Apple Announced New MacBook Air: Specifications, Features, And Pricing

Apple Announced New MacBook Air: Specifications, Features, And Pricing

Apple Announced New MacBook Air: Specifications, Features, And Pricing

After a long overdue Apple finally announced an update to the beloved MacBook Air. The new MacBook Air has been updated both inside and outside. In fact, the new MacBook Air now looks similar to the MacBook Pro 13-inch without touch bar. So here’s everything you need to know about the new MacBook Air.

MacBook Air: Specifications And Features

The major highlight of the new MacBook Air is the 13.3-inch IPS LED-backlit retina display. MacBook Air has been completely redesigned and this compact notebook now feels more premium. As for security, the MacBook Air now has the TouchID sensor integrated within the keyboard and powered by the T2 security chip.

The new MacBook Air is powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel i5 8th Gen processor coupled with Intel UHD Graphics 617. MacBook Air offers 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM and comes with 128GB and 256GB PCIe-based SSD storage options. Furthermore, the new MacBook Air has two USB Type-C ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The new MacBook Air has improved speakers that enhance the overall experience while consuming media. In addition to that, the butterfly switch keyboard and new Force Touch trackpad make interacting with MacBook much easier.

MacBook Air is a perfect and reliable MacOS laptop for casual users that can be used for all sorts of productivity tasks like checking emails, word processing, and much more. Retina display on the MacBook Air also makes it a portable and ideal media consumption device that offers great battery life. That said, the MacBook Air isn’t perfect for professional uses like video editing and gaming.

MacBook Air: Pricing

The base variant of the new MacBook Air with 128GB storage is priced at Rs. 1,14,900 in India. While the variant with 256GB storage will retail for Rs. 1,34,900.

 

Best Laptops 2018 list

Best Laptops 2018 list

10 of the best notebooks for all budgets


2018 may still be in its infancy, but we’ve already seen a wealth of great laptops and components get announced. Highlights include a swanky set of new laptops that’ll be powered by Intel 8th Gen CPUs with AMD Vega graphics.

The CPUs will be used on swish new machines, like the newly announced HP Spectre x360, and, according to Intel and AMD, will be able to handle everything from light gaming, to 4K video editing.

Acer Swift 3 2016

 

    

Key features:

  • 14-inch Full HD IPS display
  • Intel Core i3, i5 (reviewed) and i7 available
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Weight: 1.5kg
  • Windows 10
  • Tested battery life: Around 8 hours
  • Review price: £650

This 14-inch laptop is a great buy if you want a light, all-metal laptop that can tackle basic tasks as well as a bit of light photo editing.

Be warned, however, that Acer has released a newer version of the Acer Swift 3, which we consider to be slightly inferior – it has a poorer screen – and is rather more expensive than the model originally reviewed. The launch of the new 2017 model likely means stocks of the 2016 model will soon diminish, so grab them while you can.

Its 1.5kg weight and small footprint make it bag-friendly, and the choice of specifications available mean you can spend from £500 to £750 on one. The model we reviewed cost £650, and offers the best value, but the £500 Core i3 model is great for those who will just be doing a bit of light web browsing and document work. At the time of writing, Ballicom is stocking the Core i5 model we reviewed for a competitive £580, which is well worth a look.

The only minus points are that the display lacks the most vibrant colours, so won’t be suitable for people who edit photos on a professional basis. Plus, it’s heavier than some slightly more expensive rivals, such as the Lenovo IdeaPad 720S.

 

 

Best laptop

1. HP SPECTRE 13

A Windows laptop with the sleekness of a MacBook

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6500U (dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 3.1GHz with Turbo Boost
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (1,866MHz)
Screen: 13.3-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 FHD IPS UWVA BrightView Corning Gorilla Glass WLED-backlit display
Storage: 256GB SSD (PCIe; NVMe; M.2)
REASONS TO BUY
+Sleek and lightweight+Tactile keyboard
REASONS TO AVOID
Standard 1080p displayMushy trackpad

HP’s most luxurious laptop borrows the Lenovo Yoga 900S’s style and the MacBook’s bag-friendly dimensions. The Spectre 13 is so thin that tapping away on its tactile keyboard almost feels like your fingers are tap-dancing on the table. Its biggest advantage over the MacBook is its Intel Core-series processor inside, which lends it the winning combination of dazzling looks and computing muscle. Packing three USB-C ports for hooking up peripherals (note that you’ll need a converter to use your old USB-A ones), the Spectre 13 doesn’t just look like a laptop from the future – it has one eye trained on it too.

