Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014
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Review of 13-inch MacBook Air (2014): Ideal in price range – VnReview


The 2014 13-inch MacBook Air is no longer a premium item but has become a bargain. With its excellent design, slim, lightweight chassis, high specs, large battery life and reasonable price, it becomes an ideal laptop for all consumers.

There are older things that get better. When the MacBook Air first debuted in 2008, its design surpassed all other Windows laptops. But the MacBook Air was priced at $ 1799 (equivalent to 38.2 million) and only ran for less than 5 hours after each charge.

Six years later, a series of improvements were made that made Air the gold standard for ultraportables. The latest 13-inch MacBook Air owns a higher-speed Core i5 processor and a battery that can provide a life of more than 12 hours for only $ 999 (21 million). This price is $ 100 cheaper than the previous version, and makes the current 13-inch Air the gold standard, the most valuable 13-inch laptop.

Design

The 2014 13 inch MacBook Air looks similar to some recent MacBook Air models, with a sleek, sleek aluminum frame and rounded corners. It looks very masculine. The 13-inch Air's keyboard can be used for years without chipping or abrasion. Apple logo glows smoothly on the lid, the lid also does not cling to fingerprints.

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

Silver color on the Air still attracts users, but Apple should enhance the aesthetics of the Air's appearance with color options or other materials. For example, the Dell XPS 13 has a soft base plate that helps the user feel comfortable typing.

Air is also very compact. You will almost feel nothing in your backpack. It weighs only 1.3 kg and measures 32.5 x 22.8 x 0.27 – 1.7 cm.

Compared to the Acer Aspire S7 (1.3kg, 32.2 x 22.3 x 1.29 cm), the Air has the same size and weight, while the Dell XPS 13 (31.5 x 20.5 x 1, 77 cm) and HP Specter 13t (32.5 x 22 x 1.5 cm) are narrower but heavier than Air. But all Windows laptops have a touch screen, which Air still lacks.

Ports and Webcam

The 2014 13-inch Air continues to keep ports connected to a minimum, but at least it has an SD card slot on the right side. The right side of the device has a USB 3.0 port and Thunderbolt port. MagSafe 2 charging port, a second USB 3.0 port, headphone jack and two microphones are located on the left side of the Air.

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

While most Windows laptops do not seem to focus on the front camera, Air's FaceTime 720p camera provides images with warm and sharp colors. The character's dark blue shirt is shown quite accurately in a selfie.

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

Screen

One day Apple will update the Retina screen for MacBook Air, but now you can enjoy a 13-inch screen with a resolution of 1440×900 pixels, a significant upgrade approaching full HD resolution. Although the resolution has not reached full HD, the Air's screen is still very bright and has a wide viewing angle.

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

When watching the trailer of "Godzilla", the forests look lush, and we can clearly see the facial wrinkles that signify the horror of Bryan Cranston. However, some details, such as the blocks falling off Treasure Island hotel, seem a bit soft (lack of), lack of sharpness.

The average brightness of the screen is 288 nit, which is brighter than the average brightness of 251 ultra portable laptops, but not the brightest among laptops of the same type. The Dell XPS 13 topped the 356 nit average brightness while the HP Specter 13t was listed at 231 nit.

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

According to the colorimeter of LaptopMag, 13-inch MacBook Air can display 63.3% of the color (the closer to 100% the better), the Acer Aspire S7 reaches 98%. The MacBook Air performed better on the color accuracy test of Delta-E 2.5 (as close to 0 as possible). Acer laptop scores 6.1 and the average score of ultraportables is 6.6.

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

Sound

The Air's speakers, located below the keyboard, make loud sounds when running Alex Care's "Too Close" song. However, the melody and voice are not clearly separated as we want.

In the sound test, the Air 13 inch reached 73 decibels at a distance of 60cm. Below the average of 83dB for ultraportables and lower than Dell XPS 13 (74dB), Specter 13t (84dB).

Keyboard and Touchpad

Perfectly suited to a 13-inch laptop, the MacBook Air's keyboard is of excellent quality. It provides good elasticity that allows users to type more comfortably in the long run. The upper key range has brightness adjustment keys, Mission Control, Launchpad, keyboard backlight, multimedia keys and volume control.

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

The settlement of the keys on the 13-inch MacBook Air is about 1mm, slightly less than expected, but it balances with a driving weight of 55 g (the weight needed to subside the keys).

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

Close up of MacBook Air 13 inch keyboard 2014 without backlight …

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

… and with backlight

Apple's Trackpad (Touchpad) on the MacBook Air makes it easy for users to navigate OS X Mavericks. Not only does it provide easy mouse movement, it also allows users to perform smooth gestures such as three-finger swipe to activate Mission Control.

Temperature

The MacBook Air is one of the coolest ultraportable laptops LaptopMag each evaluation. After transmitting Hulu video in full-screen mode within 15 minutes, the temperature on the touchpad fell to about 24 degrees Celsius, 11 degrees lower than the comfortable temperature limit of LaptopMag. The area between the H key and the G key is 26.6 degrees while the bottom is 27.2 degrees.

