The 2015 MacBook Air is the flagship laptop of Apple, and was launched with a major degree of success. Overall, it’s a useful computer designed without a specific purpose in mind, and it’s still touting the sleek design expected of Apple with some relatively strong hardware specs. Here’s a breakdown of how the MacBook Air of 2015 performs.

Performance

While this little laptop is smooth and pretty, the actual technical features included are pretty standard in terms of modern day computers. The 128GB SSD drive is enough for the most basic of users, but an additional storage upgrade would be necessary for anybody looking to store any type of media in larger quantities. In terms of processing power, the Intel Core i5-525OU is a pretty heavy piece of hardware considering the conditions it’s expected to be operating in. The Intel i5 series have a healthy bit of speed for their size, so even though it’s only rated at 1.60GHz, the power output is capable of handling quite a bit.

Aesthetics

While the MacBook is a very sleek and elegantly designed laptop, it’s still relying heavily on the designs of previous models. When compared to the last five years of MacBook models, the 2015 version is remarkably similar. An argument can be made promoting the benefits of a standardized design, but in terms of Apple’s heavy reliance on style and visual appeal, the 2015 Air can be seen as attempting to ride on the coattails of previously groundbreaking products.

Features

Lacking a glass overlay reaching from edge to edge, the display of the MacBook Air is fairly inadequate when compared to other Apple products of the current generation. The keyboard, however, will have some strong appeal to fans of previous MacBook iterations. It has retained the same style of keyboard while forgoing any more modern approaches involving touch screen and enhanced touchpad capabilities. The old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” seems to apply heavily to the most current MacBook. The display has also been relatively unchanged, and is falling well behind what is becoming an industry standard. A maximum resolution of 1,440×900 means that the MacBook Air is lagging behind other computers, even those priced substantially lower. The one major improvement on the MacBook Air is its incredible battery life. Lasting significantly longer than any competition, this computer really holds its own in terms of performing its primary task of being a reliable mobile computing device.

Price

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With a minimum tag of roughly $1,000 USD, the 2015 iteration of the MacBook Air is pretty expensive for some relatively minimal changes when compared to other Apple products. The one major reason that the MacBook Air would be a wise investment is that it has a terrific battery life when compared to any competition. Therefore it is at the forefront in its class considering its intended applications.

 

 

 

Overall

Putting all of the pieces together, the MacBook Air is a standard laptop from Apple that’s gone through some minor upgrades. For customers looking to purchase a new laptop, the Air will be a good choice for standard applications and long lasting battery. Mobility wise, it’s a great buy as the battery life will keep it going for quite some time.

MacBook Air 7
Terrific battery life.Lightweight, only 2.04 lbs.Powerful data and video porting.
Standardized designHefty price tag for a middle of the road machine.Poor Display
3.3Overall Score
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