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iann1982
Jan 5, 2009, 02:58 PM
Hi all,

I can get a macbook air for 770 through work, it's a refurb from the apple store. I'm currently pretty happy with my macbook, the key things attracting me to the Air are the better screen and the weight + looks. How much better is the screen?

Are there still problems with YouTube etc, overheating?

Finally is 770 a good deal?

Any advice much appreciated.



coupdetat
Jan 5, 2009, 03:14 PM
I think it's a good deal. I got mine for $1350 w/AppleCare back in September. There was a period when I disliked it because it was hot and loud, but then I got CoolBook and haven't looked back :D

Plus, the gorgeous screen and full size keyboard put every other ultraportable to shame. The LCD is actually brighter than my desktop Viewsonic.

andreab35
Jan 5, 2009, 03:22 PM
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It is a very good deal, I agree.
If you can fork put extra money, I would recommend rev. B.
But no matter which revision you get, the MacBook Air is beautiful and you will totally enjoy it.
Good luck with your purchase! :)

Cynicalone
Jan 5, 2009, 04:00 PM
It sounds like a good deal to me. Which model is it?

iann1982
Jan 5, 2009, 04:31 PM
It's the 1.6ghz, 80gb model.

I'd love the nvidia one, just a bit pricey for a second laptop!

ValientHimself
Jan 5, 2009, 08:52 PM
I purchased the same model used recently on the cheap, and I couldn't be happier with it. I have a regular plastic macbook as well, and looking at the two screens side by side the MacBook screen is horrendous in comparison.

For the life of me, I cannot figure out why there are so many whiners on here complaining about the Rev A. Were they expecting a Mac Pro in the MBA form-factor?

gsampson85
Jan 5, 2009, 09:25 PM
For the life of me, I cannot figure out why there are so many whiners on here complaining about the Rev A. Were they expecting a Mac Pro in the MBA form-factor?

I agree! I have a Rev A 1.8ghz 80HHD, and am totally happy with the performance. I haven't have any overheating issues at all.

SFStateStudent
Jan 6, 2009, 03:24 AM
+1 ^^^ Definitely a good buy, I'm hopin' you grab that one up pretty quick. youtube is much better, 140F and fans about 4200rpms, not bad. Right now surfing the web, WP, and PP going at the same time = 106F & 2499rpms..:cool:

iann1982
Jan 6, 2009, 06:54 AM
Hi,

Thanks for your help, I'm going to take a look at some of the Air's in the apple store and hopefully make a decision!

Cheers,

Ian

iann1982
Jan 9, 2009, 05:52 AM
Well I bit the bullet, thanks for the replies on here.

A little aprehensive going from a C2D 2.0ghz, but I figure the added portability will be worth it.

zer0tails
Jan 9, 2009, 10:25 PM
I bit the bullet as well but forgot to ask, Rev. A 1.6 Macbook air owners, do you have the lines problem like the rev.B?

iann1982
Jan 11, 2009, 05:09 AM
The lines problem only affects Rev B users as far as I'm aware.

Argh! I've just seen the price has dropped from 880 to 749, my Macbook's not even arrived, by going through our work link a voucher for 101 was applied, so I paid 779, anyone got any ideas if Apple will refund the 30?

Or even better still, would they still honour the voucher and drop the price to the new one? I very much doubt the latter, but does anyone know from previous experience?

Hey Jude
Jan 11, 2009, 05:39 AM
The lines problem only affects Rev B users as far as I'm aware.

Argh! I've just seen the price has dropped from 880 to 749, my Macbook's not even arrived, by going through our work link a voucher for 101 was applied, so I paid 779, anyone got any ideas if Apple will refund the 30?

Or even better still, would they still honour the voucher and drop the price to the new one? I very much doubt the latter, but does anyone know from previous experience?

I believe Apple will credit the difference.

Jude

Adidas Addict
Jan 11, 2009, 05:05 PM
The 749 is very tempting :D

dborja
Jan 12, 2009, 12:51 AM
I also bit the bullet. The MacAir fits my need for a portable computer but I could not justify the cost until now. I'm selling my MacBook to defray most of the cost.

