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Old Jan 24, 2008, 05:13 PM   #1
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Macbook Air benchmarks

Here they are, courtesy of Engadget:

http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/24/f...machine-on-th/

There's a lot of vitriol on the boards and not enough analysis. What do the benchmarks actually mean, for real world use? I'm quite torn between waiting for the MBP update and pulling the trigger on a MBA.
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 05:43 PM   #2
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I have a hard time with people deciding between a MBP and a MBA. Total opposites! You guys that are trying to decide between these need to really think what you are going to use this laptop for. New is cool but sometimes you can shoot yourself in the foot.
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 05:44 PM   #3
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Here they are, courtesy of Engadget:

http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/24/f...machine-on-th/

There's a lot of vitriol on the boards and not enough analysis. What do the benchmarks actually mean, for real world use? I'm quite torn between waiting for the MBP update and pulling the trigger on a MBA.
Personally I was not expecting the MBA to be that capable. The 1.8 with SSD should be a really impressive performer!

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Old Jan 24, 2008, 05:46 PM   #4
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Madness isn't it. If you want raw power in a laptop get the MBP simple. The MBA isn't meant to be a powerhorse desktop replacement When will people just 'cop on'
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 06:16 PM   #5
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http://gizmodo.com/348733/first-macbook-air-benchmarks

more of a real world test
interesting result..

pretty obvious the air won't be as fast especially comparing cpus a 1.6 ghz cant get as fast as a 2+ghz thats just common sense

but it's nice to know it's not "THAT" slow lol and not too far off from the macbooks
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 06:47 PM   #6
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I have a hard time with people deciding between a MBP and a MBA. Total opposites! You guys that are trying to decide between these need to really think what you are going to use this laptop for. New is cool but sometimes you can shoot yourself in the foot.
What can I say? I'm a sucker for magnetic latches and back-lit keyboards.
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 07:56 PM   #7
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I don't know why you would have a hard time seeing why people would be deciding between a MBA and MBP. Well its brought on another choice for someone who doesn't want a MB! Plenty of us who don't want the MB.
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 08:03 PM   #8
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Personally I was not expecting the MBA to be that capable. The 1.8 with SSD should be a really impressive performer!

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Exactly! Let's see how the 1.8 ssd does, then make a decision. People keep going back n forth about it not being a main computer. My 12" iBook g4 1.33ghz with 768mb of ram and a 4200rpm hdd has been my main computer for quite some time. I've made movies on it, pictures, internet, email, microsoft office, all with ease. Granted it's not as fast as I would like.

But for someone like me, a macbook air is ALREADY going to be much faster than what I have. Most of the people crying are ones with MBP's or Macbook's saying oh man this thing is slow blah blah. Well ya, duh! It's slower than your computer, so what. Don't buy it, but it works for some people, and it's benefits to me outweigh what it's lacking.
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 09:20 PM   #9
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Personally I was not expecting the MBA to be that capable. The 1.8 with SSD should be a really impressive performer!
Agreed. It benchmarked better than I thought it would. I am getting the SSD, so I expect even a bit more.
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 09:23 PM   #10
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I have a hard time with people deciding between a MBP and a MBA. Total opposites! You guys that are trying to decide between these need to really think what you are going to use this laptop for. New is cool but sometimes you can shoot yourself in the foot.
People deciding between the MBP and the MBA are people who don't need anything more powerful than the 2006 MB, but do want the aluminum shell/LED screen/backlit keys of the 2007 MBP.
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People deciding between the MBP and the MBA are people who don't need anything more powerful than the 2006 MB, but do want the aluminum shell/LED screen/backlit keys of the 2007 MBP.
That describes me perfect.
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 09:28 PM   #12
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So while the MBA is horrendous on benchmarking tests, in real life, it lags by a few seconds? I don't see why everyone's complaining so much. If the results were with the 1.6 and HDD, it's bound to be absolutely stellar with the 1.8 and SSD.
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So while the MBA is horrendous on benchmarking tests, in real life, it lags by a few seconds? I don't see why everyone's complaining so much. If the results were with the 1.6 and HDD, it's bound to be absolutely stellar with the 1.8 and SSD.
Well to be fair a lot of the "few seconds" were on relatively small samples. The moral of the story is, the MBA will be slower if you're doing a lot of things like transcoding video, ect.

