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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

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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17 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

The reviewers at two expert review sites both said that this notebook PC was exceptional and gave it their highest award. This portable PC received an "Editor's Choice" award from both Computershopper.com and Good Gear Guide.com.au.

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and computershopper.com this portable PC has an overall expert rating of 82%.

Excellent User Reviews

On average, based on 976 user reviews the average user rating of this portable PC is excellent.

Apple Has Excellent Portable PC Reviews

Apple has excellent average ratings for its MacBooks as well as across its entire portable PC range compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Battery Life

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

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Some people who purchased it wrote that it was well made. Last year Cnet.com gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said in their review of the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 on expert website CNET.com “Sometimes tweaked the included ports or the type of solid state memory inside.”. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “The 2015 MacBook Air has unbeatable battery life and a superb build.”.

Large Storage Capacity

Four Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 owners said 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”. In December last year expert review site Techradar.com/au/ scored the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 4 stars and wrote “Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air now comes with much faster storage, better battery life” in their review.

Easy to Use

Two Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 owners who reviewed it thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Macworld.co.uk said “Comfortable and well backlit keyboard, along with an accurate” in their Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 review. Macworld.co.uk also wrote “Comfortable keyboard”.

One customer who reviewed the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 mentioned that it was easy to use. Macworld.co.uk wrote “Consumer testers thought the laptop was easy to use” in their review of the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015.

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Good Size

A number of people who reviewed the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 agreed that it was thin. Macworld.co.uk mentioned “As slim and light as ever”. Macworld.co.uk also wrote “Still really thin and still really well built”.

One Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 owner who purchased this laptop thought it was good structurally. Macworld.co.uk mentioned “Thin and light construction, incredible battery life” in their review of the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015.

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Acceptable Noise Level

One person wrote in their reviews that it was quiet. Macworld.co.uk mentioned “Very, very quiet”.

Good Connectivity

One Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 was good in terms of connectivity. Macworld.co.uk mentioned “Strong portfolio of connectivity options”.

Good Product Quality

One customer concluded that it was good quality. Digitalversus.com scored the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 80 out of 100 and wrote “The all-aluminium build is still of excellent quality”.

SSD Storage Medium

This laptop has a Flash storage medium, which is typical of many portable PCs that were released around the same time as 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 laptops of this age and spec.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard and we think because of it's better review score, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina ($2,409.99), the 11", and the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 all from Apple is also worth considering.

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Has a Front Camera

The MacBook Air Early 2015 has a front camera. Most of the other laptops of this spec and age also have a front camera.

Other notebook PCs with a front camera currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina ($2,409.99), the 11", or the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 all from Apple.

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Very Long Battery Life

The battery lifes of portable PCs that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Early 2015 range from 7h to 12h, and the average battery life is 9.7h. The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a fairly long battery life (12 hours) compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

The MacBook Air Early 2015 has an 802.11n WiFi standard which is better than most laptops of this spec and age. Most MacBooks that were released around the same time as it have an 802.11a WiFi standard. In addition, this portable PC have 802.11ac and 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi standards.

This notebook PC's Wi-Fi standard (802.11n) is in fact the best Wi-Fi standard amongst all MacBooks that were released more than a year ago.

Amongst comparable types of notebook PC the worst Wi-Fi standard is 802.11a.

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10 Reasons Against

Inferior Technical Features

One Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it did not have good features. Last year Macworld.co.uk wrote “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 Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 reviewer who reviewed the product concluded that it was not a good design. Cnet.com wrote on expert website CNET.com last year “The 13-inch MacBook Air is stuck with a lower-res display and a design that's no longer cutting-edge” in their review of the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 but even so they still scored it 4 stars.

One customer who reviewed it considered that it was not good looking. Macworld.co.uk wrote in December last year “Pretty poor screen” in their review.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

The smallest total storage capacity of portable PCs of a similar type and age to the MacBook Air Early 2015 is 120GB and the biggest is 520GB. At only 128 gigabytes, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the MacBook Air Early 2015.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 128GB total storage capacity notebook PCs currently available including the Apple 11" which has better reviews.

