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dontwalkhand
Dec 11, 2011, 12:47 AM
I own an MBP, and I love it. Though I did come across threads here on MR of people who are stuck in deciding whether they want an MBA or MBP. And this just got me curious, is there anyone here who uses an MBA as their main computer, and is there enough power to handle what you need it to do?

Mad props if you have pictures :-)



KylePowers
Dec 11, 2011, 01:20 AM
I don't, but there's nothing that my 11in MBA can't do that I do on my 27in iMac ... aside from having a gigantic screen. So I could easily use it as my main rig, especially if I had a Thunderbolt display. Alternatively, solely depending on the 13in would be cake.

I guess space would be an issue as I only have 128GB on my MBA vs the 1TB in my iMac. But 256GB would get me far and a networked drive could easily supplement the (not often accessed) rest of my files.

apexeffect
Dec 11, 2011, 01:32 AM
I own both the MBA and MBP. I honestly use my MBA more than the MBP because I find it to be a bit more convenient. I don't have to wait as long for it to boot up, and it's a lot lighter to carry around. I do some pretty intense things with the MBA, and it has stood up to all of them.

I do, however, use my MBP for work. I find that the processing power comes in handy during 10 hour days when you don't realize how many things you have open and running. I'm not saying my Air couldn't handle it, but there would probably be a bit of a delay.

ThomasBoss
Dec 11, 2011, 01:45 AM
For most people the MBA is more than enough power. I only got the MBP because when I bought it the new ones weren't out yet. :rolleyes:

GGJstudios
Dec 11, 2011, 02:08 AM
is there anyone here who uses an MBA as their main computer, and is there enough power to handle what you need it to do?
It appears there are a few. You might find some useful information in one of the following:


Is your MacBook Air your main computer? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1211640)
Anyone using the new 11" Air as their main machine? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1195753)
MBA 13 inch 2011 as your Main Computer ? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1209221)
Using the 13" Macbook Air as main computer...advantages/disadvantages? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1201620)
Have no laptop or desktop. Thinking about using MBA as main machine. (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1084035)
MBA vs Mac Mini - differences in using MBA as a primary desktop solution? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1283193)
11inch MBA as primary device? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1199701)
MBA11 vs MBP13 - my thoughts on the screen as a primary machine (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1201955)
Anyone using their 11" MBA as their PRIMARY machine? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1196602)
What 2011 MBA configuration is best as a primary computer? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1190027)
Who bought the base model 11" as their primary computer? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1192656)
11" Air and External as primary computer? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1188549)
13 macbook air as primary laptop - power? suggestions/advice (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1166481)
Buying Advice - Can the 13" MBA be my primary computer? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1111788)
Primary Machine (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1089355)
Is the Macbook Air okay to have as your only computer (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1278747)
MacBook Air vs. Pro as only computer? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1237869)
11 Inch MBA + Monitor as ONLY machine? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1197532)
MBA 13" as the only laptop? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1175471)

sm0
Dec 11, 2011, 02:19 AM
MBA 2010 was my one and only for a year. No issues, apart from the odd slow down. You can call me the extreme multi-tasker. I recently upgraded to the 2011 i5. More than enough.

Nioxic
Dec 11, 2011, 02:22 AM
I only use mine for ... well anything, when i'm not at home. at home i use my desktop pc. this is mainly because i got the 11" model, and it hurts my neck when i use it for longer periods, at my desk. Its not designed for small monitors.

my PC has a 27" monitor similar to the apple one (just 50% cheaper. and black <3)

i bring my air with me, everywAir (see what i did there?)

russelldirect
Dec 11, 2011, 05:14 AM
Yup, the 11-inch. It's pretty sweet with a full-sized monitor attached.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7018/6491768507_6a5b2fa60f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudoexec/6491768507/)
IMG_0095 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudoexec/6491768507/) by sudoexec (http://www.flickr.com/people/sudoexec/), on Flickr

molala
Dec 11, 2011, 05:52 AM
My 11" Air is my main machine (connect it to an external monitor when I'm working). Only time I use my older/bigger Macs is when I use software that only runs on Snow Leopard or lower.

