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11-Inch MacBook Air review: living with Apple s smallest laptop. Apple MacBook air 11

Laptops are getting thinner, lighter, and smaller. How far will it go?

By David Pierce. editor-at-large and Vergecast co-host with over a decade of experience covering consumer tech. Previously, at Protocol, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired.

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When my parents bought me my first laptop, I fought tooth and nail to spend the extra money and get a bigger model. The 15-inch Dell Inspiron E1505 I cajoled them into purchasing was backpack-fillingly large and back-breakingly heavy, but man did it have screen space.

Eventually, my computing needs changed. My laptop stopped being my TV, my game console, my desk, and my serving tray for late-night Bagel Bites. I needed a computer that was powerful but not quite so huge. So I bought a 13-inch MacBook Pro, which served me well until I dropped it one too many times and downloaded one too many torrents, at which point it clutched its chest and collapsed in my living room. This time I bought a 13-inch MacBook Air.

Now, two-plus years of liveblogs and cross-country flights later, it’s falling apart — one of the USB ports only works half the time, audio output is horribly inconsistent, and it’s always a desperate sprint to make it through a meeting before my battery croaks. It’s time for a new machine.

Smaller than small

I always had a bit of buyer’s remorse, too, having not bought the 11-inch Air in the first place. It’s smaller, lighter, and otherwise ostensibly the same thing as its 13-inch brother. And at 999, it’s cheaper to boot — even though its solid-state storage has been doubled to 128GB. So when the new Haswell-powered model crossed my desk, it became more than a review unit. It was a tryout.

Dimensions (in.) Weight (lbs.)
11-inch Air 11.8 x 7.56 x 0.68 2.38
13-inch Air 12.8 x 8.94 x 0.68 2.96
Sony VAIO Pro 11.2 x 7.76 x 0.68 1.92

As Nilay mentioned in his review of the larger model, there’s really nothing aesthetically new with the latest Air. The one miniscule change is the same between models: there’s a second microphone on the left edge, designed for noise cancellation. (I can’t say I had a problem with audio before, but the new setup does cancel out ambient noise impressively well.) For all intents and purposes the 11-inch model looks the same as always, with black keys and accents on a silver body. I still love the wedge design, and there are few things I’d like Apple to change about the Air’s hardware.

The 11-inch Air weighs six-tenths of a pound less than the 13-inch model, and would fit inside the larger machine with an inch or so to spare on either side. That’s its advantage, really its sole reason for existence — it’s small. And it is small, noticeably more so than the 13-inch Air. Of course, at 0.68 inches thick (the same as the 11-inch) and 2.96 pounds, the large model isn’t exactly my old E1505.

Small is good. But in the time I’ve been using the 11-inch Air, I’ve found a handful of sacrifices you make by choosing the smaller model. The first is an SD card slot — this might not matter to most people, but I’m constantly using SD cards to offload photos or share files, and I hate always needing another dongle, in addition to the USB-to-Ethernet cable and USB hub I already have to carry, because the Air is pretty sparse on ports to begin with.

The second diminutiveness-related loss is a shrunken palmrest and trackpad. When the keyboard’s the same size and the whole thing’s an inch shorter, something else had to give, but the big, roomy trackpad is one of the things I most enjoy about the Air in the first place.

The 11-inch Air’s trackpad is still smooth, responsive, and easily the best in its class, but it’s not as good as the larger model just because there’s not as much room to roam. I can’t scroll as quickly or move around the screen in a single swipe anymore, and the whole computer just feels slightly cramped in a way a larger machine doesn’t. I found myself sitting closer to it, hunched over 12 inches away from the screen, staring into the bright display.

This is the ongoing story of the 11-inch Air: tiny computers require tiny sacrifices. Though its 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display is actually slightly sharper than the 1440 x 900, 13.3-inch display on the larger model (135ppi vs. 128), that doesn’t change the fact that the smaller display makes multitasking harder and isn’t as good for watching movies. Plus, both screens start to look old-fashioned next to the super high-res screens on the MacBook Pro with Retina display, or the Sony VAIO Pro, or the Toshiba Kirabook.

Class-leading battery life, but Apple already broke that curve

Even battery life is great without being quite as good as the larger Air. I got 10 hours, 23 minutes on the Verge Battery Test, which cycles through popular websites and high-res images at 65 percent brightness, while in Safari. In Chrome, that number was 8 hours, 51 minutes. Both are class-leading numbers, except when compared to the larger Air and its astonishing 13-plus hours of longevity.

Performance is otherwise roughly what I expected — very slightly better gaming and graphics performance, and better compatibility with the latest Wi-Fi standards thanks to a small upgrade from Apple. But it’s basically identical in everyday use — it’s fast and smooth, though there’s the occasional stutter and scrolling jump — and nearly equal in GeekBench scores as well (6,113 on the current model). Since they both run the same 1.3GHz Core i5 Haswell processor with 4GB of RAM, there’s no obvious difference between sizes, either. Or even between Haswell and Ivy Bridge, except for that ridiculous battery life.

Apple MacBook Air 11 inch Review

In the past we’ve seen Core-M ultrabooks claim to be ultraportable as they become thinner and thinner, but the Apple MacBook Air 11 inches (MJVM2LL/A model) redefines the entire fuss we’ve been hearing about ultraportability.

