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Apple MacBook Air Early 2015
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Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 2 Core Intel Core M 1.1GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 11.6" Laptop

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Apple Has Excellent Reviews for Its Notebook PCs

MacBooks built by Apple have excellent ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all laptops (not just MacBooks) and found that Apple also has excellent ratings across its entire range.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to it.

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Has a Front Camera

The MacBook Air Early 2015 has a front camera. Most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type also have a front camera.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The MacBook Air Early 2015 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age also have a full-size keyboard.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most MacBooks that were released more than a year ago. This notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015.

Across comparable types of laptop the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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Fairly Long Battery Life

The battery lifes of MacBooks that were released more than a year ago range from 7h to 12h. At 10 hours, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a fairly long battery life compared to most of the other laptops that are a similar age to 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 the 802.11a WiFi standard found on most notebook PCs that are a similar age to it. This Apple notebook PC also have 802.11ac and 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi standards.

This laptop's Wi-Fi standard (802.11n) is actually the best Wi-Fi standard across all laptops of this age and spec.

Across comparable types of laptop the worst Wi-Fi standard is 802.11a.

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Light

The average weight of portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the MacBook Air Early 2015 is 1.5kg, and the weights range from 920g to 2.1kg. At only 920 grams, the MacBook Air Early 2015 is fairly light compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the MacBook Air Early 2015.

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Narrow

The MacBook Air Early 2015 is one of the narrower portable PCs of a similar age and type to the MacBook Air Early 2015 (only 280.5 millimeters) amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age. MacBooks that were released one year ago have widths of between 280mm and 360mm, and the average width is 320mm.

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7 Reasons Against

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of only 850 megahertz, the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for more than a year. Across all the similar spec portable PCs that were released one year ago the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 850MHz to 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,000MHz.

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Only One USB 3.1 Port

The MacBook Air Early 2015 is a one USB 3.1 port portable PC. Most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the MacBook Air Early 2015 have one USB 3.1 port.

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Very Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 11.6 inches, the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst laptops of this age. Across all the notebook PCs of this spec and age the screen sizes range from 11" to 16".

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

Similar spec laptops that were released around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015 have processor clock speeds of between 1.1GHz and 3.1GHz. With a processor clock speed of only 1.1 gigahertz, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a fairly slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most laptops of this age and spec do not have a touch sensitive screen. The MacBook Air Early 2015 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

The average battery capacity of laptops that came out around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015 is 69Wh. At only 39.7 watt-hours, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for a comparable time to the MacBook Air Early 2015.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

At only 2.4 gigahertz, the MacBook Air Early 2015 has a quite slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the MacBook Air Early 2015. The slowest maximum turbo frequency of similar spec notebook PCs that were released one year ago is 2.3GHz and the fastest is 3.7GHz.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015

Released Over a Year Ago

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

Average Internal Memory

The MacBook Air Early 2015 has a fairly typical internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the MacBook Air Early 2015.

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SSD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an SSD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on MacBooks that have been around for more than a year. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

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Intel Core M Processor Family

The MacBook Air Early 2015 has a better processor family than most portable PCs of this spec and age. This notebook PC has an Intel Core M processor family, whereas most similar spec portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to it have an Intel Core i7 processor family.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 256 gigabytes, the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 has a pretty average total storage capacity compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the MacBook Air Early 2015.

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Specification

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Conflict Free Processor
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Processor Series
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Configurable TDP-Down Frequency
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Scenario Design Power (SDP)
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Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
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Card Reader Integrated
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Touchscreen
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3D
LED Backlight
HD Type
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On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
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Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LightScribe
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
Near Field Communication (NFC)
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
3G
Bluetooth
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SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
DVI Port
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C Ports Quantity
Performance
Ambient Light Sensor
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Keyboard Backlit
Numeric Keypad
Keyboard Language
Pointing Device
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Operating System Installed
Bundled Software
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
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Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Embedded Options Available
Intel® Secure Key
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Intel® OS Guard
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel 64
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Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
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Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
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Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Certificates
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified

2 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(20)
30 November 2015

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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?...

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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…

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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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