringer. Even running Windows the Air managed 4:12 on the same rundown test, on par with the Samsung Series 9.

In standard usage, surfing and typing and Facebooking and such, you should be able to do much better. The Air routinely beat our expectations -- and its own estimates -- for battery life. The seven hours Apple advertises for the 13 (five for the 11) is well within reach if you're not doing anything too taxing. And of course that's a good thing, because you won't be replacing the battery here without a screwdriver.

Wrap-up


The 2011 MacBook Air addresses nearly every concern anyone could lob at its predecessor. It's still light on ports, the missing SD slot on the 11-inch model is a drag, and no, it isn't cheap, but this machine is fast, efficient, and not to be underestimated. It's a supermodel with a law degree from Columbia, a hunky motorcycle racer who looks good in leathers yet is also a concert pianist -- whatever your passion it won't disappoint, all while making a lot more room in your bag. More room for what? Well, your life, for starters.
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Apple MacBook Air review (13-inch, mid 2011)

The original MacBook Air was more of a status symbol than a computer. Sure, it was a functional laptop that could glide into a manila envelope, but the $1,799 laptop was, by and large, a secondary machine — it trailed behind other ultraportables in performance, lacked some essential ports (it only had one USB port and there was no SD card slot), and packed a small and slow hard drive. For most, the sacrifices were just too many to justify for the high price. If I think back, they were actually pretty rare to see out and about, and when I would spot one, I can remember thinking “that guy must have a nice car, too.”

But then came the major revision (the original Air got a slight spec bump in 2008, but it didn’t change much). The second Air (or heir!) was priced significantly less at $1,299 ($999 for the 11-inch version), included some speedy solid state drives, and mended some of those port issues. If you didn’t need an optical drive, it had almost about everything it needed to be both a no-compromise ultraportable and a primary computer, but the older processors still didn’t offer quite enough performance to do the job. And in a tragic oversight, the keyboard wasn’t backlit.

Which brings us to Apple’s 2011 version of the 13-inch MacBook Air and this review. The Air is now stuffed with a fresh dual-core Core i5 processor (there’s an i7 option too), a glowing keyboard, and a new Thunderbolt port. And it boots Apple’s brand new Mac OS X Lion (10.7), which we’ve already deemed pretty great. Yes, it physically looks the same and those may seem like just minor spec updates, but the additions change a heck of a lot more than you’d think. Read on after the break for my full review.

Hardware / design

Hardware / design

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The new 13-inch MacBook Air doesn’t look any different than its predecessor, but I don’t think anyone is going to complain — I certainly won’t. The aluminum unibody construction has proved to be incredibly sturdy and the minimalist aesthetic is really unmatched; there’s a reason companies like Dell and HP have moved over to building their laptops out of similar materials and cut the glossy plastics. And while the all-black Sony VAIO Z might appeal to some more than the Air’s grayish aluminum, the Air’s metal build certainly feels more rigid than the VAIO’s carbon fiber case and floppy screen. (Sadly, those black MacBook Air rumors didn’t pan out this time around — next time, perhaps.) In comparison to Sony’s flimsy screen panel, Apple’s is like a brick wall. Seriously, the rigidity of the hinge is downright impressive.

Dimensions (in.)ThicknessWeight (lb.)
MacBook Air (2011, 13-inch)12.8 x 8.940.11 - 0.682.96
MacBook Air (2010, 13-inch)12.8 x 8.940.11 - 0.682.9
Sony VAIO Z (2011)13.0 x 8.270.662.57
Samsung Series 912.9 x 8.90.62 - 0.642.88
Toshiba Portege R70512.44 x 8.940.72 - 1.013.2

When closed, the chassis still tapers like a tear drop, measuring 0.11 inches at the thinnest point and 0.68 at the thickest. Technically, that wider edge is .02-inches thicker than the VAIO Z, but the Air’s thinner front edge definitely gives it the illusion of being the thinnest laptop on shelves. The three-pound 13-inch MacBook Air does weigh .4 pounds more than the Z, but you’re absolutely not going to notice the difference on your shoulder. I carried ‘em both home from the office and together they didn’t seem to weigh as much as my 4.5-pound 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The Air is still stocked with two USB ports (thankfully, on opposite edges), a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an SD card reader. There’s still no on-board Ethernet port, which can lead to a very frustrating experience when traveling. (Seriously, why don’t hotels have Wi-Fi in the rooms?) Apple offers a USB-to-Ethernet adapter for $29 — just don’t forget to pack it. Of course, one minor aesthetic change that masks a major functionality change is the addition of a Thunderbolt logo on the right side of the mini-DisplayPort — but we’ll get to that later.

