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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)

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MB940LL/A
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 1.86GHz
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 128GB 9400RPM Hard Drive
  • 13.3-Inch Screen, GeForce GT
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5
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Model: MB940LL/A
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Screen Size13.3 inches
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Max Screen Resolution1280 x 800 pixels
Processor1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
RAM2 GB DDR3
Memory Speed 1066 MHz
Hard Drive128 GB Serial ATA
Graphics CoprocessorGeForce GT
Chipset BrandNVIDIA
Card DescriptionGeForce 8600M GT
Graphics Card Ram Size256 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Brand NameApple
SeriesMB940LL/A
Item model numberMB940LL/A
Hardware PlatformMac
Operating SystemApple Mac OS X 10.5
Item Weight3 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H8.94 x 12.80 x 0.76 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeDDR2 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size128
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed9400 RPM
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery Typelithium_polymer
Power SourceAC
Voltage230 volts
  
Additional Information
ASINB001GCTT80
Shipping Weight6.6 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 14, 2008
  
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With the MacBook Air, Apple has created the world's thinnest laptop--measuring an unprecedented 0.16-inches at its thinnest point (and 0.76 inches thick overall). Apple brings its vaunted multi-touch technology, found on the iPhone, to its laptops with the MacBook Air, enabling you to pinch, swipe, or rotate to zoom in on text, advance through a photo album, or adjust an image via the oversized trackpad. And the MacBook Air embodies Apple's continuing environmental progress with its aluminum enclosure, a material highly desired by recyclers; Apple's first mercury-free LCD display with arsenic-free glass; and brominated flame retardant-free material for the majority of circuit boards as well as PVC-free internal cables.

Despite the its slender shell, the MacBook Air doesn't skimp on the specifications. It includes a 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display, full-size and backlit keyboard, and a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing. The MacBook Air is powered by a custom-built 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, which provides an optimized, multithreaded architecture for improved multitasking performance. And it features the integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor, which delivers outstanding 3D game play with up to five times faster graphics performance than the previous generation. This model is loaded with a 128 GB solid-state drive, which has no moving parts for enhanced durability. Other features include 2 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi connectivity via 802.11a/b/g/n standards, Mini DisplayPort video output (for DVI and VGA connections), and up to a 4.5-hour battery life.

It comes pre-loaded with Apple's Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system, which adds over 300 new features including easy backup of your most important data via Time Machine, a redesigned desktop that helps eliminate clutter, and the newest version of the fast-loading Safari web browser. It also comes with the iLife '08 suite of applications, including iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, and iTunes.

Design
The thinness of MacBook Air is impressive, but even more impressive is that fact that there's a full-size notebook encased in the 0.16 to 0.76 inch of sleek, sturdy anodized aluminum. This svelte, 3-pound laptop has a vibrant, energy efficient 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, and its spacious trackpad offers multi-touch gesture support for pinch, rotate and swipe--making it more intuitive than ever to browse and rotate photos or zoom into web pages in Safari. It also features a full-size keyboard that's backlit, making it ideal for dimly lit environments such as airplanes, studios or conference halls. It includes a built-in ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the keys as well as the display brightness for optimal visibility.



Amazingly thin at just 0.16 inches at its thinnest and 0.76 inches at its thickest point, the MacBook Air weighs just 3 pounds.

One of Apple's most celebrated innovations is the MagSafe power adapter connector, which offers a magnetic connection instead of a physical one. So, if you happen to trip over a power cord, you won't send the MacBook Air flying off a table or desk--the cord simply disconnects, without damage to either the cord or the system.



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Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
Custom-built to fit within the compact dimensions of the laptop, the MacBook Air is powered by a 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a super-fast 1066 MHz front-side bus (FSB), and an enormous 6 MB of Smart Cache, an L2 cache that can be shared between the cores as needed. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.)

The Intel Core 2 Duo's 128-bit SSE3 vector engine handles 128-bit computations in a single clock cycle, accelerating data manipulation by simultaneously applying a single instruction to multiple data. And its two execution cores are designed to share resources and conserve power, helping it to achieve higher levels of performance since it uses fewer watts. And with 4MB of shared L2 cache, the MacBook Air is a multi-tasking monster. With such substantial L2 cache, data and instructions can be kept close to the two processor cores, greatly increasing performance and allowing the entire system to work more efficiently. And, because the processor cores share the L2 cache, either can use the entire amount if the other happens to be idle.



