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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Late 2008 (MB543, MB940)

We have collected and analyzed 88 expert reviews and 175 user reviews from international sources. experts rate this product 73/100 and users rate it 86/100. The average review date is May 15, 2011. We have compared these reviews to 1012657 reviews from other Laptop Computers. The alaSCORE™ for this product is 88/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 10, 2018.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Late 2008 (MB543, MB940)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Late 2008 (MB543, MB940) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: MacBook Air 1.6GHz/2GB/120GB/GeF... 9400MMacBook Air 1.6GHz/2GB/120GB/GeF... 9400M

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Late 2008 (MB543, MB940)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, Late 2008 (MB543, MB940) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Comments about the usability and price are on the whole positive. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the sound.

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88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Air MB940LL/A 13.3 Inch Laptop (1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 128 GB Solid State Drive)Apple MacBook Air MB940LL/A 13.3 Inch Laptop (1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 128 GB Solid State Drive)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Campbell Simpson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Apple MacBook Air (2013)

 

This update to Apple's most portable notebook gives a huge boost to battery

Excellent battery life, quick charge time ; More than enough power for everyday tasks ; Same (excellent) design and build

Still carries a premium price tag ; Need serious power? Step up to the Pro ; Same (excellent) design and build

Apple’s newest, most powerful, and most refined MacBook Air finally reaches that ‘all-day-playback’ milestone that is so crucial for a portable device. It’s got enough battery life to last a full day of video, or even longer if you’re just browsing the...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com.au)

Apple MacBook Air review: Rebooted as a thinner, lighter, more expensive laptop

 

This reimagined MacBook Air fixes almost all previous design issues, but not without adding a couple of its own.

The MacBook is now smaller and lighter, with a better display, faster processors and a bigger touchpad. The MacOS experience and all-day battery are still big selling points.

The starting price has shot up significantly, despite sticking with dual-core CPUs. The shallow butterfly keyboard and limited ports may feel like a step back from the previous Air.

The MacBook Air's long overdue makeover adds welcome additions like a high-res screen and Touch ID, but it includes some unwelcome trade-offs -- including a much higher price.

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com.au)

Apple MacBook Air review: An old friend shows its age

 

The 13-inch Apple MacBook Air doesn't have much new under the hood, but it remains the least expensive way to get a Mac laptop.

The MacBook Air remains the least expensive MacBook, and has finally received a minor spec upgrade. Battery life is excellent, and performance for everyday tasks remains smooth. It's the only MacBook left with standard USB ports or a MagSafe connection.

The design feels dated, with a thick bezel around a low-resolution screen. Windows laptops in the same price range offer newer components, higher-res screens and lighter, slimmer bodies.

The MacBook Air lives to fight another day, thanks to its mainstream price and long battery life, but this classic laptop is definitely in its twilight.

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : David Bayon (bit.com.au)

Apple MacBook Air reviewed: no Retina screen, but still more enticing than before

 

We were desperately hoping the MacBook Air would get the Retina screen it deserves, but Apple has reserved that upgrade for professionals. Instead, both the 11in and 13in MacBook Air models have received a relatively modest spring clean for 2012.

And that’s it. If you bought a MacBook Air last year, there frankly isn’t enough here to warrant an upgrade, but if you didn’t, there’s one more treat in store: prices for both 13in models and the higher-specification 11in have been slashed, making...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Jason Chen (gizmodo.com.au)

MacBook Air 2nd Gen Review

 

Externally, the new MacBook Air hasn't changed at all since launch. Internally, however, it's significantly more powerful. This latest upd...

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Craig Simms (zdnet.com.au)

Apple MacBook Air (1.86GHz, Nvidia GeForce 9400M)

 

If you weren't a fan of the previous MacBook Air, nothing will change your mind here. We can only hope the next revision is a little more feature-laden.

Lightweight and thin, Excellent construction, SSD and internal upgrades make the MacBook Air an excellent performer

Non-removable battery, Limited expandability, Mini-DisplayPort, Thin grey lines visible on screen in some models, Over-sensitive trackpad in Windows

If you weren't a fan of the previous MacBook Air, nothing will change your mind here. It does, however, present an excellent user experience. We can only hope the next revision is a little more feature-laden.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Craig Simms (applesource.com.au)

Apple MacBook Air (Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz, Nvidia GeForce 9400M)

 

If you weren't a fan of the previous MacBook Air, nothing will change your mind here. It does, however, present an excellent user experience. We can only hope the next revision is a little more feature-laden.

Lightweight and thin ; Excellent construction ; SSD and internal upgrades make the MacBook Air an excellent performer

Non-removable battery ; Limited expandability ; Mini-DisplayPort ; Thin grey lines visible on screen in some models ; Over-sensitive trackpad in Windows

The base model comes in at AU$2,899, and features a 120GB 4,200rpm magnetic hard drive and a 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo processor, while the AU$3,999 edition contains a 128GB SSD and 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo processor. Including the AppleCare Protection Plan for...

