Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2014-06 MD711LL/B
SpecificationsNotebook: Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2014-06 MD711LL/B (MacBook Air Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 4260U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 5000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: no
Price: 900 euro
Average of 10 scores (from 18 reviews)
Reviews for the Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2014-06 MD711LL/B
Source: PC World
After trying to wrangle cross-platform battery testing and seeing how many variables can go into the tests, I've decided that the best we can say is battery life on X platform is better for Y task. So, I can say quite comfortably that playing 1080p MKV files using VLC, the XPS 13 gives you better battery life.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/09/2015
In 2013, when Apple reduced the price of the MacBook Pro with Retina display range, we stopped recommending the 13-inch MacBook Air on the basis that there was only £150 difference in price. As Apple has continued to drop prices we are still looking at just a £150 difference between the two ranges at the entry level. It's great to see Apple reducing prices across its MacBook ranges, but the lower prices of the MacBook Pro Retina range do have the effect of making the MacBook Air look less attractive in comparison. However, we still love the MacBook Air, which is lighter and thinner, although a fraction bigger than the MacBook Pro with Retina display. If it's the MacBook Air that you have your heart set on, you can't go wrong with it, but if you have a little more in your budget, then consider the MacBook Pro with Retina display because it's a really good deal in comparison.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 08/14/2014
Featuring a better display, upgradable storage and an advanced Surface Pen digital stylus, the Surface Pro 3 is the winner of this vs review. However, having matched the Surface Pro 3 in performance and battery life, and featuring a more user-friendly laptop design, the MacBook Air definitely gave Microsoft's latest hybrid a run for its money and still is a significantly better choice for users more familiar with Apple's platform.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 08/13/2014
Source: Stuff TV
Even Apple's cheapest laptop is head and shoulders above most of its competitors, and in terms of build, battery life and usability the MacBook Air 11 is an all-round winner. It's also that most unusual of items: an Apple product which represents good value for money. That screen is really starting to show its age, though, so fingers crossed that Apple brings out an Air with Retina Display soon.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/28/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% display: 60% mobility: 80%
The 2014 MacBook Air, like the largely similar 2013 version, is all about battery life and portability. This 11-inch laptop, nearly the size of an iPad, now lasts almost as long as one, too. It could tip the balance in favor of the 11 for some. For others, though, an iPad plus keyboard might have replaced this already.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/27/2014
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 80% mobility: 90%
Overall, we take our hats off to Microsoft for its Surface Pro 3. It really does have specs that rival the MacBook Air and portability that brings it closer to competing tablets. But when it actually comes to using the Surface Pro 3 as a laptop, it's not the most comfortable of activities. We find the MacBook Air wonderful to work on for long periods of time, and with that lengthy battery life it's more suitable for full-day use.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 05/30/2014
Source: Computer Shopper
The 2014 11-inch MacBook Air aptly demonstrates the truth of the age-old aphorism, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Last year's $999 model delivered spectacular battery life, solid performance, and a truly outstanding keyboard and touch pad—all packaged in a sleek aluminum chassis—for a price comparable to most Windows-based ultrabooks.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/27/2014
Rating: Total score: 90%
This is a niche device, suitable for Apple users that need both portability and power. While it’s tempting to compare it to other Ultrabooks, it actually has a lot in common with the Surface Pro 2, which has very similar specs and is built for a very specific type of Windows user. For the platform agnostic looking for thin, light, and powerful, the MacBook Air is certainly worth considering. Its “acceptable” display and other drawbacks make it tough to outright recommend over any and all competition.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/21/2014
Rating: Total score: 75%
With its lower price the 2014 11in MacBook Air is a great purchase. If you want the lightest laptop available there is no need to sacrifice power - the 11in MacBook Air is just as good as the 13in model. Unfortunately in some areas this year's model isn't quite as good as last year's model - the flash storage seems to be slower than it was in 2013. If you can get a discounted 11in 2013 MacBook Air from the Apple refurb store, it is still be worth considering as an alternative to the 2014 Mac Air model.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/15/2014
