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Mkallevik
Feb 12, 2008, 11:56 AM
I just sold my 15" Macbook Pro 2,4 ghz so that I could buy it again when it received an update. However, when the Macbook Air came out, I asked myself, what do I use my computer for? The answer was browsing, chatting, multimedia, mail and school-work. Cant I do all that with a Macbook Air? Yes, I can. Especially since I add some goodwill cause its beautiful. Therefore I ordered a Macbook Air, 1.6/80, to use as my only computer. Since I also ordered apple tv and time capsule along with it, I donīt think I will miss my Macbook Pro.

How about you guys? Anyone planning to use the Macbook Air as youre only computer?



teerexx52
Feb 12, 2008, 11:59 AM
I just sold my 15" Macbook Pro 2,4 ghz so that I could buy it again when it received an update. However, when the Macbook Air came out, I asked myself, what do I use my computer for? The answer was browsing, chatting, multimedia, mail and school-work. Cant I do all that with a Macbook Air? Yes, I can. Especially since I add some goodwill cause its beautiful. Therefore I ordered a Macbook Air, 1.6/80, to use as my only computer. Since I also ordered apple tv and time capsule along with it, I donīt think I will miss my Macbook Pro.

How about you guys? Anyone planning to use the Macbook Air as youre only computer?

Well I am right where you are now. I still have my MacBook Pro 2.2 but very close to putting it up for sale. I have learned to manage my HD space well with my external drive and my music with my ipod touch. I have time capsule ordered as well. I haven't sold yet because I'm not sure what the story is with the battery in my Air. Takes forever to recharge. On phone with Apple now.

BongoBanger
Feb 12, 2008, 12:00 PM
Two words: No way.

ayeying
Feb 12, 2008, 12:02 PM
I just sold my 15" Macbook Pro 2,4 ghz so that I could buy it again when it received an update. However, when the Macbook Air came out, I asked myself, what do I use my computer for? The answer was browsing, chatting, multimedia, mail and school-work. Cant I do all that with a Macbook Air? Yes, I can. Especially since I add some goodwill cause its beautiful. Therefore I ordered a Macbook Air, 1.6/80, to use as my only computer. Since I also ordered apple tv and time capsule along with it, I donīt think I will miss my Macbook Pro.

How about you guys? Anyone planning to use the Macbook Air as youre only computer?

I think you can. I use my macbook right now as a primary computer. I only miss the graphics power from my desktop, otherwise, i don't need anything else.

matthewHUB
Feb 12, 2008, 12:03 PM
if it suits you, go for it. I don't think you can go wrong with an Airdisc connected to an Airport Extreme Base Station, or even a time capsule which you could partition to store media on half, and then backup on another half.

i bought a MBA to replace my PB 12" and so far i haven't missed any of the features. USB only is not a problem with drives. the superdrive i used once to install, and once to burn a cd for a friend. Then i realised, if she's just going to put those docs on the computer, then trash the cd, whats the point? why not just put it on a usb stick. so i'm doing away with all cds....

dahcheet
Feb 12, 2008, 12:04 PM
The reasons I keep my desktop around is for storage, printer sharing, and for CD/DVD burning. Storing and printer sharing I could do with a Time Capsule and I guess I could do CD/DVD burning with a SuperDrive so I could feasibly make my Air my only computer. I don't see that happening though. I already have the desktop setup to do all that stuff, might as well keep it that way.

macsensei
Feb 12, 2008, 12:06 PM
yep. only mac

Mkallevik
Feb 12, 2008, 12:12 PM
The reasons I keep my desktop around is for storage, printer sharing, and for CD/DVD burning. Storing and printer sharing I could do with a Time Capsule and I guess I could do CD/DVD burning with a SuperDrive so I could feasibly make my Air my only computer. I don't see that happening though. I already have the desktop setup to do all that stuff, might as well keep it that way.

I used the optical drive once on my Macbook Pro, and that was to reinstall the OS before I sold it, so i am guessing I dont have a problem with that.

roland.g
Feb 12, 2008, 12:14 PM
Your as in it belongs to you.
You're as in you are
Youre doesn't mean anything.

And no, personally I wouldn't use a MacBook Air as my only computer. But I like having a desktop, so I have an iMac. But one day would like an air as a 2nd Mac.

anirban
Feb 12, 2008, 12:20 PM
Understandable how it may work for some people. As for me, I use a 2.4GHz MBP, and under no circumstances, can a MBA take its place. The MBP is just way more useful and more functional than the MBA for me.

