MacBook vs MacBook Air – Comparison of specifications

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What the new MacBook is and how it proposes in comparison with the MacBook Air, you experience the following comparison.

MacBook vs MacBook Air - Comparison of specificationsSource: GIGA

The new MacBook is the thinnest, lightest and most energy-efficient Apple notebook ever. Until 9 March 2015, the MacBook Air actually wore this item. Heralding the new MacBook, the end of the popular MacBook Air one? Can it replace a MacBook Air, or at least keep up with him? If we compare the specifications and prices.89989Apple MacBook 2015

Technical data in comparison: Apple MacBook, Apple MacBook Air 11 inch Apple MacBook 13-inch - basic configuration
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size0.3-1.7 x 30 x 19.2 cm0.3 to 1.7 x 32.5 x 22.7 cm0.35 to 1.31 x 28.05 x 19.65 cm
mass1.08 kg1.35 kg0.92 kg
Material and color of the housing Aluminum; silverAluminum; silverAluminum; Silver, Spacgrau, Gold
Display Size11.6 inches13.3 inches12 inches
Display resolution1366 x 768 pixels1440 x 900 pixels2304 x 1440 pixels
aspect ratio16: 916:1016:10
pixel density135 PPI127 PPI226 PPI (retina)
Processor - Basiskonf.Intel Core i5-5250UIntel Core M-5Y70
architectureIntel Broadwell - 14-nanometer manufacturing
CPU overclocking1.6 GHz dual core, turbo boost 2.7GHz1.1 GHz dual core, turbo boost 2.4GHz
CPU L2 Cache512 KB512 KB
CPU L3 Cache3072 KB4096 KB
Processor Max. Temp.105 ° C95 ° C
processor TDP15 Watt4.5 watts
integrated graphicsIntel HD Graphics 6000Intel HD Graphics 5300
random access memory4 GB 1600 MHz LPDDR38 GB 1600 MHz LPDDR3
Storage 128, 256 or optional 512GB PCIe Flash256 or 512 GB PCIe Flash
cameraFaceTime HD 720pFaceTime 480p
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS802.11ac / a / b / g / n802.11ac / a / b / g / n
Bluetooth4.0, BLE4.0, BLE
Battery life9 hours surfing 10 hours of video playback 30 days of standby12 hours surfing 12 hours video playback 30 days of standby9 hours surfing 10 hours of video playback standby n / a
connections2x USB 3, 1x Thunderbolt 2, MagSafe 2, Headphone / Headset1x USB-C, headphone / headset
operating systemOS X
Price (EUR)from 999, -*from 1.099, -*from 1499, -

Mind you, we compared only the base configurations with each other here. The prices of the best versions of the MacBook Air and MacBook we have listed in the table above. If you want to the high-end configurations, of course you have wages significantly more.

Top models in the price comparison

The MacBook Air costs 11 inches in top configuration with 2.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, 8GB of RAM and 512GB PCIe flash memory 1849, - Euro*. The strongest MacBook Air 13-inch 2.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, 8GB of RAM and 512GB PCIe flash memory can be Apple 1949, - Euro* Cost. The median MacBook model lists with Apple 1799, - Euro*. The high-end configuration of the new MacBook will have a 1.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core M, 8 GB RAM and 512 GB PCIe flash memory. Unfortunately, Apple called no price yet for this BTO configuration. but they should at approximately 1999, - Euro* lie.

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Processors compared

The new MacBooks are new with Intel Core M processors equipped, both in terms of performance, and power consumption and price between Intel Atom and Intel Core i processors are located. Accordingly, the new MacBooks are not as efficient as their air siblings. For that consume the Core M processors up to 70 percent less power, than the current Core-i processors. In the entry-level model of the MacBook is a Intel Core M-5Y70 fitted with 1.1 to 2.4 GHz. In the middle configuration is (probably) a higher clocked Intel Core M-5Y70 with 1.2 to 2.6 GHz is used. The top configuration (unconfirmed) with a Intel Core M-5Y71 operated with 1.3 to 2.9 GHz.

interim conclusion

As already mentioned, the Core M processors are not as powerful as those from the Core i family. Even with the integrated graphics Core i processors have the edge. The Intel HD 6000 in the MacBook Air, for example, clocked at 300-950 MHz. The Intel HD 5300 in the MacBook with 100-850 or 300-900 MHz - depending on the processor. So if you have a MacBook Air brings to its performance limits, is likely to have less fun with the MacBook. One should not forget that the MacBook comes without active cooling and the maximum temperature of the installed Core M processors at just 95 ° C instead of 105 ° Celsius. If the processor is too hot, he throttles themselves and thus the system. It remains to be seen how well Apple can cool the processor in the MacBook under full load passively and how well does the system as a whole from this site. Purely from the numbers here at least the first (new) generation of MacBook for MacBook Air should not be dangerous.