MacBook Air (11-inch, 2015)by Apple

  • MacBook Air (11-inch, 2015)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, 2015)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, 2015)
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
84%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • At just 2.38 pounds, the 11-inch Air is easy to carry to the office or the coffee shop.
  • Apple rates the battery in the 11-inch Air at nine hours of wireless Web use, which is terrific for a laptop this size.
  • The new Intel processors are slightly faster than last year's model and perform well for general tasks.

CONS

  • The screen resolution is worse than the 13-inch Air, which is already worse than many competitors.
  • The 11-inch Air doesn't come with an SD card slot. You'll need to carry around a USB memory card reader.
  • While it's still attractive, the Air's design is getting stale, and you can't even pick a color like you can with the new MacBook.
The least expensive MacBook in Apple’s lineup is the 11-inch MacBook Air. Like the 13-inch version, it’s available with an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. The base configuration comes with 128GB of flash storage and 4GB of RAM. It can be configured with up to 512GB of flash storage and 8GB of RAM. The 11.6-inch display has a native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The Air comes with two USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt 2 port, a MagSafe 2 power port, dual-band AC Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The 2.38-pound Air has a battery life rating of nine hours.
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ManufacturerAppleDellAppleAppleSamsung
Techwalla Score
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List Price$899$800$999$1300$1100
100%

No one else makes a laptop with this much attention to detail...

No one else makes a laptop with this much attention to detail...

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86%

Working with the small test model is a joy since everything is smooth and the responsiveness is very good. You should think about 8 GB RAM o…

Working with the small test model is a joy since everything is smooth and the responsiveness is very good. You should think about 8 GB RAM or a more powerful processor if you plan to use more demanding applications.

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80%

On our Spreadsheet test, the Air smoked the competition, taking just 3 minutes and 55 seconds to pair 20,000 names and addresses in OpenOffi…

On our Spreadsheet test, the Air smoked the competition, taking just 3 minutes and 55 seconds to pair 20,000 names and addresses in OpenOffice. That's more than 30 seconds faster than the MacBook (4:33), and more than a minute faster than the XPS 13 (5:02) and X250 (5:07).

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80%

The squashed trackpad and all-round smaller keyboard surround do make the MacBook Air 11 feel that little bit cramped.

The squashed trackpad and all-round smaller keyboard surround do make the MacBook Air 11 feel that little bit cramped.

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80%

Moreover, this 1.08kg laptop is exactly what people look for in an ultraportable. It’s thin enough, light enough and small enough to carry a…

Moreover, this 1.08kg laptop is exactly what people look for in an ultraportable. It’s thin enough, light enough and small enough to carry around every single day, yet big enough not to compromise on the essentials – performance, comfort and connectivity are all given top billing.

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80%

We don’t know if the MacBook will usurp the MacBook Air, but this current model is definitely just holding the line for now. It’s a lovely l…

We don’t know if the MacBook will usurp the MacBook Air, but this current model is definitely just holding the line for now. It’s a lovely little machine, but this update is nothing to get excited over.

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75% Said they'd buy it again. Would You?
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Positive Reviews
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I Love My Macbook Air
This is my first Mac. I have been a proud PC-only person until now. As soon as I got it in my head that I wanted a light Mac laptop, I went to Techwalla to explore my options. Although I am still getting to know my Mac, I am very pleased with my purchase. It's light, easy to use, and the long battery-life is a huge plus. I highly recommend it.
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Goes Where I Go
I've had mine for four years. It's perfect because it fits in a big (but not gigantic) purse and is light enough that it doesn't slow me down when I have to run across campus or an airport. I don't use it every day, maybe not even every week. It's the machine for when I'm on the go, and for that it is just what I need.
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Lightweight and Gets the Job Done
I don't do a lot of work on the computer at home, but this machine is perfect for my needs. It's lightweight, the battery life is great in case I forget to plug it in, and it's powerful enough for all of my basic needs. Plus the size and weight are perfect to throw into a small bag when I go to travel.
Negative Reviews
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Great Work-From-Anywhere Laptop
This MacBook Air is perfect for taking work on the go, and being able to work from anywhere. It's very lightweight, making it easy to tote around in my bag. The battery life is great -- generally lasts me an entire 8-hour work day. Display is a bit small for any type of photo/video editing work, but it's portability makes up for it. I do wish it had a camera card slot, as having to carry an external reader takes away from the convenience. But all in all, a great laptop!

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