 

 

 

Best laptop

2. DELL XPS 15

A portable 15-inch powerhouse

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 6700HQ (quad-core, 6MB cache, up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M (with 2GB GDDR5)
RAM: 16GB Dual Channel DDR4 (2,133MHz; 8GB x 2)
Screen: 15.6-inch, 4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) InfinityEdge touch
Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
REASONS TO BUY
+Dazzling 4K display+Portable for a 15-incher
REASONS TO AVOID
Average battery lifeA bit heavy
 

Like its smaller sibling, the XPS 13, Dell’s XPS 15 sports an almost bezel-less InfinityEdge display. It brings the dual benefit of making whatever you’re doing on its gorgeous 15-inch ‘4K’ screen come to life while also lending it the dimensions of a 14-inch laptop. It’s bag-friendly to boot and comes packing the goods, including an Nvidia GTX 960M mobile graphics card that’s beefy enough to handle just about any game so long as you stick to 1080p. The XPS 15’s battery life is its main weakness, so don’t expect its runtimes to stretch into the double figures without taking a booster pack along for the ride.

 

 

3. DELL XPS 13 AND XPS 2 IN 1

Some of our favourite Windows laptops

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-7200U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 13.3-inch QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) or Full HD (1,920 x 1080)
Storage: 256GB drive
REASONS TO BUY
+Gorgeous bezel-less display+Lightweight, compact frame+The 2 in 1 is the best Windows 2 in 1
REASONS TO AVOID
Off-centre webcam
 

If you’re looking for a Windows laptop, it’s hard to go wrong with the Dell XPS 13. While it’s expensive — particularly if you go for the QHD+ version — the XPS 13‘s Infinity Edge display makes it worth the money. It’s surrounded by a bezel that’s just millimetres thick, lending the 13.3-inch laptop a body that’s closer to 11-inch laptops in size. It gives the XPS 13 excellent portability, and unlike the 12-inch MacBook Dell has done it without sacrificing ports or power. The XPS 13 packs Intel’s latest processors under the hood, and features both Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0 and Type-C ports. The XPS 2 in 1 is a superb new model that packs a convertible tablet into essentially the same frame. 

 

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Best laptop

4. APPLE 12-INCH MACBOOK

The most fashionable laptop around

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: 1.1GHz or 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5300
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 12-inch 2,304 x 1,440 pixel-resolution Retina display
Storage: 256GB or 512GB PCIe-based flash storage
Connectivity: USB-C (USB 3.1)
Camera: 480p FaceTime camera
Weight: 0.92 kg
Dimensions: 28.05cm x 19.65cm x 1.31cm (W x D x H)
REASONS TO BUY
+Thin and light+Retina display
REASONS TO AVOID
One USB-C portShallow keyboard
 

Apple’s 12-inch MacBook isn’t just the most portable MacBook of them all, you won’t find a more compact laptop with a high-resolution display full stop. Every inch of Apple’s impossibly-thin machine is gorgeous, but it comes at the expense of usability. With just one USB Type-C port, the MacBook requires an adapter if you want to use multiple USB devices – or a combination of peripherals and a display – at the same time. If you don’t mind carrying one around in a case, the MacBook’s surprisingly punchy speakers, good battery life and catwalk looks make it a unique (and fun to use) laptop.

