View Full Version : Blackbook vs Macbook air?

Feb 20, 2011, 12:24 PM
Hi Guys,
I am contemplating selling my current blackbook (mid-2008, 2.4GHz, intel GMA x3100) which still has 5 months of warranty to get the macbook air (ultimate version). I was wondering if I am going to be seeing some sort of upgrade from my blackbook, I am basically looking at the following criteria:

*Speed: Pretty important, I am going to mainly use it for checking e-mail, browsing the internet and CS purposes (like coding and stuff). Do not intend on using it for video editing or other resource heavy work.

*Battery Life: Biggie! I want a huge increase in battery life because my current blackbook only goes 2 hours (with watching videos at 75% brightness with wifi on), which is very disappointing.

*Graphics: I am not intent on playing games at high settings but still look forward to playing games like CS:source or TF2 at medium settings and get decent frame rates. My blackbook's GMA X3100 is pretty bad, even the original HALO causes it to chug. I also want the OS to run smoothly.

*Heat: My blackbook did not get very hot initially but the temperatures have kept going up, yesterday it hit 85 C!

*Ports: I need one ethernet, one mini-display port and 2 USB ports to remain happy, this is the only thing worrying me!

*Screen: I quite like the glossy screen of the blackbook, so I wanted to know if the macbook air screen is much better?

Looking forward to your opinions!

Feb 20, 2011, 12:39 PM
well lets see what we got here

speed - Solid State Drive - amazing speed, huge upgrade

battery life- wont be a big upgrade since your going to be watching videos..on average for surfing and email the macbook air's battery lasts about 7 hours

Graphics- Nvidia! great graphics..wont beable to play anything on high, but it does get the job done...i play borderlands with no problem at all..os will also operate smooth

Heat- runs pretty cool...gets up to about 80 degrees when playing games or watching videos...bottom stays fairly cool aswell compared to macbook pros

ports- well theres no ethernet port...it does have 2 usb ports but if your using ethernet that will take up one of the two ports....13" also has sd

screen- great crisp screen with a higher res

Feb 20, 2011, 01:24 PM
Except for the ports (as previous poster already mentioned), everything else will be an upgrade.

Screen of the MBA is also glossy but much brighter than the MacBook (especially the generation you have) and will have a higher resolution.

Are you not tempted to wait for the 13" MBP likely to be announced in the next few days?

Feb 20, 2011, 01:45 PM
Might as well play the waiting game......unless they reduce the weight of the macbook pros I would still pick up the air.