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

3 Reasons For
12% longer battery life (max) Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a battery life (max) of 9h, however the Apple Macbook Pro Retina is only an 8h 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 1.1kg. That's 940g lighter than the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (2kg). 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.

Better user reviews
Based on 962 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 91% (based on 70 reviews).
9 Reasons For
Four processor coress Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has four processor coress, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 only has two processor coress. 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 6MB processor cache laptop. That's 3MB bigger than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (6MB).
Hugely bigger internal memory Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has an internal memory of 16GB, but the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is only a 4GB internal memory laptop (12GB smaller). 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.

12GB bigger maximum internal memory Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a maximum internal memory of 16GB, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is only a 4GB maximum internal memory laptop (12GB smaller).
A lot bigger total storage capacity Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a total storage capacity of 512GB, whereas the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is only a 256GB 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.

Card reader integrated Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a card reader integrated, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 does not have a card reader integrated.
3.8" bigger display diagonal 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 ports quantity Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has two thunderbolt 2 ports quantitys, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 only has one thunderbolt 2 ports quantity.
Vastly bigger battery capacity (Watt hours) Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a battery capacity (Watt hours) of 95Wh, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is only a 38Wh battery capacity laptop (57Wh smaller).

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
Two less processor coress Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has two processor coress, however the Apple Macbook Pro Retina only has four processor coress. 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 3MB, whereas the Apple Macbook Pro Retina is a 6MB processor cache laptop (3MB bigger).
12GB smaller internal memory Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 4GB internal memory laptop. That's 12GB smaller than the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (16GB). 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 is a 4GB maximum internal memory laptop. That's 12GB smaller than the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (16GB).
256GB smaller total storage capacity Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 256GB total storage capacity laptop. That's 256GB smaller than the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (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.

Does not have a card reader integrated Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 does not have a card reader integrated, but the Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a card reader integrated.
3.8" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a display diagonal 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 ports quantity Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has one thunderbolt 2 ports quantity, however the Apple Macbook Pro Retina only has two thunderbolt 2 ports quantitys.
Two times smaller battery capacity (Watt hours) Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a battery capacity (Watt hours) of 38Wh. That's 57Wh smaller than the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (95Wh).
4 Reasons Against
13% shorter battery life (max) Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a battery life (max) of 8h. That's 1h shorter than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (8h). 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.

940g heavier Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a weight of 2kg, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 1.1kg heavy laptop (940g 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.

Eight months older
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina is older than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 by eight months.
Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Apple Macbook Pro Retina is 91%, whereas the average user rating of the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is 96% (based on 962 reviews).

Awards

2 Awards
computershopper.com: Editor's Choice
Laptopmag.com: Editor's Choice
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Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

23 months Ago 31 months Ago

Design

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

Processor

Processor Cores
2 4
BEST
Processor Family
 Intel Core i7
 Intel Core i7
BEST
Processor Frequency
1.6GHz Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Cache
3MB 6MB
BEST
Processor Boost Frequency
2.7GHz Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Cache Type
 L3
 L3

Memory

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

Storage

Total Storage Capacity
256GB 512GB
BEST
Storage Media
 SSD
 SSD
 SSD
 SSD
Compatible Memory Cards
 SD
 SDXC
 SD
 SDXC
Card Reader Integrated
 Card reader integrated
 Card reader integrated
BEST
Flash Memory
256GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 512GB
Number of SSDs Installed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Flash Drive Interface
 PCI Express
 PCI Express

Display

Display Diagonal
11.6" 15.4"
BEST
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
 Wide Quad HD
 HD
 Quad HD
 Not supported
 Wide Quad HD
 HD
 Quad HD
BEST

Graphics

On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
 Intel HD Graphics
 Intel HD Graphics
Maximum Resolution
2560 x 1600 Unknown - Click to provide data
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
 Not available
 Not available
On-Board Graphics Adapter
 On-board graphics adapter
Unknown - Click to provide data
Discrete Graphics Adapter
 Discrete graphics adapter
Unknown - Click to provide data

Optical Drive

LightScribe
 LightScribe
 LightScribe

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Number of Built-In Speakers
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
Front Camera
 Front camera
 Front camera

Networking

Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
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 2
BEST
DVI Port
 DVI port
 DVI port
HDMI Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
2 2

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 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

Processor Special Features

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
 Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
 Intel® Turbo Boost Technology

Battery

Battery Life (max)
9h
BEST
8h
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
38Wh 95Wh
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 85W

Security

Cable Lock Slot
 Cable lock slot
 Cable lock slot

Weight & Dimensions

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

Packaging Data

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 0 - 4500
Operating Altitude
0 - 3000 0 - 3000
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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