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Video Processing & Output
Whether you're working on a Keynote presentation or watching a movie before you catch a flight, every document, video, and photo on your MacBook Air will look sharp on the glossy 13.3-inch widescreen display. With the new NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processor, the MacBook Air changes the game and just about everything you do with it. The 9400M provides up to an amazing 4x performance boost over the original MacBook Air. Photos appear in iPhoto quickly, transitions in Keynote are seamless, games play more smoothly, and movie and video playback is better than ever before. The 9400M graphics processor shares 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM with main memory.

The MacBook Air now includes a next generation Mini DisplayPort, which delivers a pure digital signal that can drive up to a 30-inch widescreen display. The Mini DisplayPort is ultra-compact at just 10 percent the size of a full DVI connector, and is compatible with Apple's 24-inch Cinema Display. Adapters are also available for using VGA, DVI/HDMI and Dual-Link DVI displays

Hard Drive and Memory
For storage, this MacBook Air comes with a 128 GB solid-state hard drive. Faster and more reliable, solid memory provides a rapid boot-up and quicker access to applications while improving battery life. It's also more reliable than a hard disk drive because there are no moving parts. Since data is written to stationary memory instead of a spinning hard disk, you have less risk of hardware problems with the hard disk when you're on the move. The 2 GB of PC3-8500 DDR3 RAM (two SO-DIMMs of 1024 MB) has an industry-leading 1066 MHz speed, and it maximizes the capacity for this laptop.

Optical Drive
Because of the amazingly thin design of the MacBook Air, an optical (DVD/CD) drive was not included. To install software from a disc, you can wirelessly use or "borrow" optical drives on remote PCs or Macs using the Remote Disk feature. This allows you full access to an optical drive without having to haul one around. If you want to have an optical drive for burning CDs and DVDs, you can purchase the optional MacBook Air SuperDrive (sold separately). This multi-format CD/DVD read/write drive is powered by the MacBook Air's USB port, eliminating the need to carry a separate power adapter.

Networking
The MacBook Air doesn't include wired Ethernet networking, and instead relies solely on Wi-Fi to connect to your home network as well as wireless hotspots. The built-in 802.11n wireless networking provides up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g, but it's also backward-compatible with 802.11a/b/g routers, enabling you to communicate with the a wide variety of Wi-Fi resources. It works seamlessly with the optional AirPort Extreme base station as well as Apple's Time Capsule Wi-Fi base station/hard drive--both of which include 802.11n capabilities. If you don't have access to a wireless network, you can use an optional USB Ethernet Adapter (sold separately)

Use the built-in Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology to connect to your PDA or cell phone, synchronize addresses, or download pictures from your cell phone. You can also use a wireless headset for iChat audio chats and VoIP calls as well as quickly share files with a colleague.

Video Conferencing with Built-in iSight
Artfully placed in the display bezel is an iSight camera, which enables easy video conferencing as well as allows you to snap pictures of yourself and create video podcasts. Using the iChat AV application, video conferencing is integrated into your iChat buddy list, so initiating a video conference is a breeze. iChat also lets you hold audio chats with up to 10 people and provides high-quality audio compression and full-duplex sound so conversation can flow naturally. For video podcasting, you can record a short clip using the iSight camera, then use iWeb to create a video blog entry or post your GarageBand-recorded podcast.

Other Features

  • Mini DisplayPort compatible with DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI connectors (all optional)
  • Analog audio output/headphone out (minijack)
  • Built-in mono speaker and omnidirectional microphone
  • Integrated 37-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery provides up to 5 hours of battery life
  • Built-in full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted "T" arrangement), and embedded numeric keypad
  • Supported resolutions: 1280 by 800 (native), 1152 by 720, 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, 800 by 500, 720 by 480, and 640 by 480 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio

Environtmental Considerations
The entire new MacBook family meets stringent Energy Star 4.0, EPEAT Gold and RoHS environmental standards, and leads the industry in the elimination of toxic chemicals by containing no brominated flame retardants, using only PVC-free internal cables and components, and using energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass.

