Apple MJVG2LL/A MacBook Air Laptop Review (2015 Version)

In this review, we are going to take a look at the Apple MJVG2LL/A MacBook Air 13.3-Inch Laptop (ad).

Edit November 2nd, 2015: This laptop is now part of Amazon’s Black November and has gotten a big price reduction. It currently is going for $100 under the lowest price, which is $500 below the initial listing price. Check Amazon for the current price on the MacBook Air (ad). 

Description

The MacBook Air has new Intel Broadwell processors, Thunderbolt 2, and all day battery life. It’s a great device and the price is slowly coming down, however, other MacBook’s now have an upgraded design and better display.

Specs

Laptop Apple Macbook Air
Display 1440 x 900
Weight 2.92 Lbs.
Btry. Hrs 18
CPU Intel i5-5250U
Speed 1.6 GHz (Turbo to 2.7)
Memory 4 GB
Card Intel HD Iris Graphics 6000
Storage 128/256 SSD

Delving into the Specs, the MacBook Air (ad) has some really nice features like that weight of under three pounds, which is really good for a thirteen inch laptop. The up to 18 hours of battery life is amazing. I also really like that it has a solid state drive as opposed to a spinning drive.

The new Broadwell Intel processor allow this device to have the same processing speed as the last generation, but with less power used, allowing for a better battery. The processing speed isn’t that impressive and it makes you wonder why they didn’t equip this device with the Skylake chips. It probably was a pricing issue, or perhaps they wanted to stick with stable technology (Broadwell is a step up from last generation’s Haswell chips, but Skylake is new, different, and hopefully better).

The display is a disappointment. While other Apple devices are packing big resolutions into smaller and smaller cases with a new design, the MacBook Air uses the same display and design that it had 2-3 years ago. Check out the display comparison table below:

Device Display
MacBook Air 1440 x 900
MacBook 2304 x 1440
MacBook Pro 2560 x 1600

Using the MacBook Air

I noted above my disappointment in the design of the new 2015 MacBook Air (ad). It uses the same all silver chassis that it had a few years ago, whereas most other Apple devices have now gone to a new design where the bottom and outside are still silver, but around the screen the bevel is black which I think is easier on the eyes. This difference in design means that the new MacBook Air looks like an old MacBook as opposed to a new one. If you are spending MacBook-type money on a new laptop, don’t you want it to look like the newest, best model of that laptop?

The display really isn’t too bad and the use of the old display with poor resolution helps to keep the price of this device down. However, this is still an expensive laptop with a less than high end display.

The laptop does still feel good in your lap. It is smooth with no rough edges and it also is very light. It also doesn’t overheat very easily due to the new Broadwell Intel chip and the solid state drive.

The new Mac OS X El Capitan is really nice and works fine on this device. People used to Mac operating systems should intuitively know their way around and it is feature packed. If you’re considering a Mac, I would really first consider whether you want to use their operating system as that is a huge difference in their devices versus Windows or Linux devices. You could run Windows 10 on a Mac through Parallels, but if you want to use Windows 10, I’d recommend just getting a Windows device which tend to be cheaper and have more options.

If you’re a gamer, the MacBook Air really just isn’t good enough. The display and RAM really limit your gaming experiences to playing games on the lowest settings, if at all.

Overall

The MacBook Air 2015 Version (ad) is really quite a big disappointment. It does have a great battery, a new processor, and Thunderbolt 2. However, the display is poor and the design didn’t get an update like other Mac devices. On the bright side, if this laptop meets your needs, it has been getting a lot of price reductions probably because it isn’t selling that well.

Edit November 2nd, 2015: This laptop is now part of Amazon’s Black November and has gotten a big price reduction. It currently is going for $100 under the lowest price, which is $500 below the initial listing price. Check Amazon for the current price on the MacBook Air (ad). 

Apple MacBook Air (2015 Version)

Apple MacBook Air (2015 Version)
8.45

Design

8/10

    Features

    8/10

      Battery

      10/10

        Performance

        8/10

          Pros

          • Amazing battery life
          • Lightweight
          • New Intel Processor
          • OS X El Capitan

          Cons

          • Didn't get a design upgrade like other MacBook devices
          • Display is poor
          • Not for gamers