Hey Jude
Dec 11, 2011, 06:05 AM
It depends: for video editing/encoding, I find that my MBAs are underpowered for those tasks. Otherwise, I could get by with my 24" ACD for use with Ps, etc.

larmende
Dec 11, 2011, 06:35 AM
My MBA is replacing a 4 1/2 year Sony laptop and will be more powerfull than that anyway. There are plenty of people out there who only have a laptop, and for most users the Air is enough.

Xikum
Dec 11, 2011, 07:15 AM
I bought a 2011 iMac before I bought a 2010 Air, but really, I feel that if I had bought my Air first, I wouldn't need the iMac.

I don't want to sell the iMac purely because I don't need the money, but, the Air is more than enough computer (even the 2010 model) for an average user.

jmgregory1
Dec 11, 2011, 07:17 AM
This is definitely a question a lot of people have - and I'm guessing it's fueled by those that are spec comparing. I'm guilty of doing this and yes, it worried me that the slower processor and lack of ram upgradability might be things that would push me to not get the mba. Of course, once I used the mba (I'm talking 2011 version here), all my worries went out the door.

Having recently had to do set-up for my wife's new work 13" base mbp, I can say that this comparison specifically, to the 13" base mba showed me that at least the 13" mbp is just not even in the running when compared to the mba.

As for using the mba as a main rig, given you can plug in an extra monitor, why wouldn't you use it. Unless you're running processor intensive apps or video intensive work, the mba should do just fine.

Santabean2000
Dec 11, 2011, 07:27 AM
RAM. If it came with the option of 8GB RAM, I would all over it.

My current 2009 MBP 13" is still well capable, (after SSD + 640GB combo and 8GB RAM injection), but it's glossy screen, temperamental trackpad and comparatively pedestrian C2D CPU are a frustration. Not to mention the f*%$# battery, but at least that can be replaced.

15"MBA with improved graphics and 8GB RAM would be a sweet replacement!

Dubba
Dec 11, 2011, 09:43 AM
... And leaves me wanting for nothing more.

Between my 13" MBA for home / office use, my iPad2 for when I'm travelling, and my soon-to-be-received iPhone 4S, I'm good to go.

The only thing I long for when editing long documents is an external screen, and I may get one in 2012.

Dubba

wrinkster22
Dec 11, 2011, 09:51 AM
13" Macbook air
My only machine...
My Setup (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67500475@N02/6240756486/in/photostream)

orfeas0
Dec 11, 2011, 10:30 AM
I own an MBP, and I love it. Though I did come across threads here on MR of people who are stuck in deciding whether they want an MBA or MBP. And this just got me curious, is there anyone here who uses an MBA as their main computer, and is there enough power to handle what you need it to do?

Mad props if you have pictures :-)

I had a toshiba 15" laptop powerhouse and bought an 11" MBA (base model).
I kept using the MBA (even for games, not too demanding though) for everything, the resolution makes everything look so sharp, and the small screen doesn't bother me.
It's extremely portable (d'uh), which I love as I wanted a laptop that I can take to the university every day (and without a charger ;-) ).
It can handle pretty much anything (and remember, I have the BASE model with 2gb ram).
Depending on your needs and screen size preference, I suggest the 4gb 11" model or the base 13" version.
I don't recommend any i7 as they heat up a lot. From my experience:
:apple: I'm gaming on windows (boot camp) with no problems (warcraft3+League of Legends) on the base 11" 2011 model.
:apple: My friend can't play the same games in windows in his core i7 13" model because it will overheat and shut down.

Even though I have the smaller version (things are more crammed inside), the 13" will overheat because of the i7.

B2FiNiTY
Dec 11, 2011, 11:06 AM
yep, it's my one and only. does everything I need it to do and more. :cool:

Internaut
Dec 11, 2011, 11:21 AM
Typing this on my 2008 White MacBook because it's convenient (it's permanently on my desk and connected to my firewire storage) but within the next few months, I can see myself mostly using the MBA. I already use it whenever I want to be away from my desk and crucially, for heavy lifting (Aperture's a breeze on the MBA).

So, once I have a Thunderbolt docking solution, I will probably mostly be using the MBA at home and keeping my MacBook at the office (where a second computer would come in useful).

