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Apple MacBook Z0ND-20GHZ8GB256 Review


A thin gorgeous look with an amazingly low battery consumption

Apple MacBook Z0ND-20GHZ8GB256 Review


Thanks to new processor technology, the Apple MacBook Z0ND-20GHZ8GB256 is able to perform exceptionally  while managing to keep battery consumption at a bare minimum. Find out more about it here.

Pros

  • One Thunderbolt ports to boost data transfer.
  • Lightweight at just 2.96 pounds.

Cons

  • Low screen resolution
  • Display isn’t IPS
  • No touch screen

Verdict

While Apple could have done better with the Screen resolution, the Apple MacBook Z0ND-20GHZ8GB256 | Amazon still is impressive great battery life and awesome trackpad.

Apple MacBook Z0ND-20GHZ8GB256 Specs


Display 13.3 inches LED lit | 300 Nits Brightness | Dual display and video mirroring
1440 x 900 (native) at 16:10 aspect ratio
Processor Intel Core i7 | 2.0 Ghz Dual Core (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz)
Configurable to 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz)
RAM 4GB LPDDR3
        Memory Speed 1600 MHz
   Internal Storage 256 Gb PCle Configurable to 512GB flash storage
Graphics Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000
Wireless 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking;
Bluetooth 4.0
Audio Stereo | Dual microphones | Support for Apple iPhone headset with remote and  microphone
Ports Two USB 3.0 USB C | One Thunderbolt 2 | MagSafe 2 power port
SDXC Card slot | 3.5mm headphoen jack
Camera  720p  FaceTime HD camera
Keyboard Full-sized keypad | Backlight: Yes
Touch Pad Multi-touch trackpad.
Battery 54 Watt-hour Lithium Polymer (LiPo) | 12 Hours run time.
OS Mac OS X Lion
Item Weight 2.96 pounds (1.35 kg)
Dimensions 8.94 by 12.8 by 0.0.11-0.68  Inches |  22.7 by 32.5 by 0.3-1.7 cm
Weight 2.96 lbs
Color Silver
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DESIGN AND FEATURES


They say size doesn’t matter. Well… that’s not true for every body and for everything. For all you die hards of small portables machines, you may just be out of lack with the 13 inch MacBook Air. And no, its not that its heavy or anything of that sort, just that there is a better option. The 11 inch MacBook Air is the better choice when it comes to portability. The 11 inch goes for less than 700 bucks while the 13 inch goes for around less than 800 bucks. They’re pretty much the same in terms of specs but different in size.

However, our business today is to review the 13 inch Apple MacBook Z0ND-20GHZ8GB256. Not much has changed in the MacBook since 2010. Of course improvements have been made – though minor – in port selection, battery life and processor. The looks haven’t change much — rather have not changed at all since then. The reign of the MacBook Air in the Ultra-portable arena has gone unchallenged for a long time. I guess Apple must have gotten used to the glory and though it safe to stick to the the same design…They took the “If it works, why change it?” approach. It’s still is the impressive slim fit that effortlessly squeezes into back packs, and looks gorgeous.

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Processor Core i5-8250U Core i5-8250U Core i5-7200U Core i5-8250U Core i3-7100U
RAM 8GB 12GB 8GB 8GB 4GB
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BODY AND AESTHETICS


The body is made of machined aluminum, with a splendid silver luster that is undoubtedly lovely behold. It metallic unibody exterior gives it a premium look and feel. Not only is it tough, but also durable. The thick bezel runs seamlessly around the display, a sure protection for the screen in the event of a fall. Competition made advances in this front, especially with the Dell XPS 13, whose bezel is almost non-existent…and so makes it more compact than the MacBook Air. On this front, Dell took the prize. Sorry MacBook die hards.

When it comes to build quality, Apple had distinguished itself. They seldom leave room for criticism, and that is true with the MacBook Air too. The body is as tough as they come, with negligible flex at the back of the lid and at the palm rest.

DISPLAY


The Apple MacBook Z0ND-20GHZ8GB256 has 13.3 inch display(diagonal). It’s 1440 x 900 native resolution however isn’t much to go by as it is highly disadvantaged in display quality. Personally I do like to see a 1080p display, if not more, as is in the Dell XPS 13 (9350). While the MacBook Air supports a variety of resolutions, you probably are going to have to settle with the 1440 x 900.