 

 

Best laptop

5. LENOVO YOGA 900S

Lightweight and beautiful, with a twist

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: 1.1GHz Intel Core m5-6Y54 (dual core, 4MB cache, up to 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515
RAM: 4GB LPDDR3 (1600 MHz)
Screen: 12.5-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 FHD IPS LED glossy multi-touch display
Storage: 128GB PCIe SSD
REASONS TO BUY
+Elegant design+Twists and bends
REASONS TO AVOID
Shallow keyboardSmall trackpad
 

Convertible laptops undoubtedly make better tablets when they’re lightweight. The Yoga 900S is one such machine, weighing in at a svelte 2.2 pounds. What you get then, is a 12.5-inch laptop with a bright and colourful screen that can rotate into several different positions, making it easier to interact with touchscreen apps, do a bit of lightweight gaming or even a spot of reading laid back on the couch. In terms of design, the Yoga 900S borrows the Yoga 3 Pro’s stylish watchband hinge design without charging the jewellery shop price tag. It’s thinner too, while bringing the same pixel-packed 2,560 x 1,440 pixel-resolution display along for the ride.

 

 

Best laptop

6. GIGABYTE AORUS X3 PLUS V5

A small gaming laptop that packs a huge punch

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M (6GB)
RAM: 16GB 2,133 MHz DD4
Screen: 13.9-inch (3,200 x 1,800)
Storage: 512GB Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD
REASONS TO BUY
+Huge power+Slim design
REASONS TO AVOID
Quite noisyShort on battery life
 

If you’ve got the money, you’ll be hard pressed to find a laptop that’s both as portable and powerful as the Aorus X3 Plus v5. Packing Intel’s top-end Skylake processor, paired with a mighty 6GB version of Nvidia’s GTX 970M, here is a gaming machine that can play any game at 1080p with the settings cranked up. Featuring an innovative cooling system that blows air out of the back, plenty of ports and a great keyboard, this Stealth Bomber-like machine can slip into your backpack with room to spare. Loading times are barely there thanks to its nippy M.2 SSD, and a decent range of connectivity ports that includes HDMI and DisplayPort Inputs means you can hook it up to an external display when not on the move.

7. HP SPECTRE X360

Another Spectre that’s oddly brilliant

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: Intel Core i5 2.2 GHz
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5500
RAM: 4GB
Screen: 13.3 inches 1920x1080
Storage: 128GB SSD
Connectivity: 3x USB3
Camera: HD
Weight: 1.48kg
Dimensions: 12.79 x 8.6 x 0.63 inches
REASONS TO BUY
+Superbly thin+Vibrant, bright display
REASONS TO AVOID
Too heavy to use as a tabletWeird, wide trackpad

There’s something oddly brilliant about HP’s Spectre range. Clearly intended to compete with Apple in terms of build quality, but priced just a tiny bit lower to gain some traction with potential buyers. The X360 is another convertible that allows you to fold the screen backwards to create a tablet-style device. This is ideal for Windows 10, although you’ll probably not use it much as a tablet because it’s still a laptop-weight device.

 

 

Best laptop

8. MACBOOK PRO 13-INCH WITH RETINA DISPLAY

A class act

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: Intel Core i5 2.7GHz
Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 6100
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 13.3- inches 2,560 x 1,600
Storage: 128GB
Connectivity: 2x Thunderbolt 2x USB3
Camera: FacetimeHD
Weight: 1.58kg
Dimensions: 12.35 x 8.62 x 0.71-inches
REASONS TO BUY
+Retina Display+Superb battery life
REASONS TO AVOID
Force Touch underdevelopedBase storage feels small
 

If we consider that the Air is essentially an Ultrabook then we can safely ignore it in this roundup and head directly to the Pro. It’s a larger, heavier machine but it’s also the powerhouse of the range. Starting at £999 it’s not bad value when you consider it has 8GB of RAM and an i5 2.7GHz and 128GB SSD.

 

You’ll get 10 hours out of the battery, in the ideal conditions, and the real keyboard makes for a pretty delightful user experience. Oh, and the trackpad – there’s simply nothing like it on any PC we’ve ever used, it’s a class act.

If you need Windows 10, that’s no problem either, just install with Apple’s Boot Camp.

