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Apple MacBook Air

Apple MacBook Air June 2009

Laptop lightweight packs more punch

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We used Apple’s Boot Camp option to install Windows Vista and run a few PC benchmarks to see how it would match up to some of its ultra-portable PC rivals.

PC Benchmarks

PCMark05 Results
Overall

Apple MacBook Air

Longer bars are better

CPU

Apple MacBook Air

Longer bars are better

Memory

Apple MacBook Air

Longer bars are better

Graphics

Apple MacBook Air

Longer bars are better

HDD

Apple MacBook Air

Longer bars are better

3DMark06 Results

Apple MacBook Air

Longer bars are better

Battery Life Results

Apple MacBook Air

Longer bars are better

Although less expensive than the Vaio TT or LifeBook, the MacBook Air has a more powerful processor and graphics and predictably outperforms them in most areas. And while it struggles to cope with the Windows version of Far Cry 2, it should still provide passable performance for the more limited range of Mac-native games available these days.

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