If this notebook PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 (512GB and higher rated), or the MacBook Pro Early 2015 (512GB and higher rated) both from Apple.

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Very Slow Processor Clock Speed

Across all the portable PCs of this age and type the processor clock speeds range from 1.1GHz to 3.1GHz. The MacBook Air Early 2015 has one of the slower processor clock speeds (only 1.6 gigahertz) amongst MacBooks of this age.

There are a number of alternative 1.6GHz processor clock speed notebook PCs currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Apple 11".

If you want a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to look at the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 (2.5GHz), or the MacBook Pro Early 2015 (3.1GHz) both from Apple which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The average internal memory of portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the MacBook Air Early 2015 is 9.7GB. At only 4 gigabytes, the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other MacBooks that are a comparable age to the MacBook Air Early 2015.

There are a number of alternative 4GB internal memory laptops currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Apple 11".

If you want a laptop with a bigger internal memory then you might also want to consider the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 (16GB), or the MacBook Pro Early 2015 (16GB) both from Apple which also has a higher rating.

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Only 1440 X 900 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar age and spec to it.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most MacBooks that were released around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015 do not have a touch sensitive screen. The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

At only 2.7 gigahertz, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a quite slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other MacBooks that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Early 2015. The slowest maximum turbo frequency of MacBooks that have been available for around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015 is 2.3GHz, the fastest is 3.7GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.1GHz.

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Very Small Flash Memory

With a flash memory of only 128 gigabytes, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a fairly small flash memory compared to most of the other laptops of a similar spec and age to the MacBook Air Early 2015. Across all the similar spec laptops that came out around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015 the flash memory range from 120GB to 520GB.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed

The memory clock speeds of laptops of this spec and age range from 1,600MHz to 1,900MHz. At only 1,600 megahertz, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a fairly slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released one year ago.

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4 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.

Intel Core I5-5xxx Processor Family

The MacBook Air Early 2015 has an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most laptops of a similar age and spec to it.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 13.3 inches, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other laptops of a similar type and age to the MacBook Air Early 2015.

If you are looking for a bigger screen size then you might want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2015 (15.4" and higher rated).

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Average Weight

With a weight of 1.4 kilograms, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the MacBook Air Early 2015.

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Specification

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Display Diagonal
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Optical Drive
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Camera
Front Camera
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Near Field Communication (NFC)
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN
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Wi-Fi
3G
Bluetooth
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Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Combo Port
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
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Thunderbolt 2 Ports Quantity
DVI Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
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Ambient Light Sensor
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
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IntelĀ® Turbo Boost Technology
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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
3 August 2015

The 2015 MacBook Air is unexciting and not as fashionable as it once was, but its excellent battery life, decent performance and good selection of ports make it worthy of your consideration for...

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…

9 June 2015

Poor little 11-inch Air. It used to be the cutest, dinkiest little Mac ? everyone's favorite. Now that a younger, lither sibling is on the scene in the form of the MacBook, it's facing a bit of an... Read more…

22 May 2015

The MacBook Air marches on as a solid, lightweight laptop with enough performance for a large number of users to serve both on the road and on an office desk. They might suffer from a case of...

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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 26 May 2015 by Jen4520

We bought this for our 14 year old son for his birthday to use for his school studies. It has proved an excellent tool for school and is compatible with everything at school so we don't keep... Read more…

Reviewed 13 May 2015 by Tweedie1

Ordered the Mac Air online while in New York following visit to Apple Store. Liked the 3 year warranty and bought with this extra. JL price and extra warenty better than USA price. Previous... Read more…

Reviewed 20 October 2015 by Gilesmullen

John Lewis & Apple products compliment each other perfectly. A top quality product from a top quality retailer. On top of exceptional customer service coupled with competitive pricing I received... Read more…

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