The latest models get a modest CPU update, that is more powerful than last year’s iteration, but while its bigger sibling, our Editors’ Choice the 2015 Apple MacBook Air MJVE2LL/A 13.3-inch, is designed to please a wider range of users, the svelte 11-inch ultraportable makes a few tradeoffs to become even thinner and lighter.

It compensates for the few rough edges with an Intel Core i5 processor which means that the system can breeze through tasks that would otherwise slow an Intel-Core-M-equipped system, and on top, it adds up to 11.5 hours of battery life. For regular commuters, the 11-inch MacBook Air is a wonderful machine for you, and it deserves a spot on your shortlist if you’re always on the move for business or even research. Its newer sibling, the Apple MacBook M2 (2022) has dominated our best laptops list since last year, for a good reason.

Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, 2015) Specs

CPU 1.6-GHz Intel Core i5-5250U
Display Size 11.6
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 6000
Hard Drive Size 128GB
Native Resolution 1366×768
Operating System OS X Yosemite
Ports (excluding USB) Headphone, Thunderbolt 2.0, USB 3.0
RAM Upgradable to 8GB
Size 11.8 x 7.56 x 0.11-0.68 inches
USB Ports 2
Video Memory 1.5GB
Weight 2.38 pounds
Wi-Fi 802.11ac

Design and Features

The new MacBook Air lays claims of being the most svelte Apple laptop in the market so far, but the all-aluminum exterior looks familiar as the design has remained unchanged since 2010, and it’s carried over to the 12-inch MacBook model as well. It measures 7.5 long by 11.8 wide, and its thickness tapers from 0.68 inches from the back to 0.11 inches at the front. The laptop weighs 2.38 pounds, which is ever-so-slightly heavier than the last year’s model (2.31 pounds).

It is smaller and lighter than other ultraportables like the Asus Zenbook UX305FA and the HP EliteBook Folio 1020, although those two are slimmer. However, it sacrifices I/O ports in favor of shaving off a few millimeters. This is expected as its Intel Core-i5 processor requires a fan for cooling, while the two models mentioned above use Intel Core M processors that don’t require active cooling.


Ports remain unchanged from last year’s MacBook Air, typical of any Apple product released in the same series. On the left side are a headset jack, two microphones, a MagSafe 2 power jack, and a USB 3.0 port. The right side sports a Thunderbolt 2 port and a second USB 3.0 port. That’s a little sparse, but still far more than the MacBook with its single USB-C port. Sadly, it lacks an HDMI port and you don’t get an SD card slot here.

In comparison, the Asus Zenbook UX305FA and the HP EliteBook Folio each offer a wider selection of ports, thanks to their larger side panels. You’ll need an adapter cable for HDMI or other display connectors, but the Thunderbolt port works just fine with mini-DisplayPort monitors. Wireless connectivity comes via integrated 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Display and Keyboard

As with every MacBook Air model, the keys on the 11-inch MacBook Air are backlit, the chiclet-style keyboard feels excellent, and multitouch gestures work smoothly on the glass-covered trackpad. The trackpad doesn’t have the Force-Click capability of the MacBook or the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, but that feature is still unsupported in most third-party applications. Like all Mac laptops, the Air lacks a touch screen, but given that OS X doesn’t support touch gestures, it’s certainly not a deal breaker.

The main drawback of the MacBook Air is the 1,366-by-768 resolution display. The screen is bright and quite legible, but seems cramped in comparison with the Retina Display on the MacBook or any number of Windows laptops with 1080p- or higher-resolution screens, such as the Asus Zenbook UX305FA. That said, you’ll still find 1,366-by-768 screens on some ultraportables, like the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e.


The MJVM2LL/A is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-5250U processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000. This hardware is quite good for multimedia tasks, especially if you regularly use Adobe Photoshop Creative Suites. It will give you better and faster performance than you’d get from the more expensive models like the Dell XPS 13 Touch or even the 14-inch Lenovo Yoga 13.

However, systems with Intel Core i7 processors, like the Acer Aspire S7-393-7451 and the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 are notably faster than the svelte MacBook Air. The MacBook Air is even faster than last year’s Apple MacBook thanks to a more powerful processor and flash memory.

This machine comes with 4GB of RAM, upgradable to 8GB if you find it necessary. That’s still enough for multitasking in Mac OS X, but consider upgrading if you like to keep dozens of Windows open simultaneously. There’s 128GB of flash storage on the system, which is adequate for day-to-day use, particularly if you supplement that with online Cloud storage or an external drive, you can even upgrade the SSD storage for a few bucks more.

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  • STRIKINGLY THIN DESIGN — The redesigned MacBook Air is more portable than ever and.
  • SUPERCHARGED BY M2 — Get more done faster with a next-generation 8-core CPU, up to.
  • UP TO 18 HOURS OF BATTERY LIFE — Go all day and into the night, thanks to the.

The flash storage is PCIe-based, which makes it faster than the SATA-based solid-state drives (SSDs) and flash storage in older ultraportables. This helps the system boot in only a few seconds and apps to load quickly in testing. The MacBook Air comes with a one-year warranty, which is the same as most midrange Windows laptops.

Thankfully, the system is unencumbered by bloatware and it performs better than machines fitted with dual-core Intel Core i5 (3mb shared l3 cache) chips. If you plan on using it for 3D tasks, the results will be mediocre. The laptop should be fast enough for simpler games like Diablo III, but you wouldn’t want to run Grand Theft Auto V at Ultra-quality settings.