Keyboard / touchpad

Keyboard and touchpad

It’s really more of the same when it comes to the bottom deck — Apple’s simply not messing with a great thing. The chiclet keyboard has gone pretty much unchanged save for the (re-)addition of the backlight and the addition of the LaunchPad and Mission Control function keys, which took the place of the Expose and Dashboard shortcuts. (You can disable the ambient light sensor and adjust the backlight manually with the F5 and F6 keys — that’s my preference.) However, my one complaint about the panel is the shallow travel of the keys, which is ultimately caused by the thinner profile. (The VAIO Z suffers from the same thing.) It’s certainly not a deal breaker of any sort, but I do prefer the slightly more raised keys on the MacBook Pro and the Samsung Series 9.

It’s hard not to gush about Apple’s glass touchpad — it simply continues to be the best in the business. The 4.2 x 3.0-inch pad is plenty wide for accommodating the slew of new multitouch gestures supported in Lion. Not to mention, the sensitivity and responsiveness is just right (though, the speed can be adjusted if need be). Two finger "natural" scrolling, three-finger pinching to bring up LaunchPad, and horizontal swipes to move between desktops, are all effortless and don’t require that extra pressure like so many Windows 7 laptops. Why PC manufacturers haven’t been able to make a multitouch touchpad that rivals Apple’s continues to baffle me. Even when I installed Windows 7 via BootCamp, two-finger scrolling worked better in IE8 than it typically does on PCs I’ve tested.

Display / speakers

Display and speakers

There’s no change to the 13.3-inch, 1440 x 900-resolution display, either. It still has amazingly wide viewing angles, and though it’s glossy, it doesn’t appear to be as distracting or mirror-y as the MacBook Pro’s standard panel. However, I must say that after spending the last two weeks with the VAIO Z’s matte, 1920 x 1080-resolution screen, the Air definitely pales in comparison. The crispness of Sony’s display is pure pixel heaven. Sadly, Apple’s never offered a higher-end display or a matte option on either of the Airs, and that doesn’t change this time around.

The speakers and webcam have also been untouched. Sadly, the VGA camera hasn’t gotten the FaceTime HD upgrade, but it served up plenty clear and well-lit images when I Skyped with a friend. Coming from the VAIO Z’s horrendously muffled and low-sounding speakers, I have a newfound appreciation for the Air’s sound. Sure, it’s not going to replace your desktop speakers, but it sounds perfectly pleasant when listening to some Justin Bieber while writing a review. Don’t you dare judge.

Performance

Performance

This is undoubtedly the part of the review you’ve been waiting for, considering the biggest enhancement comes in the way of processing power. Apple claims that the new Airs pack double the performance of the outgoing model, and that’s certainly not a stretch. My review unit’s 1.7GHz ultra-low voltage Core i5-2557M processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD showed some impressive benchmark results — even besting a handful of higher spec’d PCs because of its SSD. And in actual use, it feels twice as fast as the old 13-inch Air. Thanks to the Core i5 muscle and a speedy solid-state drive, apps open almost instantaneously and running multiple applications doesn’t cause any lag. The laptop also boots in a quick 18 seconds.

PCMarkVantage3DMarkVantage3DMark06Just Cause 2
MacBook Air (2011, 13-inch)101341748419511.32
MacBook Air (2010, 13-inch)5170N/A4643N/A
Sony VAIO Z (2011)120794019 / 1984433325.96
Dell XPS 15z73033804 / 1926N/A24.95
Samsung Series 9697348562240N/A

The entire OS just purrs along and all those worries I once internalized about using an Air as my primary system have gone away in the past two days of heavy use. While concurrently running my everyday set up — Chrome with at least 20 tabs, Reeder, Growl, Mail, Twitter’s desktop app, Spotify, TextEdit, iTunes, Skype, Preview, and Pixelmator — the system never started gasping for air. At one point, I had about 35 windows open in Mission Control and I was still able to go about my business. There’s no doubt this Air could easily replace my current Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro.

Quick note: XBench hasn’t been optimized to run in Lion yet, it stalls out before getting to the graphics test.

Graphics / Thunderbolt

Graphics and Thunderbolt

Apple might have caused some momentary panic by switching away from the NVIDIA GeForce 320M card in the previous Air to Intel integrated HD 3000 graphics in the new model, but the benchmarks show the new set up offers fairly comparable performance. As the benchmarks above indicate, the new Intel graphics are comparable to the previous NVIDIA GeForce 320M card, and it was more than capable at playing local and streaming 720p and 1080p video at full screen. Actually, as Paul noted in his Lion review, Flash performance actually seems to be much improved — though, Flash-heavy content still heats up the bottom of the system. Sure, this system wasn’t designed for gaming — on the Just Cause 2 benchmark in Windows it managed an unplayable 11.32fps at 1024 x 768 resolution — but Left 4 Dead 2 at the same resolution fared much better. Obviously, the VAIO Z trounces these numbers when plugged into its Light Peak-based AMD Radeon HD 6650M GPU, which makes it a much better gaming option.

