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Notice: Other tested Dell XPS 13 cameras are not as black. The Toshiba KIRA is at eye level with our MacBook in AC power mode, but the KIRA's lightness is 40 cd/m lower in batteries, while the lightness of our test device doesn't drop on it. At 82%, the light intensity is 10% lower than that of the Toshiba's and is at the level of the Dell XPS 13's.
MacBook Air products that have been available so far also do better. Despite the high differences in lightness between the top and bottom of the monitor, we couldn't see any bleedings on the monitor. In comparison to the prior year version, the ratio was 812:1. Moreover, the monochrome value of 0. 405 cd/m² is slightly high.
Toshiba KIRA impresses with a 1152:1 conversion ratio and a monochrome value of 0.29 cd/m². Both the Dell XPS and Toshiba models performed better than our test one. When looking from the sides, there is hardly any change in colour and lightness. In our last test we already criticised this issue.
MacBook Air's slim body accommodates high-performance electronics to keep you responsive. Apple's notebook can be used both as an always-on desk assistant and as a workplace and collegehorse. On the inside there is an Intel GPU of the i7 range, 8 GB of RAM (two-channel) and a 256 GB SD.
Our entry-level Intel Core 5 CPU is about 400 Euro (~$450) cheaper than our test one. You can find more configurations in the Apple Store. The most important contrast to the MacBook Air of the past years is probably the new Intel Core i7-5650U with a basic 2.2 gigahertz and a turbo speed of up to 3.2 gigahertz.
Dual-core processors can process up to four concurrent thread and, according to Intel, can process a TDP of up to 15 watts. Our real increase in power over our previously tested MacBook Air model is of great interest, as is the power gap to the Intel Core i7-5500U used by our competition, as it has a higher basic frequency of 2400 megahertz ("MHz"), but a slightly lower turbo frequency of 3000 megahertz ("MHz").
The Intel Core i7-5500U could do better under high use. The MacBook Air scored 296 points (Win) and 305 points (Mac OS) in the multicore test. Toshiba KIRA (289 points) and Dell XPS 13 (287 points) are about level. The Apple MacBook Air of 2014 scores with 239 points clearly inferior.
Intel's gadget says the CPU's max input is about 22 watts. Accumulator doesn't provide the output. You can find more comparison and detail for each CPU in our benchmarks of the latest notebook processors. New MacBook Air scores 5205 points in PCMark 7, 150 points up on Toshiba KIRA and almost 200 points up on MacBook Air last year.
Almost without any exceptions, the contest and the already tested MacBook Air 13 don't even reach half as good results. Even though they are small, they are better than the MacBook Air's before. Intel's latest CPU video adapter is IntelGraphics HD 6000, the follow-up to the Intel HD 5000 used in the earlier MacBook Air.
Significantly poorer is the Intel HD 5800, which is also used by the remainder of the competition. Cinebench R15's Cinebench R15 test with SAP Linux should show a difference in graphic horsepower between the Windows operating system and the Apple operating system. After the latter test, the power does not drop on the batteries regardless of the operating system.
You can find further comparison and benchmark of the used graphic cards in our articles about this notebook graphic cards. Occasional players have to do with older matches from years before. You should also use Windows as your computer's gameplay system, as earlier testing has shown that Apple's computer can achieve a much lower refresh rates with its computer onboard.
Here we have to differentiate between Apple's operating system and Windows. MacBook Air 13 needs between 2.7 and 6 watts when idling. Zero watts under Macintosh and 3. Eight watts to nine watts. Four watts on Windows. From 1 watt to 36. 2 watts (Macintosh OS X) with a brief spike of 47. 6 watts, while the Windows figures range from 34.
Three watts and 36. As already stated in the "Processor" section, the TDP of the TDP of the CPU can be exceeded by about 5 to 7 watts. In summary, Mac OS should be used for portable use, as it probably has a longer lifetime.
As in the previous MacBook, the Apple MacBook Air 13 has a 54 Wh rechargeable cell. Initially, we tried to test the maximal possible rechargeable power. We' ve reduced the notebook' s lightness to a bare minimum and turned off the communication module.
My notebook reached an impressing 25 hours and 12 minutes running time. The screen light is adjusted to approx. 150 cd/m and we are simulating web-browsing. We use the programme BATY EATER under Windows to calculate the minimal running time of the batteries. Classical testing of this piece of equipment will turn it off after about 1.5 hours. The previously tested MacBook Air 13 (2014) and Toshiba KIRA last about 20 to 30 minutes longer.