MacBook Air Review: Comprehensive Testing by Macworld

The allure of the MacBook Air is undeniable, but its performance capabilities are a topic of much discussion. Our friends over at Macworld conducted some initial tests to gauge its speed.

They evaluated a standard MacBook Air equipped with a 1.6GHz processor and an 80GB hard drive, comparing it against a variety of Apple models including a standard MacBook with a 2GHz Core 2 Duo, a MacBook Pro with a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo, a Mac mini with a 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo, and a PowerBook with a 1.67GHz G4 processor.

So, how did the MacBook Air fare? It managed to outperform the PowerBook, which is certainly noteworthy. However, it was slower than the other Intel-based Macs in the lineup.

These findings are not particularly surprising, given that the MacBook Air is not primarily designed for its speed but for its sleek, compact form factor.


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