Mlrollin91
Dec 11, 2011, 11:25 AM
Between my MBA and my iPad, its all the power that I need. If anything, it is more powerful than what I need, but the extra speed is always nice. :)

jkim3691
Dec 11, 2011, 11:36 AM
Yup, the 11-inch. It's pretty sweet with a full-sized monitor attached.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7018/6491768507_6a5b2fa60f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudoexec/6491768507/)
IMG_0095 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudoexec/6491768507/) by sudoexec (http://www.flickr.com/people/sudoexec/), on Flickr

When you do that (full screen on external monitor) doesn't your MBA's fan get really loud?

GGJstudios
Dec 11, 2011, 11:45 AM
When you do that (full screen on external monitor) doesn't your MBA's fan get really loud?
It's not full screen in that image.

Epic Xbox Revie
Dec 11, 2011, 11:46 AM
Yes. And it's awesome.

adamtj11
Dec 11, 2011, 12:45 PM
I do and I don't, I have a White MacBook loaded up with 6gb of Ram(soon a SSD) plugged into a 24" 1920*1200 screen with a large External HD for anything that requires a load of space (movies, bootcamp, iTunes), and I use it to act as a media server for my air(iTunes Sharing, Movie sharing etc) and a MBA for moving around with for coding and working away from the desk, I'd call them both about equal , for some things I prefer the desktop setup(I'm looking at you Xcode) and other things the MBA.

Xikum
Dec 11, 2011, 12:58 PM
I do and I don't, I have a White MacBook loaded up with 6gb of Ram(soon a SSD) plugged into a 24" 1920*1200 screen with a large External HD for anything that requires a load of space (movies, bootcamp, iTunes), and I use it to act as a media server for my air(iTunes Sharing, Movie sharing etc) and a MBA for moving around with for coding and working away from the desk, I'd call them both about equal , for some things I prefer the desktop setup(I'm looking at you Xcode) and other things the MBA.

What makes you keep the MacBook? I mean, why don't you just use the MBA with the external storage instead?

Just wondering :P

adamtj11
Dec 11, 2011, 01:05 PM
What makes you keep the MacBook? I mean, why don't you just use the MBA with the external storage instead?

Just wondering :P

I like having 2 different machines! I don't know why i just do, like having a machine specifically for a purpose , also other people in the house constantly use the External storage so it would be a pain for them if it wasn't always plugged into the MacBook.

Internaut
Dec 11, 2011, 01:48 PM
I like having 2 different machines! I don't know why i just do, like having a machine specifically for a purpose , also other people in the house constantly use the External storage so it would be a pain for them if it wasn't always plugged into the MacBook.

Same boat. I thought I would be giving my white MacBook away but I'm finding I'd rather have the two computers.

convergent
Dec 11, 2011, 02:50 PM
I replaced my MBP with the Air, and couldn't be happier. It is my only machine and is fast at everything I throw at it.

Front:
http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=310224&stc=1&d=1320153074


Back:
http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=310225&stc=1&d=1320153074

mj1108
Dec 11, 2011, 03:20 PM
It is for me now and I've only had my 13" base model for about 3 weeks. I turned my old Windows box into a fileserver.

russelldirect
Dec 11, 2011, 05:31 PM
When you do that (full screen on external monitor) doesn't your MBA's fan get really loud?

Even if I did have it full screen, it would be fine. The only time my fan ever gets really loud is when I play Portal 2 and such.

As a side note, the fact that this little guy can push Portal 2 with models and textures on high and still be smooth as butter is awesome. :)

Zetaprime
Dec 11, 2011, 06:51 PM
Count me as another one who uses the Macbook Air (2011) as their primary machine. I went top-of-the-line with it, with all the options maxed out.

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It is for me now and I've only had my 13" base model for about 3 weeks. I turned my old Windows box into a fileserver.

That's what I did too. The windows machine is used as a fileserver and for usenet downloads with Newsleecher, which is still my favorite Usenet client. The developer of Newsleecher is working on a Mac version which I look forward to seeing some day. I operate the Windows machine via Chicken VNC or Logmein.

3dflyboy1
Dec 11, 2011, 07:54 PM
For those of you with external monitors, does the image get grainy or pixelated when you connect your MBA? I'm considering a 27" monitor, and that's the only thing holding me back right now.

convergent
Dec 11, 2011, 08:56 PM
For those of you with external monitors, does the image get grainy or pixelated when you connect your MBA? I'm considering a 27" monitor, and that's the only thing holding me back right now.

