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AlvinNguyen
Feb 17, 2011, 09:22 PM
Background - Fashion Photographer. Uses the MBA as my on-location backup for images, portable HD backup, and light editing (LR3, Bridge and CS5)

I was using a base for 3 days but I ended up switching to an Ultimate 11.6" MBA today (128GB SSD, 1.6Ghz, 4Gb RAM).

From the last couple days, I can tell you guys that the base was more than enough to handle everyday computing tasks. In fact, it was so much easier and nicer to use than my 2010 base 13" MBP. The base MBP was stronger for editing but not by much - only because it's got a bigger screen - everything else the MBA breezed through, except for the screen size I feel that the MBA was even faster at CS5 as weird as it sounds since it's got a slower processor.

The Ultimate was also noticeably faster at editing than the base Air. However, every day computing there is almost no difference unless I was running multiple apps - and editing at the same time.

Why Ultimate? The 128GB SSD is a life saver! By the time I finished installing CS5 and office on the 64GB there was only 40gig left. Even though I don't store music on here, 40GIG is only about 2 shoots worth of images. The 4Gig of RAM is helpful but unless you're editing like me or want to future proof your Air, then you *might* be able to get away with the 2gig. The 1.6Ghz processor I'm not sure if there is much improvement over the 1.4ghz. I just got it to future proof my machine.

The Air to me is not an editing powerhouse, but for now while I'm waiting for the MBP refresh I have to use it for that in the next two weeks (planning on the ultimate 17" MBP). For some reason I think I'll be just fine :) The Air should be just as good if not better than the base 2010 13" MBP I sold.



shakeman0
Feb 17, 2011, 09:24 PM
I have been seeing people say that the Air is surprisingly fast. I guess the SSD really makes a huge difference.

iRun26.2
Feb 17, 2011, 09:50 PM
I have been seeing people say that the Air is surprisingly fast. I guess the SSD really makes a huge difference.

It is, indeed, stunningly fast. I will never buy another computer without a SSD.

shakeman0
Feb 17, 2011, 09:52 PM
It is, indeed, stunningly fast. I will never buy another computer without a SSD.

Wow, hopefully SSD will become standard soon then.

Psilocybin
Feb 17, 2011, 10:29 PM
Wow, hopefully SSD will become standard soon then.

To expensive until the price comes down this will never happen

Funkymonk
Feb 17, 2011, 10:51 PM
I'm hoping to get a base 11" mba as soon as I find a cheap second hand one.

AlvinNguyen
Feb 17, 2011, 11:08 PM
I'm hoping to get a base 11" mba as soon as I find a cheap second hand one.

I see them for $890ish. You're saving about $200 after tax cost. I got my Ultimate for $1150 this morning on CL and I thought it was a deal since it only costs $50 over what I paid for my base :D

Berardi3
Feb 17, 2011, 11:13 PM
I am so close to purchasing the MBA 11.6 base so in love with it

Funkymonk
Feb 18, 2011, 01:35 AM
I see them for $890ish. You're saving about $200 after tax cost. I got my Ultimate for $1150 this morning on CL and I thought it was a deal since it only costs $50 over what I paid for my base :D

I saw a few on CL for $700-799 too. For the base model of course. Lol I'm so cheap

MacRumorUser
Feb 18, 2011, 03:13 AM
The Ultimate was also noticeably faster at editing than the base Air. However, every day computing there is almost no difference unless I was running multiple apps - and editing at the same time.



I imagine the main difference that made the machine 'noticeably' faster from the work you describe was actually the jump to 4GB from 2GB in the base, rather than the 1.4 - 1.6 which cpu bump. :)

jgould
Feb 18, 2011, 07:22 AM
I know that from playing around with them in the Apple Store that they boot and shut down faster than my 2006 MacBook with a 2GHz Core Duo and 2GB of RAM. The machine at the Apple Store was the 11.6 Base with the 1.4 GHz C2D and 4GB of RAM. I don't think the spinner spun two whole times from a cold start, and then I was looking at the desktop... I will be picking up my 11.6" Ultimate this evening. It already blows my MacBook out of the water...