Battery Life

With its 38-watt battery, the MacBook Air 11-inch will give almost 11 hours and 33 minutes of battery life. This is far less than the astounding 17:36 of the Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch and its larger 54-watt battery, but a much longer runtime than the Acer Aspire S7-393-7451 (9:57). The Air should last throughout a cross-country flight, and have juice left for another work session afterward.

Since the 11-inch MacBook Air packs the same memory, processor, and storage as its 13-inch big brother, it’s no surprise that the two will return almost identical performance scores save for battery life. If you can handle the larger size and the extra bucks, go for the 13-inch, the extra juice is worth it.

Should I buy the MacBook Air 11 inch?

Unless you’re looking for a MacBook Air at the lowest price possible. At launch in 2015, this was one of the best ultraportables around, but Apple has since upgraded its Air line to include the newer MacBook Air M2.

Consider buying it if you need to replace an older (maybe 3 years old) MacBook Air or Windows ultraportable, but you can probably skip it if you have last year’s model of the MacBook Air. The Apple MacBook Air 11 inch (MJVM2LL/A) lacks the props to unseat the 13-inch MacBook Air (MJVE2LL/A) as our Editors’ Choice in the midrange ultraportable laptop category, thanks to its larger screen and astounding (up to 17 hours) battery life for a few bucks more.

Is there a better alternative?

When we reviewed the Apple MacBook Air (MJVM2LL/A model) in 2015, it was among the best Air of that year, and it remained a favorite for many years since then. However, in 2022 Apple released the MacBook Air M2 (2022) that’s the ultimate productivity machine, packing Apple’s new M2 silicon and a refreshed, sleek design, alongside other accessories like the Apple Watch and the Mac Mini.

The new design nets a sleek and thin machine (though not much lighter than previous models), and it brings back our favorite MagSafe back. The 1080p camera is a much-needed upgrade we have all been looking out for, and you also get a bright screen and long battery life. Simply put, it feels like a breath of fresh air (which it is), despite being a series of modest upgrades and touch-ups.

If you want to be thin and fanless, the Apple MacBook Air M2 (2022) is a masterpiece. It’s powerful, lasts long on a single charge, looks fantastic, and is nice and thin while also feeling solid and well-built. The new (and returning features like MagSafe) are more than welcome. All you need is the willingness to spend that extra cash to get it. It’s our newest Editor’s Choice for Ultrabooks. We had a chance to tinker with it for a few weeks and the full Apple MacBook Air M2 (2022) Review is now available.

There are some things I don’t like about Apple’s Air M2, however. I just wish I would connect more than one external monitor and the notch at the top of the display is a bit of an eyesore. But for all its worth, I can’t recommend the MacBook Air M2 (2022) highly enough. It’s the new office laptop to beat.

Apple MacBook Air MJVM2LL/A

The 11.5-inch Apple MacBook Air MJVM2LL/A (2015) is Apple’s latest, smallest and least expensive laptop, with powerful and stable performance alongside all-day battery life in an attractive design.

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 Review: Excellent Laptop

Are you looking for a thorough Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 Review? You’ve come to the right place; read this review to learn everything there is to know about the Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013.

By Oluwaseun Bamisile | Updated February 24, 2023 | 15 minutes read | 0 Reads

Itechguides’ Take on Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013

Apple’s MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 offers a better battery life and faster performance than competing ultraportables. However, it doesn’t feature an SD card slot, and its display viewing angles are quite poor.

  • Attractive, portable design
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Quiet keyboard
  • Large, responsive touchpad
  • Vibrant display

This review examines the specifications and features of the Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013. To do so, I’ll go over the overall design of the laptop in great detail.

Furthermore, I’ll also look into the performance of the laptop in terms of CPU, RAM, storage, graphics, and battery life. In addition to that, I will present benchmark test results as well as comparisons to comparable laptops.

At the conclusion of this review, you will find the answers to your questions concerning the Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013.

My Initial Thoughts

Furthermore, it includes all of the features that MacBook Air fans have come to appreciate and love. However, there are a few aspects that are starting to feel a little boring and may use some work.

The laptop’s main improvements over its predecessor will have to be the new fourth-generation Intel Core processors and better battery life. However, just like other MacBook Air laptops and its predecessor (MacBook Air 11-inch 2012), it features similar designs.

Despite the fact that the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 comes with some significant improvements, it is still very affordable. Its starting price was 289.97 as of September 2021, when this review was written.

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 Design, Dimension Weight Review

You will not be able to tell whether someone was using a MacBook Air 2012 or a MacBook Air 2013 from distance. This is due to the fact that they are practically identical in every way.

The only change is that the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 has a second microphone on the left side. The first MacBook Air was widely praised for its design when it was released in 2008, but it fell short in practically every other category.

It was a typical case of appearance surpassing function. However, in 2010, Apple released the MacBook Air 11-inch with substantially improved hardware and a design that was just as sleek and beautiful.

Three years later, it released the Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 with the same design. Therefore, like any other MacBook Air, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 has a wedge shape with an aluminum body.

The solid aluminum construction indicates a sturdy device, which is backed up by the display lid and the keyboard’s minimal flex. Speaking of the lid, there is an Apple logo on it, which glows up when you turn on the MacBook.

