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kulimer
Sep 26, 2011, 06:54 PM
Can any experts explain some do's and dont's in terms of software and hardware?

Also, any software you specifically liked?

Anything you did to extend the battery life?

Share your tricks!



GGJstudios
Sep 26, 2011, 06:56 PM
Helpful Information for Any Mac User (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9848667&postcount=6)

This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:
Apple Notebook Battery FAQ (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9875442&postcount=23)

There are loads of threads on app recommendations, available by searching the forum:

Your favourite Mac AppStore Apps! (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1075580&highlight=apps)
your top 5 of macbook pro apps (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1166577)
List of Apps that support Lion full screen mode (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1168952)
Must-have apps and tweaks for MacBook Air newbies? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1227063)
Useful FREE apps from the app store (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1216286)
Most useful apps for Air on app store? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1198707)
What are useful apps? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1188542)
What apps/utilities should one get with their new mac pro? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1189054)
Need Good Apps for Students (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1179223)
Must Have Apps ! (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1066946)

scarred
Sep 26, 2011, 07:07 PM
* Do not login to Macrumors website and create yet another thread on what to do with a new Macbook Air.

* Do leverage the Search Forums and/or google for all the tips and tricks you need.

kulimer
Sep 27, 2011, 12:38 AM
The links did have some basic descriptions about the batteries and common knowledge. So, should I charge the battery for 1 day or 2 before first use? I know for my phones I did that.

Brandon0448
Sep 27, 2011, 12:44 AM
The links did have some basic descriptions about the batteries and common knowledge. So, should I charge the battery for 1 day or 2 before first use? I know for my phones I did that.

Nope no need. Just enjoy your new laptop. Don't have to do anything special.

yongren
Sep 27, 2011, 01:04 AM
If you're coming from a previous Mac via Time Machine, especially Snow Leopard or earlier, better to keep the clean factory install of Lion and copy your files over manually. If you don't, you start with a system that is already cluttered from use instead of fresh and snappy as it should be. I made this mistake & ended up with a slightly annoying degree of sluggishness, graphical glitches, and the like. I plan on doing a clean Lion install as soon as I get the chance.

Macman45
Sep 27, 2011, 01:12 AM
Get a case NOW!

Then just use it.....I'm waiting for my Speck case to arrive, so my new Air is living in a towel I'm determined to keep it scratch free

kulimer
Sep 27, 2011, 01:16 AM
Get a case NOW!

Then just use it.....I'm waiting for my Speck case to arrive, so my new Air is living in a towel I'm determined to keep it scratch free

Thanks for the advice, I definitely know how that feels when I scratched up my phone. Will look into the case thread for that.

nebulos
Sep 27, 2011, 01:18 AM
Get a case NOW!

Then just use it.....I'm waiting for my Speck case to arrive, so my new Air is living in a towel I'm determined to keep it scratch free

i've read many accounts of people saying their case caused scratches, because they trap dirt, which then rubs against the computer. something to look out for. i would guess that taking the case off and cleaning it regularly prob prevents this.

Macman45
Sep 27, 2011, 06:33 AM
i've read many accounts of people saying their case caused scratches, because they trap dirt, which then rubs against the computer. something to look out for. i would guess that taking the case off and cleaning it regularly prob prevents this.

Clear, no metal clips, just remove it once a month or so to clean as you say. Spoke to Apple about the clip ons, but that's been discussed in another thread here. I'd stay away from them.....I love my Air, but because it's all alloy, scratches are just so easy to get.....It's wrapped in it's towel now.....Case delivered tomorrow!

Kafka
Sep 27, 2011, 07:17 AM
Get a case NOW!

Then just use it.....I'm waiting for my Speck case to arrive, so my new Air is living in a towel I'm determined to keep it scratch free

Omg this is ridiculous...

Kafka
Sep 27, 2011, 07:29 AM
Don't waste money on a stupid ugly case, use your machine the way it was meant to be used...
Now a sleeve for transportation, this I understand.

