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Apple MacBook Air Early 2015
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Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 2 Core Intel Core I5-5xxx 1.6GHz 4GB 128GB Flash 13.3" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-5xxx 1.6GHz 4GB Jul 2015
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New fifth-generation Intel Core processors. Thunderbolt 2. Same all-day battery life. It won t call it a day until you do. The 11-inch MacBook Air lasts up to 9 hours between charges and the... More
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18 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

This Apple portable PC was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both Computershopper.com and Good Gear Guide.com.au, both of which concluded that this portable PC was fantastic.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and computershopper.com the average expert rating of this Apple notebook PC is 82 out of 100.

Excellent User Reviews

Owners have rated this portable PC as brilliant on average. This puts this notebook PC in the top 10% of all the laptops that were launched more than a year ago when ranked by average user review score.

Apple Has Excellent Reviews for Its Notebook PCs

On average Apple MacBooks have excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all laptops built by Apple.

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Good Battery Life

Some people considered that the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 had a good battery life. Last year expert review site Laptopmag.com said “The updated 11-inch MacBook Air is a very light ultraportable that offers great performance and battery life for the price”. Expert website Stuff.tv said “You get a new processor, new connectors and slightly improved battery life.”. Macworld.co.uk said “Outstanding battery life”.

Robust

Several people mentioned in their reviews that this laptop was well made. In November last year expert review site Cnet.com said “Sometimes tweaked the included ports or the type of solid state memory inside.” in their review of the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their review of this laptop “The 2015 MacBook Air has unbeatable battery life and a superb build.” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Digitalversus.com rated this laptop 4 stars and wrote in their review of the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 on Digital Versus “The all-aluminium build is still of excellent quality”.

Large Storage Capacity

Several Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this laptop had good storage. Macworld.co.uk said in their review of the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 “Fast storage” . Macworld.co.uk also wrote “Incredible storage performance”. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ said “Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air now comes with much faster storage, better battery life” in their review.

Easy to Use

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Macworld.co.uk said in their review of this laptop “Comfortable and well backlit keyboard, along with an accurate”. Macworld.co.uk also said “Comfortable keyboard”.

One Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 reviewer thought the product was easy to use. Macworld.co.uk mentioned in their Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 review “Consumer testers thought the laptop was easy to use”.

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Good Size

A number of Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 was thin. Macworld.co.uk wrote in their Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 review “As slim and light as ever” . Macworld.co.uk also said “Still really thin and still really well built”.

One Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 owner mentioned in their reviews that the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 was good structurally. Macworld.co.uk said “Thin and light construction, incredible battery life” in their Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 review.

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Acceptable Noise Level

One customer thought it was quiet. Macworld.co.uk mentioned “Very, very quiet” in their review of this laptop.

Good Connectivity

One Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 owner said in their reviews that the product was good in terms of connectivity. Macworld.co.uk mentioned in their Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 review last year “Strong portfolio of connectivity options”.

Good Product Quality

One Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 owner wrote that the product was good quality.

SSD Storage Medium

This portable PC has a Flash storage medium, which is typical of many portable PCs that are a comparable age to it. Flash drives store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Flash have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other MacBooks that have been around for around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015.

Other notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Apple 11".

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Has a Front Camera

The MacBook Air Early 2015 has a front camera. Most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015 also have a front camera.

We compared this portable PC to all the other portable PCs with a front camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Apple 11" is also worth considering.

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Fairly Long Battery Life

With a battery life of 12 hours, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has one of the longer battery lifes amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age. Notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the MacBook Air Early 2015 have battery lifes of between 7h and 12h.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

The MacBook Air Early 2015 has an 802.11n WiFi standard which is better than the 802.11a WiFi standard found on most MacBooks that came out more than a year ago. In addition, this notebook PC have 802.11ac and 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi standards.

An 802.11n WiFi standard is actually the best Wi-Fi standard across all portable PCs that have been available for more than a year.

The worst Wi-Fi standard amongst similar types of portable PC is 802.11a.

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Very Thin

At only 17 millimeters, the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is quite thin compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for more than a year. MacBooks that were released one year ago have heights of between 17mm and 25mm, and the average height is 18mm.

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11 Reasons Against

Inferior Technical Features

One person who purchased it reckoned that it did not have good features. Macworld.co.uk mentioned “Screen is still lacking in viewing angles and features a relatively mediocre resolution (or to put it another way, isn't Retina”.

