Since I am taking a new, rather managing position quite soon, my company got me a brand new MacBook Air.

I’ve been using it for few days now, and wanted to share what do I think.

To start with, the specs (this is the simplest version):

  • 11.6″ LED 1366×768 display
  • 1.6Ghz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • 2GB 1337 DDR3 RAM
  • Intel HD 3000 (shared 256MB)
  • 64GB SSD drive
  • 1.08kg

More specs can be found on apple.com.

The tests

Speed

What I wanted to test is the compile time using maven of a big big project I am currently working on plus jboss (6) startup time.

I compared with my MacBook Pro I use everyday. It’s specs are:

  • 2.4Ghz C2D
  • 250GB 7200rpm HDD
  • 8GB 1067 DDR3 RAM

Results:

Maven

Repositories downloaded prior, second mvn clean install with all tests

MacBookPro : Total time: 3:59.889s

MacBookAir: Total time: 2:29.097s

JBoss Startup

note: on MBA had to decrease Xmx and Xms from 1.5GB to 1GB and permgen from 768MB to 512MB

MacBookPro: Started in 2m:843ms

MacBookAir: Started in 1m:27s:894ms

Huh ?

Yep, MBA is almost 50% faster. Why ? I think it’s the SSD (plus maybe new generation of the CPU) – the tests heavily use the filesystem for the DB tests.

Battery

I thought – I want to simulate the full load, so what I did is that I played a full HD (1080p) MKV movie, streamed from a NAS until the battery went totally flat. After turning it up I was able to tell exactly how many minutes of the movie were played (I have it in 2 parts, set to reply all in VLC).

So the wifi was up and running all the time, CPU was decoding full hd.

Result: 3 hours and 14 minutes. Pretty awesome. You can watch full blown movie using a single charge. If it was just writing docs, the apple’s up-to-5hrs might be actually true.

Overall

It is great. Not only it “feels” faster then my old MacBook Pro on boot, when opening apps etc. It *is* faster for doing what I do the most – java dev. I just need to upgrade the RAM 🙂

At the same time it is super-portable, super-sexy and runs my favorite Mac OS X (Lion). And the best is – you can get it for around 3000 PLN + VAT. Finally a fair price for a mac. I don’t think you can get much better alternative with windows for that kind of money and with that kind of portability.

New Toy – MacBookAir

One thought on “New Toy – MacBookAir

  • November 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm
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    Thanks for the test!

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