Macbook air 13 i7 battery and heat

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by geelmeel, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. geelmeel macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2011
    Quick question. I am going to get a 13 macbook air. I'm deciding between the i5 and i7. Money isn't an issue. My question is doing tasks like browsing, iTunes video and the like, does the i7 run hotter than the i5? And does it have worse battery life? Thanks in advice.
  2. CardboardGiant macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    No idea. I use a 2011 MBA 13'' i5 and I can play everything you've mentioned just fine.

    It seems people with i7's use it for programming or photo editing.
  3. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    For The Things

    You want to do that you mention here, the i5 will be fine for you. I chose the i7 because I video render in real time and backup large music files.

    I can report that the i7 shows no signs of overheating or misbehaving at all....Mind you, I've only had it just over a week!
  4. CardboardGiant macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    I forgot to mention I've had mine for a month now, and it's never over-heated before.

    It gets slightly warm when playing flash or watching videos on youtube and other online video services that I cannot mention here.
  5. Brandon0448 macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2011
    Anchorage, Alaska
    If money isn't an issue then go with the i7. No one ever complained about having too much power. I have never had any heat issues with my i7 and my battery life is the same as others with the i5.
  6. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    I have the exact configuration you're talking about and it runs fast, cool and quiet. I've put a lot of time on it and it's been very trouble free. I am very happy with my 13" i7 MBA w/ 4GB & 256GB SSD. Battery life is stellar.

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