I'd rather be using a slightly marked computer than a horrible scratched plastic case. Then when you upgrade and take the case off "YEAH! the computer I won't use anymore is in mint state! That's so great!"

Let your machine live its life...

deeddawg
Sep 27, 2011, 07:35 AM
Get a case NOW!

I disagree. When not at home my MBA does ride in the padded laptop pocket in my Timbuk2 bag, but otherwise it's naked.

Had a Macbook Pro 13 for nearly a year before my MBA13 and it went to another family member with no scratches.

That doesn't mean a case isn't appropriate for all people, I just challenge the assertion that it's required. Instead, it depends on the individual's situation.

kulimer
Sep 27, 2011, 07:42 AM
The links did have some basic descriptions about the batteries and common knowledge. So, should I charge the battery for 1 day or 2 before first use? I know for my phones I did that.

When I said extra charging, I am referring to when you first got your brand new laptop.

Macman45
Sep 27, 2011, 08:01 AM
I disagree. When not at home my MBA does ride in the padded laptop pocket in my Timbuk2 bag, but otherwise it's naked.

Had a Macbook Pro 13 for nearly a year before my MBA13 and it went to another family member with no scratches.

That doesn't mean a case isn't appropriate for all people, I just challenge the assertion that it's required. Instead, it depends on the individual's situation.

In the music business, where beer is involved, and everyone wants to play with my stuff, the case is an absolute must.....It wouldn't be 5 minutes before it looked terrible, and I dont like my stuff wrecked a sleeve is good protection for many, but it's not enough for me.

Kafka
Sep 27, 2011, 08:05 AM
In the music business, where beer is involved, and everyone wants to play with my stuff, the case is an absolute must.....It wouldn't be 5 minutes before it looked terrible, and I dont like my stuff wrecked a sleeve is good protection for many, but it's not enough for me.

Alright this I understand as well :)

deeddawg
Sep 27, 2011, 08:18 AM
In the music business, where beer is involved, and everyone wants to play with my stuff, the case is an absolute must...

Agreed. Beer + Friends + Computer = Trouble! :D

Macman45
Sep 27, 2011, 09:15 AM
Agreed. Beer + Friends + Computer = Trouble! :D

I don't worry about them, they respect my stuff. It's Rock Bands I record and video:D

IPhone goes to the studio ( or even at home when clients are here) in full, ugly Otterbox defender kit.

My old laptop which I'm about to sell is a heavy lump 17.5" Toshiba satellite pro. That was in a case when working with me too.

Funnily enough, the only thing they wouldn't touch....( many won't even ask) are my guitars...." would you mind if I played your Strat?"

Nope, but take off the jewlery and wash your hands:D. Ive owned that guitar from new, it's been giged around the world, and is like brand new, and yes, it has a case.

I'm normal at home, my stuff is on stands.......It's only when I turn this into a studio that it's time to protect it all.

The Air is the easiest to Mark up, so it's getting a clear Speck cover.....Still shows it off, and more importantly I can use it for the purpose I intended...safely!

GGJstudios
Sep 27, 2011, 11:54 AM
When I said extra charging, I am referring to when you first got your brand new laptop.
When you first get your MBA, you can turn it on and start using it right away. It comes partially charged, so plug it in and fully charge it the first time (while you're using it, if you wish). After that, run on battery when you need to, plug it in whenever you can. Just make sure you don't run on battery all the time. Read the AC POWER section of the Battery FAQ for more details.

kulimer
Sep 27, 2011, 12:03 PM
@GGJStudios: Yes, agree. This is what I read at Apple.com "Be sure to fully charge your portable when you plug it in for the first time, and then run Software Update to ensure you have the latest software."

I wonder if they meant with laptop down/closed.

source:http://www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html

GGJstudios
Sep 27, 2011, 12:08 PM
@GGJStudios: Yes, agree. This is what I read at Apple.com "Be sure to fully charge your portable when you plug it in for the first time, and then run Software Update to ensure you have the latest software."