There’s no better deal than currently, and that’s unfortunate. The display has a glossy finish, which brings more vibrance to display than with a matte finish. The downside to that is that it’s reflective and can become quite glarey. And that is where the 300 nits of brightness comes in handy. Turning the  brightness up tends to reduce glare, thus making the machine usable in even brightly lit rooms.

Like most MacBook, the Apple MacBook Z0ND-20GHZ8GB256‘s display is not touch enabled. While this isn’t a deal breaker for most people, it would really have been nice to have such an option open.

PERFORMANCE


 Graphics

The Intel HD Graphics card that the MacBook Air comes with is an integrated chip that made its way to the limelight in 2015. It’s designed with a low TDP (Thermal Design Power) in a bid to lower heat production. As such, clocking is reduced especially for 3D applications. With that backdrop, we can confidently affirm that the Apple MacBook Z0ND-20GHZ8GB256 is not suited for games. But notice that we’re not completely ruling gaming out. Of course it can manage a few games like Diablo III, but falls far below the bar when it comes to heavier games. However, less demanding games run smoothly at very low settings. It equally falls short with most most 3D tasks you hand it. It goes without saying that there are other similarly priced laptops that will comfortable outperform the MacBook Air.


Processor

When it comes to processing power, the Apple MacBook runs on a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Processor. To be precise, a fifth-generation Intel Core i5 processor. With this kind of Processor, you’re sure of powering through most average user needs such as web browsing and media consumption.

The MacBook Air is however not best suited for very heavy video editing and such like demanding tasks. If you however just have to run such applications, be ready for some well expected inconvenience. Throttling of the processor is bound to take place owing to excess heat production, and the end result it poor performance.

PORTS


Nothing much changed for port from last year’s MacBook Air. The Air has two USB 3.0 ports for data transfer – these always come handy in every laptop.  The superstar port in the Apple MacBook (Z0ND-20GHZ8GB256) is the Thunderbolt 2 port. In comparison with the USB 3.0, it rocks a massive 20Gbps, 4 times the speed of the USB 3.0. Competitors like the Acer Swift 7, Dell XPS 13 and HP Spectre have the latest Thunderbolt 3 with transfer speeds of up to 50 Gbps. Nonetheless, the port selection for the MacBook Air is satisfactory.

Now on the left side of the computer we have the MagSafe 2 power jack connectors, the USB 3.0 connector and a microphone jack along with dual microphone speakers. Also along the right side is where there is a little difference. There is a Thunderbolt 2 port along with a second UBS 3.0 port. In comparison ASUS Zenbook UX305FA and the HP EliteBook Folio each offer a slightly better selection of ports, thanks to their larger side panels that accommodate the ports unlike the Air’s thin sliding T-shape.

RAM AND INTERNAL STORAGE


 RAM

The Apple MacBook Z0ND-20GHZ8GB256 runs on a solid 4Gb or 8Gb RAM. What RAM size to choose is an important consideration to make for most computers. Ultrabooks seldom furnish the user the option of upgrading RAM once a selection is made. In most instances, it’s soldered on to the motherboard. The 4 GB is quite sufficient for most users with average demands, but may fall a little short for heavy users. If you often work with lots of tabs open, and lots of software running concurrently, you may best consider the 8 GB. As a rule of thumb, bigger is better… (in most cases). The selection of larger RAM comes at a cost, but the compromise is worth it in the long run. However, it all depends on your needs and how you expect to use your machine.

The 4GB is fine for day to day use of light browsing or even watching movies. But if you plan to open many tabs and multi task simultaneously, then the 8GB is a suitable choice. It’s safer to spend the extra money for an 8GB Ram that will meet all your needs well into the future.

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Internal storage

According to Apple, the Fast PCIe-based flash storage relentlessly delivers up to 17 times faster speeds than a traditional notebook hard drive – something to consider an asset. There are two available options for internal storage: the 128GB and 256 GB PCle. For most users, the 128 GB is simply too small a storage for their needs. It’s not uncommon to find people facing challenges with this amount of storage. Unless you are really discipline to not store media in your machine, deleting unnecessary date and storing what you don’t need elsewhere, you’re heading for trouble. However, if the Apple MacBook Z0ND-20GHZ8GB256 is going to be your secondary machine, then that won’t be a problem.