Preloaded with Leopard and iLife '08
The biggest Mac OS X upgrade ever, the Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system features over 300 new features, including:

  • Time Machine, an effortless way to automatically back up everything on a Mac
  • A redesigned Finder that lets users quickly browse and share files between multiple Macs
  • Quick Look, a new way to instantly see files without opening an application
  • Spaces, an intuitive new feature used to create groups of applications and instantly switch between them
  • A brand new desktop with Stacks, a new way to easily access files from the Dock
  • Major enhancements to Mail and iChat


Preloaded with Leopard, you'll enjoy enhanced productivity and a clutter-free desktop (thanks to the redesigned 3D Dock with Stacks).
Leopard's new desktop includes the redesigned 3D Dock with Stacks, a new way to organize files for quick and easy access with just one click. Leopard automatically places web, email and other downloads in a Downloads stack to maintain a clutter-free desktop, and you can instantly fan the contents of this and other Stacks into an elegant arc right from the Dock. The updated Finder includes Cover Flow and a new sidebar with a dramatically simplified way to search for, browse and copy content from any PC or Mac on a local network.

Time Machine lets you easily back up all of the data on your Mac, find lost files and even restore all of the software on their Mac. With just a one-click setup, Time Machine automatically keeps an up-to-date copy of everything on the Mac. In the event a file is lost, you can search back through time to find deleted files, applications, photos and other digital media and then instantly restore the file.

The MacBook Air also comes with the iLife '08 suite of applications that make it easy to live the digital life. Use iPhoto to share entire high-res photo albums with anyone who's got an email address. Record your own songs and podcasts with GarageBand. Break into indie filmmaking with iMovie and iDVD. Then take all the stuff you made on your Mac and share it on the Web in one click with iWeb.

Included Software
Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard (includes Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools)

iLife '08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)

What's in the Box
MacBook Air, 45W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, power cord, cleaning/polishing cloth, install/restore DVDs, printed documentation

Product Description

MacBook Air has amazing new graphics—up to four times faster1—and a larger hard drive. Yet it’s still ultrathin, ultraportable, and ultra unlike anything else. It’s just 0.16 inch at its thinnest point, 0.76 inch at its thickest point, and a mere 3.0 pounds.2 With powerful new NVIDIA graphics, a bigger hard drive, 2GB of fast DDR3 SDRAM, and the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, MacBook Air has more power for everyday tasks. But unlike other ultraportable designs, it doesn’t compromise on features. It includes a bright 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display, full-size backlit keyboard, spacious Multi-Touch trackpad, and built-in iSight camera. Engineered for the wireless world, MacBook Air also comes with 802.11n Wi-Fi,3 Bluetooth 2.1, and Remote Disc to deliver unparalleled wireless versatility. Mobile computing has yet another new standard. 1Testing conducted by Apple in October 2008 using preproduction 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo–based MacBook Air units with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M. MacBook Air systems with 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo and Intel GMA X3100 were shipping units. MacBook Air continuously monitors system thermal and power conditions, and may adjust processor speed as needed to maintain optimal system operation. 2Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process. 3Based on an IEEE 802.11n draft specification. 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. 41GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less. 5Video chatting requires a broadband Internet connection; fees may apply.

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Customer Reviews

In all other instances, MacBook Air!!!
Doug
The click and general noises of the Rev A's hard drive was never something I really noticed - until it was gone... The Rev B is eerily quiet!
Gadget Guy
The unit is light, rock solid, and reflects Apple's minimalist design; the OS is intuitive and "just works."
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Gadget Guy on December 9, 2008
Model: MB940LL/A
So - I bit the bullet and upgraded from a Rev A 1.6GHz 80GB HDD MBA - to a Rev B 1.86GHz 128GB SSD MBA. I wanted to post my observations on what it's like to upgrade - I know many Rev A owners have - or are thinking about - upgrading to Rev B.

In this review, I refer to "Rev A" and "Rev B". The Rev A is my older 1.6GHz 80GB HDD MBA. The Rev B is my new 1.86GHz 128GB SSD MBA

Caveat - Unlike some (but not all!) Rev A MBA owners, I love my Rev A MBA. I've had zero problems with it. It runs cool and I have not experienced any core shut downs. It would heat up when most laptops normally heat up and the fans would kick. It would cool down quickly when I moved on to something else. With video it never stuttered... Perhaps my Rev A has run so nicely because I don't ask a lot of it. It is a second Mac to my Mac Pro - I use it primarily for email, word processing, iTunes movies and web surfing - on the couch and on the road. It has REALLY been a great laptop and I have nothing bad to say about it.

