Apple MacBook Air 13.3″ Mid 2017 Overview
Featuring a thin and lightweight design, the silver mid 2017 Apple 13.3″ MacBook Air features a unibody aluminum enclosure that weighs less than 3 pounds. At its thickest point, the computer is only 0.68″ — it tapers down to 0.11″ at its thinnest.
At 13.3″ in size, the 16:10 display features a screen resolution of 1440 x 900. It features a glossy finish and LED backlight technology for enhanced image quality and energy efficiency.
The system is loaded with 256GB of flash storage rather than an old-fashioned hard drive. Flash storage doesn’t just give you a lighter, thinner computer. It also allows for impressive battery life — up to 12 hours of web browsing and 30 days of standby time.
The computer is powered by a 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor and has 8GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM. Graphics are provided by integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000. The computer features all the amenities you expect on a Mac — a 720p FaceTime HD webcam, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi (also compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, and built-in stereo speakers.
This Mac comes preloaded with macOS. Updates can be downloaded for free via the Mac App Store. Please check Apple’s website for upgrade eligibility.
Working together with the power-efficient Intel Core architecture, the MacBook Air gets up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge (may vary depending on use). That gives you all-day power for surfing the web or watching iTunes movies. Put MacBook Air to sleep for more than 3 hours, and it enters standby mode to conserve battery life for up to 30 days.
Processor and Graphics
The MacBook Air is powered by an Intel Core i5 dual-core processor. This ultra-efficient architecture was designed to use less power and still deliver high performance. Which means not only can you do whatever you want – you can keep doing it for longer than before. In addition, the integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000 offers advanced performance you’ll especially notice with games and other graphics-intensive tasks.
MacBook Air supports dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi. When connected to an 802.11ac base station – including AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule – wireless performance is up to three times faster than 802.11n Wi-Fi. And your Wi-Fi range improves as well. With Bluetooth technology, you can connect the MacBook Air to Bluetooth-enabled devices, like speakers and headphones.
Part of what makes the MacBook Air so responsive is that it’s designed entirely around SSD storage. Not only does this make MacBook Air much lighter and more portable than traditional notebooks, it also provides faster access to data. The 256GB PCIe-based SSD storage is up to 17 times faster than a traditional 5400 rpm notebook hard disk drive.
Thunderbolt 2 & USB 3.0
Connect your MacBook Air to your devices and displays with a Thunderbolt 2 port that’s twice as fast as the previous generation. MacBook Air also comes equipped with two USB 3.0 ports, so you can connect to USB 3.0 devices and all your USB 2.0 devices as well.
The MacBook Air gives you a 1440 x 900 screen resolution on a 13.3″ display that measures a mere 0.19″ thin. And LED backlighting makes colors bright and vibrant from edge to edge.
FaceTime HD Camera
Let your friends and family see more of you with the 720p FaceTime HD camera. And the widescreen format means everyone can fit into the picture without having to crowd around the display.
If you’re making a FaceTime call, the dual mics reduce background noise from behind the notebook. And when you use Dictation, they create an adaptive audio beam that intelligently adjusts to detect your voice – instead of the noise around you.
The Multi-Touch gestures in macOS make everything you do on the MacBook Air more intuitive and direct, whether it’s a three-finger swipe to activate Mission Control or a four-finger pinch to see all your apps in Launchpad. Gesture responses are smooth and realistic.
As slim and compact as the MacBook Air is, Apple still managed to fit a full-size backlit keyboard, which provides a comfortable typing experience. And the keyboard is backlit, so you can type with ease in even the dimmest light. A built-in ambient light sensor detects changes in lighting conditions and adjusts the display and keyboard brightness automatically.
Apple MacBook Air 13.3″ Mid 2017 Specs
Operating System macOS
CPU 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5 Dual-Core
Maximum Boost Speed 2.9 GHz
Memory Type 1600 MHz LPDDR3
Total Installed Memory 8 GB
Memory Slots None
Graphics Type Integrated
GPU Intel HD Graphics 6000
Resolution 1440 x 900
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Variable Refresh Technology None
Storage and Expansion
Total Installed Capacity 256 GB
Solid State Storage 1 x 256 GB Integrated PCIe
Expansion Slots None
Optical Drive None
Ports 2 x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1)
1 x Mini Displayport (Thunderbolt 2)
Audio 1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Headphone Output
Built-In Speakers 2
Built-In Microphones 2
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Webcam User-Facing: 720p
Battery Chemistry Lithium-Ion Polymer (LiPo)
Maximum Runtime 12 Hours
Keyboard & Mouse
Keyboard 78-Key Notebook Keyboard with Backlight
Pointing Device TouchPad
Power Supply 45 W
AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Dimensions 12.8 x 0.7 x 8.9″ / 32.5 x 1.8 x 22.6 cm
Weight 2.96 lb / 1.34 kg
Package Weight 6.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.9 x 13.5 x 4.1″