Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 vs Apple MacBook Air Early 2015

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Apple MacBook Air Early 2015
Apple MacBook Air Early 2015

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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
Faster processor frequency Edit
Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is 1.6GHz processor clock speed. That's 0.4GHz faster than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (1.2GHz). Read more

The processor clock speed is the speed at which the processor runs, measured in calculations per second. A 1 GHz processor runs 1,000,000,000 calculations per second.

A faster processor allows you run more complex applications such as video editing software or games, and will make the computer generally faster to use.

4% faster processor boost frequency Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 2.7GHz maximum turbo frequency laptop. That's 0.1GHz faster than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (2.6GHz).
8 Reasons For
25% bigger processor cache Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a processor cache of 4MB, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is only a 3MB processor cache laptop (1MB smaller).
50% bigger internal memory Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is an 8GB internal memory laptop. That's 4GB bigger than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (8GB). Read more

The internal memory of a computer is the amount of storage space available for the processor to use when running applications.

More internal memory will increase the overall speed of the computer when running applications.

Bigger maximum internal memory Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is an 8GB maximum internal memory laptop. That's 4GB bigger than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (8GB).
50% bigger total storage capacity Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 512GB total storage capacity laptop. That's 256GB bigger than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (512GB). 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.

Bigger flash memory Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 512GB flash memory laptop. That's 256GB bigger than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (512GB).
Slightly longer battery life (max) Edit
Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is 10h battery life, but the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is only a 9h 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.

5% bigger battery capacity (Watt hours) Edit
Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is 39.7Wh battery capacity. That's 1.7Wh bigger than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (39.7Wh).
Lighter Edit
Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is 920g heavy. That's 160g lighter than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (920g). 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.

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
Smaller processor cache Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 3MB processor cache laptop. That's 1MB smaller than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (4MB).
Smaller internal memory Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has an internal memory of 4GB, but the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is an 8GB internal memory laptop (4GB bigger). Read more

The internal memory of a computer is the amount of storage space available for the processor to use when running applications.

More internal memory will increase the overall speed of the computer when running applications.

Vastly smaller maximum internal memory Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a maximum internal memory of 4GB, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is an 8GB maximum internal memory laptop (4GB bigger).
256GB smaller total storage capacity Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a total storage capacity of 256GB, whereas the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 512GB total storage capacity laptop (256GB bigger). 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.

Vastly smaller flash memory Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a flash memory of 256GB, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 512GB flash memory laptop (256GB bigger).
12% shorter battery life (max) Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a battery life (max) of 9h. That's 1h shorter than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (10h). 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.

Marginally smaller battery capacity (Watt hours) Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a battery capacity (Watt hours) of 38Wh, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 39.7Wh battery capacity laptop (1.7Wh bigger).
15% heavier Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a weight of 1.1kg, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 920g heavy laptop (160g 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.

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2 Reasons Against
A lot slower processor frequency Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 1.2GHz processor clock speed laptop, whereas the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 1.6GHz processor clock speed laptop (0.4GHz faster). Read more

The processor clock speed is the speed at which the processor runs, measured in calculations per second. A 1 GHz processor runs 1,000,000,000 calculations per second.

A faster processor allows you run more complex applications such as video editing software or games, and will make the computer generally faster to use.

0.1GHz slower processor boost frequency Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a processor boost frequency of 2.6GHz, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 2.7GHz maximum turbo frequency laptop (0.1GHz faster).

Awards

2 Awards
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Design

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

Processor

Processor Cores
2 2
Processor Family
 Intel Core i5
BEST
 Intel Core i5
Processor Frequency
1.6GHz
BEST
1.2GHz
Processor Socket
 BGA1234
 BGA1234
Processor Cache
3MB 4MB
BEST
Processor Threads
Unknown - Click to provide data 4
Processor Boost Frequency
2.7GHz
BEST
2.6GHz
Processor Model
 M-5Y51
 M-5Y51
Conflict Free Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Conflict Free processor
Processor Lithography
Unknown - Click to provide data 14nm
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Unknown - Click to provide data 12
Processor Operating Modes
 64-bit
 32-bit
 64-bit
 32-bit
BEST
PCI Express Slots Version
Unknown - Click to provide data 2
Processor Codename
 Broadwell
 Broadwell
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Unknown - Click to provide data 4.5W
Configurable TDP-Down Frequency
Unknown - Click to provide data 600MHz
Stepping
Unknown - Click to provide data F0
Scenario Design Power (SDP)
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5W
Tjunction
Unknown - Click to provide data 95°C
Processor Cache Type
 L3
 L3
ECC Supported by Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data
 ECC supported by processor
FSB Parity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 FSB Parity

Memory

Internal Memory
4GB 8GB
BEST
Memory Form Factor
 On-board
 On-board
Maximum Internal Memory
4GB 8GB
BEST
Memory Clock Speed
1,600MHz 1,600MHz
Internal Memory Type
 LPDDR3-SDRAM
 LPDDR3-SDRAM