Furthermore, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 is cool to the touch and feels nice, thanks to its subtle texture. Also worth noting is how effectively the laptop’s aluminum body resists fingerprints.

Despite not featuring a Retina display, the display screen of the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 is still impressive. Like its predecessor (MacBook Air 11-inch 2012), it has an 11.6-inch display with an HD (1366 x 768) screen resolution.

The MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 screen has excellent color reproduction and besides that, it is also vibrant. However, the color quality drops dramatically when viewed off-center, so viewing angles are a bit disappointing.

over, glare might also be an issue, as the glossy screen reflects light and isn’t bright enough to cut through even at maximum settings. Overall, the 11.6-inch display is unexpectedly adequate and large enough to provide a satisfactory computing experience.

The MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 features a full-sized backlit keyboard. The keys are Chiclet-style, as is typical of MacBooks, with plenty of space between them.

However, because of the laptop’s tiny design, key travel is limited. It is, nevertheless, adequate, requiring only the proper amount of pressure.

On the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013, users should expect a pleasant typing experience, as well as one that is silent. This is due to the fact that when the keys are pressed, they make a very quiet sound.

Those unfamiliar with Apple keyboards, on the other hand, will need to adjust their workflow significantly in order to master the unusual layout. The power button, for example, is actually a key located on the top right-hand corner of the laptop’s keyboard.

Furthermore, no dedicated Page Down, Page Up, End, Home, or Insert keys are available. However, the majority of these features can be accessed by pressing the FN and navigation keys together.

The trackpad on the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 measures 104 x 63.5 mm and is situated directly below the space bar. It’s smooth and enjoyable to use, just like the keyboard.

Performing multi-touch gestures such as three- and four-finger swipe and pinch-to-zoom would also be easy due to its enormous size.

The MacBook Air has never been known for its abundance of ports, and the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 is no exception. A Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 port are located on the laptop’s right side.

However, the left side houses another USB 3.0 port, a headphone jack, the MagSafe power dock, and dual-microphone ports. Unfortunately, there’s no SD card slot, something I strongly believe should be included.

For wireless connectivity, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 supports Bluetooth 4.0. Additionally, it supports 802.11ac, often known as Wi-Fi 5 – it offers 1.3Gbps download speed and more reliable performance.

Moving on, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013’s HD webcam produced clear images with precise colors. over, this webcam is embedded in the laptop’s upper screen bezel.

The operating system for the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 is OS X Mountain Lion. You may, however, upgrade to OS X Mavericks for free.

Apple sells the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 with a one-year warranty and a three-year Apple Care warranty as an option. Therefore, users can have their laptops serviced over the phone or in person during the warranty period.

In terms of size and weight, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 measures 300 x 192 x 3.0.17 mm and weighs 1080 g. Comparatively, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S is similar in size but heavier than the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013.

Specifically, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S measures 297 x 203 x 17 mm and weighs 1360 g. It is worth noting that the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 has the same size and weight as its predecessor – Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2012.

In conclusion, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 boasts a beautiful design with an exceptional keyboard. However, just like any other MacBook, it comes with a limited amount of ports.

All things considered, I believe the laptop deserves a nine out of ten in this design review section.

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 Processor (CPU) Performance Review

Apple’s MacBook Air is among the first notebooks to include Intel’s Haswell-based 4th-generation Core CPUs. These processors promise a modest performance improvement as well as longer battery life.

Specifically, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 comes with two Haswell processors options. The processors include Intel Core i5-4250U or Intel Core i7-4650U processor.

Both processors are dual-core processors. However, the Intel Core i5-4250U features a 3 MB cache while the Intel Core i7-4650U features a 4 MB cache.

Additionally, the Intel Core i5-4250U has a base frequency of 1.30 GHz and a maximum frequency of 2.60 GHz. The Intel Core i7-4650U, on the other hand, has a 1.70 GHz base frequency and 3.30 GHz maximum frequency.

My review laptop came with the Intel Core i7-4650U processor, which is stronger and faster than the Intel Core i5-4250U. This is due to the fact that it has a higher clock speed (base and maximum frequency) and better cache memory.

over, to test the processing capability of the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 I reviewed, I ran a Geekbench test. Geekbench is a CPU benchmarking program that runs several tests on a processor and records how long it takes for the tasks to be completed.

Additionally, the faster the processor completes the tests, the higher the score. On the Geekbench test, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 got a score of 6,809 points.

over, this score is higher than the category average of 5,923 points. Additionally, it is also higher than the score of 5,055 points achieved by the VAIO Pro 11.

When compared to its predecessor, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 once again prevailed. Its predecessor, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2012 scored 5,239 points on the Geekbench test.

Finally, in this section, I will rate the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 a nine out of ten. This is because it offers multiple processor options and also performed better than its competitor and predecessor on a benchmark test.

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 Memory (RAM) Performance Review

The Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 comes with a single 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM slot and a standard memory of 4 GB. However, you can also get the laptop with 8 GB RAM, which is the maximum memory supported.

Unfortunately, just like previous models, the memory on the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 is soldered directly to the motherboard. As a result, you cannot remove the memory, neither can you upgrade it.

Therefore, if you want to purchase the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013, make sure you choose the one with the exact memory that you need. The MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 I reviewed came with 4 GB RAM.

