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

1 Reason For
A bit better user reviews
Based on 973 user reviews, the average review score of the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is 96%, however the average rating of the Apple Macbook Pro Retina is 95% (based on 392 reviews).
7 Reasons For
Two more 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.

2MB bigger processor cache Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a processor cache of 6MBMB, whereas the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is only a 4MBMB processor cache laptop (2MB smaller).
3.8" bigger screen size Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a screen size of 15.4"", whereas the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is only an 11.6"" laptop (3.8" smaller). 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.

Bigger battery capacity Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina is a 95WhWh battery capacity laptop. That's 55.3Wh bigger than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (95WhWh).
459x lighter Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a weight of 2kgg. That's 918g lighter than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (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.

Eleven more awards
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has 13 awards from expert review sites, but the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has 2 awards.
Better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Apple Macbook Pro Retina is 88%, whereas the average rating of the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is 82% (based on 20 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Two less processor cores Edit
The number of processor cores on the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is two, but 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.

A lot smaller processor cache Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a processor cache of 4MBMB, however the Apple Macbook Pro Retina is a 6MBMB processor cache laptop (2MB bigger).
3.8" smaller screen size Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a screen size of 11.6"", however 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.

Hugely smaller battery capacity Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 39.7WhWh battery capacity laptop. That's 55.3Wh smaller than the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (95WhWh).
Heavier Edit
Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is 920gg heavy. That's 918g heavier 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.

Eleven less awards
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has only received 2 awards, whereas the Apple Macbook Pro Retina has received 13 awards.
Expert review Rating is Worse
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015's average expert score is 82%, however the Apple Macbook Pro Retina's is 88% (based on 57 reviews).
3 Reasons Against
Not currently available
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Older by eight months
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina is eight months older than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015.
User review Rating is a little Worse
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 973 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

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

22 months Ago 29 months Ago

Design

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

Processor

Processor Core
2 4
BEST
Processor Family
 Intel Core i7
 Intel Core i7
BEST
Processor Clock Speed
1.2GHz Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Socket
 BGA1234
 BGA1234
Processor Cache
 L3
 L3
Processor Cache
4MB 6MB
BEST
Processor Thread
4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Turbo Frequency
2.6GHz Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Model
 M-5Y51
 M-5Y51
Processor Memory Channel
 Dual
 Dual
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
25.6GB/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Memory Clock Speed
 1600
 1333
 333
 133
BEST
 1600
 1333
 333
 133
Processor Memory Type
 DDR3-SDRAM
 DDR3L-SDRAM
 LPDDR3-SDRAM
 DDR3L-RS-SDRAM
 DDR3L
 DDR3-SDRAM
 DDR3L-SDRAM
 LPDDR3-SDRAM
 DDR3L-RS-SDRAM
 DDR3L
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
16GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Lithography
14nm Unknown - Click to provide data
PCI Express Lane (max)
12 Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Operating Mode
 64-bit
 32-bit
BEST
 64-bit
 32-bit
PCI Express Slot Version
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Codename
 Broadwell
 Broadwell
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
4.5W Unknown - Click to provide data
Configurable TDP-Down Frequency
600MHz Unknown - Click to provide data
Stepping
F0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scenario Design Power (SDP)
3.5W Unknown - Click to provide data
Tjunction
95°C Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Cache Type
 L3
 L3

Memory

Internal Memory
8GB
BEST
16GB
Memory
 On-board
 On-board
Maximum Internal Memory
8GB
BEST
16GB
Memory Clock Speed
1,600MHz 1,600MHz
Internal Memory
 LPDDR3-SDRAM
BEST
 LPDDR3-SDRAM

Storage

Total Storage Capacity
512GB 512GB
Storage Medium
 SSD
 SSD
 SSD
 SSD
Memory Card
 SD
 SDXC
 SD
 SDXC
Flash Memory
512GB 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
Panel Type
 IPS
 IPS
Aspect Ratio
 16:10
 16:10
HD Type
 2K Ultra HD
 HD
BEST
 2K Ultra HD
 HD

Graphics

On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
 Intel HD Graphics
 Intel HD Graphics
Maximum Resolution
3840 x 2160 Unknown - Click to provide data
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
 11.2
 11
BEST
 11.2
 11
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
0x161E Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
16GB Unknown - Click to provide data
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
900MHz Unknown - Click to provide data
On-Board Graphics Adapter
 DisplayPort
 Embedded DisplayPort (eDP)
 HDMI
 DisplayPort
 Embedded DisplayPort (eDP)
 HDMI
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
300MHz Unknown - Click to provide data

Audio

Built-In Speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data 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

Ports & Interfaces

Headphone Out Port
1 1
Thunderbolt 2 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 2
HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
USB 3.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 2
USB 3.1 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 2

Keyboard

Pointing Device
 Touchpad
 Touchpad

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
BEST

Processor Special Features

Supported Instruction Set
 AVX
 AVX 2.0
 SSE
 SSE4.1
 SSE4.2
 AVX
 AVX 2.0
 SSE
 SSE4.1
 SSE4.2
Processor Code
SR23L Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel TSX-NI Version
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
CPU Configuration (max)
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Package Size
30mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Graphics & IMC Lithography
14nm Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor ARK ID
84669 Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Life
10h 8h
BEST
Battery Capacity
39.7Wh 95Wh
BEST
Battery
 Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
 Lithium
 Polymer
 Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
 Lithium
 Polymer

Power

AC Adapter Input Voltage
100 - 240 100 - 240
AC Adapter Frequency
 50
 60
 50/60
 50
 60
 50/60
AC Adapter Power
29W 85W

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
920g 2kg
BEST
Height At Front
0.35mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
196.5mm 18mm
Height At Rear
1.31mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
280.5mm 358.9mm

Packaging Data

Cable Included
 USB
 USB

Operational Conditions

Non-Operating Altitude
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 4500
Operating Altitude
Unknown - Click to provide data 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

Other Features

Intel Visual Technology
 Intel InTru 3D
 Intel InTru 3D
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