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Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB

45points

Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD

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Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB vs Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD

Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD

Why is Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB better than Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD?

  • 12.5% faster CPU speed
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    2 x 1.8GHzvs2 x 1.6GHz
  • Has an external memory slot
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  • 2 more USB 3.0 ports
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    2vs0
  • Supports 64-bit
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  • 1 more mini-DisplayPort outputs
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    1vs0
  • Has a MagSafe power adapter
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Why is Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD better than Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB?

  • 8GB more RAM memory
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    16GBvs8GB
  • 3.16x higher resolution
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    2560 x 1600pxvs1440 x 900px
  • 100g lighter
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    1.25kgvs1.35kg
  • 1.79x higher pixel density
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    227ppivs127ppi
  • 533MHz higher ram speed
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    2133MHzvs1600MHz
  • 1372GB more internal storage
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    1500GBvs128GB
  • Has USB Type-C
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  • 1.4mm thinner
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    15.6mmvs17mm

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Design

1.weight

1.35kg

1.25kg

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
2.thickness

17mm

15.6mm

The thickness (or depth) of the product.
3.Uses a fanless design
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
By using power-efficient components that don't produce large amounts of heat, it's possible to create a device with no cooling fans. This results in a much quieter (or even silent) operation.
4.Has a backlit keyboard
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
The keyboard is backlit, making it easier to type in the dark or dim lighting.
5.Has a flip and fold design
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
A flip and fold design allows you to fold the screen over the keyboard and transform the device into a tablet, without splitting the device into two pieces.
6.Has a detachable keyboard
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
You can detach the keyboard of your device and use the screen as a tablet. Detaching the keyboard makes the device lighter and gives you the possibility to switch easily between laptop-mode and tablet-mode. The keyboard is included when buying the device.
7.warranty period

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1 years

When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction. Note: This may vary by region.
The maximum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.
The minimum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.

Display

1.resolution

1440 x 900px

2560 x 1600px

Resolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
2.pixel density

127ppi

227ppi

Pixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.
3.has a touch screen
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
You can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
4.has anti-reflection coating
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
This helps to reduce the reflection from your device.
5.brightness

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A nit is a measurement of the light that a display emits, equal to one candela per square meter. Brighter displays ensure a screen's contents are easy to read, even in sunny conditions.
6.screen size

13.3"

13.3"

The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
7.refresh rate

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The frequency at which the screen is refreshed. Higher frequency results in less flickering (less noise) and more natural movement representation in action-intense scenes.
8.has an LED-backlit display
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
Uses LED backlighting, resulting in better image quality, more vibrant colors and richer blacks.
9.has an IPS screen
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
IPS (In-Plane Switching) is a technology used for LCDs. It was designed to overcome the main limitations of conventional twisted nematic TFT displays: limited viewing angles and low-quality color reproduction. PLS (Plane-to-Line Switching) is a type of IPS screen developed by Samsung, with increased brightness and lower production costs.

Performance

1.RAM

8GB

16GB

Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
2.RAM speed

1600MHz

2133MHz

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
3.Uses flash storage
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
Flash-based storage devices such as SSDs have no mechanical components. Due to this, they are typically faster, run silently, and are more shock resistant than traditional HDDs.
The internal storage refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
5.CPU speed

2 x 1.8GHz

2 x 1.6GHz

The CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.
6.CPU threads

4

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More threads result in faster performance and better multitasking.
7.Is an NVMe SSD
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
NVMe SSDs use the PCIe interface, which has a higher bandwidth than the SATA interface. This results in much faster read/write speeds compared to SSDs which use the SATA interface.
8.VRAM

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VRAM (video RAM) is the dedicated memory of a graphics card. More VRAM generally allows you to run games at higher settings, especially for things like texture resolution.
9.GPU clock speed

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The graphics processing unit (GPU) has a higher clock speed.

Benchmarks

1.Geekbench 5 result (multi)

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Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmark that measures a processor's multi-core performance. (Source: Primate Labs, 2022)
2.Geekbench 5 result (single)

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Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmark that measures a processor's single-core performance. (Source: Primate Labs, 2022)
3.PassMark result

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This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU using multiple threads.
4.PassMark result (single)

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This benchmark measures the performance of the CPU using a single thread.
5.Cinebench R20 (multi) result

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Cinebench R20 is a benchmark tool that measures a CPU's multi-core performance by rendering a 3D scene.
6.Cinebench R20 (single) result

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Cinebench R20 is a benchmark tool that measures a CPU's single-core performance by rendering a 3D scene.

Connectivity

1.USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (USB-C)

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USB 3.2 Gen 2 supports speeds of up to 10Gbps. It was formerly known as USB 3.1 Gen 2. These ports use the USB-C connector.
2.USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (USB-A)

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USB 3.2 Gen 2 supports speeds of up to 10Gbps. It was formerly known as USB 3.1 Gen 2. These ports use the older USB-A connector.
3.USB 4 20Gbps ports

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This version of USB 4 supports speeds of up to 20Gbps. Unlike USB 3.2, USB 4 can dynamically allocate bandwidth to video and data. These ports use the USB-C connector.
4.USB 4 40Gbps ports

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This version of USB 4 supports very high speeds of up to 40Gbps. Unlike USB 3.2, USB 4 can dynamically allocate bandwidth to video and data. These ports use the USB-C connector.
5.Thunderbolt 3 ports

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The number of USB ports that are compatible with Thunderbolt 3. These ports support speeds of up to 40Gbps, including a minimum of PCIe 16Gbps. This guarantees that it can support one external 4K display.
6.Thunderbolt 4 ports

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The number of USB ports that are compatible with Thunderbolt 4. These ports support speeds of up to 40Gbps, including a minimum of PCIe 32Gbps. This guarantees that it can support two external 4K displays (or one external 8K display).
7.USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (USB-C)

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USB 3.2 Gen 1 supports speeds of up to 5Gbps. It was formerly known as USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0. These ports use the USB-C connector.
8.USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (USB-A)

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USB 3.2 Gen 1 supports speeds of up to 5Gbps. It was formerly known as USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0. These ports use the older USB-A connector.
9.has an HDMI output
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.

Battery

The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
2.charge time

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The time it takes to fully charge the battery.
3.battery power

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Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
4.Has sleep-and-charge USB ports
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
Sleep-and-charge USB ports can charge electronic devices when the laptop is in sleep mode, hibernate mode, or even switched off.
5.Has a MagSafe power adapter
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
The MagSafe power adapter uses a power connector that is attached magnetically. When pulled or tugged, the connector will come out of the socket safely.

Features

1.has stereo speakers
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
2.has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
3.megapixels (front camera)

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The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the front camera. A higher megapixel count means that the front camera is capable of capturing more details, an essential factor for taking high-resolution selfies.
4.Stylus included
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
A stylus is a pen-like accessory that allows you to interact with the touchscreen with greater precision, and is particularly useful for drawing and writing.
5.Has a fingerprint scanner
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
The device has a fingerprint scanner which identifies the user.
More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
7.Uses 3D facial recognition
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
3D facial recognition systems, like Apple's Face ID, provide secure biometric authentication for unlocking devices and authorizing mobile payments.
8.video recording (main camera)

720 x 30fps

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The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
9.has voice commands
Apple MacBook Air (2017) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.8GHz / 8GB / 128GB
Apple MacBook Air Retina (2018) 13.3" Intel Core i5 1.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
You can use your voice to control key functions of the device and you can easily access your device without pushing any button.

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