Apple MacBook Air 11″ & 13″ (2015): Unboxing and Comparison

by birtanpublished on April 5, 2021

Hey guys Mike here the Detroit Board with a look at the new 2015 MacBook Airs and in this video I'm taking a look at both the 11 inch and 13 inches you can compare them side-by-side to see what you may prefer now generally speaking these are just speck of grades although they are pretty significant spec upgrades with new chips and some new i/o so in terms of what's new the MacBook gears pick up the 5th generation until Broadwell processors which bring with it until HD graphics 6000 for better graphics performance along with faster PCIe storage which Apple says is twice as fast as the previous MacBook Air we

Also have Thunderbolt 2 as opposed to the original Thunderbolt which is also twice as fast now these were mean apples cheapest laptops at $8.99 and $9.99 for 11 inch and 13-inch but they're pretty much the same in terms of their specs the only difference is size but in this video I'll compare them side-by-side to see how they differ and which one you may prefer and then they'll compare the performance to the previous generation MacBook Air to see what kind of gains this new hardware brings all right so let's get to our double unboxing here first thing I do is take a look at the

13-inch MacBook Air which i think is their most popular model you see this slice of plastic along the back here peel off the plastic flip it over and then we're gonna lift the lid and there we are fresh 13 inch MacBook Air all right nice little tab here to lift up our 13 inch MacBook Air which feels quite big actually a nice rigid aluminum unibody design you have some plastic here to peel off I love that sound slide it out now before we take a close look at the MacBook Air let's take a look at the contents here so of course we have designed by Apple in California

So we have some paperwork inside we have a Quick Start Guide so nice colorful Quick Start Guide that highlights its major features ports on that sort of thing of course I'll talk about those when they look at the computer we have our regulatory information and of course a set of Apple stickers now as always we have our power supply here this is a 45 watt power supply with our cable bundled over here so we have our extension cable and then we have the MagSafe 2 cable let's go and pull that off so Mac safety we're all familiar with this came out a few years ago it's a

Thinner port than the previous generation so again nice little cover here to protect the connector so the great thing about MagSafe 2 is that magnetic and it can pop off pretty easily so you don't yank the computer off your desk next up we have our 45 watt power supply with our folding prongs here this also pops off so you can add the extension cable or the international adapters if you're traveling and then you have your cable management here so you can wind up your cable for traveling now there is one more piece of packaging underneath here

So if we lift up our lid we'll find a piece of paper protecting the keyboard from the glass now before I take a closer look at this computer let's get to the 11.6 inch from all so we can compare them next up the 11.6 inch Mouse certainly much smaller than the 13-inch here so let's go until the plastic let's go ahead and lift the lid there we go just a shrunken down version of what we just did here let's go ahead and lift the computer out of its tray a very nice compact computer go ahead and ends will appear slide it right out there we go 11.6 inch very nice and portable now in

Terms of our accessories again there are identical 45 watt power adapter our literature and the extension cord so we're going to skip that and get right to the comparison now obviously the 13-inch MacBook Air is considerably bigger than the 11 inch MacBook Air if you look at the displays you can see there's also a slight difference in terms of their aspect ratio the 11 inch is more widescreen than the 13 inch there is also a different resolution here the MacBook Air 13-inch has a resolution of 1440 by 900 that's greater than the 1366 by 768

Of the 11 inch MacBook Air so you do have more resolution to work with on the 13-inch which can be useful especially if you want to screw through read pages and see more of the webpage at one time now these displays are unchanged from the previous models and they don't have the greatest off access viewing because they are not IPS displays in terms of pixel density they are far from retina so the 13-inch has a ppi of 128 the 11 inch has a ppi of 135 so the 11 inch although it has less resolution and a smaller display does have any more pixel dense display which does help a bit and

Although we have a glossy display we do have an anti-reflective coating which isn't quite as effective as the one on the retina MacBook Pros but it does a pretty good job now the thing I've always noticed about the 11 inch and 13 inch models is that the 11 inch is always brighter than the 13 inch even if the screen brightness is set to maximum so that's something to consider if you want the brightest display the 11 inch is the one you want now in terms of the keyboard this is also where they differ quite a bit the 11 inch MacBook Air has all the same keys it's just that

The top and bottom rows have been shrunken down to give more room to the trackpad the track pads are also different sizes you can see whether the same width but the 13-inch is a bit taller a bit larger now once again both keyboards are backlit and there is an ambient light sensor which will adapt the brightness depending on the ambient conditions now in terms of those keys along the top of course we have our screen brightness we have Mission Control the launcher along with our keyboard brightness we also have our media controls vine controls as well as

