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
Longer battery life (max) Edit
Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is 10h battery life, but the Apple Macbook Pro Retina is only an 8h battery life laptop (2h 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.

Two times lighter Edit
Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is 920g heavy. That's 1.1kg 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%, however the average rating of the Apple Macbook Pro Retina is 91% (based on 70 reviews).
7 Reasons For
Two more 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.

2MB bigger processor cache Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a processor cache of 6MB, whereas the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is only a 4MB processor cache laptop (2MB smaller).
Bigger internal memory Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina is a 16GB internal memory laptop. That's 8GB bigger than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (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.

50% bigger maximum internal memory Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina is a 16GB maximum internal memory laptop. That's 8GB bigger than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (16GB).
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 has a display diagonal 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 (Watt hours) Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a battery capacity (Watt hours) of 95Wh. That's 55.3Wh bigger than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (95Wh).

Reasons Against

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

A lot smaller processor cache Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a processor cache of 4MB, however the Apple Macbook Pro Retina is a 6MB processor cache laptop (2MB bigger).
8GB smaller internal memory Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is an 8GB internal memory laptop. That's 8GB 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.

Smaller maximum internal memory Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is an 8GB maximum internal memory laptop. That's 8GB smaller than the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (16GB).
Does not have a card reader integrated Edit
The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 does not have a card reader integrated, whereas 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", 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 (Watt hours) Edit
Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is only 39.7Wh battery capacity. That's 55.3Wh smaller than the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (95Wh).
5 Reasons Against
25% shorter battery life (max) Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a battery life (max) of 8h, however the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is a 10h battery life laptop (2h longer). 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.

55% heavier Edit
The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a weight of 2kg. That's 1.1kg heavier than the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (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.

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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 Worse
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
1.2GHz Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Socket
 BGA1234
 BGA1234
Processor Cache
4MB 6MB
BEST
Processor Threads
4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Boost Frequency
2.6GHz Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Model
 M-5Y51
 M-5Y51
Conflict Free Processor
 Conflict Free processor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Lithography
14nm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
12 Unknown - Click to provide data
Processor Operating Modes
 64-bit
 32-bit
BEST
 64-bit
 32-bit
PCI Express Slots 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
ECC Supported by Processor
 ECC supported by processor
Unknown - Click to provide data
FSB Parity
 FSB Parity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

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

Storage

Total Storage Capacity
512GB 512GB
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
512GB 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
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Panel Type
 IPS
 IPS
Aspect Ratio
 16:10
 16:10
3D
 3D
 3D
LED Backlight
 LED backlight
 LED backlight
HD Type
 2K Ultra HD
 HD
 Wide Quad HD
 Quad HD
BEST
 2K Ultra HD
 HD
 Wide Quad HD
 Quad HD

Graphics

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

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
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
1 1
Thunderbolt 2 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 2
DVI Port
 DVI port
 DVI port
HDMI Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 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
Pointing Device
 Touchpad
 Touchpad

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
BEST

Processor Special Features

Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
 Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel® VPro™ Technology
 Intel® vPro™ Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
 Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
 Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
 Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
 Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel® Smart Response Technology
 Intel® Smart Response Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
 Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
 Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
 Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
 Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
InTru™ 3D Technology
 InTru™ 3D Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel® Insider™
 Intel® Insider™
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel Clear Video Technology
 Intel Clear Video Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
 Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
 Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
 Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Instruction Sets
 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 FDI Technology
 Intel FDI Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
 Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel Fast Memory Access
 Intel Fast Memory Access
Unknown - Click to provide data
Embedded Options Available
 Embedded options available
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel® Secure Key
 Intel® Secure Key
Unknown - Click to provide data
Execute Disable Bit
 Execute Disable Bit
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel® OS Guard
 Intel® OS Guard
Unknown - Click to provide data
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
 Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
 Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
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® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
 Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
 Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel® Smart Cache
 Intel® Smart Cache
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel 64
 Intel 64
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
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
 Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel Demand Based Switching
 Intel Demand Based Switching
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel Flex Memory Access
 Intel Flex Memory Access
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
 Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Graphics & IMC Lithography
14nm Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel Enhanced Halt State
 Intel Enhanced Halt State
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
 Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
 Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
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 (max)
10h
BEST
8h
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
39.7Wh 95Wh
BEST
Battery Technology
 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

Security

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

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
920g
BEST
2kg
Height (front)
0.35mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
196.5mm 18mm
Height (rear)
1.31mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
280.5mm 358.9mm

Packaging Data

Cables Included
 USB
 USB
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included

Operational Conditions

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