 

 

Best laptop

9. MICROSOFT SURFACE BOOK

The ultimate Windows 10 hybrid laptop

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-6300U
Graphics: Intel HD graphics 520; Nvidia GeForce graphics
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 13.5-inch, 3,000 x 2,000 PixelSense Display
Storage: 256GB PCIe3.0 SSD
REASONS TO BUY
+Futuristic design+Seamless tablet separation
REASONS TO AVOID
Battery life falls well below promisesMajor updates are still in tow
 

Microsoft’s Surface Book is a 2-in-1 with a detachable display that can be used as a tablet, and it’s an excellent laptop in its own right for several reasons. First, it’s the only one out there with a high-resolution 3:2 aspect ratio display which is great for reading long web pages, typing up documents and doing anything that requires a bit more vertical space on the display. Second, its keyboard is simply superb offering a deep amount of travel that reduces fatigue during long typing sessions. Third, Intel’s latest Skylake processors and Nvidia’s GTX 940M GPU give the Surface Book enough grunt for light gaming and multimedia editing. If money isn’t an issue for you, then Microsoft’s laptop should be considered even if you’re not planning on detaching its display. Which you will, of course — even if it’s just for showing off.

 

 

10. ASUS ZENBOOK UX310UA

A great all round system for a very affordable price

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: Intel Core i3-i5
Graphics: Intel HD graphics 620
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 13.3-inch, 3,200 x 1,800
Storage: 256GB SSD
REASONS TO BUY
+Aluminium body is lovely+Top value for money
REASONS TO AVOID
Battery life is just so-so

If you like the look of the Dell XPS 13 but don’t quite have the budget to stretch to it then the Asus Zenbook UX310UA is definitely worth a look. That’s because you get a thin and light system with all-aluminium body, fast Intel CPU and, if you so wish, a stunning 3,200 x 1,800 QHD+ screen. RAM is competitive too at 8GB, as well as storage, with a modest 256GB SSD packed inside. Yes, battery life isn’t stunning, but for less than £700 this system is simply fabulous value for money.

 
 

 

 

2.5 and 5ghz wifi what are the differences

2.5 and 5ghz wifi what are the differences

802.11a (5GHz WiFi)

802.11a was a standard in 1999 which promised to bring network connections to devices delivered over the air instead of through copper cables. It was built around the 5GHz spectrum, but failed to gain much traction in the consumer market.

Being the “first” Wi-Fi protocol, it faced a steep learning curve and deployment problems which delayed the deployment of 802.11a networks. Also, at the time, components that operated on 5GHz were generally more expensive and harder to come by than 2.4GHz components.

802.11b (2.4GHz WiFi)

When 802.11a was going through its initial “growing pains” the 802.11b specification was being worked on. It offered basically the same features as 802.11a, but used less expensive and more readily available components.

Due to these factors, 802.11b saw significant adoption amongst home and small-office users, whereas 802.11a only saw any level of “success” in enterprise network environments.

Popularity of Wi-Fi began to grow, and the standards that backed it continued to improve.

802.11g (2.4GHz WiFi)

By 2003, a new standard had been ratified, though many devices were using the 802.11g draft specification prior to the date that it was made “official”. This version of the Wi-Fi standard brought some of 802.11a’s “stability” features and the inexpensive componentry of 802.11b, and the protocols were improved upon. All together the changes were able to increase speeds up to 54Mbps.

Thanks to backwards-compatibility with devices that used 802.11b, consumers were thrilled! When this article was orginally written, 802.11g was still one of the more popular versions of Wi-Fi available. Today it’s still a viable option, but is giving way to 802.11n and 802.11ac, which we’ll get to in a moment.

Unfortunately, 802.11g still uses the 2.4GHz spectrum, which, as you might have suspected, is getting pretty crowded since all those Wi-Fi devices operate on the same frequency.

Bluetooth, Microwaves, & Wireless Peripherals (2.4GHz)

Almost everyone has a microwave in their house. Some of them emit some of the radiation used to warm up your pizza outside of the unit. No, it’s not supposed to do that, but some do, especially as they get older and components start to break down. In addition to being harmful to your health, their “spurious emissions” cause bursts of noise around the 2.4GHz spectrum that can severely interfere with your wireless signal. If you find that you’re in this situation, you might want to replace your microwave oven!