Apple’s clearly not doing anything quite like Sony with its Thunderbolt / Light Peak implementation yet and sadly not using a common connector, but there are more and more peripherals that take advantage of the port’s 10Gbps dual-channel speeds. The Thunderbolt Display doubles as a high-speed docking station: you can connect up to six devices to the display’s slew of ports and use its HD webcam. There’s also the $1,500 Promise Pegasus 8TB RAID (which also requires the $50 Thunderbolt cord) and Apple says more peripherals are on the way. Hopefully, they’re a tad easier on the wallet.

Battery life / software

Battery life / software

I’ll admit that when I first saw the benchmarks and felt how much faster the Air was in everyday use, I was worried about the impact on battery life. However, my worries were unfounded. Somehow Apple’s 50Wh battery lasts just as long as it did before. On our new (and rather awesome!) battery test, which visits a series of Web sites and loads images with brightness set at around 65 percent, the system lasted six hours and 53 minutes. A two-month old Core 2 Duo-powered MacBook Air lasted six hours and 41 minutes. It’s a damn impressive runtime for its thinness, though not long enough to get you through an international trip or as long as the VAIO Z with its slice battery. I’ve always wished Apple would offer extended batteries like the VAIO Z’s svelte slice battery, but at least the included 45W MagSafe charger is compact.

The MacBook Airs are the first laptops to be sold with Apple’s new OS X 10.7. I’m not going to get into the software here — Paul already took on that task in his killer review — but the iOS-influenced operating system seems likes it was built exactly for a system like the Air. As I’ve mentioned above, the new gestures work like a charm and the solid state drives have the thing going from zero to hero in no time. I’ve spent the last two days with Lion and while I’m still not sold on "natural scrolling," I’m especially fond of Mission Control and how it groups together the open windows by app. I’ll also give a special shoutout to the new Safari, which looks awesome in full screen mode, and the new mail app, which pulls on a lot of the iPad’s UI. The latter still needs a better way of integrated Gmail labels, but maybe that doesn’t bother the mainstream user as much as us Gmail nerds. If you want more information on the software here, make sure to grab a cup of coffee, fire up this one-hit wonder by The Tokens, and check out our detailed review.

Battery Life
MacBook Air (2011, 13-inch)6:53
MacBook Air (2010, 13-inch)6:41
Sony VAIO Z (2011)5:27 / 10:34*
Samsung Series 94:16
Dell XPS 15z4:36
*With slice battery

You’ll be forgiven for thinking this new version of the MacBook Air is just a minor spec-bump over the old — on paper it’s basically the same machine with a new processor and a Thunderbolt port. But in reality, it’s much more than that: it’s the first Air that’s capable enough to replace not only the old white MacBook but also the MacBook Pro — at least for some. The new processors are fast enough for almost any day-to-day task, and the Thunderbolt port allows the system to expand to almost full desktop strength using just a single cable. Oh, and Apple added the backlit keyboard back in.

Of course, those looking for all those things in a powerful ultraportable with an on-board Ethernet port, an extended battery, and a high resolution display have the VAIO Z to choose from, but at $2,000 it will set you back even more than the entry-level $1,299 13-inch Air (the unit reviewed above rings up at $1,599). And that’s where the Air finally breaks through — for under $1,300 it’s cheaper than most high-end Windows 7 ultraportables while beating them on the two things that matter the most: battery life and ergonomics. One thing is clear: you can no longer write off the Air as merely a status symbol or secondary system. This is a grown-up laptop with the kind of horsepower and battery life that will make a lot of users very happy. And yes, it still fits in a manila envelope.

Sours: https://www.theverge.com/2011/10/16/2491224/apple-macbook-air-review-13-inch-mid-2011

Tina, having dipped the edge of the towel into the sink, proceeded to water procedures. To the touch of cold fabric, alternating with warm touches of lips and gentle strokes, my friend reacted like a compass to an ax - a complete loss of. Orientation. Closing my eyes, I could not at all distinguish what was happening to him now.

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The penis is firmly. Tense, but it could become even more stone, the crimson head swelled, the eggs in the scrotum pulled up to the foot of the trunk. Sperm hit the blowgirl's mouth, the girl jerked her head away, the penis threw a white stream to the ceiling, which hit the back of the. Guy sitting on the face, the unit hit the groin, but got up, shooting at the stomach and chest.

How to: Restore the 2011 MacBook Air

I gratefully kissed her leg on my shoulder and continued to actively ram her quivering body. She soon finished, arching sweetly and moaning. We no longer paid any attention to the students.

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Come on, Irin, take off the top. - It was Natasha who joined in. What are you, ugly breasts. Irina seemed to be very offended. She waved her hand, and with the words "Come on, damn it!", She also freed herself from the top of the swimsuit.



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