Rating: Total score: 100%
If you already own the mid-2013 MacBook Air, then there's really no reason to consider this new model. The speed differences are far too subtle for you to even consider upgrading. And if you can find last year's model on the cheap, then I'd also recommend going that route. Save the money, and enjoy your shiny new 99 percent as good as this year's model MacBook Air.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/15/2014
Source: Chip Test & Kauf - Heft 2/2015
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 85%
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/09/2014
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 75% performance: 59% features: 33% display: 64% mobility: 97% ergonomy: 98%
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/29/2014
Rating: Total score: 81% price: 71% performance: 80% features: 56% display: 68% mobility: 99% ergonomy: 85%
Source: Mac Easy - Heft 04/2014
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 98%
Source: Mac & i - Heft 04/2014
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2014
Source: Hispazone ES→EN
Positive: Lightweight and powerful. Negative: Poor display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/16/2014
Source: CNet France FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/06/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: High quality display; good keyboard and touchpad; good autonomy.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/17/2014
Look no further than the latest Apple MacBook Air if elegance, premium feel and functionality are your list. The 11 inch, MacBook Air MD711LLB comes with the 4th generation Intel Core i5 dual-core clocked at 1.4 GHz with Turbo Boost of up to 2.7 GHz. The screen is an 11.6 inch LED-backlit panel which makes viewing on the device a joy. It also comes with 4 GB LPDDR3 1600MHz RAM and Intel HD Graphics 5000 which makes the lightweight MacBook very much capable for everyday tasks.
As expected from Apple devices, the user interface is great. The Air features 128 GB flash memory storage and OS X Mavericks. In a good way, the design is similar to all previous versions with an all-aluminium chassis. Other hardware includes Thunderbolt digital video output, 20p FaceTime HD camera, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and dual microphone.
The keyboard sports full-size backlit keys and an ambient light sensor. The most notable aspect of the Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2014-06 MD711LLB is the battery life with up to 9 hours wireless web usage and 30 days standby time.
Series: The original MacBook Air, “the world’s thinnest notebook” was introduced at the 2008 keynote by Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs. Key advantages are thinness, durability, high quality display especially the input device when compare with other netbook at the time. However, it was also heavily criticized for lack of Optical Disc, only one USB port, not user-removable battery among other things. At that time, nobody knows that these disadvantages of the MacBook Air series would be the pinnacle of Intel’s concept for next generation notebooks which will be the newest trend for 2012.
In 2011, Apple has introduced the latest update of the MacBook Air Series, with Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge Series, which doubling the performance. Major advantages of the 2011 MacBook Air in our reviews are the light weight, outstanding, unrivalled design and robust build quality thanks to the aluminum case, very good backlit keyboard plus glass track pad, as well as a very good performance for a subnotebook. The 2011 MacBook Air still shares some of the original’s disadvantages like limited ports, heavily reflective display, non-upgradeable memory and non-user-removable battery. Still, the MacBook Air outclasses almost every other Ultrabook out there with its advantage, save only for Samsung’s newest Series 9 model. On average, the review-ratings are very good, which always assure a place in the top 3 Subnotebook of Notebookcheck.
Rumor has it that Apple will introduce the new MacBook Air within a month during Apple’s usual WWDC with Retina-display, USB 3.0 and Ivy-bridge processor, so stay tune for the newest update of the most popular Ultrabook from the tech giant in Cupertino.
Intel HD Graphics 5000:
ULV integrated GPU (GT3) with 40 EUs (no eDRAM) found on certain Haswell processors.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
4260U: Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 2.7 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 5000 and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Apple: Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation which designs and manufactures consumer electronics and software products. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system but nowadays Macbooks are also able to run Windows. The company operates more than 250 retail stores in nine countries and an online store where hardware and software products are sold. Established in California in 1977, Apple has about 35,000 employees worldwide and had worldwide annual sales of US$ 32.48 billion in its fiscal year 2008. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
84.5%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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