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Jason Snell (macworld.com.au)

Review: MacBook Air 1.86GHz

 

On the outside, the new MacBook Air 1.86GHz is identical to the first generation of Apple's lightweight laptops. But inside it's quite different, offering a new and faster processor, upgraded video circuitry, a faster front-side bus, faster RAM, and a...

Weighs 1.36kg; full-size keyboard; bright display; greatly improved graphics power

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.5 with 2GB of...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : James Galbraith (macworld.com.au)

MacBook Air 1.86GHz test results

 

At a media event on October 14, Apple announced a top-to-bottom refresh of its portable Macs. Along with new unibody MacBooks and MacBook Pros, the company also unveiled an updated MacBook Air that featured faster graphics and more storage.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.5 with 2GB of...

Nov, 2008

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Apple MacBook Air (Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz, Nvidia GeForce 9400M)

 

If Apple want this product to work for the price they are selling it at they need to do 3 things:

Brilliant design

Lack of connectivity, overpriced

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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Mono
Built-In Microphone:Y
Built-in subwoofer:N
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2
Number of microphones:2

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):54 / 54.5
Battery life (max):10 / 12 / 4.5 / 5 / 7
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby time:30 / 720

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Colour of product:Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Product colour:Silver
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display diagonal:29.5 / 33.8
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1366 x 768 / 1440 x 900 / 2560 x 1600
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touchscreen:N

Docking station

Docking station included:N

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel GMA X3100 / Not available / NVIDIA GeForce 320M / NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Embedded DRAM (eDRAM) memory:64
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:16
Maximum Resolution:2560 x 1600 / 3840 x 2160
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2 / 11.3
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel Iris Plus Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1626
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 6000 / Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 / Intel® HD Graphics 6000
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3

Hard drive

Hard disk drive type:SSD

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:78 / 79
Numeric keypad:N
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 2 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1600 / 2133
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 4.0 / 4.2
Ethernet LAN:N
Networking type:USB Ethernet Adapter
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 10000 / 0 - 4500
Operating altitude:0 - 3000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / 10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45 / 10 - 35

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other features

Dimensions (WxDxH):325 x 227 x 19.4
Display:LCD / LED
External display:N
Graphics adapter family:nVidia
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 95 / 50 - 95
Power requirements:100 - 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz / 100 - 240V 50 - 60Hz
Relative humidity:0 - 90
TV in port: No
Type:MAC
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB Type-C
Power cord included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:USB Type-C
Power cord included:Y

Performance

Ambient light sensor:Y
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:N / Y
DC-in jack:No / Y / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity: Yes
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No
ExpressCard slot:N / No
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:1 x Mini DisplayPort
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:Y
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port:N / No / Yes
SmartCard slot:N / No
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:1
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:2
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:35 / 45 / 50 / 61

Processor

Bus type:DMI2 / FSB
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600
Conflict Free processor:No / Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):6 / 7 / 7.1 / 8
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
PCI Express configurations:4x1, 2x4 / 4x1,2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing Die size:107
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 2.9 / 3.2 / 3.6
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L2 / L3
Processor codename:Broadwell / Penryn
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:5th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5-5xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx / Intel® Core™ Duo / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.6 / 1.8 / 1.86 / 2.13 / 2.2 / 2.3
Processor front side bus:1066 / 800
Processor lithography:14 / 45
Processor Model:I5-5250U / i5-5350U / SL9300 / SL9400 / SL9600 / SU9400
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo SL9000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo SU9000 series / Intel Core i5-5200 Mobile series / Intel® Core™ i5-5200 Mobile Series / Intel® Core™ i5-5300 Mobile Series
Processor Socket:BGA 1168 / BGA1168 / BGA956
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:E0 / F0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):10 / 15 / 17
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No / Y / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Y
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Y
Intel FDI Technology:No / Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Y
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Y
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Processor ARK ID:84984 / 84990
Processor code:SLGEQ / SR268 / SR26C
Processor package size:22 / 40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Y

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / N
Cable lock slot type:Kensington

Software

Bundled software:iLife / iLife ’08 (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand) / iMovie\nGarageBand\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center / iMovie\nGarageBand\nSafari\nFaceTime\nApp Store\niTunes\niBooks / iMovie\nGarageBand\nSiri\nSafari\nFaceTime\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\niBooks\nApp Store\nTime Machine
Drivers included:Y
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan / Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard / macOS Sierra

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / No / Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SDXC
Flash drive interface:PCI Express
Flash memory:128 / 256 / 512
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:4200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express
Storage Media:Flash / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:120 / 128 / 256 / 512 / 64

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:19.2 / 212.4 / 22.7 / 227
Height :1.94 / 14.9
Height (front):3 / 4
Height (rear):1.7 / 1.94
Weight:1.06 / 1.32 / 1.35 / 1.36 / 1.37
Width:29.9 / 304.1 / 32.5 / 325