Despite using 4 GB RAM, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 was still capable of light multitasking. As a result, I was able to launch 10 Chrome tabs while editing a document on MS word.

Performing these tasks concurrently wasn’t an issue for the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 as I didn’t notice any shuttering or lag. However, when I opened some memory-hungry applications such a Photoshop, I noticed the laptop began to slow down.

For determining the overall performance of the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013, I conducted a PCMark 7 test. PCMark 7 combines more than 25 different workloads into seven different tests to provide diverse perspectives on a system’s performance.

The PCMark test evaluates your system’s overall performance and provides you with a PCMark score. According to the results from the PCMark 7 test, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 got a score of 4723 Points.

Comparatively, its predecessor, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2012 scored 3921 Points. Therefore, it performs better than its predecessor.

Additionally, when compared to one of its competitors (Lenovo Yoga 11S), the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 once again excelled. On the PCMark 7 test, the Lenovo Yoga 11S only managed to score 3728 points.

In conclusion, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 memory may not be upgradeable and may also be insufficient for most users. However, it performs better than its predecessor and competitor on the PCMark 7 test I conducted.

All these considered I will rate the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 a seven out of ten for the processor performance.

MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 Storage Options Performance Review

Just like its predecessor, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 features an SSD storage that supports 512 GB maximum storage capacity. My review laptop came with a 256 GB SSD.

256 GB of storage space should be quite sufficient for most users to save their important files, images, or videos. However, those who require more storage space could easily upgrade to the maximum storage capacity of 512 GB.

To test the storage performance of the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013, I ran various tests. Firstly, I conducted a CrystalDiskMark test, which measures the read and write speed of a system’s storage.

According to the CrystalDiskMark test, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 has a sequential read speed of 534.8 MB/s. Also, the laptop has a sequential write speed of 520 MB/s.

In comparison, its predecessor, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2012 has a slower sequential read and write speed. Specifically, on the CrystalDiskMark test, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2012 recorded a 410.7 MB/s sequential read speed and 153.3 MB/s sequential write speed.

Moving on, I also carried out a file transfer test to further determine the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013’s storage performance. On the file transfer test, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 copied 5 GB of mix-media files in 23 seconds.

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Impressively, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 did this at a transfer rate of 221 MBps. This transfer rate is double the 99 MBps category average.

Additionally, the transfer rate was faster than the rate achieved by the Sony VAIO Pro 11 and Acer S7. The Sony VAIO Pro 11 recorded a transfer rate of 97.9 MBps, while the Acer S7 recorded a 196 MBps transfer rate.

In conclusion, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013’s storage transfer rate is better than most of its competitors. Therefore, it deserves an eight out of ten for this reason.

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 Graphics Card Performance Review

For graphics, Apple equipped the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000 graphics card. The base GPU frequency of this graphics card is 200 MHz while the maximum GPU frequency is 110 MHz.

As mentioned earlier, this is an integrated graphics card, therefore; it doesn’t feature dedicated VRAM. As a result, the graphics card and processor share the computer’s memory (discussed 2 sections earlier in this article).

Given that the graphics card lacks dedicated VRAM, don’t anticipate playing modern or graphic-intensive games on the laptop. However, despite not featuring dedicated VRAM, the laptop is still able to run some less graphical-demanding games.

For example, while playing World of Warcraft, the laptop achieved a frame rate of 48 fps. This is more than the 39 fps category average and the 30 fps achieved by the VAIO Pro 11.

Moving on, I also tested the graphics performance of the laptop using a 3DMark 11 test. 3DMark 11 is a benchmarking test for measuring the gaming capabilities of a computer.

On this test, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 recorded a score of 1163 Points. Compared to its predecessor, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 performed far better.

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Its predecessor, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2012 scored 619 points on the 3DMark 11 test.

In conclusion, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 may not be a gaming laptop but it delivered smooth performance on a gaming test. Also, it outshined its predecessor on a graphics benchmark test.

As a result, I’ll rate the laptop an eight in this aspect.

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 Battery Life Performance Review

A 38 Whr lithium‑polymer battery powers the Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013. Apple claims that, with this battery, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 can last 9 hours on a single charge.

As a result of Apple’s claim, I put the laptop on multiple battery tests. The first test involves repeatedly surfing the web via Wi-Fi, while the laptop’s brightness is set to 40%.

Based on this test, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 lasted 8 hours and 53 minutes – really close to Apple’s claim. The second battery test I conducted involves repeatedly playing a video on VLC until the laptop run low.

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On this test, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 lasted 8 hours and 37 minutes. Comparatively, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 lasted longer than its predecessor which lasted only 5 hours and 25 minutes.

Also, it lasted longer than the Lenovo Yoga 11S which lasted 6 hours and 4 minutes.

Hence, in this battery test review, I will rate the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 a nine out of ten.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, malware can infect your MacBook, iMac, or Mac Mini. MacBooks, however, are less vulnerable than Windows Operating Systems, although viruses and hackers can still infect them.

No. Apple does not endorse antivirus software, but it also does not discourage users from using it. After all, one of the company’s primary selling points for its PCs is its security capabilities.

No, it isn’t. MacBook Air 11-Inch 2013 features an 11.6-inch non-touch display with an HD (1366 x 768) screen resolution.

As of September 2021, when this article was written, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 starts at 289.97.

The MacBook Air 11-inch 2012 is the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013’s predecessor.

