MacBook Air (13-inch, 2015)by Apple

  • MacBook Air (13-inch, 2015)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, 2015)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, 2015)
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
82%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • For the 2015 model, Apple improved the already impressive battery life on the 13-inch MacBook Air to double-digit hours.
  • The large trackpad and backlit keyboard are arguably the best of any laptop.
  • The new PCIe-based flash storage is blazingly fast.

CONS

  • Many competing Windows laptops and Apple's other laptops have better displays. The low-resolution display of the Air is hard not to notice these days.
  • The design of the Air hasn't changed in the last several years and is showing its age.
  • Sound from the Air's speakers could use improvement. One reviewer described it as "tinny and unsatisfying."
The 2015 version of Apple’s MacBook Air has the same physical design as the 2014 model. It’s available with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors and 4GB or 8GB of memory. Flash storage starts at 128GB and goes up to 512GB. Its 13.3-inch display has a resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels and is driven by Intel’s integrated HD Graphics 6000 GPU. The Air comes with two USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, a MagSafe 2 power port, and an SDXC card slot. Dual-band AC wireless is supported, as is Bluetooth 4.0. The 54‑watt‑hour lithium‑polymer battery is rated at up to 12 hours of wireless Web use.
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The 13-inch MacBook Air is the laptop that hits the right balance between power, portability, battery life, and comfort.

The 13-inch MacBook Air is the laptop that hits the right balance between power, portability, battery life, and comfort.

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80%

If not for the continued battery-life dominance and the relatively low starting price, it would be easy to ease the MacBook Air aside and su…

If not for the continued battery-life dominance and the relatively low starting price, it would be easy to ease the MacBook Air aside and suggest the Pro or 12-inch MacBook instead.

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80%

Count me among those disappointed that the 13-inch Air didn't get a Retina display, or at least one with a resolution of 1080p.

Count me among those disappointed that the 13-inch Air didn't get a Retina display, or at least one with a resolution of 1080p.

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80%

The keyboard is the same, it’s not the new butterfly keyboard in the MacBook. (For me, that’s a good thing. I’m not a fan of the MacBook’s k…

The keyboard is the same, it’s not the new butterfly keyboard in the MacBook. (For me, that’s a good thing. I’m not a fan of the MacBook’s keyboard.)

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80%

The screen technology looks seriously dated at this point, especially when Apple packs such fantastic displays into its other MacBook ranges…

The screen technology looks seriously dated at this point, especially when Apple packs such fantastic displays into its other MacBook ranges, so make sure searingly sharp images aren't too high on your priority list before buying.

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Apple's claim that the 2015 Air's storage is twice as fast as the 2014 version stands up. The MacBook averaged write speeds of 612.4 Mbps, a…

Apple's claim that the 2015 Air's storage is twice as fast as the 2014 version stands up. The MacBook averaged write speeds of 612.4 Mbps, and average read speeds of 1,243 Mbps, which gives the MacBook Air MacBook Pro-level storage speeds for the first time.

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Last year Apple switched its SSDs from the SATA interface to PCI Express—modern drives can saturate the SATA interface, especially when read…

Last year Apple switched its SSDs from the SATA interface to PCI Express—modern drives can saturate the SATA interface, especially when reading data from the disk. Giving SSDs more bandwidth resulted in a measurable performance increase.

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