Đánh Giá Macbook Air 2014

Key Specifications

Đánh Giá Price: £849.0013.3-inch, 1,440 x 900 screen1.35kg128GB or 256GB SSD1.4GHz Intel bộ vi xử lý Core i54GB RAM2x USB 3.0Mini DisplayPort / Thunderbolt 2.0Memory thẻ reader720p FaceTime camera

What is the 13-inch MacBook Air 2014?

It’s an exceedingly light update on the 2013 MacBook Air. Apple has given the năm trước MacBook Air a small processor speed bump, from 1.3GHz to lớn 1.4GHz, but the thiết kế, screen & basic features remain exactly the same. The only other technical improvement is a claimed 12 hours battery life, up from 10 hours last year, added to the fact each version is now £100 cheaper than before with the 13-inch starting at £850.

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Is this enough for the MacBook Air to continue as the gold standard of ultraportable laptops, or is the lack of the much-demanded improved screen update a black mark too far? It’s an argument that will doubtless rage on for a while, but the MacBook Air’s unique still remains hard to lớn argue with.

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13-inch MacBook Air 2014: Design và Features

We’re not going to lớn waste much time here because there’s nothing much to lớn report apart from it’s the same, và that’s fine. The basic thiết kế of the MacBook Air hasn’t changed for several years, but we’re yet khổng lồ see a rival conclusively beat it. It’s a timeless piece of kiến thiết.

Nothing illustrates this better than the large, glass-surface touchpad, which has spawned many (often poor imitators). It remains one of the best things about all Mac laptops, where its size, friction-không tính phí surface & neat gesture tư vấn make using the MacBook Air very enjoyable. The backlit keyboard, by comparison, is just quietly excellent. Usual Mac / Windows differences aside (don’t ask where the ‘#’ key is), it has a great layout & it’s very nice lớn type on.

Connectivity is, as ever, basic, with two USB 3.0 ports joined by a DisplayPort / Thunderbolt 2.0 port & a memory thẻ slot. It’s just enough to get by and that’s about it. Inside, meanwhile, you get công nghệ Bluetooth không dây 4.0 và 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which is as much as you can ask for and should keep you future proof for several years to come.

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13-inch MacBook Air 2014: Screen & Sound Quality

The MacBook Air’s screen, in contrast, is nothing like as ‘future proof’. It isn’t downright bad, but it’s certainly nothing more than adequate và quite a step behind what we’d expect from máy tính xách tay at this price & one with Apple’s logo on it.

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The resolution debate is something of a distraction, actually. A retina screen is, arguably, a stretch too far right now on cost và performance grounds (it would make the MacBook Air more expensive & would likely reduce battery life considerably) and the 16:10 aspect (1,440 x 900) screen means a switch to a 1080p screen lớn match rivals would necessitate a re-kiến thiết. A 1,900 x 1,200 resolution would be igiảm giá khuyến mãi, but we suspect Apple can’t find anyone to make such a screen at a reasonable price. Apple has, more than likely, worked itself into something or a corner here.

So far as resolution goes, however, we’re of the opinion this resolution works well at this kích cỡ — it’s a reasonable compromise between usable space, readability và sharpness. We’d like more, but there’s more lớn screen unique than just resolution, and it’s in these areas where the MacBook Air’s screen really disappoints.

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The measured contrast ratio of 633:1 is half that of the Sony VAIO Pro 13 (1,215:1) and considerably worse than the 2,326:1 of the Toshiba Kira we reviewed recently. This shows up in videos, where the MacBook looks a little washed out và lacking depth in nuanced, dark scenes in comparison khổng lồ better screens. This is further supported by an underwhelming 0.5 nit black màn chơi, compared to 0.1 for the Kira và a 0.3 average on most laptops in this class. This means blacks look ‘greyer’ on the MacBook than rivals.

Colours look pleasant enough, but tests show it only covers 59% of the sRGB colour space, much less than several laptops we’ve sầu tested recently such as the Toshiba Kira (94%) và the Dell Precision M3800 (92%). Colour accuracy is decent enough & an uneducated eye won’t be disappointed with what they see day-to-day, but it will disappoint you if you put greater demvà on screen fidelity.

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The saving grace is the brightness, which at 342 nits is very bright. We have sầu seen brighter, but it’s more than bright enough for all but direct sunlight. Indeed, for a glossy-screened máy tính xách tay, the MacBook Air is quite usable in bright light, a fact helped by the laông chồng of an extra touch layer as on many Windows rivals.

And, as ever, the speakers on the MacBook Air always sound a little better than you initially expect. As with any máy tính xách tay this kích thước they lack a little bass và are at their best when you’re actually sat at your screen (go khổng lồ other side of the room & things sound messy), but there’s a decent amount of mid-range that’s ample for casual music listening.