My Final Thoughts

With the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013, Apple has created a genuinely great computer. The laptop has an outstanding keyboard and strong CPUs, as well as long battery life.

There really isn’t anything about the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 to hate. However, a couple of additional ports would be helpful, but because this is an ultraportable laptop, that isn’t a major concern.

The only main criticisms I have of the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 are its display’s viewing angles and memory’s inability to be upgraded. Aside from that, the MacBook Air 11-inch 2013 is one laptop you should get your hands on right away.

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Apple MacBook vs MacBook Air 11-inch: What’s the difference?

Apple has announced a new MacBook at its Spring forward special event, a device that Phil Schiller, Apple VP, said was designed for “extreme portability”. It revives the MacBook name, which used to be the entry-level notebook device.

The small format sees it trimmed down in all directions, smaller than Apple’s previous diminutive notebook, the MacBook Air 11-inch, which also received a tweak in today’s announcement.

So how does Cupertino’s latest stack up against it’s last ultra portable model? We’ve crunched the stats for your easy digestion.

The best display in a MacBook ever

Phil Schiller claimed the new MacBook has the best ever display that Apple has put into a notebook. It has a 12-inch display with a resolution of 2304 x 1440 pixels, 226ppi.

The MacBook Air 11-inch has an 11.6-inch display with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution 171ppi, so it’s softer than the new MacBook.

That’s quite a difference in terms of pixel density, meaning the new MacBook will be much sharper than the MacBook Air 11. Not only that, but Apple claims that it is 30 per cent more efficient than previous displays, so you’ll get the same brightness for less energy.

MacBook is thinner, lighter

You knew the new MacBook was thinner and lighter, but the difference is impressive.

The MacBook is 13.1mm thick at its fattest part (the hinge), whereas the MacBook Air 11 is 17mm, so that’s a healthy reduction in size.

The MacBook measures 280.5 x 196.5mm compared to 300 x 192mm of the Air 11, so the new model is slightly narrower, but a little deeper.

The MacBook weighs only 920g compared to 1080g of the MacBook Air 11. Both are light, but that’s 170g saving for the new model.

Miniaturised inside

One of the key elements in making the MacBook smaller was miniaturising the logic board, with Apple saying it is 67 per cent smaller than the MacBook Air 11. It is also fanless, so it runs silently, which is a characteristic of Core M devices. like the range of Windows tablets and Ultrabooks on that Intel hardware.

In terms of power, the new MacBook has fifth-gen Intel Core M processors, with 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3GHz options. Graphics is handled by Intel HD Graphics 5300 and there’s 8GB RAM and 256 or 512GB SSD options.

The MacBook Air 11 has been updated, offering fifth-gen Intel Core i5 processors at 1.6GHz, 4 or 8GB RAM. There are options for 128, 256 and 512GB SSD storage, and it offers Intel HD Graphics 6000. The MacBook Air should be more faster and handle graphics better.

Out with connectivity

One of the dramatic changes on the MacBook is the removal of almost all the ports. It offers wireless connections, and then a single USB type-C connection. That USB connection handles charging, offers USB 3.1 data transfer as well as DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity, all in the same port. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone socket.

The MacBook Air 11 was considered fairly stripped down, but offers MagSafe charging, 2x USB 3, ThunderBolt 2, as well as the headphone socket.

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For those who like to physically connect, the older design MacBook Air offers plenty of advantages. you’ll need adapters to hook up the new MacBook.

FaceTime camera takes a hit

Apple loves a bit of FaceTime calling (other video services are available), but the new MacBook isn’t the video calling darling you might want it to be.

The front camera on the MacBook is a 480p. seriously SD. whereas the front camera on the MacBook Air is 720p. In reality, the front camera on your phone is probably better than both.

New keyboard and trackpad

Some of the space saving on the new MacBook comes from a complete redesign of the keyboard and the trackpad. The new model has a butterfly mechanism rather than a scissor mechanism underneath, which allows it to be more compact and stop the keys rocking as much when you hit them.

Each key on the MacBook has its own LED backlighting for more accurate detail in the dark, so the backlighting should be better than the MacBook Air.

The MacBook has a brand new trackpad, called Force Touch, that will sense the pressure of your touch as well as offering haptic feedback. It should allow you, for example, to draw a thicker line by pressing harder.

The MacBook Air sticks to the old trackpad, that’s just gestures and clicks.

Same battery life, different charging

One of the key points about the new MacBook is that Apple has used terraced (layered) and contoured battery cells to fill all the spaces in the new MacBook chassis. Apple claimed this allowed 35 per cent more battery than if it had used traditional rectangular cells.

The result is that the MacBook has a 39.7-watt-hour battery. The MacBook Air has a 38-watt-hour battery.

The performance, however, is said to be the same, offering 9 hours of wireless internet or 10 hours of iTunes video playback. We’re not sure how this would pan out, for example, no something like video encoding, where the new MacBook would have to work harder.

Interestingly, the MacBook USB-C charger is rated 29W, the MagSafe 2 charger is rated at 45W, so this may have an impact on charging rates.

MacBook Air 11-inch vs. 13-inch: Which ultralight laptop should you get?

We’ve already compared MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, and you’ve decided that the svelte MacBook Air is right for you. Now you have to decide which MacBook Air is right for you. the smaller 11-inch model or the larger 13-inch version? Also, what configure to order options make the most sense? Let’s have a look.