It may if you get a crappy display. Its going to depend on the quality of the display you buy, and has nothing to do with the Air.

Big D 51
Dec 11, 2011, 08:58 PM
I do and works perfect for all my needs.

Eggtastic
Dec 11, 2011, 10:47 PM
yes it is my main machine (11" 128 gb sad, 4gb ram). for my uses (internet, light photo edit, microsoft office, music) it is perfect.

i keep it hooked up to a 23" dell ultrasharp 80% of the time. most say that its useless if i keep it docked most the time and to get an iMac, but i saved money this way and now have the portable + desktop option. win win for me.

ill post a set up in the picture forum this week.

joshuaginter
Dec 11, 2011, 11:43 PM
I use the 11" Air with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage as my main. I had a 21.5" 2011 iMac but realized the Air was all the computer I ever needed. Sold it, grabbed the Thunderbolt Display, and am completely sold on the setup.

I am thinking about grabbing an OWC SSD though... Just HATE keeping my iTunes library on an external.

jkim3691
Dec 11, 2011, 11:52 PM
Even if I did have it full screen, it would be fine. The only time my fan ever gets really loud is when I play Portal 2 and such.

As a side note, the fact that this little guy can push Portal 2 with models and textures on high and still be smooth as butter is awesome. :)

Full screening flash videos? Or movies that are saved on your harddrive?

Smileyboy
Dec 12, 2011, 12:40 AM
I'm looking for a ACD 27 thunderbolt, would be perfect for the coding I've started doing...
Anyway, I got rid of my 21.5 iMac quad core, and 11 MBA and got a 13 i5 2011. The only limitation is the lack of options for the ssd... I plan on fixing that tomorrow. Just ordered a 480gb ssd can't wait... Bye bye space issues.

I'm happy being mobile. I use it for short movie editing, photos
, music, Xcode, word docs and I couldn't be happier...

I am think of replacing my ATV 1 with a mini... But that's a different story. ?

Surely
Dec 12, 2011, 12:52 AM
I now use my new 11" MBA 1.6 GHz/4GB/128GB as my main rig.

I bought a Mac Mini back in August, but decided that I wanted to go back to a laptop, so I bought my MBA on Black Friday, and sold my Mini (sold it today, actually).

I have a 500GB external HDD that I use for my music, movies, and photos. If that fills up, I have a 3TB External that I've partitioned into two- for Time Machine and as extra storage space. I don't need to have all my media with me at all times (iPhone takes care of enough of that), so I'm totally cool with that setup.

I also have a 24" external monitor that I hook the MBA up to when I want a bigger screen. I ordered a BookArc to hold my MBA that should arrive tomorrow.

Word.

russelldirect
Dec 12, 2011, 01:05 AM
Full screening flash videos? Or movies that are saved on your harddrive?


I don't watch any flash videos, but with Netflix the fan never gets loud enough to be noticeable, even listening from the Air's speakers.

Gemütlichkeit
Dec 12, 2011, 01:05 AM
Me. Do all my photos, movies, emails, browsing on the MBA.

Play 90% of my games on my PC unfortunately.

brown.eyed.girl
Dec 12, 2011, 01:37 AM
I got the 2011 11" MBA (4 GB RAM, 128 GB storage) about a week ago and I'm using it as my main computer. Previously, I had a 2010 13" MBP. So far, the only issue I'm having is shortened battery life. Otherwise, the screen size, keyboard size, etc. have been perfectly fine. I use my laptop for internet, e-mail, Word, Powerpoint presentations, photo editing and some very basic video editing. So far so good, but I'm still undecided on whether or not to return the 11" for the 13" MBA or the 13" MBP.

Aksta
Dec 12, 2011, 04:35 AM
Ignore the mess.


This setup works alright for basic stuff but it cant handle anything too serious. A game send the fans crazy.

CyrusKafaiWu
Dec 12, 2011, 06:50 PM
I use my macbook air as a main computer. This is my first own personal mac. I am going from a 3gb ram, and athlon x2 64 bit, windows 7 pc which now seems like the slowest thing due to the fact I have my air.

goy091
Dec 12, 2011, 07:42 PM
I use my 11" i7 256/4GB MBA as my main computer now, but I have it hooked up to a 27" Thunderbolt display and I have a 2TB RAID 1 NAS that houses all my music, pics, movies etc.

