AnandTech review out for MBA

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  1. Paperpusher macrumors newbie

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  2. calvol macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, 25% hotter than the 2010 MBP, that's progress!
     

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    That's max temperature while playing a game... Most of the MBA users will not play games and even if they do, the high temp is something they should have been aware of at the time of purchase.

    It's a thin and quite fast notebook for God's sake! Of course it gets hot when you push with intensive tasks... Also, it's a lot faster than the 2010 MBA so your ironic remark is not really significant.
     
  4. midtownhd macrumors member

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    I could not find the color profile in the review
     
  5. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

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    Because it's not an issue.
     
  6. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Nice review, as always. I notice the comments on his site are a bit negative, though, complaining that he sounds like a fanboy. I disagree. He was pretty blunt about the differences between the LG and Samsung displays, as well as how much better the ASUS display is.

    Interestingly, the Toshiba is the faster drive, except if you are using FileVault 2 or other incompressible data.
     
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    Oh, look, it's the guy who is trying to steal my position as the SSD guy :D Just kidding, thanks on my behalf as well for the extra SSD scores.

    Every time we publish something about Apple there are comments about how we are biased and "what happened to the old days when AT was actually a PC hardware site".
     
  8. macbook123 macrumors 68000

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    It it clear to anybody if the i7 and i5 processors were made to perform the same number of tasks in a given time interval, or if the i7 performed more tasks given its faster clock rate? That would tell us if the i7 is actually less efficient than the i5 one, or not.
     
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    Yes, I noticed some familiar data.
     
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    What? Nobody addressed the LG vs. Samsung display comparison on the review?

    Or are we all just too :censored: tired of that debate?
     
  11. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Probably the latter. However, in any case he did mention that a decent calibration minimizes the difference.
     
  12. Jobsian macrumors 6502a

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    Nice review Hellhammer/other Anandtech folk.

    It wasn't as obsessively systematic that, speaking as a nerd, I'd have liked eg benchmarks didn't always include both i5/i7 models of both 11" and 13", no AUO panel tests. Nevertheless it answered questions no other site has adequately answered before, eg the not insignificant difference in battery between 13" i5 and 13" i7.
     
  13. macbook123 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, 3.7%. Much less than the alleged 20% difference Engadget claims between the 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz Retina Pros (similar 10% difference in performance).
     
  14. oneMadRssn Suspended

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    Why is the 2011 13" MBA missing from their battery life graphs? It surely would be more useful to compare the 2012 13" MBA to a 2011 13" MBA than to a 2010 15" MBP.
     
  15. KPOM macrumors G5

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    He changed his tests from last year and hasn't had a chance to run the full suite yet. It's explained in the review.
     
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    Oh I see now. Sorry and thanks!
     
  17. Wokis macrumors regular

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    The LG calibration profile in the review seem to be the best one yet for my screen :)
     
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    What? Where did you find that?

    Nevermind, found it!
     
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    The Samsung however somehow seems to be off ... Do not get the impression it improves on my current Samsung profile. Can anyone confirm?
     
  21. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Hi Kristian,

    I love Anandtech's reviews, but I do have a minor issue with this one. Could you please pass on to Anand that it would be most useful if he included which models were tested. Some of the charts have this and some don't.

    Thanks.
     
  22. Jobsian macrumors 6502a

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    True, but rather than go to the effort of calculating percentage difference (only a relative measure), it's easier and more informative just to look at the time difference (absolute measure) as posted by Anand:

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    That's what I mean by not insignificant. In terms of percentage difference the number is tiny, but that's not very informative. My real-world take away is that I could kill a full TV show's worth of time on a flight with the i5 over the i7.


    If I had seen this review before I purchased my MBA, I would have almost certainly gone for the i5 instead.
     
  23. KPOM macrumors G5

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    On the positive side, there is a bigger jump in CPU performance between the i5 and the i7 in the 13" than there was last year.
     
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    Great review as always, my main concern is the wireless performance being 2x2 as opposed to my former MBP which was 3x3.

    I guess I'll have to run some hardcore stream tests when my MBA gets here.
     
  25. Skoopman macrumors 6502

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    Yep, Samsung profile is way off. The colors look washed out with that profile, I am keeping my stock profile.
     

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