Mute and power now at the top of the display will find the FaceTime HD camera good for 720p video which is flanked by a nearly invisible LED indicator we also have an ambient light sensor right next to it which adapts the screen brightness as well as the keyboard brightness now on the left side of the computers we have a Mac safe – connector along with a USB 3.0 connector and the combination headphone and input jack along with dual microphones along the side and as you can see we have a nice tapered design which provides a nice kind of angled approach to the keyboard which feels

Really comfortable now along the right side this is where we'll find some differences here so we have a Thunderbolt 2 port along with a USB 3.0 port so we do have two USB 3.0 ports on both sides of the computer but the 13-inch gives us an SDXC card slot which is very useful now toward the front of the computer we have a little notch here that allows us to lift up the lid of the display and the hinge is perfectly balanced so it allows you to lift up the lid without lifting up the entire computer now speaking of the hinge it does hide the ventilation for the

Chassis of the MacBook Air and it fully works no matter what position the display is in whether it's closed or open now if you look closely around the edge of the display of the macbook air you'll see this rubber gasket that surrounds it this provides some protection for the glass and keyboard so they don't mash together now on the bottom of both computers you'll find a single piece of metal which is secured by Penta lobular screws along with these plastic feet along the bottom again this is a carried over design now this is not meant to be user upgradeable so you

Can't swap out the RAM if you want to add additional RAM so if you want more than four gigs as I would recommend you'll have to upgrade that through Apple now both the 11 inch and 13 inch have a set of sterile speakers hidden behind the keyboards but the 11-inch of course is a smaller chassis and that doesn't sound as loud as the 13-inch it also doesn't sound as full or rich as the 13-inch so let's go and take a listen to check out the difference

around they will just now in terms of dimensions they're actually the same thinness from point 11 inches to point six eight inches at the thinnest the thickest point there with is eleven point eight versus twelve point eight depth is seven point five six to eight point nine four now in terms of weight this is where there's a bigger difference two point three eight pounds for the eleven inch to two point nine six pounds for the thirteen inch so there's almost a half pound difference now if the larger 13 inch mile of course

We have a larger battery fifty four one hours versus thirty eight hours for the eleven inch now both of them are lithium polymer batteries so that means you get up to nine hours on the 11 inch model versus twelve hours on the 13 inch melt so there's pretty big difference there so if you want better battery life definitely check out the 13-inch next up let's take a look at our Geekbench scores to see how both MacBook Airs stack up in terms of their overall system performance now both of them are basically the same here so they have the same scores the single core score is

Around 2900 the multi-core score is around 5,800 now if I take a look at the late 2013 MacBook Air which had a Haswell processor that scored around 2000 647 on the single core and 5150 on the multi-core score so that's a pretty significant gain next up let's take a look at our SSD speeds and unfortunately this is where things get a little confusing so for the 13-inch model is able to get a write speed of 650 and a read speed of 1400 that's pretty impressive but the 11 inch model only saw a write speed of 430 and a read speed of 680

That's very similar to the previous SSD now once again the 11 inch and 13-inch are using different SSD models and if you look at the system report you'll actually see that the designator on the 11 inch model refers to an SD or SanDisk while the 13 inch SSD refers to SM which is Samsung the Samsung is the faster one that's the one you want but there's no way to determine that before you buy it now if we look at the SSD speed of the previous generation MacBook Air you can see that again we're seeing a doubling of performance with a new Jana raishin but of course that is only with

The 13-inch model next up is Cinebench which will give us an idea of the graphics performance of the new MacBook Airs so in terms of our OpenGL score both computers perform around 25 frames per second and the CPU score is around 260 c-b-s now compare this to the previous generation MacBook Air which was using a has well processor with the HD graphics 5000 processor that OpenGL score was 18 frames per second and the CPU score was around 211 so graphics performance has increased considerably over the previous generation now choosing the right

MacBook Air really depends on your needs if it's going to be your main computer I would recommend the 13-inch model because it gives you more screen real estate an SD card and a larger battery but if you want an ultra portable kind of secondary computer then the 11 inch is your guide so in the end even though the MacBook Air design remains unchanged the internals have been brought up to speed with the latest and greatest Hardware out there so this still remains an X and an option especially at $8.99 and $9.99 still get a well-built computer made out of a single piece of

Aluminum with that nice thin wedge-shaped design which is nice and portable and feels great to use and of course the MacBook Air retains all of its IO the Thunderbolt 2 port the two USB 3.0 ports a micro SD card slot on the 13-inch model all of which is made a little more complicated on the new MacBook which I'll review in a later video unfortunately the new MacBook Airs do not get the new force touch trackpad which the MacBook Pro and the new MacBooks get but these are still excellent multi-touch glass trackpads

And one of the best in the industry so that's going to do for me in this video hope you guys enjoyed it thanks for watching and I'll see you again in the next one

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