Apple just released updated versions of their MacBook Air laptops. If you’re in the market for a 13-inch laptop, two of your best options are a 13.3-inch MacBook Air, or Samsung’s 13.3-inch ATIV Book 7. Both laptops are similar in size, and cost roughly the same. Here’s how these two leading laptops compare.
1. MacBook Air vs. Samsung ATIV Book: Price
The new-for-2014 MacBook Air is slightly faster and cheaper than its predecessor. The 13-inch, 128GB MacBook Air model retails for $999.00 when you buy it from Apple. The Samsung ATIV Book 7 retails for $1,059.99 when you purchase it from Samsung. While the Samsung ATIV Book isn’t any bigger than the 13-inch MacBook Air, it does have a slightly higher price tag.
2. MacBook Air vs. Samsung ATIV Book: Specs
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The 13-inch MacBook Air comes in 128GB and 256GB varieties, both with 4GB of memory. The ATIV Book 7 comes in a single variant, which has 128GB of storage and 4GB of memory.
In term of design and weight, the 13-inch MacBook Air is 0.68 inches thin, and weighs 2.38 pounds. The Samsung ATIV Book 7 is 0.74 inches thick, and weighs 3.64 pounds. The MacBook has the edge when it comes to portability and sleekness.
The MacBook has a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor. Samsung’s offering has an Intel Core i5 Processor as well, but it’s a 1.80GHz. That being said, while Samsung’s processor is slightly beefier, both Apple and Samsung’s processors can be turbo’d up to 2.70GHz.
3. MacBook Air vs. Samsung ATIV Book: Special Features
The biggest feature difference between the MacBook line and the ATIV line of laptops is the operating system. The ATIV line runs on Windows 8, while the newest MacBook Airs come with OSX 10.9 Mavericks. Choosing the right operating system for your needs is highly personal, but this comparison of Mac OSX and Windows from IT PRO may be of interest to you.
One major perk that the Samsung ATIV Book has over the MacBook Air is its touchscreen. If you prefer using a touchscreen interface when working on a laptop, this may give the ATIV book an edge over the MacBook Air.
That being said, it is worth noting that Apple has designed the MacBook Air to have a lower environmental impact. It is PVC-free, and contains components that can be easily recycled.
4. MacBook Air vs. Samsung ATIV Book: Battery Life
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Apple claims that the 13-inch MacBook Air has up to 12 hours of battery life, and lasts 30 days on standby. In contrast, Samsung states that their ATIV Book 7 has just shy of seven hours of battery life. When it comes battery life, the 13-inch MacBook Air seems to have the edge over the ATIV Book 7.
5. MacBook Air vs. Samsung ATIV Book: Final Thoughts & Conclusion
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The new-for-2014 MacBook Air is slightly cheaper, thinner, and lighter than the ATIV Book 7. That being said, the ATIV Book and MacBook Air are fairly evenly matched. The one big feature that the ATIV Book has over the MacBook Air is its touchscreen. Both of these premium laptops are solid buys, but those who want an ultra-portable laptop are likely to be tempted by the Air.
If you want to learn more about either of these laptops, you can check out their product pages below.