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Originally published in 2014, we’ve updated this article with info about the 2015 models.

Comparing MacBook Air models

The 11-inch MacBook Air is Apple’s least expensive laptop. its entry-level system, if you will. For that, you get a system equipped with an 11.6-inch display (measured diagonally) that can display 1366 x 768 pixels natively. You also get 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash storage. You can double the storage capacity for another 200.

Priced only 100 more than the base model 11-inch MacBook Air at 999, the 13-inch MacBook Air’s 13.3-inch display shows 1440 x 900 pixels natively, but under the hood it’s very similar. 4 GB RAM and 128 GB flash storage. Like the 11-inch model, you can double storage capacity to 256 GB for another 200.

With their lids closed, both MacBook Air model rise barely more than half an inch above the table. Tapered from front to back, they’re 0.11 inches at their lowest point and 0.68 at their highest. The 11-inch model is less than a foot wide (11.8 inches) and the 13-inch model is 12.8 inches wide. The 11-inch is lighter by slightly more than half a pound. 2.38 pounds, compared to the 13-inch’s 2.96 pounds.

Both systems come equipped with 802.11ac networking and Bluetooth 4.0 support, and both come equipped with stereo speakers. Also, both sport backlit keyboards with an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the backlighting brightness. And despite the 11-inch’s diminutive proportions, the keyboard is the same size as its 13-inch cousin, so you make no compromise there, either.

All systems now come equipped with OS X 10.10 Yosemite along with the latest personal and productivity software for Mac, including Pages, Numbers and Keynote, Apple’s answer to Microsoft Office.

The MacBook Air in its standard configuration provide you with a spectrum of buying choices from 899 to 1,299, butting up against the base model 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (and more than the legacy 13-inch MacBook Pro still in Apple’s current product matrix). But you can spend almost 1,800 if you murder out a 13-inch MacBook Air with all options.

Let’s start to compare systems and see what options makes sense.

Maximum portability vs. more screen real estate: How much difference does two inches make?

The 11-inch MacBook Air is a bit of an odd duck: it’s the only laptop that Apple makes with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The 13-inch MacBook Air and every MacBook Pro sports a screen with a more conventional 16:10 aspect ratio instead.

This gives the 11-inch MacBook Air a decidedly more cinematic feel to it, despite the tiny size. That’s the same form factor you’ll find on your flat-screen HDTV, for example. The same aspect ratio used in movies. In practical use, this means that you see more width than you do height. So the 11-inch MacBook Pro generates wider, shorter Windows than its 13-inch brother.

At 135 pixels per inch, the overall pixel density of the 11-inch MacBook Air is a bit higher than the 13-inch model’s 128 PPI. measurable but not huge. The net result is that stuff looks just a smidge smaller on the 11-inch MacBook Air.

Some users love the wide screen; others hate it and claim that the screen is too small. It’s very subjective, so my advice is to compare both to see what works best for you.

The resolution of the 13-inch MacBook Air is 1440 x 900. It’s actually the same size as the 13-inch MacBook Pro sans Retina display, but with higher resolution. It’s higher-res but not Retina. and that’s an important distinction to make. Retina display is not an option on either MacBook Air model. That undoubtedly helps the MacBook Air with its amazing battery life, but it also puts it at a disadvantage for users looking for the best-quality graphics and text reproduction on their laptop.

Having said that, we survived for years without Retina display systems. if you don’t have it, you may not miss it. And the 13-inch MacBook Air gives you a decent amount of screen real estate to do what you need. If the screen gets too cluttered, fire up Mission Control and create a second desktop space.

Light weight vs. freedom from power outlets: How long can each MacBook Air last without charging?

Screen size isn’t the only fundamental difference between the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air. Because it’s bigger, the 13-inch MacBook Air can pack more battery capacity inside than the 11-inch, as well. Inside the 11-inch MacBook Air is a 38-watt-hour battery, and inside the 13-inch is a 54-watt-hour battery.

Both MacBook Air models have outstanding battery life, thanks in part to the use of Haswell processors inside. Intel’s Haswell chips have a smaller die size than previous processors and are more power-efficient, which means laptops that use them like the MacBook Air can last longer on a single charge.

Apple estimates the 11-inch MacBook Air model can go up to 9 hours without recharging, while the 13-inch can go up to 12 hours. So if all day battery life is a consideration, the 13-inch MacBook Air may be the better alternative.

Slender design vs expansion: What can you connect to the MacBook Air?

Both the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air come similarly equipped. a 720p FaceTime HD camera embedded in the center of the bezel above the screen, a 1/8-inch headphone jack, dual microphones (better audio quality when recording your voice or using Skype or Facetime), two USB 3.0 ports (one on each side) and a single Thunderbolt 2 port on the right side, suitable for driving an external display with up to 2560 x 1600 pixels at millions of colors (the resolution of Apple’s own 27-inch Thunderbolt Display), while simultaneously operating its internal display.

There is one key difference between the two machines, however: the 13-inch MacBook Air also sports an SDXC card slot on its right side. If you use or plan to buy a digital camera that writes to SD card, and you plan to use your MacBook Air to edit and catalog photos and videos shot with that camera, the 13-inch may be a better choice.

Is more RAM worth it?