I wonder if they meant with laptop down/closed.

source:http://www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html
Well, it's kinda hard to use it with the lid closed, unless you're connected to an external display. No, you don't have to plug it in and wait for it to fully charge before you start using it.

kulimer
Sep 27, 2011, 08:00 PM
I found this article on helping the battery last longer http://www.interrupt19.com/2008/03/31/8-ways-to-help-your-macbook-battery-last-as-long-as-it-can/

and this http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1490

GGJstudios
Sep 27, 2011, 08:12 PM
I found this article on helping the battery last longer http://www.interrupt19.com/2008/03/31/8-ways-to-help-your-macbook-battery-last-as-long-as-it-can/

and this http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1490
For future reference, all of that information is contained in the Battery FAQ in the 2nd post of this thread.

Macman45
Sep 28, 2011, 08:54 AM
For future reference, all of that information is contained in the Battery FAQ in the 2nd post of this thread.

But don't remove the battery in an AIR or you will void your warranty.....Thought I'd better mention this as the article advises removal in "Laptops" but glance at the booklet that came with your MBA and you find it specifically tells you not to remove it.....I wouldn't want to anyway, just worth mentioning.

All the other stuff there is bali for the MBA too

GGJstudios
Sep 28, 2011, 11:25 AM
But don't remove the battery in an AIR or you will void your warranty.....Thought I'd better mention this as the article advises removal in "Laptops"
That's because the article was written in 2008, before built-in batteries were introduced. The Battery FAQ is more up to date:
Also, it is not recommended to run your Mac on the AC adaptor with the battery out (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2332) (Of course, this only applies to removable batteries).
This is why you can't trust everything you read on the internet. When it comes to Apple batteries, Apple is the most reliable source of information. The Battery FAQ contains information directly from Apple, not blogs or articles written by those who don't have all the facts.

Macman45
Sep 28, 2011, 11:46 AM
That's because the article was written in 2008, before built-in batteries were introduced. The Battery FAQ is more up to date:

This is why you can't trust everything you read on the internet. When it comes to Apple batteries, Apple is the most reliable source of information. The Battery FAQ contains information directly from Apple, not blogs or articles written by those who don't have all the facts.

The latest news from Apple, lets face it if you love Apple we know they don't do manuals. Only the warning about not removing the battery in the booklet.

I use the same cycling with my iPad and iPhone as well. Battery life on my MBA seems to run at between 6-7 hours depending on what I'm doing. Plug in the Superdrive and that drops dramatically as you would expect. I'm determined to stick with this trackpad although the temptation to buy another MM was strong.....I'm getting there, its better than any other pad I have ever used.

kulimer
Sep 28, 2011, 11:56 AM
I am surprised nobody mentioned laptop lock yet, that should be the #1 thing. If it's gone, nothing else matters.

GGJstudios
Sep 28, 2011, 12:02 PM
I am surprised nobody mentioned laptop lock yet, that should be the #1 thing. If it's gone, nothing else matters.
I guess that depends on your situation and preference. I've used laptops since they were first introduced and I've never had one stolen. It helps to have a good security system:
http://archer.gamebanana.com/img/ico/sprays/protectedbyglock.png

kulimer
Sep 28, 2011, 12:33 PM
what are some of the locks you guys used and recommend? Targus Decon combo lock is the worst, if you lock your laptop to a desk, it's locked forever.

GGJstudios
Sep 28, 2011, 01:33 PM
what are some of the locks you guys used and recommend? Targus Decon combo lock is the worst, if you lock your laptop to a desk, it's locked forever.
There are several existing threads on this with recommendations, found by searching the forum. Here's a couple:

MacBook Air Lock (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1202110&highlight=lock)
Securing the MBA (no Kensington lock) (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1061311&highlight=lock)

kulimer
Sep 28, 2011, 02:00 PM
I guess that depends on your situation and preference. I've used laptops since they were first introduced and I've never had one stolen. It helps to have a good security system:
http://archer.gamebanana.com/img/ico/sprays/protectedbyglock.png

You are just asking for a pat down from the TSA.

