MacBook Air 2015 Review

I purchased the 13-inch MacBook Air 2015, configured with 256GB and a Core i5, two years ago. It is an amazing machine to use in day-to-day life, at school and in general. Later on, I purchased the Office 365 package, bringing all of Microsoft’s programs to the MacBook Air.

Software

I acquired my MacBook Air in early 2016, arriving with OS X El Capitan out of the box. I waited for a major update, though I had no issue with El Capitan; the device ran smoothly and quickly. After a year, I updated the software to macOS High Sierra; allowing the device to do tasks such as copying files faster and playing around with the UI (User Interface) much more enjoyable. With the well-anticipated arrival of Siri in the Sierra update, I was able to use voice commands for easier navigation across the device. Battery life is great and responsiveness is also amazing: overall, glad I updated.

Performance

We know that Macs are not machines built for gaming, it’s a fact. This idea remains constant with this MacBook Air, but it’s not that bad for a lightweight laptop that is less powerful than its cousin, the MacBook Pro. Wielding a 1.6 GHz (upgradable to 2.9 GHz) Intel Core i5, the device is able to run popular online games as well as downloaded ones pretty well. One thing to note is that the fans kick in after around ten minutes of playing and the device gets warm.

Display

The 13.3-inch screen on this MacBook Air is a LED-backlit widescreen display, supporting the native 1440 by 900 pixels and millions of colors. Graphics are run by the Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB. The screen may be a couple of years old at this point, but it’s still great; it is very bright and has sharp colors while keeping battery life at an excellent level, over 10 hours of use.

Keyboard

This is probably the best keyboard I have used on a laptop, extremely responsive and does not make a loud sound (even when you type furiously as I do). A great feature of the MacBook Air is the trackpad; it allows gestures that make the experience of using the laptop much smoother and easier. A nice bonus is that it has backlit keys which light up in the dark to help guide your fingers to the correct key. It is also just awesome to look at.

Conclusion

As a whole, the MacBook Air 2015 is a sturdy and enjoyable device. It is not outdated, it has all of the right technologies that match what I do in my everyday life (casual gaming, writing code, browsing articles, etc). I think one of the best features of the MacBook Air is the trackpad; it helps you get so many things done quickly, changing tabs, checking the weather, stocks, writing quick notes. For some people the device is somewhat expensive, my personal configuration totals up to around $1,200. I think that it is worth what you’re paying for; it’s packed with advanced technology and is overall a great device to use for school, work, and playing around.

What do you think? Comment below.

Published by Tom Harpaz

Writer and photographer located in Silicon Valley!

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