Which one's the new 11.6" Macbook Air?

Which one’s the new 11.6″ Macbook Air?

We bought the new Macbook Air 11″ yesterday so we can get you a more realistic review of this new ultraportable from Apple. We did the first review of the 11.6″ here last year so we’ll do an update on that based on the new hardware improvements.

From the outside, you won’t be seeing anything different between the 2010 MacBook Air 11.6″ and the 2011 model. The only thing you will probably notice would be the back-lit keyboard when you turn on the device.

The second one would be the FN keys on the keyboard — there are additional shortcuts in the function keys, including control for the brightness of the backlit keyboard.

The rest of the differences would be due to the new Max OS X Lion, most prominent of all is the reversed scrolling function (which could be really annoying at first).

SO we fired up a couple of simple benchmarks and see how much improvement we are getting from the upgraded hardware.


Here’s what we got from NovaBench:

2010 Macbook Air 11.6″ (1.4GHz Core 2 Duo, NVidia 320M)
RAM score: 98
CPU Tests: 112
Graphics Test: 53
Hardware Tests: 11
3D Frames Per Second: 121
Write Speed: 72 MB/s
RAM Speed: 2013 MB/s
NovaBench Score: 274

2011 Macbook Air 11.6″ (1.6GHz Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 3000)
RAM score: 123
CPU Tests: 303
Graphics Test: 22
Hardware Tests: 28
3D Frames Per Second: 54
Write Speed: 227 MB/s
RAM Speed: 5767 MB/s
NovaBench Score: 446

Here’s the GeekBench scores:
2011 Macbook Air 11.6″: 4630
2010 Macbook Air 11.6″: 2202

The new 11.6″ Macbook Air got much better scores from the 2010 model, except for the graphics department. Although numerous benchmarks comparing the NVidia GeForce 320M and Intel HD Graphics 3000 are showed both integrated graphics processors (IGPs) perform at par with each other, frame rates will vary from game to game or benchmark tool. In our NovaBench test, the 320M scored better than Intel HD 3000.

So far, the biggest performance improvements I noticed is with Adobe Photoshop CS5 and with iMovie. More on this once I finish the full review.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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20 Responses

  1. nameless says:

    Wow, ang cool talaga ng Mac. Kelan kaya bababa presyo nito? :D

    • Iyan Sommerset says:

      When the new, “better” one comes out in oh, let’s say…December. :P

  2. Cocopako says:

    Lord sana po maka pag pigil po ako, magagaruti n ako sa bahay pag binili ko pa eto, hehehe!

  3. MyMaria says:

    The new Airs are very very tempting… Wish ko lang!

  4. Kyle says:

    Sana mura lang ung ultrabooks na lalabas para may super ultraportable na rin aside from samsung series 9 =)

  5. Rich says:

    Mac is overrated crap! They are made up of clone parts now (Intel). Why spend that kind of money when you can build your own PC and run Leopard or even Lion OS/x. Heck, you could run all your o/s on one machine. Marketing wizards is all they are about.
    If people of silly enough to spend loads of money for the apple sign, they will continue producing rotten apples for them to buy.

    • XxXxX says:

      this guy was me, 3 years ago. n then i went n bought one. n then i understood.

    • Jethro says:

      I am with you on the Anti Apple Fanboism(Oh it’s a mac, its the best) But i really don’t think we can use price against it anymore i mean a Zenbook from Asus is nearly priced the same as the Air with similar specs,and don’t give away the better specs technicalities because Apple never was about specs (Though i myself never owned one, I use a friends Macbook and unless he does something stupid, it rarely has problems and shockingly Macs are not idiot proof) And people who like macs are nearly always casual people who aren’t that into tech anyways(Why i don’t own one, I own an Asus G74SX 3DE)

  6. Ernie says:

    Pls write a review on the macbook pro line up. Thanks.

  7. jojoc says:

    Got one just this Tuesday (iStudio beat PowerMac to the punch).
    One difference is the absence of the eject button on the new Air.

  8. akuma says:

    It’s a bit shame that the newer Macbook Air has got a weaker graphics…but anyways, the Intel HD 3000 is more than enough to watch HD movies and play casual and other non-gpu intensive games on windows.

    I hope that there will be a mac that has the capability to take advantage of NVIDIA Optimus technology.

  9. InternetOptions4MBA says:

    congrats on the new purchase!
    are you selling your older Mac Book Air?

    are there telcos that sell 3g usb dongles that work with the Mac Book Air?

    does the Mac Book Air heat up easily?


  10. NemOry says:

    sir Abe, I hope you can put a Google +1 button in your site. hehe

  11. Norman says:

    Surprisingly, this little guy dropped his price. :D

  12. Everything that is new is better than the previous, experience the difference.

  13. DJ says:

    Is it true that the vanilla MacBook has been discontinued in favor of the Airs?

  14. Simon Cowell says:

    I believe nothing could beat this beast in term of performance. Design wise, it’s classical and no other pc laptop able to match with the unibody aluminum case. However, the worst part of the MacBook Air is also the aluminum case. It is very prone to scratches cause by day to day usage especially using outdoor. I would suggest to get it cover up by skinstyler.com wrist rest products. They help to reduce the sharpness edge of aluminum case and also protect it from scratches. Do check out their classical designer collection to match with MacBook Air http://www.skinstyler.com/wrist-rest-protection-cover-skin-designer-collection-c-26_25.html

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