I could never own an MBA as being the only computer- Not for me.

lewisozz
Feb 12, 2008, 12:28 PM
yeh i am replacing my macbook because i amthe MBA1.8GHz 64 SSD .I only use my macbook for browsing the internet and itunes and iphoto and for my iphone

queshy
Feb 12, 2008, 12:28 PM
Only computer? Probably not for me - I prefer a larger screen, bigger hard drive, mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc. Second computer? Definitely.

Macmel
Feb 12, 2008, 12:43 PM
I just sold my 15" Macbook Pro 2,4 ghz so that I could buy it again when it received an update. However, when the Macbook Air came out, I asked myself, what do I use my computer for? The answer was browsing, chatting, multimedia, mail and school-work. Cant I do all that with a Macbook Air? Yes, I can. Especially since I add some goodwill cause its beautiful. Therefore I ordered a Macbook Air, 1.6/80, to use as my only computer. Since I also ordered apple tv and time capsule along with it, I donīt think I will miss my Macbook Pro.

How about you guys? Anyone planning to use the Macbook Air as youre only computer?

Well, you were basically wasting your money with the MBP anyway, so why not waste it too with the MBA?.
If all you use your computer for is what you describe in your post, you could do it with a $400 PC (even if it is running Vista). If you want to go fancy, get a regular MB and you would still be saving at least $500. Buying the MBA is just wasting your money, but I think it is a good example of the second group of people getting it (the first group being people working on the road that actually need an ultraportable).

rbcb
Feb 12, 2008, 12:50 PM
yep.. only computer..

and i had every high end powerbook / macbook pro since the 1ghz titanium

after 6 years i realized that weight and portability > gigahertz

but everyone must decide this for his/herself

Cybergypsy
Feb 12, 2008, 12:55 PM
Yep. one this sexy beast, I am faithful to only her..........

dicin
Feb 12, 2008, 01:43 PM
I do not do any graphics! I have moved from a DELL XPS M1210 which is being sold to a MBA. I primarily use it for light web work and email along with Word and Excel!

Great for me.

mac jones
Feb 12, 2008, 01:45 PM
Well I know for sure that I like HD space. I've upgraded my hard drive on my Macbook pro twice (or 3 times?) to it's present copious 320GB.

So the pattern has always been: to run out of space at some point, then use an external to compensate, get sick of doing that, then breaking down and buy a larger drive from Newegg.

With the Air my options are limited.

It's the media files that do it and although you can use external usb drives, I hate having to connect a drive for this as the nature of the 'media' is pleasure not tedium.

just a thought


BTW, the Airs are very nice though.

saman88
Feb 12, 2008, 02:11 PM
MBA is my primary computer as well.

Mkallevik
Feb 12, 2008, 02:22 PM
Well, you were basically wasting your money with the MBP anyway, so why not waste it too with the MBA?.
If all you use your computer for is what you describe in your post, you could do it with a $400 PC (even if it is running Vista). If you want to go fancy, get a regular MB and you would still be saving at least $500. Buying the MBA is just wasting your money, but I think it is a good example of the second group of people getting it (the first group being people working on the road that actually need an ultraportable).

I bought the MBP to use it to do webdesign. Now my studies takes too much time to do this, so I havent been able too. Some of us also care about design, and especially the fact that it runs OS X. I have tried Vista a couple of times, and I have to say, I was not very pleased. It got stuck all the time. Dont get me wrong, I use my laptop a lot, but most of the time, it is very light work.

Update: The fact that I have to carry it to school every day makes it perfect with its low weight.

elmo151
Feb 12, 2008, 02:32 PM
could be the only one. you would need the external DVD drive and likely an external disk for backup, large files(movies, large photo and/or music collections)

slowbutspeeding
Feb 12, 2008, 02:36 PM
I am in a similar situation. I have a 17" MBP, but I bought it nearly a year ago when I was doing a lot of photography & 3D modeling. These days I pretty much just use it for the web, mail, iPhoto, iTunes & iWeb. I travel quite frequently, so an ultra portable would be nice. Also, I never sit at my desk at home and am either on the floor or on my bed or in a chair with my MBP.

So needless to say I bought an MBA, but have yet to crack open the box as I had some reservations that it was an impulse buy. But after evaluating the situation, I'm leaning more and more towards keeping it as my only computer and selling off the Pro. For my needs it's all I need.

And yes, I realize I could save money by going for the Macbook, but I'm a sucker for aesthetics and good engineering. I recognize all of the effort (and money) that went into producing the MBA, and am willing to pay a premium for that.