Poor Design

One customer who reviewed the product concluded that it was not a good design. Cnet.com wrote on CNET.com “The 13-inch MacBook Air is stuck with a lower-res display and a design that's no longer cutting-edge” in their review. One person wrote in their reviews that the product was not good looking. Macworld.co.uk said in their review of the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 in November last year “Pretty poor screen”.

Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

When compared to other MacBooks that have been on the market for a comparable time to the MacBook Air Early 2015 that we have assessed, the total storage capacity of the MacBook Air Early 2015 of only 128 gigabytes is one of the smallest. Across all the MacBooks that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Early 2015 the total storage capacity range from 120GB to 520GB, and the average total storage capacity is 300GB.

We compared this portable PC to all the other 128GB total storage capacity laptops and we think because of it's better review score, the Apple 11" is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a portable PC with a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 (512GB and higher rated).

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Very Small Internal Memory

The average internal memory of laptops of a comparable age and type to the MacBook Air Early 2015 is 8.6GB, and the internal memory range from 4GB to 16GB. At only 4 gigabytes, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the MacBook Air Early 2015.

We compared all the other 4GB internal memory notebook PCs to this portable PC and we think because of it's better review score, the Apple 11" is also worth considering.

Portable PCs with a bigger internal memory that might be worth considering include the Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 (16GB and higher rated).

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The MacBook Air Early 2015 does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other MacBooks that have been on the market for more than a year also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

At only 4 gigabytes, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015. Similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the MacBook Air Early 2015 have maximum internal memory of between 4GB and 16GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 11GB.

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Only Intel Core I5-5xxx Processor Family

The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family which is better than most MacBooks that were launched more than a year ago. Most portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as it have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

This notebook PC's processor family (Intel Core i5-5xxx) is actually the worst processor family across all MacBooks that have been on the market for a similar time to the MacBook Air Early 2015.

The best processor family across comparable types of notebook PC is Intel Core i7.

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Only One Thunderbolt 2 Port

The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a one Thunderbolt 2 port portable PC.

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Very Small Processor Cache

The average processor cache of laptops of a similar spec and age to the MacBook Air Early 2015 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 MacBooks of this age.

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Quite Small Flash Memory

At only 128 gigabytes, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a very small flash memory compared to most of the other MacBooks that came out more than a year ago. The smallest flash memory of notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the MacBook Air Early 2015 is 120GB, the biggest is 520GB, and the average flash memory is 300GB.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed

Across all the MacBooks that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Early 2015 the memory clock speeds range from 1,600MHz to 1,900MHz. With a memory clock speed of only 1,600 megahertz, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has one of the slower memory clock speeds amongst MacBooks of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015

Released Over a Year Ago

This MacBook has been on the market for over a year.

1440 X 900 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable age and type to it.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.6 gigahertz, the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a pretty standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable spec and age to the MacBook Air Early 2015.

Alternative 1.6GHz processor clock speed notebook PCs currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Apple 11".

Laptops with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth looking at include the Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 (3.1GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 13.3 inches, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015.

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Average Weight

The MacBook Air Early 2015 has a fairly typical weight (1.4 kilograms) compared to most of the other laptops of this spec and age.

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Audio
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Networking
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4G
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WiFi Standard
3G Network Access Module
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
CardBus PCMCIA Slot
ExpressCard Slot
Docking Connector
S/PDIF Out Port
Headphone Out Port
Thunderbolt 2 Port
DVI Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
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2 Awards

computershopper.com Editor's Choice Good Gear Guide.com.au Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

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30 November 2015

The iPad Pro, the larger 12.9in iPad is now on sale after being announced at Apple's September event alongside the iPhone 6s, a brand new Apple TV and the all-new iPad mini 4. It's not cheap... Read more…

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?...

Computershopper.com

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…

Good Gear Guide.com.au

Seven years have gone by and the design of the MacBook Air remains largely unchanged. That's an eternity for an electronic, and although its once cutting-edge looks are beginning to age, the feat... 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 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…

Reviewed 2 December 2015 by Mplmex03
Mplmex03 would recommend the Apple MacBook Air 13.3 inch - Early 2015 MJVE2/MJVG2 (Verified Purchase)

Bought this for my daughter as her college laptop. I was swayed much by the online reviews, then even more by the information shared by the Best Buy associate, and even further once we got it home... Read more…

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