I researched the issues with Rev A units and figured I should be ok as I have an iMac as my main machine and I only need a portable when I'm moving about the house and just do email, web browsing and occasional document development. 'Getting an Incipio Orion slipcase for everyday protection and I have an STM bag for travel where the MacAir in the slipcase can go in.

I'm excited! :D

iann1982
Jan 12, 2009, 04:15 AM
Well, should be here today, although I'm at work, so might have to wait until evening / tomorrow.

Apple matched the 749 price, so i'm pretty happy - just hope the refurb unit's in good nick. They must be having real issues shifting them to have knocked so much off the cost.

reign16
Jan 12, 2009, 04:40 AM
sounds cool for me!!!




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MorningZ
Jan 12, 2009, 01:55 PM
Chalk me up as another "bit the bullet"

Got my refurb'd 1.8gHz with 64 gig SSD today ($1299).... brand new accessories (power brick, video adapters, cds, etc) were included, the laptop itself appears brand new as well, they seem to do a great job in the refurb process

Happy with it toying around with it so far, as I got my Verizon USB WWAN card working right off the bat

Only strike is that I can't get the Sony external USB dvd drive to recognize, I may have to grudgingly buy the specific "super drive" for it, although i'd never use it (but need it to do some bootcamp action)

justit
Jan 12, 2009, 03:28 PM
the laptop itself appears brand new as well

congrats :)

iann1982
Jan 12, 2009, 04:35 PM
Well, I've got mine and so far so good, all looks new. The box looked like something pretty heavy had landed on it, but it's all ok. I've got just over 50gb free on the hard drive now that i've migrated all of my images. I might try to claw a bit of that book, but it's pretty useable.

Fans have come on whilst viewing flash, but they're quieter than my macbook, so a big improvement! Very happy so far!

travis64
Jan 12, 2009, 06:40 PM
does it feel slower or faster then ur 2.0 macbook alu?

when u play dvds with the superdrive there is no framerate problems right?

im waiting till next mnth i know these will be even cheaper

clearance 899 for 1.6 and 1100 for 1.8

iann1982
Jan 13, 2009, 02:17 AM
does it feel slower or faster then ur 2.0 macbook alu?

when u play dvds with the superdrive there is no framerate problems right?



Mine's a late 2006 C2D whitebook, in general usage it feels about the same, maybe slightly snappier - i'd put that down to it not being loaded full of files and programs - it seems to take longer to boot, although i'll verify this when I know it's ran all the updates.

The fans come on less often on the Air, and when they do they're much much quieter, half the volume, they come on even less since I upgraded to Flash 10.

I've not tried any DVD's but I'm sure they'll play fine, I've watched the Dark Knight streamed from my eMac and bought from iTunes and that was fine. I don't have the superdrive, but I do have some USB dvd-roms, so i'll fire it up when I get the chance.

In all I would recommend, it's very nice to use, feels like quality and the screen's amazingly bright with very crisp colours.

zer0tails
Jan 13, 2009, 05:57 AM
does it feel slower or faster then ur 2.0 macbook alu?

when u play dvds with the superdrive there is no framerate problems right?

im waiting till next mnth i know these will be even cheaper

clearance 899 for 1.6 and 1100 for 1.8

you wish.

travis64
Jan 13, 2009, 11:50 AM
look how much it went down..it will happen

YouArentJ
Jan 13, 2009, 01:35 PM
My refurb RevA just came via FedEx ---- I've already opened it to look at it, and can't wait to get home to turn it on.......ahhh.:apple::apple::D

dborja
Jan 13, 2009, 02:37 PM
My refurb RevA just came via FedEx ---- I've already opened it to look at it, and can't wait to get home to turn it on.......ahhh.:apple::apple::D

Hahahaha! Mine's coming tomorrow. I'm already setting up the things I'm going to do as soon as I open the package (install VirtualBox, WinXP, XCode, and MSOffice; slim down the OS; etc). I even have the Incipio case coming in tomorrow, too! :p

justit
Jan 13, 2009, 04:16 PM
.....I'm already setting up the things I'm going to do as soon as I open the package....