4 GB of RAM is the standard across the line, and it’s perfectly sufficient to run Mavericks and any normal productivity apps and Internet apps that you might need to.

If you’re working with really memory-intensive apps. image-editing apps, video editing apps and music-making apps, for example. or if you’re planning to run a lot of applications simultaneously. going with 8 GB may be worth it. It’ll certainly give you more head room.

Upgrading to 8 GB may “future proof” your MacBook Air a little more further down the road, as well. Apple’s steadily increased the amount of base RAM it includes in laptops to give them more headroom for beefier performance; my late 2010-era MacBook Air came with 2 GB, and it’s feeling the pinch now that it’s running Mavericks.

It’s important to note here that you have to order your MacBook Air with the amount of memory you think you’ll need, because it’s soldered to the motherboard. You can’t upgrade after the fact. So consider your needs carefully.

Is more flash storage worth it?

Likely be the most difficult decision when buying a MacBook Air: Deciding how much storage is sufficient. If you’re migrating from another Mac, chances are you have files you want to bring over. Applications too. How much storage do you need? And how much can you offload?

Compared to the 500 GB hard drives that have become common in laptops in recent years, 128 GB of flash storage is scant space. Chances are you’re going to have to pare down, perhaps dramatically. If there are infrequently used files that you’ve archived but you still want to keep, this may be an opportunity to offload to an external hard drive, server, or even Cloud service. And judicious use of iCloud as a repository for some files may be a good idea as well.

Having said that, you do have options. The 256 GB configuration of either the 11-inch or 13-inch MacBook Air is 200 more. 1,099 and 1,199, respectively. And if you don’t think that’s enough, you can double it again from 256 GB to 512 GB.

Any way you slice it, flash storage is pricey.

Past MacBook Air models have been upgradable. Third parties specializing in SSDs designed to work in older MacBook Air models don’t yet have SSD upgrades for the newest MacBook Airs, so you’re stuck with what you get from the factory. And if you run out of space inside, you’ll need to offload files one way or the other.

Is an i7 processor worth it?

With clock speeds way below MacBook Pros and some PC laptops, the MacBook Air looks on paper like it should be a pretty anemic performer, but looks are deceiving. Having flash storage makes a big difference in overall performance, since the CPU isn’t bottlenecked by a hard drive. It also helps that the same company that makes the computer makes the operating system that runs on it, and the operating system is thoroughly optimized to take advantage of that hardware as best it can.

Perhaps one of the more intriguing configuration options for the MacBook Air comes with its processor. Across the board, a dual-core 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 processor is standard. But if you’re willing to pony up 150 more, you can replace that processor with a faster 2.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor instead.

Beside the difference in clock speed, there are other differences inside the i7. It has more of memory cache, which stores frequently accessed data and can means the i7 works faster and more efficiently. The i5 and i7 both sport “Turbo Boost” technology, which will automatically make the processor cores run faster when needed, for short bursts. That Turbo mode practically doubles the clock speed. 2.7 GHz on the i5, 3.2 GHz on the i7.

Both processors utilize integrated graphics. Intel’s HD graphics 6000. While gaming purists and heavy-duty video users may scoff at integrated graphics, they’ve come a long way. Today’s MacBook Airs offer smoother and better graphics performance all around, compared to their predecessor.

All this reinforces that if you’re looking for maximum performance, the i7 is a solid 150 spent. But ultimately, it’s entirely optional. the standard processor is more than enough for general use.

Who should buy the 11-inch MacBook Air?

If weight and size is your most overriding factor for your laptop, the 11-inch MacBook Air is your machine. It’s barely larger than an iPad Air (albeit more than twice the weight), but it’s a fully functional Mac computer that can do just about anything you need it to. The 11-inch MacBook Air is also a terrific computer for kids in school and college students looking for a lightweight, flexible system.

There are a couple of compromises you make with the 11-inch model. 20 percent less viewable area on its display than the 13-inch, and the absence of an SD card slot. But if neither of those are significant factors in what you’re doing, the lightweight, tiny 11-inch MacBook Air may be your ideal traveling laptop.

Who should buy the 13-inch MacBook Air?

Of the two MacBook Air models, the 13-inch is the better value: its base configuration is only 100 more than the 11-inch, and it offers superior battery life, more screen real estate and SD card support.

For the price difference between a 13-inch MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro, you get a significant faster processor and better graphics performance, a much better screen, more memory and storage options (up to 16 GB RAM and 1 TB flash storage), and better expandability to boot thanks to two Thunderbolt 2 ports and an HDMI port. The MacBook Pro with Retina display is also heavier, by about half a pound.

Bottom line: If you’re not willing or able to pay for the MacBook Pro with Retina display, or if you want to save weight and don’t care about the differences in the two machines, the MacBook Air is a fantastic, lightweight laptop that will get the job done.

Still undecided?

If you still can’t decide with MacBook Air is the right one to choose from, I’d recommend dropping by our [Apple notebooks] discussion forum and posting a question there. i has a thriving online community that can help answer questions and offer advice based on their own experience. You’re also welcome to post Комментарии и мнения владельцев here.

The MacBook Air is a fantastic, flexible computer that’s easy to carry thanks to Apple’s ingenious engineering. feather-light and slim. For road warriors and other who don’t want to be encumbered with a heavy computer, the MacBook Air makes a fantastic traveling companion.

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