11.6-inch MacBook Air/1.4GHz (64 GB)

by Apple

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13-inch MacBook Air 128GB (Mid 2013)

by Apple

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13-inch MacBook Air/1.4GHz 256GB (Mid 2014)

by Apple

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15-inch MacBook Pro/2.66GHz

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Pros
  • Smallest Mac laptop ever
  • Speedy solid-state drive
  • Bright, high-resolution screen
  • Full-sized keyboard
  • Much improved battery life
  • Improved flash storage and graphics performance
  • Long battery life
  • Light and compact
  • Improved battery life
  • Higher quality display
  • Bootable SD card slot
  • Lower price
Cons
  • Slow processor clock speed
  • Small drive space
  • No keyboard backlighting
  • 4GB of RAM is less generous than other non-upgradable Macs
  • 128GB storage may be too small for some
  • Flash storage speeds not as fast as we've come to expect
  • No video adapters or Apple Remote included
  • No ExpressCard slot
  • No matte screen option
At A Glance

While the MacBook Air improvements are mostly subtle, they succeed in making an already excellent product even more desirable.

With a faster processor speed and more RAM than its predecessor, this MacBook Pro model is an excellent choice if you’re a switcher, a new buyer, or have one of Apple’s older notebook models. Its graphics performance also makes this a good choice for gamers, unlike the 2.53GHz configuration.

Specs

Pricing

Part Number MC505LL/A     MB985LL/A

General Information

UPC Code 885909422586     885909295715

Processor

Processor type   Intel Core i5   Intel Core 2 Duo
Number of Cores   2.0    
Processor speed       2660.0  MHz
Cache size       3.0  KB
Bus speed       1066.0  MHz

Display

Display size   13.3  inches   15.4  inches
Display type   Glossy LCD with LED Backlight   Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution   1440 x 900  pixels   1440 x 900  pixels
Aspect ratio       16:10

Graphics

Graphics Type   Integrated   Discrete
Primary Graphics Chipset   Intel HD Graphics 5000   Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT

Storage

Drive 1 size   128.0  GB    
Drive 1 type   Solid-State Drive    
Drives included       1.0
Drive size       320.0  GB
Hard Drive Speed       5400.0  RPM
Drive Controllers       Serial ATA
Other storage       SD Card

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces   Thunderbolt|USB 3.0   Bluetooth|Mini DisplayPort
Wireless connection   802.11ac    
Bluetooth       Yes
Slots       SD Card

Memory

Memory type   DDR3   DDR3
Memory speed   1600.0  MHz   1066.0  MHz
Memory max       8.0  GB

Dimensions

Width   12.8  inches   14.35  inches
Depth   8.94  inches   0.95  inches
Height   0.68  inches   0.95  inches
Weight   2.96  pounds   5.5  pounds

Storage Media

SD card   SDXC Card   Yes

Battery

Battery Type       Lithium ion
Vendor Rated Battery life       7.0  hours
Standard Number of Batteries       1.0
Number of Included Batteries       1.0

Sound

Speakers       Stereo

Included Software

Operating System       Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
Included Software       iLife

Other Features

Docking Station Port       No
Devices       Built-In Microphone
Input devices       Keyboard (backlit)|Touchpad (multitouch)

Performance

Macworld Labs

Quake 4

fps

      69.9fps
Photoshop CS3

min

      0:52
Cinema 4D XL 10.5

min

      0:47
iMovie HD6

      0:43
Speedmark 6 Score

      127
iTunes 7.7

      0:57
Tested Configuration

      Mac OS X 10.5.7 with 4GB of RAM
Compressor

      1:37