The 11" screen is great for traveling and lugging around the office, but I would hate it if I only had the 11" display. It's just too small for certain things. Also, even with the 256GB SSD I find myself trying to keep as much media/large files off the MBA. I'm currently also running bootcamp since I need a Win 7 machine.

If I had only an MBA with a 128 or 256 SSD it would be pretty tough. The external accessories is what makes the setup work (NAS+Thunderbolt display)

Speed wise, it works great for just about everything. Definitely not a gaming rig though.

roccobladr
Dec 13, 2011, 08:13 AM
I use my 11" 128gb/4gb as my main computer. I bought a little hdmi connector thing off of ebay in case I ever wanted to hook it up to my 32" 1080p tv, but I tried it once and never really had any use for it. They keyboard is perfect for me and you adjust to the screen size in no time.

If I ever feel like the font is too small for reading I just pinch to zoom on the track pad. That said, I do also have a windows 7 machine I've rebuilt over the years and still use on occasion, but mainly just to watch movies I have stored on it (I have that machine hooked up to the tv), but if I really wanted to I could just hook the MBA up to it like I said.

I use my MBA for basic web browsing, school work, and also some music creation on GarageBand, and still have had no troubles with it. I have dabbled in some games and they run OK but the fans usually start blasting after a little while and thats what my xbox is for anyway!

johnnyfinlandia
Dec 13, 2011, 11:36 AM
I use the I5 128GB air for my main machine and it is all I need.

I might have liked a bigger SSD and 8GB RAM but it just does everything and so so well.

I would like a different File Explorer though .. coming from a PC I find this awkward.

:eek:

KohPhiPhi
Dec 13, 2011, 03:27 PM
A MBA attached to a high-res external monitor is the perfect combo: top mobility while on the go + real state while at your desk.

Unless you play games or render videos (or some power-hungry stuff like that), this combo is probably the best there is in the market right now.

jvmxtra
Dec 13, 2011, 06:11 PM
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I think lot of people did not buy MBA as their machine but finding themselves using it more than any others and becomes the main machine.

BadaBing!!
Dec 13, 2011, 06:38 PM
For my personnal use, the MBA is my main computer. Do everything on it and it's really great. I have a Windows PC that I barely use since I got the Air.
It's an awesome laptop.

Raublinger
Dec 21, 2011, 02:09 PM
[QUOTE=convergent;13994115]I replaced my MBP with the Air, and couldn't be happier. It is my only machine and is fast at everything I throw at it.

Who is the manufacturer of the MacBook Air stand that you are using?

unethical
Dec 21, 2011, 05:34 PM
Been using the latest 13.3 MBA for about 4-5 months now. Main daily office computer. No issues whatsoever.

I've put it aside now for a week as I've realized how much I missed a 30" display, so I'm back on the mac mini.

The MBA was WAY faster as it was a flash drive, but screen real estate was a preference.

17" MBA? That would be dope.

calvol
Dec 21, 2011, 05:42 PM
I bought a 2010 13" Air about 10 months ago, and use it more now than my main PC. At home I plug in a 21.5" Dell monitor using display port. Now prefer OSX to Windows for everything but Excel, where the only limitation is Excel shortcuts, which are different than on the PC. Don't know if there's a workaround for that, but I use a Dell laptop for Excel modeling.

doktordoris
Dec 21, 2011, 06:05 PM
My cheap 11inch air certainly doesn't have enough beef up its kilt to run WoW nicely.

gautema
Dec 22, 2011, 08:36 AM
I work as a software developer and use the 11" as my main computer. I have a 24" display and external mouse and keyboard connected to it at work but bring the computer home every night. I would like 8 gbs of ram, but that's the only complaint I have, and the portability is worth more to me than the extra ram.

iRCL
Dec 22, 2011, 08:49 AM
Yes, I do use MBA as my only computer, and have done so with my 13" SB i5 1.7 4GB and 11" C2D 1.4 2GB. I found the C2D a bit anemic but it didn't stop me

For comparison I play games (d3!), run a small business (that does real business), do real App development, did a ton of work with building cross-compilers over and over, do schematic capture work in Altium, analog circuit analysis in SPICE, and just completed my entire MS Computer Engineering thesis experimentation (crypto FPGA development) using it and have been able to run all the tools I need to get through my PhD in CpE as well. So, I run VM's of Windows/FreeBSD/Linux

The only limitation I've run in to is needing an external disk for the VMs

Computers today are ridiculous. They can do so much. Who cares about some esoteric video benchmarkings, throw real-world problems at anything made in the past few years and it all runs great right?

