Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 vs Apple Macbook Pro Retina

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Apple MacBook Air Early 2015
Apple Macbook Pro Retina

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
12% longer battery life Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a battery life of 9hh, however the Apple Macbook Pro Retina is only an 8hh battery life laptop (1h shorter). Read more

The battery life is the number of hours that the computer can be used for on a single charge of the battery.

A longer battery life means you can use the computer for longer when travelling and not able to access a power supply.

Lighter Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a weight of 1.1kgg. That's 0.9g lighter than the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (2kgg). Read more

The weight of the computer excludes the weight of the power supply and charger, but includes the weight of the battery.

A lighter computer makes a difference to the portability of the computer and will reduce your hand luggage weight when travelling by air.

Narrower Edit
Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is 300mmmm wide, but the Apple Macbook Pro Retina is a 358.9mmmm wide laptop (58.9mm wider).
A little better user reviews
Based on 974 user reviews, the average review score of the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is 96%, whereas the average rating of the Apple Macbook Pro Retina is 95% (based on 392 reviews).
8 Reasons For
Four processor cores Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has four processor cores, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 only has two processor cores. Read more

A multi-core processor has more than one central processing unit (CPU) which allows it to run much faster than single processor units.

A higher number of processor cores will result in faster operation of the computer.

Bigger processor cache Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina is a 6MBMB processor cache laptop. That's 3MB bigger than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (6MBMB).
A lot bigger total storage capacity Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a total storage capacity of 512GBGB, whereas the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is only a 256GBGB total storage capacity laptop (256GB smaller). Read more

The storage capacity of a computer is the amount of permanent storage space available on the computer for saving data, such as photos, applications and documents. The storage may be provided on a hard disk (slower) or on flash or solid state drives (faster).

A bigger storage capacity will allow you to store more applications, documents, photos and music on the computer.

3.8" bigger screen size Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina is a 15.4"" laptop. That's 3.8" bigger than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (15.4""). Read more

The display diagonal is a measure of the size of the computer screen. The display diagonal is measured from one corner of the screen to the diagonally opposite corner of the screen.

A bigger display diagonal will allow you to fit more information on the screen, making it better for editing large documents. A larger screen is also makes it easier to appreciate the detail in photos and videos.

One more Thunderbolt 2 port Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has two Thunderbolt 2 ports, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 only has one Thunderbolt 2 port.
Vastly bigger battery capacity Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a battery capacity of 95WhWh, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is only a 38WhWh battery capacity laptop (57Wh smaller).
Eleven more awards
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has 13 awards, but the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has 2 awards.
Expert reviews are better
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has an average expert review score of 88%, whereas the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has an average rating of 82% (based on 21 reviews).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Two less processor cores Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has two processor cores, however the Apple Macbook Pro Retina only has four processor cores. Read more

A multi-core processor has more than one central processing unit (CPU) which allows it to run much faster than single processor units.

A higher number of processor cores will result in faster operation of the computer.

3MB smaller processor cache Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a processor cache of 3MBMB, whereas the Apple Macbook Pro Retina is a 6MBMB processor cache laptop (3MB bigger).
256GB smaller total storage capacity Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 256GBGB total storage capacity laptop. That's 256GB smaller than the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (512GBGB). Read more

The storage capacity of a computer is the amount of permanent storage space available on the computer for saving data, such as photos, applications and documents. The storage may be provided on a hard disk (slower) or on flash or solid state drives (faster).

A bigger storage capacity will allow you to store more applications, documents, photos and music on the computer.

3.8" smaller screen size Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a screen size of 11.6"", whereas the Apple Macbook Pro Retina is a 15.4"" laptop (3.8" bigger). Read more

The display diagonal is a measure of the size of the computer screen. The display diagonal is measured from one corner of the screen to the diagonally opposite corner of the screen.

A bigger display diagonal will allow you to fit more information on the screen, making it better for editing large documents. A larger screen is also makes it easier to appreciate the detail in photos and videos.

Only one Thunderbolt 2 port Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has one Thunderbolt 2 port, however the Apple Macbook Pro Retina only has two Thunderbolt 2 ports.
Two times smaller battery capacity Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 38WhWh battery capacity laptop. That's 57Wh smaller than the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (95WhWh).
Eleven less awards
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has only received 2 awards, but the Apple Macbook Pro Retina has received 13 awards.
Expert review Rating is Worse
The average expert rating of the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is 82%, whereas the average expert rating of the Apple Macbook Pro Retina is 88% (based on 57 reviews).
5 Reasons Against
13% shorter battery life Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina is an 8hh battery life laptop. That's 1h shorter than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (8hh). Read more

The battery life is the number of hours that the computer can be used for on a single charge of the battery.

A longer battery life means you can use the computer for longer when travelling and not able to access a power supply.

0.9g heavier Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a weight of 2kgg, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 1.1kgg heavy laptop (0.9g lighter). Read more

The weight of the computer excludes the weight of the power supply and charger, but includes the weight of the battery.

A lighter computer makes a difference to the portability of the computer and will reduce your hand luggage weight when travelling by air.

Wider Edit
Apple Macbook Pro Retina is 358.9mmmm wide. That's 58.9mm wider than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (358.9mmmm).
Eight months older
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina is older than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 by eight months.
A bit Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Apple Macbook Pro Retina is 95%, whereas the average user rating of the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is 96% (based on 974 reviews).

