How fast is MacBook Air? The MacBook Air is really capable of handling everyday tasks, such as sending and receiving email, browsing the Web, and using office applications. You can even use it for editing short videos, or for working with JPEGs from your iPhone or point-and-shoot camera.
The MacBook Air’s flash storage really helps the performance. For example, the MacBook Air outperforms the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro, which adopts a hard drive (solid-state drives for the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro are available for an additional cost).
How fast is MacBook? The Intel Core M processor in the MacBook is made to be efficient and cool. That means it’s not a top-performing processor. In fact, the MacBook is the slowest of Apple’s laptop offerings.
That being said, it can handle everything your typical user does on a daily basis. It can even handle some high-end, professional production tasks. It just won’t be the fastest to the finish line.
How fast is MacBook Pro with Retina Display? The Retina MacBook Pro’s processors, flash storage, and 8GB of memory combine to produce impressive performance. The 15-inch models can keep up with the stock configuration of the $1299 iMac with a 2.7GHz quad-core Core i5 processor and a hard drive. Both the 13- and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros are faster than the stock configurations of the Mac mini, Apple’s affordable desktop computer. And the Retina MacBook Pros offer a significant performance boost over their non-Retina counterpart (see below).
The 13-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Air is an interesting comparison. In multi-core tests, the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro has a significant advantage—well over 20 percent faster—over the 13-inch MacBook Air. If you use professional apps (Final Cut, Logic Pro, other production apps), you’re better off with a MacBook Pro instead of a MacBook Air. The story is a little different with single-core apps—the software most people use everyday, like a web browser, email, or even iMovie and GarageBand. The MacBook Pro is up to 20 percent faster. You may not notice a difference in speed in your browser or writing app.
How fast is MacBook Pro? The 13-inch standard MacBook Pro is slower overall than the 13-inch MacBook Air—blame the performance hit on the MacBook Pro’s hard drive, which can’t keep up with the MacBook Air’s flash storage. However, the MacBook Pro has a performance advantage over the MacBook Air on tasks that are processor intensive (such as video editing) and don’t have to read or write to the storage device much.