GGJstudios
Sep 28, 2011, 02:05 PM
You are just asking for a pat down from the TSA.
LOL! Not on my Harley! They'd have to catch me first! :cool:

Macman45
Sep 29, 2011, 07:53 AM
Can any experts explain some do's and dont's in terms of software and hardware?

Also, any software you specifically liked?

Anything you did to extend the battery life?

Share your tricks!

The date being reported by coconut battery is the date your Air was put in it's pretty box, and part charged ready for sale. Mine is 2 weeks old, but is reported as being 12 weeks old.

On to your battery question: it Can take up to 10 full cycles for the battery to reach it's optimum, factory charge ( 100%) think of it as building up stamina, like exercise.

Your Air is fine and you only need to worry if it falls off the cliff battery wise, because that's how lithium Polymer batteries work. In 10 full discharge / charge cycles the battery should reach it's factory potential as described in coconut battery.

Mine went from 94% to the full hundred after about 8 full cycles. But you can save each cycle in coconut battery's log file option to see the increase in potential charge if you wish.

riveting
Sep 29, 2011, 10:06 AM
Can any one confirm this, I just ported my previous MBA (running snow leopard) to my new air on first start, is this really an issue. What I like Mac is that it is supposed to be "just work", I really hate to wasting hours to re-install every program, setting and copy all files manually.


If you're coming from a previous Mac via Time Machine, especially Snow Leopard or earlier, better to keep the clean factory install of Lion and copy your files over manually. If you don't, you start with a system that is already cluttered from use instead of fresh and snappy as it should be. I made this mistake & ended up with a slightly annoying degree of sluggishness, graphical glitches, and the like. I plan on doing a clean Lion install as soon as I get the chance.

deeddawg
Sep 29, 2011, 10:15 AM
Can any one confirm this, I just ported my previous MBA (running snow leopard) to my new air on first start, is this really an issue.

It hasn't been an issue for me, I ported my previous MBP over using Time Machine at the start and it's been all good. I did keep my MBP pretty well cleaned up, so this perhaps may vary depending on how long you'd had the system and how much stuff you added/deleted over time.

kulimer
Sep 29, 2011, 02:04 PM
On to your battery question: it Can take up to 10 full cycles for the battery to reach it's optimum, factory charge ( 100%) think of it as building up stamina, like exercise.

Your Air is fine and you only need to worry if it falls off the cliff battery wise, because that's how lithium Polymer batteries work. In 10 full discharge / charge cycles the battery should reach it's factory potential as described in coconut battery.

Mine went from 94% to the full hundred after about 8 full cycles. But you can save each cycle in coconut battery's log file option to see the increase in potential charge if you wish.

thanks! The Air came fully charged, I was shocked. First time ever opening my Air. After 2 restart, battery power went down to 96% in 3 min. that explains now.

So, I'll have to do full cycles? I like to keep my computer charged.

btw, is there a youtube you can watch, I need something more interactive.

GGJstudios
Sep 29, 2011, 02:32 PM
So, I'll have to do full cycles? I like to keep my computer charged.
No, you don't have to do full cycles. You can charge or unplug your computer at any time. It's not good to leave it fully charged all the time. Read the Battery FAQ I posted in the 2nd post of this thread. It will answer your battery questions.

kulimer
Sep 29, 2011, 10:53 PM
Get a case NOW!

Then just use it.....I'm waiting for my Speck case to arrive, so my new Air is living in a towel I'm determined to keep it scratch free

After carrying around the MBA with spiral notebooks together, I totally agree. Those metal on the spiral notebooks are just haters.

yongren
Sep 30, 2011, 12:20 AM
Can any one confirm this, I just ported my previous MBA (running snow leopard) to my new air on first start, is this really an issue. What I like Mac is that it is supposed to be "just work", I really hate to wasting hours to re-install every program, setting and copy all files manually.