Also I don't get what there is to take a picture of. It's a macbook air. And why do people call computers "rigs" .. I think of some huge sprawling supercomputer with wires and patch panels and stuff. A MBA is a minimalist designed complete product that is even sealed up with pentalobe screws meant specifically to keep the enduser out of the enclosure....

convergent
Dec 22, 2011, 09:30 AM
Who is the manufacturer of the MacBook Air stand that you are using?

Zytec... this I believe is the one I have - http://www.amazon.com/Zalman-NC1000-S-Notebook-Cooler-Silver/dp/B000JSFT2C/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1324567692&sr=1-2

LordVic
Dec 22, 2011, 09:37 AM
nope.
The air itself while one of the best laptops and really has decent numbers doesn't quite output the power I want and need.

My desktop machine is a quadcore machine, with butloads of ram and a "higher" end (though not top fo the line) graphics chip.

there are times where I have multiple server environments open in VM's. the more cores help a lot, as well as memory. you'd be amazed how fast your RAM disapears when you have 2 or 3 VM's open that are allocated 1 or 2gb of ram each.

There are times i want to play a modern shooter game at a nice 40+ fps. if i'm going to play a game, I might as well try and enjoy it as close to how it was designe dto be played at. No integrated solution quite fits the need. They're decent, they can play (WoW plays fine on the Air for example), but if i want to play BF3, th Air is completely out of the question

I frequently re-encode video for different devices. My father doesn't know how to convert DIVX / DVD's to watch on his ipad. i do it for him. if it takes me 2-3 hours for a movie encode, i might as well be on my old single core again. CUDA, Quad core and fast drive access on a desktop, that the AIR cannot come close to shortening that rip and encode to 10 minutes is a blessing.

However, What the AIR does, it does excellently. it is a very competent computer. if I had none of those above requirements from my computer, the AIR could easily be my sole computer. the average computer user would be more pleased with it.

Patriot24
Dec 22, 2011, 09:44 AM
Yep. I work in the internet industry from home, so my computer is my only real tool for doing business/communicating with my team. My 13" Air handles everything I throw at it, and then some, 8-5 every day.

The only thing I don't do that is fairly common for other users is process a ton of photos and videos.

As an overall package, the Air is the best machine I have ever owned, hands down.

jimboutilier
Dec 22, 2011, 12:10 PM
I travel a lot so jumped on the original MBA 1.6/2/80 when it was first released. I've been using MBAs as my primary computer but not my only computer ever since.

That first MBA was only well suited to the most routine of use with its speed, ram, and disk limits but for that routine stuff it was great. My next was a 1.8/2/128ssd was snappy - faster than my MacBook at the time but still pretty strict on ram and SSD space. My current 1.6/4/240. Is really sweet and suitable for 95% of what I need to do. It travels everywhere and when at my desk is augmented with a 27" ACD, keyboard, trackpad, and a host of USB devices for full desktop convenience. It runs everything great.

I still have another Mac with more ram and space for the few things my MBA can't handle but if the MBA had an 8gb ram option I think it would be my only machine.

ET iPhone Home
Dec 22, 2011, 11:03 PM
MBA (2011) is my only computer. I do plan on getting a MBPro 15" when it gets released Spring 2012 as a secondary computer or a MBA 15" if it's rumored to hold true.

aldocg
Dec 23, 2011, 12:35 AM
I was a PC "power user" for many years and my last set up was a 32" TV hooked up to my desktop PC.

I've switched over to the 2011 13.3 base as my only computer. Sold my tv, sold my desktop, sold a couple of other things and bought the MBA, put pretty much nothing out of pocket.

I'm never going back.

In fact, I think the 13.3" is a tad too big. I want the 11.6" for next year, but only if they upgrade the base configuration significantly (128/4).

I think my 13.3" has a big enough screen to be your only computer, forever, without any bother from the screen size. The 11.6 might be a bit small, I fully admit but I'll try it for a few months and if it's impossible to adjust I'll just buy a TBD.