There are however other options that can help boost your storage capacity. You can store most what you don’t need immediately on a cloud based drive. SD cards can also come in handy, with storage capacities of an excess or 500GB.

Going for the 256 GB storage comes at a cost, a worthy and necessary cost nonetheless in most cases.

Thanks to the PCle Solid State Storage, the machine turns on from sleep in a second. Pretty impressive to say the least.

It’s also worth mentioning that the MacBook Air comes with a one year warranty like most Windows laptops. Thankfully, you also need not worry about bloatware in this system.

INPUT DEVICES


Keyboard

The Apple MacBook Z0ND-20GHZ8GB256’s keyboard still remains as impressive and excellent as ever. The keys have a long enough vertical travel, and are well damped at the bottom. As such, they are among the best you’ll ever meet. In addition to that, the backlight is awesome. The ambient light senser at the top of the display senses light intensity and to it accordingly. If it’s dark, the display dims and the key back light kicks in and get brighter as darkness intensifies. You can also adjust the lighting on the keyboard to fit the ambiance you desire.


Trackpad

One of the most admirable features of the Apple MacBook Z0ND-20GHZ8GB256 is it’s trackpad.  It simply is the best, better than all any that you’ll meet in the market today. It’s smooth and very much responsive – simply on point. The MacBook Air Multi-Touch trackpad supports inertial scrolling, swipe, rotate, pinch, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, drag, tap and double tap capabilities.  However it doesn’t have the Force-Click capabilities as seen in Apple machines post 2015 such as the MacBook Pro 13-inch laptop.

BATTERY AND SPEAKERS


 Battery

The MacBook Air”s battery lasted an impressive 9 hours and 12 minutes on the Laptop Battery Test. That is up to 9 hours of endless wireless web and up to 10 hours of a couple of great iTunes songs and movies. Anything above 8 hours is considered excellent, and the MacBook Air does very well in this front.


Speakers

Both the 11 inch and the 13 MacBook Air’s have a set of speakers behind the keyboard. The Dual mics and stereo speakers work efficiently and I have no qualms with them. Delivery of high quality stereophonic audio is always expected from any decent laptop that’s worth its salt, and this Mac submits excellently. Sound quality is excellent, floating through the air in sufficient volumes to its listener. The audio experience is sufficiently satisfactory.


Camera

At the top centre of the screen framing, is the position of the FaceTime HD camera good for 720P resolution video. You can use it for video calls and photos. However, better webcam cameras are in the market, offering up to 1080p resolution. On this front, the Mac falls short of it’s best competition.


Thing I loved

Great port selection – The inclusion of the Thunderbolt 2 deserves a thumbs up. While including the Thunderbolt 3/USB C port would have been a welcome move, the Thunderbolt 2 is will still suffice for many years to come. Excellent build – shows signs of longevity. The extreme portability owing to it’s compact design and light weigh makes it an excellent 13 inch ultrabook. It’s thus excellent for students and road warriors. It’s trackpad and keyboard are also very nice to use, better than you’ll find in most machines.


Things I disliked

The downside to the Apple MacBook Z0ND-20GHZ8GB256 is its low screen resolution. Users used to higher resolution laptops can see the difference in picture quality which is an obvious turn off. Since the display is what you notice most after the you’re done admiring the attractice exterior, it’s under delivery is quite noticed. However, the pros far outweigh the cons for most users, and thus this can be overlooked.

CONCLUSION


I must say that little much has changed in this version of MacBook Air, and the competition is slowly catching on design, battery life and usability. The main attraction to the MacBook Air over the years has been it’s thinness and weight. The records it once set are now broken by competition. The Acer Aspire 7 has since taken the thinnest laptop crown.

The Dell XPS 13 has since become the most compact 13 inch machine, with the best performance in its field. The LG Gram has since taken the lightweight crown. As for looks, the HP Spectre 2016 steals the limelight from most of it’s competition, though that is subject to one’s taste. The MacBook Air however still holds a prestigious air about it that competition has yet to attain to, and that’s why you’re probably going to end up with one regardless.

Speaking honestly, the 2015 MacBook Air  screen technology is seriously outdated at this point. Apple would have done a better job here especially when there is clear evident of Apple packing fantastic displays in other MacBook lines. If your focus is on attaining searingly crisp display quality, then think again. But for all those lovers of light weight, compact and flamboyant machines, you’ve got yourself a warrior here.

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