BTW - I also ordered Time Capsule :)

dthree36
Feb 12, 2008, 02:37 PM
I use my MBA as my primary machine since I purchased it a week ago. Unfortunately I am the type of person that needs some horsepower to do things that I may only do once or twice a month. Ripping media, video editing, etc. Now I love my MBA but I have my IMac with enough horse power to do those tasks.

I guess I could just have the Air as the primary workstation but I like having something on stand bye when I need it. For most other normal computer users, I don't see why this can not be the only computer. I say sure why not.

abijnk
Feb 12, 2008, 03:09 PM
Mine is my only computer. Although I do plan on getting an iMac over the summer (come one full time job!!!!)

dsnort
Feb 12, 2008, 03:17 PM
I like the MBA, and will probably get one as soon as my MB needs replacing.

But not as my only comp. I make home movies and put them on the :apple:TV, need firewire for that.

Wingnut330
Feb 12, 2008, 03:18 PM
I have a Mini that I am contemplating selling and making my MBA my one and only. I feel so dirty when I'm using my other machine instead of this gorgeous laptop!

Macmel
Feb 12, 2008, 03:38 PM
I am in a similar situation. I have a 17" MBP, but I bought it nearly a year ago when I was doing a lot of photography & 3D modeling. These days I pretty much just use it for the web, mail, iPhoto, iTunes & iWeb. I travel quite frequently, so an ultra portable would be nice. Also, I never sit at my desk at home and am either on the floor or on my bed or in a chair with my MBP.

So needless to say I bought an MBA, but have yet to crack open the box as I had some reservations that it was an impulse buy. But after evaluating the situation, I'm leaning more and more towards keeping it as my only computer and selling off the Pro. For my needs it's all I need.

And yes, I realize I could save money by going for the Macbook, but I'm a sucker for aesthetics and good engineering. I recognize all of the effort (and money) that went into producing the MBA, and am willing to pay a premium for that.

BTW - I also ordered Time Capsule :)


Don't get me wrong, I also recognize the effort they put into designing this computer. I recognize the fact that they have to reduce the processor size to fit it in and all that stuff. But, why is that my problem?. Why do I have to pay extra for less?. Because at the end of the day, you end up with a computer that lacks connectivity and horsepower, just to be thin. And, seriously, all they did externally in terms of design was making it thinner toward the edges. I don't think that deserves a design award, do you?.
Anyway, they released this computer because there's a market for it, and I bet it is not the guys who need an ultraportable, the ones Apple was thinking of when they released this computer, but the guys who would buy this computer just for the aesthetics (nothing wrong with that).

helium
Feb 12, 2008, 04:14 PM
I will be using it as my only computer


while traveling it will be great and has all the features I could ever ask for


at home it will be plugged into a 23" cinema display with an external keyboard + blue toothed tailless rodent.
as soon as it comes out I will also get a time capsule for backups to which I will plug in an external HD which I use for media files and a network printer


I think it wil be just perfect for my needs.
a single compter (so no worries about constantly synchronizing files) that's small and lightweight enuogh to take it everwhere without hassle, and just as practical as a desktop when working at home

steve31
Feb 12, 2008, 08:50 PM
macbook air 75% of the time. MBP 25%

dibara2003
Feb 12, 2008, 11:26 PM
my MBA replaced my old PB G4 12" as my only computer. so far so good.

slowbutspeeding
Feb 13, 2008, 10:01 AM
And, seriously, all they did externally in terms of design was making it thinner toward the edges. I don't think that deserves a design award, do you?.

I have to disagree. Call me a design snob, but there's much more to this beautiful machine than its mere thinness. Everything from how the keyboard looks/feels, to the hidden ports, to the euphoric feel you get just looking at the screen and how well the casing compliments it is amazing. They could have easily just made a thin notebook without these considerations (ala Thinkpad), but they chose to make a work of art instead.

Anyway, they released this computer because there's a market for it, and I bet it is not the guys who need an ultraportable, the ones Apple was thinking of when they released this computer, but the guys who would buy this computer just for the aesthetics (nothing wrong with that).

I agree on this, as most of the people I have met that own one are not in that target market. Reminds me of the time when Honda first released the Element. They totally missed their target market of young, adventurous twenty-somethings as the baby-boomers snatched them up. At the end of the day though, some people will get it and some people won't. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion :cool:

kming05
Feb 13, 2008, 10:50 AM
my only computer, and it performs well for all of my needs (browsing, chatting, itunes, iphoto, office suite)

i love the portability of it, and when i get home all i do is plug in my belkin 7 port usb hub, my external speakers, turn on my bluetooth mouse, and all is well.

though i am considering getting an iMac, but thats really, not out of necessity. more out of desire. :D

roykim
Feb 13, 2008, 12:08 PM
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