Final decision: mba 13 i5 vs i7 (battery, fan)

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by fa.ce, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. fa.ce macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2006
    For sure i7 gives about a 10 per cent faster performances but among tons of threads / reviews i'm still have doubts about battery life and fan cooler.
    I7 has the same or better battery life and minus or equal use of fan than i5?
  2. qwerf123 macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2011
    I have the i7 and I easily manage 7-8 hours battery life with safari and iTunes running. Also I never hear the fans unless I do something more intensive like playing games and etc, so i think you'll have nothing to worry about

    You should just buy the i7 from Apple and if you get no luck with it, just exchange it
  3. crspechicn macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2011
    I had the i7 for about 10 days after having an i5, and I noticed the fan came on more, but I really didn't do much that would have highlighted a difference in battery life.

    I returned the i7 for the i5, the slight increase in performance wasn't worth the extra heat in my mind, but that's just me and I'm pretty anal about fan noise. Its not that it was running all the time... it just would come on more frequently and sooner than for the i5. I don't regret returning it. I wanted the fastest I could get... but it just wasn't worth the extra heat (for me).

    You can't go wrong either way, its a GREAT computer!
  4. fa.ce thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2006
    Thanks both but i continue to read different stories about fan cooler :)
    For some i7 users they turn on frequently indipendent of the app in use for others only on intensive app (flash, virtualization, etc).
    Where's the truth?
    For battery seems there's no difference between i7 vs i5.
  5. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    Go with your gut feeling.

    I chose the 11" version which happened to have the i5. I've not heard the fans kick in yet but to be fair all I've done is surf and download some apps and programmes to tweak my MBA how I want it.
  6. phyzics101 macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2009
    I had the i5 and exchanged it for the i7. The only time I hear my fan is when using HandBrake.
  7. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    I never bothered with the i5 so I can't comment on extra noise or heat - I just wanted the fasted one possible and the price increase was so modest that it was a no brainer for me.

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