Purchasing Recommendation - Ultra Mobile Apple Laptop

Article Purpose

The following computer purchasing recommendation is for those individuals looking to have an extremely light weight and compact device. These systems are typically lighter than traditional laptops with most of the same features. These systems usually have the longest battery life; however, the trade off is they typically have the smallest internal storage capacity.


  • MacBook Air (Standard)


  • Precision aluminum unibody
  • 11-inch Option
    • Dimensions: 0.11"-0.68"h x 11.8"w x 7.56"d
    • Weight: 2.38 lb.
  • 13-inch Option
    • Dimensions: 0.11"-0.68"h x 12.8"w x 8.94"d
    • Weight: 2.96 lb.


  • 11-inch Option
    • Intel Dual-Core Core i5 1.4 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 2.70 GHz (Standard)
    • Intel Dual-Core Core i7 1.70 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.30 GHz (Option)
  • 13-inch Option
    • Intel Dual-Core i5 1.4 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 2.70 GHz, w/3MB shared L3 Cache (Standard)
    • Intel Dual-Core i7 1.7 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.30 GHz, w/4MB shared L3 Cache (Option)


  • 8.0GB Non-ECC 1600MHz DDR3L (Standard)

Graphics Card

  • Intel HD Graphics 5000 processor (Standard)


  • 11-inch Option - 11.6" LED widescreen display, 1366x768 resolution (Standard)
  • 13-inch Option - 13.3" LED widescreen display, 1440x900 resolution (Standard)


  • Built-in FaceTime HD camera; One (1) Thunderbolt port with support for mini DisplayPort, dual-link DVI, DVI, VGA, & HDMI (requires adapter) (Standard)


  • 11-inch Option
    • 128GB Flash Storage (Standard)
    • 256GB Flash Storage (Option)
    • 512GB Flash Storage (Option)
  • 13-inch Option
    • 128GB Flash Storage (Standard)
    • 256GB Flash Storage (Option)
    • 512GB Flash Storage (Option)

Optical Drives:

  • External Apple USB SuperDrive, DVD±RW/CD-RW w/Dual Layer capability (Option)


  • Integrated Sound Card; Dual microphones; Analog audio output/headphone out (minijack), Support for Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone (Standard)

Expansion Slots

  • 11-inch Option
    • None (Standard)
  • 13-inch Option
    • SDXC Card slot (Standard)

Standard I/O Ports

  • Two (2) USB 3.0 (up to 5 Gbp/s)
  • One (1) Thunderbolt (up to 10 Gbp/s)


  • Built-in stereo speaker (Standard)

Network Adapter

  • Built-in 802.11ac WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n compatible) (Standard)
  • Built-in Bluetooth 4.0 (Standard)
  • Apple USB Ethernet Adapter (Option)

Operating System

  • Mac OS X 10.8 (Standard)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise, 64-bit (Option)


  • Built-in full-size keyboard with 78 keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys; Backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor for automatic adjustment of keyboard illumination and screen brightness (Standard)


  • Solid-state trackpad with Multi-Touch gesture support; supports two-finger scrolling, pinch, rotate, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities (Standard)

Power Supply

  • 11-inch Optio
    • 45W MagSafe 2 power adapter; 38-watt-hour lithium-polymer batter (Standard)
    • Up to 9 hours battery life
  • 13-inch Optio
    • 45W MagSafe 2 power adapter; 54-watt-hour lithium-polymer batter (Standard)
    • Up to 12 hours batery life


  • AppleCare Protection Plan (3 year warranty) (Standard)

Environmental and Regulatory Standards

  • ENERGY STAR 6.0 (Standard)
  • EPEAT Gold (Standard)