Choosing the right laptop is very essential for your day to day work. If you are a Millennial, who grew up in the cult of Mac, then as a Millennials you must have been addicted to Apple products devices. Not just millennials but many people prefer mac book because they sync up well with all the Apple products which they already have and they are used to Mac OS. Apple products like MacBook are best for creative types, but as the technology changes every six months there are many less expensive and robust options are available in the market, but you want to stick to your 2015 Macbook because you have all the data and software installed and don’t want to hassle in that case or don’t want to spend thousands of dollars for the latest version of MacBook.
MacBook Air from 2015 is 13inc and it’s for about $500-$1000 depending on the specifications, Much cheaper than the latest MacBook. I use MacBook 2015 with i5 Processor and 8GB RAM.
I use my 2015 Macbook Air for Photo editing, and it gives a pretty seamless experience. I use Lightroom for photo editing, and I never faced any problem with it, Lightroom software involves moving sliders around for the filter, and when you’re editing in Lightroom, the image editing results are what you are manipulating for, and it shows up more or less immediately upon making the edit, you’ll see the effect on the photo immediately & there’s hardly any lag while editing photos & it’s a seamless experience. Similarly, for Photoshop, I’ve never faced any problem with the brush tool, I can do brushing on the images and results of the image are obtained immediately. But when it comes to editing a photo, the MacBook Air falls down a bit in processing times, if you are doing any HDR Processing & you trying to stack photos or doing hyper-lapse stacking then the MacBook Air takes a long time to process the image. But overall photo editing at MacBook Air is no problem at all.
In terms of Video Editing, I see there is hardly any issue with short videos but when the video is long like 20+min with all 1080p footage it will start getting edgy in the preview window. Another thing which I found is, When you try editing the 4k Video in a Premiere Pro then it gets freezed, It’s almost impossible to work with 4k video on MacBook. But you can get around with it by tweaking some settings on MacBook, like in the Video Editing software you can reduce the preview plane so that it will give you a low-resolution video and processing power can be reduced. And when you are done with all the editing of video and now you want to export the video in the desired format, for short videos it will take 15-20mins but for the 1080p and 4K videos it will take hours to get the edited files.
Although Macbook Air is used for productivity tasks and video editing but as Gamer, you can play the game on least resolution to get smooth performance. You can get 90-110fps in a game like Counter-Strike but after 20-30min of gaming, you will find that keyboard is heating up a little and then the performance of frames will also drop and will you find that there is lag the game. You can use the external cooling support pad to reduce the heating issues.
2015 MacBook Vs 2019 MacBook
Weight: Both MacBook weights are about the same, but if we go in the details. 2015 13″ Macbook Air weight is 2.96Pounds & 2019 13″ Macbook Pro-weight is 3.02 Pounds. Easy to travel with both of the laptops.
Design: Both Macbooks have all aluminium finish, and both of them are having space grey and silver colour options. On the outside, both of the devices look identical.
Performance: The specification and pricing are the big difference between MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The latest one comes with the 8th generation processor and up to 3.9Ghz. So these specifications are the big performance booster in the latest MacBook.
Overall I see the 2015 MacBook is still powerful and the sufficient amount of RAM will always give you excellent performance on doing productive tasks like Office Automation, Internet Surfing and Photo editing. The 2015 Macbook is still good enough in 2020.