IMHO your time is better spent first charging it to 100%, then do installs and drain back down to 1% then leave it alone for a few hours and charge it back up again. :o

dborja
Jan 13, 2009, 04:40 PM
IMHO your time is better spent first charging it to 100%, then do installs and drain back down to 1% then leave it alone for a few hours and charge it back up again. :o

Will do and thanks for the tip. But I'm sure that I'll power it on for an hour to shake it out and my wife will want to try it...:D

travis64
Jan 13, 2009, 04:56 PM
what did the total come to with the 1.6?

:apple:

dborja
Jan 13, 2009, 05:12 PM
what did the total come to with the 1.6?

:apple:

If you mean for the 1.6GHz 80GB HDD, it's $999 plus tax (I'm in California). That includes free "regular" shipping which is plenty fast...

iann1982
Jan 13, 2009, 05:20 PM
Having used mine all day I'm pretty impressed. It's fast, and I notice the weight difference in my bag. The screen's brilliant, I do web work and the the macbooks screen was never very sensitive to gradients, the Air's seems to get the colour just right, much brighter too, I've found myself turning it down 3-4 notches as it's too bright.

Just looking for a case, had a one of those skin tight ones for the macbook, but it's a bit loose on this, anyone know where I can get the same thing but smaller for the Air?

Turmoil
Jan 13, 2009, 10:14 PM
Thanks for this thread and your messages - I also took the plunge today - and your posts helped me decide - after a bit of a sales job to my bookkeeper (mrs turmoil) I ordered the $999 refurb. I am retiring a 12 G4 and I think it will be a much loved computer in my home. I will post my impressions after I set it all up.

Carl Abudephane
Jan 14, 2009, 05:18 AM
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GlynJones
Jan 14, 2009, 05:29 AM
Hi,
What condition are these arriving in? Reason I ask is that last refurb I bought was a BlackBook and that was badly scratched and well used.

Do these look brand new? Maybe old stock getting cleared?

Especially interested in UK purchases.

Thanks.

Glyn.

iann1982
Jan 14, 2009, 05:42 AM
The most I'll be doing is Photoshop work with a fair few layers(but nothing overly complex)and quite a bit of photo manipulation, possibly in Aperture. I'm thinking that I'll be expecting too much of it, what with driving a second 24" screen as well.
Regardless, it's nice to see genuine and thoughtful observations on the A's real-world usage from all of you, and I'm glad you're all so happy with this machine that is all-too-often utterly written off.
Be well.

I've been using my Air for Photoshop - again, nothing complicated, currently working on a web site that's 4.8mb for all the graphics in the file. I generally have iTunes, FireFox, Safari, MSN and Text Wrangler open at the same time - no problems. I've not used Aperture so couldn't comment.

I did connect my 24" monitor yesterday whilst doing some edits of CSS - keeping the code on the Air's screen and the site on the 24 whilst watching TV using Zattoo, all worked fine. The fans did come on, but I'd expect that. I didn't notice any slow down.

Not yet tested Parallels with it, as I've not found the time for the install and setup.

I had the same doubts as yourself about using the Air, I like to keep everything on one machine so it's just there, whenever I need it - splitting files onto two machines has never worked for me. Having the 14 day return policy gives you two weeks to test drive one, after 2 days I think it's much more likely i'll see the whitebook hitting eBay than i'll be sending the Air back.

One thing that I have found - the screen really helps out in Photoshop, I wasn't able to see the subtle differences in gradients on the macbook, but on the Air I can - maybe it's my ailing eyes!

iann1982
Jan 14, 2009, 05:46 AM
Hi,
What condition are these arriving in? Reason I ask is that last refurb I bought was a BlackBook and that was badly scratched and well used.

Do these look brand new? Maybe old stock getting cleared?

Especially interested in UK purchases.

Thanks.

Glyn.

Mine came as new other than the powerback which looked used, the adaptors all looked new. I tried as hard as I could to find an imperfection on it but I couldn't - all of the plastic wrapping was still in place. Mine was delivered by UPS and it looked like something pretty heavy had fallen on the middle of the box, it was really well packed and fortunately nothing inside was damaged. I do wonder if they're old stock being re-packaged and sold off, maybe surplas that was never boxed up for retail?

zer0tails
Jan 14, 2009, 08:27 AM
Hi,
What condition are these arriving in? Reason I ask is that last refurb I bought was a BlackBook and that was badly scratched and well used.