Bluetooth used to be limited to headsets and other special-use equipment, but as its feature-set increased, devices using Bluetooth increased too — and not just in number, but in the bandwidth they use and the amount of time they’re turned on. Bluetooth speakers and docks are a good example of this, though wearables are quickly becoming more commonplace as well.

Wireless keyboards, mice, trackpads, and trackballs can use Bluetooth to connect. Even those that use their own proprietary wireless hardware are typically still using the 2.4GHz spectrum.

802.11n (2.4GHz or 5GHz WiFi)

When 802.11n was introduced in 2009 it brought with it the ability to communicate at speeds up to 600Mbps. What’s more, 802.11n also included the ability to work in either the 2.4GHz or 5Ghz spectra. Like the other standards before it, 802.11n was backwards compatible with its predecessors. Unfortunately, since most devices already on the market were already using 2.4GHz, most 802.11n wireless access points stuck to 2.4GHz as the primary operating frequency, and some devices didn’t even include the hardware to use 5Ghz at all.

Some let you pick between 2.4GHz and 5GHz operation (but usually not both), but since most people still had some 2.4GHz devices they kept their networks on 2.4GHz rather than making the switch across the board.

802.11ac (2.4 and 5GHz WiFi)

802.11ac was ratified in January 2014, but devices based on the draft specification were available for months prior.

This standard brings the maximum data rates up to 1Gbps (almost double that of  802.11n). In most 802.11ac wireless access points, both 2.4GHz and 5GHz hardware is included, though most segregate the traffic from each onto its own network.

Advantages of 5GHz WiFi

Finally users can take advantage of the reduced noise available in the 5GHz spectrum. This generally provides faster data rates, fewer disconnects, and a more enjoyable experience. (It may even help you run faster and jump higher, but that study is still pending.)

Bluetooth and other wireless peripherals aren’t going to bother you in the 5GHz spectrum so there’s less interference. Microwaves don’t operate up there (not even newer ones), so that source of noise is eliminated, too.

There are many more reasons why 802.11ac is better than others, but this article is about switching to the 5GHz spectrum, rather than about 802.11ac specifically. With a compatible router or WAP, your 802.11n or 802.11ac smartphone or tablet should work much better.

With a stronger the signal and faster the throughput, less power is required to get your signal above the noise floor, which should result in better battery life in addition to better network performance.

5GHz WiFi Considerations

Not all of your devices are going to have 5GHz compatibility built-in, they will still work every bit as well as they did before on 2.4GHz, but should work even better once you offload traffic from that network onto your 5GHz network.

There are some potential disadvantages to 5GHz though. If two signals are transmitted using the same power and equivalent antennas, the signal with the higher frequency will travel a shorter distance – in other words (all things being equal), 5GHz won’t travel as far as 2.4GHz.

Since the data may not travel as far over 5GHz, you may not have as much interference from neighbors as you would have on 2.4GHz. Then again, neither will your neighbors’ (which could very well be a major advantage to both you and them).

Other environmental factors also play into whether 5GHz will be better for your circumstances. A country home with relatively few devices and neighbors who live 1/4 mile away may benefit from 2.4GHz over 5GHz. A suburban home with neighbors within arm’s length of each other may benefit from 5GHz rather than 2.4GHz.

Just as physical obstacles can prevent you from passing from one room to another (walls, for example), obstacles can block, reduce, or reflect signals, too. The frequency of the signal (in this case 2.4GHz versus 5GHz) comes into play, as does the composition of the walls. Brick, drywall, plaster, glass, and steel all have different properties, and signals on one frequency may travel through them better than signals on another frequency. It all depends on the environment in which your network is deployed.

All in all, I’d highly recommend that you upgrade your router or WAP to 802.11ac and set up both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, then move as much of your wireless traffic to the 5GHz side as possible. You’ll have less noise, less interference, better speeds, a more stable connection, and possibly even better battery life. What more could you want?

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