Awards

2 Awards
computershopper.com: Editor's Choice
Good Gear Guide.com.au: Editor's Choice
13 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
apcmag.com: Editor's Choice
Digitaltrends.com: Editor's Choice
Expert Reviews: Ultimate
hi-tech.mail.ru/: Recommended
Laptopmag.com: Editor's Choice
Les Numeriques.com: 5 Star
MacPro.se: Recommended
macworld.co.uk: Editor's Choice
macworld.idg.se: Good Buy
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
uk.hardware.info: Gold

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Date Released

22 months Ago 29 months Ago

Design

Form Factor
 Clamshell
 Clamshell
Housing Material
 Aluminium
 Aluminium
Colour
 Silver
 Silver
Product Type
 Notebook
 Notebook

Processor

Processor Core
2 4
BEST
Processor Family
 Intel Core i7
 Intel Core i7
BEST
Processor Clock Speed
1.6GHz Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Technology
Intel Core? I5 Processor,Dual-core,1.6 GHz / 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost,4 MB cache Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor
 Intel
 Intel
Processor Cache
 L3
 L3
Processor Cache
3MB 6MB
BEST
Maximum Turbo Frequency
2.7GHz Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Clock Speed
1,600MHz Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Cache Type
 L3
 L3

Memory

Internal Memory
4GB
BEST
16GB
Memory
 On-board
 On-board
Maximum Internal Memory
4GB
BEST
16GB
Memory Clock Speed
1,600MHz 1,600MHz
Internal Memory
 LPDDR3-SDRAM
BEST
 LPDDR3-SDRAM

Hard Drive

Storage Medium
 SSD
BEST
 SSD

Storage

Total Storage Capacity
256GB 512GB
BEST
Storage Medium
 SSD
 SSD
 SSD
 SSD
Memory Card
 SD
 SDXC
 SD
 SDXC
Flash Memory
256GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 512GB
Installed SSD
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Flash Drive Interface
 PCI Express
 PCI Express

Display

Screen Size
11.6" 15.4"
BEST
Display Resolution
 1366 x 768
BEST
 1366 x 768
Touch Technology
 Multi-touch
 Multi-touch
Panel Type
 IPS
 IPS
Aspect Ratio
 16:10
 16:10
Display Manufacturer
LED Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Surface
 Gloss
 Gloss
HD Type
 HD
 HD

Graphics

On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
 Intel HD Graphics
 Intel HD Graphics
Maximum Resolution
2560 x 1600 Unknown - Click to provide data

Optical Drive

CD-RW/DVD-ROM Interface
No Unknown - Click to provide data

Audio

Speaker Power
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Speaker
2 2
Audio System
Unknown - Click to provide data Stereo

Camera

Front Camera Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 1280 x 720

Networking

Bluetooth Version
 4.0
 4.0
WiFi Standard
 802.11n
 802.11g
 802.11b
 802.11ac
 802.11a
 802.11n
 802.11g
 802.11b
 802.11ac
 802.11a
Integrated Wireless LAN
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Ports & Interfaces

Wireless Communication Version
802.11 ac Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Port
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Connection
 3.5 mm
 3.5 mm
Headphone Out Port
1 1
Thunderbolt 2 Port
1 2
BEST
Thunderbolt Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
ESATA/USB 3.0 Port
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 3.0 Port
2 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
2 2

Keyboard

Keyboard
Full-size backlit keyboard Unknown - Click to provide data
Keyboard Key
79 Unknown - Click to provide data
Keyboard Layout
 QWERTY
 QWERTY
Pointing Device
 Trackpad
 Trackpad

Operating System/software

Operating System
 Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
 Mac OS X Mavericks
 Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
 Mac OS X Mavericks
Bundled Software
IPhoto,iMovie,GarageBand,iBooks,Safari,FaceTime,Time Machine,Photo Booth,iTunes,Game Center IPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, iBooks, Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Time Machine, Photo Booth, iTunes, Game Center, Preview, Notes, Mac App Store
Operating System Architecture
 64-bit
 64-bit

Battery

Battery Life
9h
BEST
8h
Battery Capacity
38Wh 95Wh
BEST
Battery
 Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
 Lithium
 Polymer
 Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
 Lithium
 Polymer
Standby Time
30 day(s) Unknown - Click to provide data

Power

AC Adapter Input Voltage
100 - 240 100 - 240
AC Adapter Frequency
 50
 60
 50/60
 50
 60
 50/60
AC Adapter Power
45W 85W

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.1kg
BEST
2kg
Height
17mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
192mm 18mm
Width
300mm
BEST
358.9mm

Operational Conditions

Non-Operating Altitude
0 - 4500 0 - 4500
Operating Altitude
0 - 3000 0 - 3000
Operating Relative Humidity Range
0 - 90 0 - 90
Storage Temperature Range
-25 - 45 -25 - 45
Operating Temperature Range
10 - 35 10 - 35

Certificates

EPEAT Compliance
 Gold
 Gold

Technical Details

Display
 LED
BEST
 LED
Wireless Feature
802.11 ac Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Supplied Battery
Lithium-polymer Unknown - Click to provide data
Wireless Standard
802.11 ac Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Type
DDR3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Speaker
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 LED
 LED
Storage Capacity
256GB Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Version
 3.0
BEST
 3.0
Internal Memory
4GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio Output
3.5 mm jack Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Operating System
OS X Yosemite Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Diagonal
29.46cm Unknown - Click to provide data
Wireless Transmission
802.11 ac Unknown - Click to provide data
Dimensions
300 x 192 x 17 Unknown - Click to provide data
Energy Efficiency Class
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Illumination
Backlit Unknown - Click to provide data
Wireless Technology
802.11 ac Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 LED
 LED
Battery Type
Lithium-polymer Unknown - Click to provide data
Speaker
Integrated stereo speakers Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight
1.08 Unknown - Click to provide data
Type
 Mac
 Mac
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