Review of the Apple MacBook Air 2014

The MacBook Air 2014 had quite a low key launch in the market and doesn’t really have many improvements or alterations to boast about. The computer now has a CPU of 1.4GHz (Intel Core Haswell processors) as compared to the previous configuration of 1.3 GHz. The rest of the features of the laptop remain unchanged, i.e. an Intel HD 5000 graphics, 4GB Ram and a slim aluminium body. What is surprising is that the price range now starts at £749 and the entire range of the Apple MacBook Air models is now under £1,000.

Size: Depending upon what you are looking for-a lighter laptop or some extra screen space, you could go for either the 11 inch or 13 inch MacBook in this range. The amazingly thin 0.3-1.7cm unibody design is common to both the Air models offered by Apple. While the 11 inch machine weighs just about 1.08kg, the 13 inch MacBook Air, measuring 32.5X22.7 inches is 1.55kg in weight.

Apple MacBook Air 2014

Screen Resolution: The MacBook Air screens continue to lack Retina displays. This means they have lower pixel density as compared to the MacBook Pro which comes with a Retina display. The screen resolution of the 13 inch MacBook Air is 1,440 x 900 pixels. This is much lesser than that of the 13 inch MacBook Pro (2,560 by 1,600 pixels). The 11-inch MacBook Air has a 1,366 x 768 resolution.

Purchase Decision

Previously, there was very little difference in the price of the 13 inch Air model (2013) with a screen resolution of 1,440-x-900 pixels and the 13 inch MacBook Pro with a 2,560-by-1,600 'Retina' resolution. In 2013, the cost of a superior Retina screen was only £120 more than the starting price of the 13-inch MacBook Air and it came with several other benefits. However, now there is major price difference of £250.

MacBook Air with the 13-inchscreen is the only model that has an SDXC card slot. This definitely makes it an appealing purchase for professional photographers. Both the models lack a DVD drive. This means a user may have to purchase a separate Apple USB SuperDrive which is an added expense of £65.

There is a backlit keyboard in both the MacBooks along with a huge multi-touch track-pad.

Battery of MacBook Air

The 13-inch Apple MacBook Air claims to have a full working day battery life which essentially means 12 hours and is the same as that of the 13 inch MacBook Air 2013 model. Computer rentals can help you decide which model of MacBook to purchase based on your specific use requirements.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014