Efficiency

Apple has just equipped MacBook Air Core i5 processor with 1.5GHz, upgraded compared to 1.3GHz processor of the previous generation, along with 4GB of RAM and 128GB PCIe flash drive. As a result, the system runs very quickly.

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

On Geekbench 3, the multi-core performance testing software, the MacBook 13 inch 2014 scored 5,393 points. Higher than the average of 4,218 points, Dell XPS 13 5,153 points and the Acer Aspire S7 5.101 points (both of these laptops have 1.6GHz Core i5 processors and 8GB of RAM). The HP Specter 13t, however, scored 6,436 points, despite having a processor with two laptops from Dell and Acer, but only 4GB of RAM.

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

Air's SSD drives OS X Mavericks in 14 seconds and copies mixed files of 4.97GB capacity in 27 seconds. Thus, Air's transmission speed is 190.3 MBps, faster than XPS 13 (145MBps) and Specter 13t (159MBps). However, the previous generation MacBook Air has a higher transfer rate with 242.4 MBps, and the Acer Aspire S7 is also faster than Air 2014 at 196MBps.

Apple's ultraportable laptop also performed well in OpenOffice's test LaptopMag. It matched 20,000 names with the corresponding address in just 3 minutes 46 seconds compared to the 5 36-second Air of the previous generation. Specter 13t, XPS 13 and Aspire S7 all need more than 5 minutes to perform this test.

Graphics

Like the previous generation MacBook Air, Air 2014 uses integrated Intel HD 5000 graphics, it can handle several popular games, and supports an extra screen with resolutions up to 2560×1600 pixels.

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

This integrated graphics core provides smooth frame rates in the "World of Warcraft" game at basic resolution (1440×900 pixels) and set automatically, reaching 46 frames per second (fps).

Dell XPS reached 45 fps just a little less than the Air but at a lower resolution, 1366×768 pixels. Specter 13t (28 fps) and Aspire S7 (36 fps) are inferior to Air at the same resolution of 1440×900 pixels.

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

As expected, Air achieved a 28 fps frame rate when lifting higher settings and special effects. This is too low frame rate, can not please gamers.

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

To further appreciate the graphics power of this laptop, LaptopMag ran Cinebench's OpenGL section. The 13-inch Air reached 18.47 fps, slightly lower than last year's version (21 fps).

Battery life

Apple claims that the 13-inch Air's 54-watt-hour battery can keep the laptop surfing for 12 hours continuously with a wireless network. This ultraportable laptop has exceeded expectations, it survived 12 hours and 20 minutes in its battery test LaptopMag. In this test Air will surf the web continuously over WiFi with screen brightness at 100 nit (63% brightness on the Air's screen).

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

Air's battery life beats most other ultraportables, including HP Specter 13t (9.04) and Acer Aspire S7 (6 44 hours), both tested with screen brightness. at 40%. At 100 nit (25% brightness), the Dell XPS 13 is approaching Apple laptop with 11 hours 26 minutes.

Software

The 13-inch MacBook Air 2014 runs Apple's OS X 10.9 Mavericks operating system, which was released last fall. It has a number of useful features, including support for tags and tags in Finder, and the ability to respond to emails and iMessages directly from notifications. In addition, you can switch to full screen mode with applications on the secondary monitor, an important upgrade. The iCloud code string in Mavericks can keep your passwords and financial information synchronized through your MacBook, iPad and iPhone.

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

Finally, adding to the iLife package (iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand), this device also provides new Mac users with free Apple apps packages including Pages, Keynote and Numbers. Apple also integrates its Maps application, complete with 3D flyover mode and the ability to send instructions to your iPhone, and iBooks for the MacBook Air 13 inch 2014.

Configuration options

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

The 13-inch MacBook Air offers very little custom configuration. One of our recommendations is that you should upgrade the SSD storage capacity from 128GB to 256GB at a cost of more than 200 USD. Other upgrade options include a 1.7GHz Core i7 processor for $ 150 and an upgrade from 4GB to 8GB of RAM for $ 100. Different transfer ports like Mini DisplayPort (VGA, HDMI) and Thunderbolt (Ethernet, Firewire) cost $ 29 each.

Conclusion

A high-end ultraportable laptop has now become a bargain. With a reasonable price of 999 USD, MacBook Air boasts the best battery life, fastest performance, the best keyboard and touchpad among the same laptops. In addition, OS X Mavericks is easier to use and less complicated than Windows 8 when it comes to security updates.

However, the flash drive on the new MacBook Air is not as fast as the previous MacBook Air. While Air's screen is quite bright with accurate colors, its 1440×900 pixel resolution seems a bit outdated.

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

Evaluate MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

Among the Windows runners of the 13-inch MacBook Air, the HP Specter 13t seems to be the first choice with a full HD touch screen and good durability at the same price as the MacBook Air. If you're willing to spend money and get ready for a heavier backpack, then the MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina screen costs $ 1,299 ($ ​​27.6 million). But if you want a 13-inch laptop with the longest battery life without a bulky external battery, the 2014 MacBook Air 13 is the perfect choice.

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