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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, 2017 (MQD32, Z0UU, Z0UV)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1007 reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, 2017 (MQD32, Z0UU, Z0UV). The average rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the battery and design. The portability and performance are also appreciated, whereas opinions about the connectivity and sound are mixed.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, 2017 (MQD32, Z0UU, Z0UV) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Tom Brant (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air (2017)

 

The MacBook Air remains an excellent ultraportable choice for students and other macOS fans with basic computing needs, but despite killer battery life, it will disappoint power users with its low-resolution display and outdated processor.

Thin and light. Long-lasting battery. Multiple USB ports.

Low-resolution display. Older Intel Core i5 CPU.

The MacBook Air arguably started the ultrabook party, and it's still there even as a younger, thinner, and better-equipped crowd has arrived. But it has yet to overstay its welcome. For macOS fans—especially note-taking, paper-writing college...

Aug, 2017

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017) Review

 

You may not have noticed, but Apple upgraded the MacBook Air in 2017. Specifically, the $999 13-inch notebook got a slightly speedier, 1.8-GHz Core i5 CPU, upgrading from a 1.6-GHz Core i5 processor. While we appreciate that the Air still has the...

Sep, 2017

Expert review by : Kane Fulton (techradar.com)

MacBook Air review

 

Grabbing a MacBook Air now fetches you faster storage

Excellent battery life ; Nippy storage ; Keyboard

Dated design ; Display ; Speakers

Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air now comes with much faster storage, better battery life and slightly improved performance in other areas. On the other hand, its display and design are beyond dated.

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Air (2017) review

 

Apple 's MacBook Air is as close to iconic as a piece of consumer technology gets. It's the single laptop model you're most likely to see everywhere, from college campuses to airports to coffee shops and even offices. And it's been that way for a very...

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

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Expert review by : Scott Stein (cnet.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch review

 

Not too long ago, the MacBook Air practically stood alone in the computer landscape with its unique blend of design, size, and performance, an improvement on the thin laptop with low-voltage CPU. The MacBook Air, in turn, influenced the arrival of the...

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.

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.

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.

Jun, 2012

Expert review by (which.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2017) review

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The Apple MacBook Air gets a refresh with this 2017 model. It doesn't change much, following the company's modus operandi this year - a bump in specs to keep it relevant, as we've seen with the iPad and iMac ranges too. So is this facelift enough to...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Zach Marzouk , Jane McCallion , IT Pro (itpro.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Air 13in (mid-2017) review: has Apple changed enough to stay on top?

 

Is the 2017 MacBook Air enough of an upgrade to justify itself?

Thin and light construction; incredible battery life

Screen is underwhelming

Performance and storage upgrades keep the already superb MacBook Air ticking over, but the iffy quality screen is starting to hold it back

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : Matt Safford (computershopper.com)

Apple MacBook Air (2017) Review and Ratings

 

Apple's iconic laptop gets a CPU update for 2017, and much about its design still charms us. But lacking a more substantive rethink, it's being eclipsed by lighter, faster laptops from Windows-device makers and Apple alike.

Iconic, solid-feeling design ; Still reasonably slim and light ; Long battery life ; Better port selection, keyboard feel than other modern MacBooks ; MagSafe power connector still rocks

Low-resolution screen ; Outdated processor

If you look at it through the lens of a world made up only of Apple devices, we're grateful that the MacBook Air exists. It may be a holdover from earlier days of Apple design, but that design is a classic that's aged well. And the inclusion of...

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Simon Jary (macworld.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Air (mid 2017) review

 

Apple has merely tweaked the processor speed with its 2017 update to its MacBook Air, but it remains an affordable, lightweight, compact cracker of a laptop.

The 13-inch MacBook Air is Apple’s entry-level laptop, starting at £949 (US$999). It might lack the super-sharp Retina screen of the Macbook and MacBook Pro models but its display and performance is fine for most everyday uses. It boasts enough USB...

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Marc Zaffagni avec CNET.com (cnetfrance.fr)

Test Apple MacBook Air (2017) : notre avis - CNET France

 

Le MacBook le plus abordable, une mise à jour bienvenue de sa configuration, l’autonomie excellente, les performances pour un usage quotidien, le dernier MacBook à posséder un port USB standard et la connectique MagSafe.

Le design commence à dater, l’écran aux larges bordures et à la résolution désormais trop basse. Des pc portables Windows dans la même gamme de prix offrent des prestations supérieures et des designs plus fins et légers.

Si le MacBook Air reste dans la course grâce à son tarif et son autonomie record, ce grand classique vit vraisemblablement son crépuscule.

Aug, 2017

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:2

Battery

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

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Rear camera:N
Swivel webcam:N

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Colour of product:Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display diagonal:33.8
Display Resolution:1440 x 900
Display Surface:Gloss
LED Backlight:Y
Touchscreen:N

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model:Not available
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:16
Maximum Resolution: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
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1626
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 6000

Keyboard

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

Memory

Internal Memory:8
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:On-board

Networking

3G:N
4G:N
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

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

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Power cord included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y
Power cord included:Y

Performance

Ambient light sensor:Y
GPS (satellite):N
TV tuner integrated:N

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y
DC-in jack:Y
Docking connector:N
DVI port:N
Headphone outputs:1
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:1
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:45

Processor

Bus type:DMI2
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600
Conflict Free processor:Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
PCI Express configurations:4x1,2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3.2
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Broadwell
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:5th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i5
Processor frequency:1.8 / 2.2
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i5-5350U
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel® Core™ i5-5300 Mobile Series
Processor Socket:BGA 1168
Processor threads:4
Stepping:F0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:Y
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Fast Memory Access:Y
Intel FDI Technology:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
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):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:Y
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
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: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® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
Processor ARK ID:84990
Processor code:SR268
Processor package size:40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y

Software

Bundled software:- Photos\n- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- Pages\n- Numbers\n- Keynote\n- Siri\n- Safari\n- Mail\n- FaceTime\n- Messages\n- Maps\n- Notes\n- Calendar\n- Contacts\n- Reminders\n- Photo Booth\n- Preview\n- iTunes\n- iBooks\n- App Store\n- Time Machine / iMovie\nGarageBand\nSiri\nSafari\nFaceTime\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\niBooks\nApp Store\nTime Machine
Drivers included:Y
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:macOS Sierra

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y
Compatible memory cards:SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:227
Height (front):3
Height (rear):1.7
Weight:1.35
Width:325