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Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 2 Core Intel Core I5 1.6GHz 4GB 256GB SSD 11.6" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5 1.6GHz 4GB Mar 2015
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Fast, fun and full of features, the Apple MacBook Air is the perfect PC for serious computing on the move. OS X Yosemite The MacBook Air runs on Apple More
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Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 24 owner reviews this portable PC has a terrific overall owner rating.

Excellent Brand

We checked 3,368 expert and user reviews for Apple notebook PCs and found that on average Apple has excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Apple has excellent reviews specifically for its MacBooks.

Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other MacBooks that are a comparable age to the MacBook Air Early 2015, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a front camera.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The MacBook Air Early 2015 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other laptops of a similar age and type to the MacBook Air Early 2015 also have a full-size keyboard.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

The MacBook Air Early 2015 has an 802.11n WiFi standard which is better than most portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to it. Most MacBooks that are a similar age to it have an 802.11a WiFi standard. In addition, this notebook PC have 802.11ac and 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi standards.

This notebook PC's Wi-Fi standard (802.11n) is actually the best Wi-Fi standard across all portable PCs of a similar type and age to the MacBook Air Early 2015.

The worst Wi-Fi standard across comparable types of notebook PC is 802.11a.

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Very Big Storage Capacity

Across all the similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago the storage capacity range from 120GB to 260GB, and the average storage capacity is 180GB. At 256,000 megabytes, the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a very big storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the MacBook Air Early 2015.

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Very Light

At only 1.1 kilograms, the MacBook Air Early 2015 is quite light compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age. Across all the MacBooks that have been available for around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015 the weights range from 920g to 2.1kg.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 1.1kg heavy notebook PCs currently available including the Apple Macbook Air Early 2014 which has better reviews.

Laptops with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering include the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 ($1,273.99) (920g).

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Very Thin

Across all the laptops that are a comparable age to the MacBook Air Early 2015 the heights range from 17mm to 25mm. The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is quite thin (only 17 millimeters) compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015.

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Very Narrow

Portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015 have widths of between 280mm and 360mm, and the average width is 320mm. At only 300 millimeters, the MacBook Air Early 2015 is quite narrow compared to most of the other MacBooks that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Early 2015.

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11 Reasons Against

Very Small Screen Size

The smallest screen size of MacBooks that were launched around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015 is 11", the biggest is 16", and the average screen size is 13". The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has one of the smaller screen sizes (only 11.6 inches) amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age.

Alternative 11.6" portable PCs currently available which you might want to consider include the Apple Macbook Air Early 2014 which has better reviews.

If you want a notebook PC with a bigger screen size then you might want to consider the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (13.3" and higher rated).

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

Across all the notebook PCs that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Early 2015 the processor clock speeds range from 0.9GHz to 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.1GHz. The MacBook Air Early 2015 has one of the slower processor clock speeds (only 1.6 gigahertz) amongst MacBooks of this age.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

The highest display resolution of the MacBook Air Early 2015 is 1366 x 768 pixels. That's 19% less display resolution than the most frequently found display resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels.

This notebook PC's display resolution (1366 x 768 pixels) is actually the worst display resolution across all comparable spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015.

Across similar types of notebook PC the best display resolution is 1440 x 900 pixels.

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Very Small Internal Memory

With an internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has one of the smaller internal memory amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age. Portable PCs of this age and spec have internal memory of between 4GB and 16GB, and the average internal memory is 8.6GB.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other laptops that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Early 2015, the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has one of the smaller maximum internal memory amongst MacBooks of this age. The average maximum internal memory of MacBooks that came out around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015 is 11GB, and the maximum internal memory range from 4GB to 16GB.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of only 38 watt-hours, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a quite small battery capacity compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for more than a year. Across all the laptops of this type and age the battery capacities range from 35Wh to 100Wh, and the average battery capacity is 68Wh.

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Only One Thunderbolt 2 Port

The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a one Thunderbolt 2 port notebook PC. Most of the other comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Early 2015 have one Thunderbolt 2 port.

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Very Small Processor Cache

The average processor cache of MacBooks that have been available for more than a year is 3.9MB, and the processor caches range from 3MB to 8MB. The MacBook Air Early 2015 has one of the smaller processor caches (only 3 megabytes) amongst comparable spec laptops of this age.