It's not unbearable in the least—still the best computer I've ever had by far. And it's likely that some of my problems are due to Lion still being at a fairly early stage... however, I would still recommend manually transferring your files & settings if you have the time. Honestly it still shouldn't take that long with the speed of the Air's SSD

sarends
Sep 30, 2011, 06:37 AM
I had an iCarbons black skin on my 2010 MBA and I really enjoyed it. I felt that I didnt have to exercise extreme care with it because of the iCarbons. I ended up giving the 2010 MBA with the iCarbons skin to my daughter who plans to keep it the way it is. The skin still looks pretty much perfect.

I plan to get another iCarbons skin for my new 2011 MBA. I really like the black iCarbons skin.

Get a case NOW!

Then just use it.....I'm waiting for my Speck case to arrive, so my new Air is living in a towel I'm determined to keep it scratch free

kulimer
Sep 30, 2011, 02:37 PM
My battery remains at 98% no matter how I charge it, there's the result from istat:

Internal Battery
98% - Power Adapter
charged

cycles:1
health: 99%

Design capacity: 6700 mAh
Current capacity: 6631 mAh

amperage: 0 mA
voltage: 8314 mV

14 days left on the free istat.

deeddawg
Sep 30, 2011, 02:47 PM
My battery remains at 98% no matter how I charge it, there's the result from istat:

Internal Battery
98% - Power Adapter
charged

Did you read the Battery FAQ (link in post #2 of this thread)?
Your battery health is referred to either as a percentage or in mAh and represents your current full charge capacity (mAh) as compared with the ideal full charge capacity (100%). Be aware that battery readings are not 100% accurate and they fluctuate up and down, so if your brand new battery health is somewhat less than 100% or if it fluctuates up and down over time (100%, 91%, 95%, etc.), don't worry. It will not only decline. For example, if your battery health is 92% one day, it could be back up to 97% a few days or weeks later. It is not a one-way fluctuation. This is completely normal.

Battery capacity measurement of an in-use battery AFAIK is not an exact science, and a % point or two one way or another really doesn't matter.

kulimer
Sep 30, 2011, 02:58 PM
have seen that, how do you know it's not for reals? or what if it is for reals?

deeddawg
Sep 30, 2011, 04:02 PM
have seen that, how do you know it's not for reals? or what if it is for reals?

Of course it's true, it's on the Internet! :D

Seriously though, I'd say there are too many other things to worry about in the world than a modern computer battery. Just don't leave it plugged in 24x7x365, take it out of the house sometimes.

If you don't believe your battery capacity is appropriate when you reach the 11th month of your warranty, take it to Apple for a warranty claim.

Worst case, spend $100 in three years to replace it with a new battery from ifixit.com

psxp
Sep 30, 2011, 04:08 PM
LOL! Not on my Harley! They'd have to catch me first! :cool:

harley?! lol ... not quite the race bike.. ;)

GGJstudios
Sep 30, 2011, 06:32 PM
harley?! lol ... not quite the race bike.. ;)
Depends on which Harley.... and what they're chasing me with.

kulimer
Sep 30, 2011, 06:39 PM
My battery remains at 98% no matter how I charge it, there's the result from istat:

Internal Battery
98% - Power Adapter
charged

cycles:1
health: 99%

Design capacity: 6700 mAh
Current capacity: 6631 mAh

amperage: 0 mA
voltage: 8314 mV

14 days left on the free istat.

look at the current capacity, looks like this kid only had 6631mAh for dinner when he can have 6700mAh for dinner. Poor child, it's not daddy's fault though. It's mommy's fault. No it's uncle Steve's fault.

deeddawg
Oct 1, 2011, 11:41 AM
look at the current capacity, looks like this kid only had 6631mAh for dinner when he can have 6700mAh for dinner.

What is the accuracy of istat in providing this number? How do you know it is really 100% accurate in measuring to 1mAh differences?

GGJstudios
Oct 1, 2011, 12:23 PM
What is the accuracy of istat in providing this number? How do you know it is really 100% accurate in measuring to 1mAh differences?
That's what calibration is for... to make those readings as accurate as possible. However, those readings are never 100% accurate, even with a properly calibrated battery.

kulimer
Oct 1, 2011, 02:39 PM
You don't need calibration for the new models!!!