Storage

Total Storage Capacity
256GB 512GB
BEST
Storage Media
 SSD
 SSD
 SSD
 SSD
Card Reader Integrated
 Card reader integrated
 Card reader integrated
Flash Memory
256GB 512GB
BEST
Flash Drive Interface
 PCI Express
 PCI Express

Display

Display Diagonal
11.6" 11.6"
Display Resolution
 1366 x 768
BEST
 1366 x 768
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Panel Type
 IPS
 IPS
Aspect Ratio
 16:10
 16:10
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
LED Backlight
 LED backlight
 LED backlight
Display Surface
 Gloss
 Gloss
HD Type
 Not supported
 2K Ultra HD
 HD
 Not supported
 2K Ultra HD
 HD
BEST

Graphics

On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
 Intel HD Graphics
 Intel HD Graphics
Maximum Resolution
2560 x 1600 3840 x 2160
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
 Not available
 Not available
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
 11.2
 11
 11.2
 11
BEST
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Unknown - Click to provide data 0x161E
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Unknown - Click to provide data 3
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Unknown - Click to provide data 16GB
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 900MHz
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Unknown - Click to provide data 300MHz
On-Board Graphics Adapter
 On-board graphics adapter
 On-board graphics adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
 Discrete graphics adapter
 Discrete graphics adapter

Optical Drive

LightScribe
 LightScribe
 LightScribe

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone

Camera

Front Camera
 Front camera
 Front camera

Networking

Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
4G
 4G
 4G
Bluetooth Version
 4.0
 4.0
Ethernet LAN
 Ethernet LAN
 Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
 802.11n
 802.11g
 802.11b
 802.11ac
 802.11a
 802.11n
 802.11g
 802.11b
 802.11ac
 802.11a
Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
3G
 3G
 3G
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
 Bluetooth

Ports & Interfaces

Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Combo Port
 Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port
Unknown - Click to provide data
SmartCard Slot
 SmartCard slot
 SmartCard slot
ExpressCard Slot
 ExpressCard slot
 ExpressCard slot
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
Docking Connector
 Docking connector
 Docking connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
 Combo headphone/mic port
 Combo headphone/mic port
S/PDIF Out Port
 S/PDIF out port
 S/PDIF out port
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
1 1
Thunderbolt 2 Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
DVI Port
 DVI port
 DVI port
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
2 Unknown - Click to provide data

Performance

Ambient Light Sensor
 Ambient light sensor
 Ambient light sensor

Keyboard

Full-Size Keyboard
 Full-size keyboard
 Full-size keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
 Island-style keyboard
 Island-style keyboard
Keyboard Backlit
 Keyboard backlit
 Keyboard backlit
Numeric Keypad
 Numeric keypad
 Numeric keypad
Keyboard Number of Keys
79 Unknown - Click to provide data
Keyboard Layout
 QWERTY
 QWERTY
Pointing Device
 Trackpad
 Trackpad

Software

Operating System Installed
 Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
 Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Bundled Software
IPhoto,iMovie,GarageBand,iBooks,Safari,FaceTime,Time Machine,Photo Booth,iTunes,Game Center IPhoto,iMovie,GarageBand,iBooks,Safari,FaceTime,Time Machine,Photo Booth,iTunes,Game Center
Operating System Architecture
 64-bit
BEST
 64-bit

Processor Special Features

Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel® vPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
 Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
 Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
 InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel® Insider™
Intel Clear Video Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Sets
 AVX
 AVX 2.0
 SSE
 SSE4.1
 SSE4.2
 AVX
 AVX 2.0
 SSE
 SSE4.1
 SSE4.2
Processor Code
Unknown - Click to provide data SR23L
Intel FDI Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel Fast Memory Access
Embedded Options Available
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Embedded options available
Intel® Secure Key
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel® Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Intel® OS Guard
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel® OS Guard
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
CPU Configuration (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel® Smart Cache
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel® Smart Cache
Intel 64
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 30mm
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Unknown - Click to provide data 14nm
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Processor ARK ID
Unknown - Click to provide data 84669

Battery

Battery Life (max)
9h 10h
BEST
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
38Wh 39.7Wh
BEST
Battery Technology
 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 29W

Security

Fingerprint Reader
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Fingerprint reader
Cable Lock Slot
 Cable lock slot
 Cable lock slot

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.1kg 920g
BEST
Height
17mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Height (front)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.35mm
Depth
192mm 196.5mm
Height (rear)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.31mm
Width
300mm 280.5mm

Packaging Data

Cables Included
 USB
 USB
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Power Cord Included
 Power cord included
Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Non-Operating Altitude
0 - 4500 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Altitude
0 - 3000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
0 - 90 0 - 90
Storage Temperature (T-T)
-25 - 45 -25 - 45
Operating Temperature (T-T)
10 - 35 10 - 35

Certificates

EPEAT Compliance
 Gold
 Gold
Energy Star Certified
 Energy Star certified
 Energy Star certified
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