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Only One Thunderbolt Port

The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a one thunderbolt port portable PC.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed

The slowest memory clock speed of MacBooks that have been on the market for a similar time to the MacBook Air Early 2015 is 1,600MHz, the fastest is 1,900MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,700MHz. At only 1,600 megahertz, the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a quite slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other MacBooks that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Early 2015.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015

Released Over a Year Ago

Apple released the MacBook Air Early 2015 over a year ago.

SSD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on comparable spec portable PCs that were launched around the same time as it. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

This laptop has an Intel Core i5 processor family, which is the most commonly found processor family on MacBooks that are a similar age to it.

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Average Battery Life

At 9 hours, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a pretty standard battery life compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the MacBook Air Early 2015.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 9h battery life laptops currently available including the Apple MacBook Pro Late 2013 Retina which has better reviews.

Portable PCs with a longer battery life that might be worth looking at include the Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 (10h and higher rated).

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 256 gigabytes, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a relatively typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age.

If this portable PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might want to look at the Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 (512GB) which is also higher rated.

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Expert Reviews

(21)
30 November 2015

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As slim and light as ever
Superb keyboard and touch pad
Good performance
Outstanding battery life
Battery life
No longer the slimmest and lightest ultraportable
Screen stuck at low 1 440 900 resolution
No HDMI port 35 dongle available)
Display
Dated design
4 November 2015

There's no denying it, the MacBook Air is showing its age. It's also showing itself as a remarkably capable, attractive ultraportable at any age. Read More?...

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16 September 2015

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Strong performance
Small, light design
Aboveaverage battery life
More ports than 12inch MacBook
Still very usable for its size
Low screen resolution
Staid design
No SD card slot
Screen just doesn't compare to Retina
Little improvement over last year
28 July 2015

Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air now comes with much faster storage, better battery life and slightly improved performance in other areas. On the other hand, its display and design are beyond dated...

25 July 2015

I have tried a lot of laptops from many major brand, and I am in the position to keep close watch on what is available out there. For that reason, friends, family, officemates, and regular readers... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 21 April 2015 by Beancounter58

We purchased this notebook as our old pc running Windows Vista was starting to give problems. One of the frustrating things with the pc was the length of time taken to start, the MacBook Air takes... Read more…

Reviewed 17 July 2015 by 3377

All the advantages of a laptop in a slim and strong case. Very user friendly and easy to use but with enough capacity and memory...

Easy To Use
Powerful
Comfortable Keyboard
Fast
Lightweight
Hard To Set Up
Expensive
No Table Convert Device
Not Touch Screen
Difficult Set Up
Reviewed 29 May 2015 by Sarah323

As a student this is the ideal laptop! I use it everyday and it has never let me down even when doing a 100 different programs at once...

Reviewed 7 July 2015 by Ldav7468

Great laptop, lightweight and only took 10 mins to set up using my Apple ID. No problems at all....love it!

Reviewed 20 July 2015 by DPlymouth

I have been a Apple user for a long time but this is my first MacBook Air, and am very very impressed with the build quality. I was slightly concerned about how thin it was but these are... Read more…

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Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 vs Apple MacBook Air Early 2015
Apple MacBook Air Early 2015
2 core Intel Core M 1.2GHz 8GB 512GB SSD 11.6"
Apple MacBook Air Early 2015
2 core Intel Core i5 1.6GHz 4GB 256GB SSD 11.6"
$ 1,596.97
50% Bigger Internal Memory
Bigger Maximum Internal Memory
50% Bigger Total Storage Capacity
Bigger Flash Memory
A Lot Slower Processor Clock Speed
0.1GHz Slower Maximum Turbo Frequency

MacBook Air Early 2015 vs MacBook Air Early 2015

Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 vs Apple MacBook Air Early 2015
Apple MacBook Air Early 2015
2 core Intel Core M 1.1GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 11.6"
Apple MacBook Air Early 2015
2 core Intel Core i5 1.6GHz 4GB 256GB SSD 11.6"
$ 1,273.99
A Lot Bigger Maximum Internal Memory
4GB Bigger Internal Memory
25% Bigger Processor Cache
Lighter
Worse Processor Family
46% Slower Processor Clock Speed
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