Portables with built-in batteries
Current Apple portable computer batteries are pre-calibrated and do not require the calibration procedure outlined in this article. These computers use batteries that should be replaced only by an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

MacBook

MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009) and later
MacBook Air

MacBook Air, all versions
MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009) and later
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2009) and later
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009) and later


source: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1490
dated on:August 04, 2011

GGJstudios
Oct 1, 2011, 03:20 PM
You don't need calibration for the new models!!!
Yes, I know that. That's clearly stated in the Battery FAQ, which I posted in the 2nd post of this thread. I was explaining the purpose of calibration and the fact that even with a properly calibrated.... or pre-calibrated... battery, the readings aren't completely accurate.

DarwinOSX
Oct 1, 2011, 04:06 PM
Or if you don't want to make your Air thicker and ugly get a sleeve.

Get a case NOW!
Then just use it.....I'm waiting for my Speck case to arrive, so my new Air is living in a towel I'm determined to keep it scratch free

kulimer
Oct 1, 2011, 06:22 PM
@DarwinOSX, I agree too, what did you buy? I noticed scratches on the charger, I wiped it off :), but still!:eek:

@GGJstudios: Not even talking about you. Charger finally displays 100%, at 2 cycles, current capacity is still @ 6587mAh, will keep this number updated.

kulimer
Oct 3, 2011, 06:07 PM
no matter what others say, try to minimize the use of your battery, it does have a lifespan, every time you use it, it's one cycle less. Of course, do let the electron chargers flow once in a while.

Abazigal
Oct 3, 2011, 09:06 PM
no matter what others say, try to minimize the use of your battery, it does have a lifespan, every time you use it, it's one cycle less. Of course, do let the electron chargers flow once in a while.

How do you avoid using the battery, when you can't even remove it? Plus, I was under the impression that using the battery while the laptop is plugged in isn't that healthy for the battery either.

So wouldn't it be better to charge the MBA to full while it is switched off, then run it solely off batt power or something? Unless you are a really heavy user, 1000 charges should be enough to see you ~ 1.5 to 2 years?

GGJstudios
Oct 3, 2011, 10:06 PM
no matter what others say, try to minimize the use of your battery, it does have a lifespan, every time you use it, it's one cycle less. Of course, do let the electron chargers flow once in a while.
It doesn't use a cycle every time you use it. Read the Battery FAQ to understand how cycles work. Even if you use about one cycle a day, you'll hit 1000 cycles in around 3 years, which is normal. If you minimize the use of your battery too much, it can cause it to die earlier. Batteries need to be exercised to stay healthy.
How do you avoid using the battery, when you can't even remove it?
You don't avoid using the battery.
I was under the impression that using the battery while the laptop is plugged in isn't that healthy for the battery either.
Not true. You can use your Mac whether it's plugged in or running on battery. Either is perfectly fine. Just don't run with it plugged in all the time.

So wouldn't it be better to charge the MBA to full while it is switched off, then run it solely off batt power or something?
No. This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:
Apple Notebook Battery FAQ (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9875442&postcount=23)

kulimer
Oct 3, 2011, 11:00 PM
I was wondering how to get Samsung manufactured display instead of Toshiba.

My take: go to a store, check what they have out what they have on display, if it is a Samsung they are probably selling Samsung at this store.

Because those display are pulled off from stock, chances are you will get Samsung.

The store is really telling you: "my source is Samsung not Toshiba."

@Abazigal: If you have your laptop charged, the source of power is from the charger, not the battery. Someone else confirm?

@GGJStudios: I agree with you on cycle life. It's like car mileage.

komoornik
Oct 4, 2011, 12:01 AM
Toshiba display? Nice.