Personally I'd like to see a test on a 1.8 non-SSD machine, as thats what I'd be looking for should I decide to get one... and also think it's a more reasonable machine.
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 09:47 PM   #14
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wow the 1.8 with 64 GB SSD I ordered should be fast.
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Well to be fair a lot of the "few seconds" were on relatively small samples. The moral of the story is, the MBA will be slower if you're doing a lot of things like transcoding video, ect.

Personally I'd like to see a test on a 1.8 non-SSD machine, as thats what I'd be looking for should I decide to get one... and also think it's a more reasonable machine.

1.6 and 1.8 non-SSD probably isn't that much different.
I think they did a great job on all the new tech they put into the machine. I'm glad to see what I thought when I read about the new tech in the MBA is really panning out.
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 11:01 PM   #16
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Wow this thing performs pretty damn well! Actually I was even more impressed that the macbook beat the macbook pro in nearly every single test LOL
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 11:10 PM   #17
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I'm not a computer wiz, but I do agree that the 1.6 is obviously going to be a little slower (why are people making a big deal out of it?). Is there hope that the SSD 1.8 will be a lot faster? I will be looking for a notebook in June. I will be in uni, and I don't need a 'super fast' book. If money really isn't a prob (trying not to sound so arrogant), would the air be such a bad choice? suggestions?
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But for someone like me, a macbook air is ALREADY going to be much faster than what I have. Most of the people crying are ones with MBP's or Macbook's saying oh man this thing is slow blah blah. Well ya, duh! It's slower than your computer, so what. Don't buy it, but it works for some people, and it's benefits to me outweigh what it's lacking.
Like the guy who bought an MBA to replace his PowerMac G5, and wondered why his games didn't run so well on it.
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Or the guy that just says "MacBook Air sucks!!!" just to get reactions out of people.
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Old Jan 25, 2008, 02:39 AM   #20
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Given the benchmarks (which are adequate unless you need [insert standard requirements]), I'm still surprised at the visceral reactions the MBA provokes -- positive and negative.

The similarity to the original iPod reactions are eerie, and with that in mind, I expect that not only will the MBA be a qualified success in its first iteration, but also have the same kind of impact on the ultraportable market that the iPod had with music players, and the iPhone with cell-phones.

It ain't for me, but I still like it -- a lot.
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Old Jan 25, 2008, 06:55 AM   #21
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I'm still surprised at the visceral reactions the MBA provokes -- positive and negative.

The similarity to the original iPod reactions are eerie, and with that in mind, I expect that not only will the MBA be a qualified success in its first iteration,
Yeah, but so are its similarities to the Cube, so it could still go either way.
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Old Jan 25, 2008, 07:36 AM   #22
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Exactly! Let's see how the 1.8 ssd does, then make a decision. People keep going back n forth about it not being a main computer. My 12" iBook g4 1.33ghz with 768mb of ram and a 4200rpm hdd has been my main computer for quite some time. I've made movies on it, pictures, internet, email, microsoft office, all with ease. Granted it's not as fast as I would like.

But for someone like me, a macbook air is ALREADY going to be much faster than what I have. Most of the people crying are ones with MBP's or Macbook's saying oh man this thing is slow blah blah. Well ya, duh! It's slower than your computer, so what. Don't buy it, but it works for some people, and it's benefits to me outweigh what it's lacking.
That's exactly where I am! I have a 17" Powerbook G4 ! Ghz w/ 1GB of ram. There's no where for me to go but up!

Also, more info on actual performance: http://www.macworld.com/article/1318...rst_tests.html

It's definitely faster than the G4, but, honestly, not by much.

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It's also interesting that in the comments the MacWorld reviewer writes that "three pounds instead of five is EXTREMELY noticeable." (emphasis is his).
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Old Jan 25, 2008, 09:28 AM   #24
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Agreed. It benchmarked better than I thought it would. I am getting the SSD, so I expect even a bit more.
For $999 more, let's hope your expecting more
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I'm still waiting for another battery test. The newspaper reviewers gave some tests but I'd like to see more confirmation.
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