So why did I update? I wanted more space. I have my Rev A setup to duel boot (Vista) for business uses from time to time when I travel. That kills a chunk of space. Also - with the Rev A, I compromised - by not having my music, photos and other large files with me. Not a bad tradeoff. But the Rev B's larger hard drive was enticing - additionally, the Rev A has been so great, I'm willing to make the investment to have the latest/greatest version of the Air because it is such a leap/improvement over the Rev A - both speed and graphics-wise. I won't spend time on the A's form factor - those of you that own one already get that - it's great...
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Doug on November 29, 2008
Model: MB940LL/A
***MacBook Air works with World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King***

OK first of all, I put the above there because most people are concerned about MBA's power; also, lots of people (myself NOT included) play WoW, so I thought it'd be a good benchmark for the Air. Gamers, take note that the Air now has the NVIDIA 9400M graphics card, which plays WoW beautifully.

I was floored to find that my mom's new MacBook Air was, in fact, faster than my own ostensibly speedier iMac! It rarely lags behind my workflow - despite MBA's comparably slow processor and small amount of RAM, it actually handled my demands with distinction.

The SSD made a huge difference, IMO. I know this w/o using an HDD MBA because, like I said earlier, MBA is quicker at opening applications and navigating the OS than my "big daddy" iMac is. I have found myself longing to work instead on Mom's MacBook Air whenever I get a "spinning beach ball" wait sign on my iMac.

The weight of MBA is definitely a plus. The computer can be easily supported by one hand while the other navigates/types - try doing that with any other 13"+ laptop and you'll see the difference.

Battery life is exemplary. I can easily make the Air last six hours, albeit with intermittent breaks during which it Sleeps and I do something else, like check email on my white iPhone 3G or I talk to somebody. Waking the Air from sleep takes less than three seconds, if you didn't set it to require a password on wake. As Apple has advertised, yes, the screen is at full brightness after waking the computer.

Wi-Fi reception is awesome. Apple placed the antenna behind the screen so it's always in the best location to get a signal. The Air has 802.11n built in, plus Bluetooth.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Coffee fan on November 20, 2008
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Bought this as a light, shockproof Mac to run typical Mac software (Aperture, CS3, Office, Sente etc.) to supplement iMac. Willing to accept lesser performance for portable productivity. System is silent (fans are rarely on), SSD seems very fast compared with notebook-class HDD's (for example editing video on EyeTV). Screen very readable. Truly just the right balance of capabilities for this kind of application. Macbook Pro would have been faster but not so much as to make a meaningful difference. Effortless portability and now (in its 2nd generation) more than sufficient speed particularly with the SSD is the reason to get this. Highly recommended.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Randy Escalada on December 16, 2008
Model: MB940LL/A
I've been traveling the past two years and it was only a few months ago when I decided to get a Macbook Air. With my older non-ultra portable laptop, my backpack was always heavy. In fact, it made up for 80% of my handcarry's weight. You have to consider that many laptop companies do not include the weight of the removable battery and the power adapter in their laptop's specs. I've heard of Macbook Air before but I had been hesitant to buy one because it didn't look that sturdy in the store compared to the Macbook Pro and I thought that its processing power was extremely lowered to unbearable levels.

When I bought the Macbook Air, I knew what I was getting. First, it's going to have less disk space and less processing power, just one USB drive and no CD/DVD drive. So I'm not going to complain about those things knowing that this is not supposed to replace my desktop computer. And it was supposed to be a computer I can bring along while traveling for writing e-mails and surfing the net. I occasionally play games and I don't do video editing or use CAD.

PROCESSING POWER
But to my surprise, it was more powerful and faster than I expected. It's faster than my iMac. When you click on the Dashboard icon on the dock, all your widgets will load instantly and not even take longer than 2 seconds. Opening multiple programs at the same time did not slow down the computer at all.

I used to play World of Warcraft before I bought this laptop and plan to be playing again next year. I was thinking that I wouldn't be able to play WoW with a decent frame rate on this machine but I've been reading forums and they said WoW performs really well in MBA's with SSD drives.

KEYBOARD AND SCREEN
Another nice touch is the screen and keyboard size.
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