Sizing up the new MacBook Air

by FossilizedCarlos on November 11, 2010

Much has been written about the new MacBook Air, but all the articles and reviews are about the new 11″ MBA with 1.4GHz & 2Gb RAM. I decided to upgrade my laptop to the 11″ MacBook Air, and opted for the 1.6GHz & 4Gb of RAM model. Since I do not have any of the different tools utilized by some of the bigger blogs, I decided to use Mathematica for the task. Mathematica has a BenchmarkingReport function that is used for evaluating the performance of the computer system on which Mathematica is run. The function measures the amount of time a certain task will take. The task vary from formulating the digits of pi, to random number sorting.

For the demonstration I decided to run this on my outgoing 13″ MacBook Pro, the 11″ MacBook Air, and my Desktop. The results below show the difference between all three.

So far I have not really felt the difference, but this is mostly a light work machine, so I don’t expect it to really make me regret my decision. One month from today might be different, but that is for a different post.

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