GGJstudios
Oct 4, 2011, 12:05 AM
@Abazigal: If you have your laptop charged, the source of power is from the charger, not the battery. Someone else confirm?
In most cases, yes. Even if the battery isn't fully charged, when you plug it in, your Mac usually runs on the AC power instead of the battery. Once the battery is fully charged, it stops charging, so it cannot overcharge, even if you leave it plugged in. However, during periods of very high demands on the system, it may draw power from both AC power and the battery, causing the charging process to slow down or stop temporarily.

Abazigal
Oct 4, 2011, 04:15 AM
Thanks for the link. I may be getting a MBA sometime later this year and it seems I still have a lot to learn. :)

Off to read.

kulimer
Oct 4, 2011, 06:59 PM
Toshiba display? Nice.

I want Samsung.

nebulos
Oct 4, 2011, 07:25 PM
I was wondering how to get Samsung manufactured display instead of Toshiba.

Toshiba display? Nice.

I want Samsung.

Try this:

Off to read.

kulimer
Oct 4, 2011, 10:39 PM
go to a store, check what they have out on display, if it is a Samsung they are probably selling Samsung at this store.

Because those display are pulled off from stock, chances are you will get Samsung.

Would this method work?

nebulos
Oct 4, 2011, 10:50 PM
Would this method work?

Question: How are the panels different?

kulimer
Oct 6, 2011, 11:12 PM
I personally think battery life is like are car milage, you are given 1000 cycles, every time you use one cycle, it's an extra cycle added.

Just like your car, you shouldn't not use it. Drive it once in a while is good, but if you are going 100 miles freeway every day, it's bad for the car.

What I am saying might be extreme, but what I am saying is for your own good. KEEP YOUR BATTERY CHARGED WHEN POSSIBLE!!

jdechko
Oct 7, 2011, 10:50 AM
Question: How are the panels different?

The LG (not Toshiba) display has a little bit narrower vertical viewing angle.

As far as the LCD panel lottery goes I'd say the LG and Samsung panels are pretty similar, with the Samsung being a bit better about vertical viewing angles. My personal preference is the Samsung but after using the LG exclusively for a couple of days I no longer have any complaints. Unfortunately both are TN panels and thus have inherent, highly annoying issues with viewing angle.


http://www.anandtech.com/show/4554/apples-11inch-macbook-air-core-i7-18ghz-review-update/6


/Emphasis mine.

If Anand says it's not a big deal, it's probably not a big deal.

nebulos
Oct 7, 2011, 11:51 AM
The LG (not Toshiba) display has a little bit narrower vertical viewing angle. ... If Anand says it's not a big deal, it's probably not a big deal.

sorry. i just like to ask people that are set on the Samsung, so much so that they're willing to scheme for one, what the difference is, because i think most of them have no idea.

from what i've read and seen, i think there are some differences, but some are in favor of the LG, and either way, indeed, the differences are seem pretty minimal.

jdechko
Oct 7, 2011, 12:12 PM
from what i've read and seen, i think there are some differences, but some are in favor of the LG, and either way, indeed, the differences are seem pretty minimal.

Exactly.

So my Do's and Dont's are as follows:

DON'T look up the SSD manufacturer.
DON'T look up the display manufacturer.
DO love your new Air.
DO use it.

kulimer
Oct 8, 2011, 02:41 AM
I just want my Samsung instead of Toshiba, who wants to swap? jk

Coarseman
Oct 8, 2011, 03:39 AM
Toshiba display? Nice.

Yes, I have that.
Along with LG SSD...:D

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DON'T look up the SSD manufacturer.
DON'T look up the display manufacturer.
DO love your new Air.
DO use it.

Amen to that,brother!:)

kulimer
Oct 8, 2011, 10:32 PM
Here's a good website for Macbook, iphone, ipad tips and tricks, enjoy!
http://osxdaily.com/category/tips-tricks/

kulimer
Oct 11, 2011, 11:28 PM
I exchanged for another laptop, and now the battery reads
Design Capacity: 6700mAh
Current Capacity: 6700mAh

old one
Current Capacity: 6500 mAh
still measured by the same program, istat
There is a variation battery quality, be careful, there is bad "Apple" out there (see what i did there :p)