I think the 13.3 is way more than enough screen, though. I'm happier than ever.

BTW: I have no TV, no console, no home stereo, no DVD, no nothing. When I say only machine I mean it. My MBA is everything I own and everything I use.

I do have an ipad2 but it doesn't get much use now with the MBA (I used to use it like 4-5 hours a day).

dontwalkhand
Dec 23, 2011, 01:03 AM
I was a PC "power user" for many years and my last set up was a 32" TV hooked up to my desktop PC.

I've switched over to the 2011 13.3 base as my only computer. Sold my tv, sold my desktop, sold a couple of other things and bought the MBA, put pretty much nothing out of pocket.

I'm never going back.

In fact, I think the 13.3" is a tad too big. I want the 11.6" for next year, but only if they upgrade the base configuration significantly (128/4).

I think my 13.3" has a big enough screen to be your only computer, forever, without any bother from the screen size. The 11.6 might be a bit small, I fully admit but I'll try it for a few months and if it's impossible to adjust I'll just buy a TBD.

I think the 13.3 is way more than enough screen, though. I'm happier than ever.

BTW: I have no TV, no console, no home stereo, no DVD, no nothing. When I say only machine I mean it. My MBA is everything I own and everything I use.

I do have an ipad2 but it doesn't get much use now with the MBA (I used to use it like 4-5 hours a day).

Why I wouldn't sell my TV & Console etc, I pretty much did the same thing, just with Macs instead of PCs.

I used to own a PowerMac G5, an iMac, iPad, and a MacBook, and now I went down to a 13" MacBook Pro, and my iPhone. That is all I need. I posted this thread because I was considering going MBA.

bgtrack
Dec 23, 2011, 02:15 AM
I use an 11 in as my main computer and it works great.

aldocg
Dec 23, 2011, 02:21 AM
Why I wouldn't sell my TV & Console etc, I pretty much did the same thing, just with Macs instead of PCs.

I used to own a PowerMac G5, an iMac, iPad, and a MacBook, and now I went down to a 13" MacBook Pro, and my iPhone. That is all I need. I posted this thread because I was considering going MBA.

What are you waiting for? Personally I think the MBP is outdated machinery.

It's an entire generation behind something like the Macbook Air. It looks like a Windows laptop. Bulky, heavy, fat, antiquated.

The Air is the future, no doubt about it. I absolutely love it.

macgrl
Dec 23, 2011, 03:50 AM
Yep, I do. Hook it up to a monitor in my study and then throw it in my bag for school (part-time research student and it's great as I travel a lot):)

Tech198
Dec 31, 2011, 12:11 AM
This is definitely a question a lot of people have - and I'm guessing it's fueled by those that are spec comparing. I'm guilty of doing this and yes, it worried me that the slower processor and lack of ram upgradability might be things that would push me to not get the mba. Of course, once I used the mba (I'm talking 2011 version here), all my worries went out the door.

Thanks. Think you've helped make my decision allot easier..... I'll buy a MBA next week and play with one..... :) I should of done this last year

dontwalkhand
Dec 31, 2011, 12:40 AM
What are you waiting for? Personally I think the MBP is outdated machinery.

It's an entire generation behind something like the Macbook Air. It looks like a Windows laptop. Bulky, heavy, fat, antiquated.

The Air is the future, no doubt about it. I absolutely love it.

I was really contemplating that, but I use firewire hard drives extensively, and that is something the Air doesn't have when it was time to purchase. I really DO love the portability of it though, and I really would love to only have to carry that everywhere I go.

bbhegedus
Dec 31, 2011, 10:02 AM
I use my MacBook Air as my main computer and love it. I've got the 11inch and it handles everything I can throw at. Xcode, games (with the help of SMCfancontrol to keep the temps down), and video editing. Movie watching and iPhoto has absolutely no issues at all. What the MacBook Air lacks in processor speed, it makes up for with its lightning fast SSD. I never have any hiccups doing anything on this computer. When I really have to do some video editing for 2+ hours, I just hop on my family's ASUS with a quad core i5. Albeit that I don't enjoy using the Winblows machine, it's only a last resort since I can do anything on my MacBook Air anyway.

And whenever I need the extra screen real estate, I hook it up to my 27" external display.