Do these look brand new? Maybe old stock getting cleared?

Especially interested in UK purchases.

Thanks.

Glyn.

unfortunately mine arrived with several dings, scratches, and a small hair permanently anodized into the alunminum on the front. Other than that, the screen is great, and the computer works fine. I called Apple care to make sure this gets onto the records incase in the future I am denied apple care service because of a badly treated laptop.

the person wouldn't hear any of it and insisted on having it replaced. Hopefully, the replacement will be better.

MorningZ
Jan 14, 2009, 09:15 AM
Hi,
What condition are these arriving in? Reason I ask is that last refurb I bought was a BlackBook and that was badly scratched and well used.

Do these look brand new? Maybe old stock getting cleared?

Especially interested in UK purchases.

Thanks.

Glyn.

Mine came in such excellent shape that i could pass it off as brand new.... all the accesories (power adapter, video adapters, literature and discs) were all definitely brand new

http://i41.tinypic.com/24g7wq0.jpg

Hey Jude
Jan 14, 2009, 11:25 AM
My Air arrived a few minutes ago at work, in perfect condition. I inspected the machine quickly, and it is brand new as far as I can see, even its accoutrement appeared brand new.

I booted it up, and it came on instantly. I will play with the HDD model, but I think I will definitely keep the SDD Air.

Jude

Carl Abudephane
Jan 14, 2009, 05:54 PM
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justit
Jan 14, 2009, 10:49 PM
a small hair permanently anodized into the alunminum on the front

Think that's a test unit of the upcoming Organic Macbook Air...

zer0tails
Jan 14, 2009, 11:13 PM
Think that's a test unit of the upcoming Organic Macbook Air...

:D i won't be buying it

Aea
Jan 14, 2009, 11:19 PM
Gah, impulse buy has been confirmed, will be coming sometime between January 16 and January 19th :)

dborja
Jan 15, 2009, 01:18 AM
Mine came in today and it was packaged like MorningZ's. Casing and screen appear flawless and accessories look new even though they were in an "Apple Recertified" box. Battery was discharged so I plugged it in and installed updates. Now, it's shut down and recharging...:)

jimchayts
Jan 15, 2009, 03:14 AM
Hi all,

I can get a macbook air for 770 through work, it's a refurb from the apple store. I'm currently pretty happy with my macbook, the key things attracting me to the Air are the better screen and the weight + looks. How much better is the screen?

Are there still problems with YouTube etc, overheating?

Finally is 770 a good deal?

Any advice much appreciated.

Viking Direct are selling the 1.8Ghz Macbook Air Rev A. (New) for 749 (plus VAT). Mine is coming today.

GlynJones
Jan 15, 2009, 05:28 AM
Viking Direct are selling the 1.8Ghz Macbook Air Rev A. (New) for 749 (plus VAT). Mine is coming today.

Can you let us all know if it's in a sealed back box.

Thanks.

iann1982
Jan 15, 2009, 08:10 AM
Glad to hear this thread's helped people, thanks to everyone who provided me with feedback on the air. I've been really happy with my purchase so far.

Just looking to buy a SuperDrive and a 2.5" external drive to backup to. I haven't missed the whitebook yet, migration assistant's pretty good!

dingus
Jan 15, 2009, 08:41 AM
after reading through a bunch of rev.A MBA threads i'm still a bit unsure and hesitant to pull the trigger. is the overheating/shutdown issue somewhat hit-or-miss, some machines performing worse than others? at this price i'm looking to pick one up for my mom (her first mac or pc), but on top of basic netbook requirements i also want her to be able to watch movies and video without having the thing crap out. a valid concern or am i worrying for nothing here?

jimchayts
Jan 15, 2009, 04:41 PM
Can you let us all know if it's in a sealed back box.

Thanks.

Yes, it's in the sealed black box. Brand new with VGA adapters and all. Lovely.