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.