Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Air 13" A1466 2012- (MD231 / MD232)
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Battery performance 9
Gaming performance 7
Review Apple MacBook Air 13 Mid 2012 Subnotebook
14 August 2012
Summary: Ivy Air. Sounds like an airline, but it is the newest generation of Apple's successful subnotebooks. We tested the entry-level model featuring a 13.3-inch screen and Intel's Core i5. Its exterior is - as always - (virtually) nothing new.
Pros: High manufacturing quality, Low weight, Compact size, Fast SSD, Good overall performance, Usually very quiet, The higher system performance is remarkable. Fortunately, the design and workmanship have not been modified.
Cons: Moderate screen resolution, Reflective screen, Average brightness, Barely any maintenance or upgrade possibilities, Weaknesses in thermal design, A better screen would look good in the MacBook Air. It could be brighter and anti-glare would also be great.
Conclusion: Apple’s refresh of the venerable MacBook Air is a solid one, even if it didn’t receive the Retina display upgrade that many were hoping for ahead of its announcement. The 1440 x 900 native resolution looks great behind the glossy display while the viewing angles are some of the best I’ve ever seen on a notebook, both horizontally and vertically.
2012 13-inch MacBook Air review: Still the king of the ultrabooks
17 June 2012
Summary: This year's MacBook Air opts for gradual improvements rather than anything revolutionary, but lowered prices continue to make it the go-to mainstream recommendation for any MacBook owner-to-be.
Pros: The 13-inch MacBook Air has new Intel CPUs, better battery life, and an improved 720p Webcam, and finally adds USB 3.0 ports, while shaving $100 off the price from last year's models.
Cons: The design, while strong, stays largely the same: there's no Ethernet port, and the base SSD storage option of 128GB is smaller than a standard hard drive, though common for ultrabooks.
Conclusion: But for those weighing the pros and cons of a Windows-based ultrabook versus the MacBook Air, the latter doesn't have the no-doubt edge in design and features that it did a year ago. The 2012 model is still impressive, to be sure. But competitors are quickly crowding into its market with good alternatives at lower price points. Another major update to the Apple ultraportable's design or screen seems unlikely until sometime in 2013.
Pros: Faster processor and solid-state drive at a lower price than previous version, USB 3.0 ports, Same attractive, sturdy design, Quick boot time
Cons: No thinner or lighter than previous models, Screen resolution could be higher for the screen size
Summary: The 13-inch MacBook Air remains our favorite ultraportable notebook. In addition to best-in-class ergonomics, loud speakers and a svelte profile, you now get faster performance and much longer battery life than the Ultrabook competition for $100 less than before. The only reason we dropped the rating from a perfect 5 stars to 4.5 stars is because some Ultrabooks offer higher-resolution screens and more compact designs.
Pros: Iconic, beautifully thin design, Very long battery life, Fast boot time and faster flash memory than previous Air, Superior touchpad, Vast, easy-to-use App Store, Impressively loud speakers
Cons: Other ultraportables have higher-resolution screens, SD Card sticks out
Conclusion: The new Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2012) is a simple upgrade of the class-leading line, with a $100 price drop. Although a new processor gives you a little extra performance and some tests, the real additions are things like the new (for Mac) USB 3.0 ports and free upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion.
Pros: Thunderbolt port. Quick wake from sleep. Good screen resolution for a 13-inch laptop. USB 3.0. 256GB and 512GB flash storage upgrade option.
Cons: No HDMI. New Ivy Bridge processor doesn't add much performance. New AC adapter incompatible with previous accessories without an adapter.
Summary: Outwardly the MacBook Air has hardly changed since its release. But on the inside, it's rocking Ivy Bridge for better graphics and performance, with a far more practical 256GB SSD. With all these spec boosts, the Air might just be the ultimate all-rounder.
Pros: More grunt, but remains totally silent, Flawless build quality
Cons: Starts expensive, and only gets pricier, Skinny rivals are snapping at its heels
Conclusion: We aren't sure what has happened, but it very much appears that Apple laptops are no longer all that much more expensive than a decent PC. The Dell XPS 13 uses older tech, but still costs nearly the same as this 13-inch Air. Arguably, the Air offers a lot of advantages too. The screen is 16:10, which, for most computer use is far better than that stupid 16:9 ratio, foisted upon us by HD television.
Pros: Beautiful, sturdy, great keyboard and trackpad, spiffing battery life
Cons: Expensive, keyboard a bit squeaky, can't be upgraded
Conclusion: Apple Macbook Air MD232HN/A is an overwhelming notebook be it its sophisticated, crisp design or its menacing power. If you are looking for a thin, ultra portable notebook with a decent punch of features and money is not a problem, then you must go for it.
Pros: Good Processor, Thin, portable design
Cons: Missing features like a docking connector, or replaceable batteries