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Old Feb 11, 2011, 08:17 AM   #1
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Osirix on MBA


Does anybody have experience using OsiriX on a MBA? I'm either going to get a maxed out 13" MBA, or a 15" MBP. I would love the portability of the MBA, but would like to know how fast it runs OsiriX, as this will be the main program I will need to utilize. I read reviews that indicated 3D rendering and DICOM set transfer can be slow, but this was on older MBA's. Of note, I will be importing my DICOM sets from an external CD/DVD drive (not via PACS transfer).

As for the 15" versus 13" MBP - I figure if I am going to lose the low weight advantage of the MBA, I might as well get a little more screen real estate.

One more thing. For most of my viewing, I will be connected to an external monitor and will need to use a mouse (while having my external CD/DVD drive plugged in as well). I still need this computer to be portable, though, for other reasons.

Thanks in advance for any advice/insight.
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Old Feb 12, 2011, 04:00 PM   #2
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Bump...any OsiriX users out there??
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Old Mar 4, 2011, 11:08 PM   #3
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I'm a "casual" (non-professional) user of OsiriX and just tested it out on the wife's MBA (last year's model with SSD) on a Cinema Display. Ran great. 3D rendering seemed acceptable. Works very well with a Magic Trackpad. The MBA is a great lap-top computer, but for something I use hooked up to a display all the time and needing a lot of horsepower, I'd go for the MBP.
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Old Mar 6, 2011, 01:09 PM   #4
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I am a 3rd year med student who uses Osirix sparingly. I have used it on my new MBA 13" 4GB and it seamed to run just fine. I use the program a couple of times a week but its usually done on my iMac. I hate to be a homer but I really love the MBA. I made the decision to get it after the new MBP specs were announced and couldn't be happier!
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