The Apple MacBook Air “Core 2 Duo” 1.6 13″ (NVIDIA/Late 2008) ispowered by a 1.6 GHz Intel “Core 2 Duo” processor (SL9300) with two independent processor “cores” on a single chip with a 6 MB on-chip shared level 2 cache running on a 1066 MHz frontside bus.
It features 2 GB of onboard 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a 120 GB SATA (4200 RPM) hard drive, a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M “graphics processor with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory”, an integrated iSight video camera, a full-size backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor, and a 13.3″ widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix “glossy” display (1280×800 native resolution) in a razor thin (0.16-0.76 inch), three pound, aluminum case.
Connectivity includes AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a single USB 2.0 port, analog audio out, and video out capabilities (Mini DisplayPort) that support an external 30″ display. It lacks Ethernet (an external adapter is available), Firewire, and optical audio in/out.
The MacBook Air “Core 2 Duo” 1.6 13″ (NVIDIA/Late 2008) uses the same housing as the original model — with the same 13.3″ display, full-size keyboard and single button, “three-finger” trackpad. Internally, it likewise lacks an optical drive, the battery is not designed to be removable, and the memory cannot be upgraded beyond the onboard 2 GB, but it has a number of internal improvements as well including faster NVIDIA graphics, a faster architecture with a faster system bus, faster memory , and a larger L2 cache. It additionally ships equipped with more storage (and SATA rather than PATA support) and swaps the mini-DVI port for a new Mini DisplayPort standard.
Introduction Date: October 14, 2008 Discontinued Date: June 8, 2009
Processors: 1 (2 Cores) Architecture: 64-Bit
Geekbench 2 (32): 2259 Geekbench 2 (64): 2563
Geekbench 3 (32): 895 Geekbench 3 (32): 1419
Geekbench 3 (64): N/A Geekbench 3 (64): N/A
Processor Speed: 1.6 GHz Processor Type: Core 2 Duo (SL9300)
Details: The Intel 45 nm Penryn “Core 2 Duo” (SL9300) processor includes two independent processor “cores” on a single silicon chip.
Also see: How fast is the MacBook Air (NVIDIA/Late 2008) compared to the original MacBook Air? How fast is it compared to the “Unibody” MacBook and MacBook Pro models?
Turbo Boost: N/A Custom Speeds: N/A
Processor Upgrade: Soldered FPU: Integrated
System Bus Speed: 1066 MHz Cache Bus Speed: 1.6 GHz (Built-in)
ROM/Firmware Type: EFI EFI Architecture: 64-Bit
L1 Cache: 32k/32k L2/L3 Cache: 6 MB (on chip)
RAM Type: DDR3 SDRAM* Min. RAM Speed: 1066 MHz
Details: Shipped standard with 2 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM onboard.
Standard RAM: 2 GB Maximum RAM: 2 GB
Details: 2 GB of RAM is onboard, and cannot be upgraded.
Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Motherboard RAM: 2 GB RAM Slots: None
Video Card: GeForce 9400M VRAM Type: Integrated
Details: This model has a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M that shares memory with the system.
Standard VRAM: 256 MB Maximum VRAM: 256 MB
Built-in Display: 13.3″ Widescreen Native Resolution: 1280×800
Details: 13.3″ color widescreen TFT LED-backlit active-matrix “glossy” display with a 1280 by 800 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports “1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 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”.
2nd Display Support: Dual/Mirroring 2nd Max. Resolution: 2560×1600
Details: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560×1600.
Standard Hard Drive: 120 GB (4200 RPM) Int. HD Interface: Serial ATA
Details: A 120 GB (4200 RPM) Serial ATA drive is standard. A 128 GB solid-state drive was available as an optional build-to-order upgrade for US$500.
Also see: How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the MacBook Air? Can you swap the hard drive for an SSD?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this MacBook Air.
Standard Optical: None* Standard Disk: None
Standard Modem: None* Standard Ethernet: None*
Details: *Neither an internal modem nor an internal Ethernet port are provided. An external Apple USB Modem (56.6k v.92) is available for US$49 and an external Apple 10/100Base-T Ethernet adapter is available for US$29.
Also see: What official and third-party adapters are available to connect the MacBook Air to wired Ethernet networks?
Standard AirPort: 802.11a/b/g/n Standard Bluetooth: 2.1+EDR
USB Ports: 1 (2.0) Firewire Ports: None
Expansion Slots: None Expansion Bays: None
Details: No expansion slots or bays provided.
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells a wide variety of external accessories, including docking stations, adapters, input devices, cases, and more for this MacBook Air.
In Ireland, site sponsor SmartSpot sells a number of external expansion options and accessories like cases, cables, SD cards, speakers, and more for this MacBook Air.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit offers an extensive selection of external accessories like docks, stands, chargers, cases, security products, and more for this MacBook Air.
Incl. Keyboard: Full-size Incl. Input: Trackpad (Gesture)
Case Type: Notebook Form Factor: MacBook Air
Apple Order No: MB543LL/A Apple Subfamily: Late 2008
Apple Model No: A1304 (EMC 2253*) Model ID: MacBookAir2,1
Details: *Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model. In this case, please also note that the EMC number is not externally listed on the notebook so it cannot be used readily for identification.
Also see: All Macs with the A1304 Model Number, the 2253* EMC Number, and the MacBookAir2,1 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com’s Mac Identification section.
Battery Type: 37 W h Li-Poly Battery Life: 4.5 Hours
Details: Apple reports that this model has an “integrated 37-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery” and the company claims that it can provide up to 4.5 hours of “wireless productivity”.
Also see: What is the battery life of the MacBook Air (NVIDIA/Late 2008) in real-world usage tests?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells quality batteries for this MacBook Air.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit is a local distributor of OWC batteries for this MacBook Air.
In Southeast Asia, site sponsor SimplyMac.sg sells OWC batteries for this MacBook Air.
Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.5.5 Maximum MacOS: X 10.11.x
Minimum Windows: XP SP2 (32-Bit)* Maximum Windows: 7 (32-Bit)*
MacOS 9 Support: None Windows Support: Boot/Virtualization
Details: Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?
Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
Dimensions: .16-.76 x 12.8 x 8.94 Avg. Weight: 3.0 lbs (1.36 kg)
Original Price (US): US$1799 Est. Current Retail: US$550-US$650
Details: Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).