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MacBook Air: Faster, but not fastest

Posted on by Mike Evans

Reading the glowing reports on the new MacBook Airs could give the impression that the MacBook Pros, including the retina model sitting on my desk, are pretty redundant. Taken in isolation, the Airs are impressive beasts. But just how close are they in performance to the MacBook Pro? Now I have the answer.

Benchmark tests undertaken by Bearfeats.com demonstrate convincingly that the MacBook Pro is still king of the dragstrip. Particularly when it comes to graphics performance, the MBP is miles ahead.

Just one of the tests showing the impressive performance of the MBP. Read more by clicking here.

Just one of the tests showing the impressive performance of the MBP. Read more by clicking here.

I confess I was wavering when I read the reviews of the 2013 MacBok Air. Had I made a mistake putting the Retina MBP to work, expecially for photo processing and other processor-intensive tasks? Would an 11in or 13in Air be all that I need? After reading the benchmarks I am feeling a bit better. I will continue to enjoy the speed and display quality of the MBP while retaining the "slow" 2012 11in Air for travelling. There's another year in it yet.

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