13 MBA voted best mac of the year

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by tim100, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. macrumors 65816

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    I Have Both

    But the MBA is a great machine, It would get my vote too!
     
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    I switched from a MBP to 13" MBA and couldn't be happier. It is the perfect size machine and amazingly fast. I'll never go back.
     
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    I switched from a decked out 15" MBP to the 13" MBA (base). I am very happy. I would have preferred it to have 8GB of RAM so I could run more than 1 virtual machine at a time, but otherwise I'm happy. My wife is too since she has my 15" MBP.
     
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    I've just gone back to the MBP (late 2011, 15").

    I think the 13" Air is incredible, but I've also come to realise that actually, if you don't need the portability, there's still a lot to gain from having a more 'traditional' size laptop.

    I'd agree with the 13" Air winning this award, though. It's the best choice for the biggest number of people.
     
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    love my baby. i call her Sandy. she is good to me :)
     
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    peskaa

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    I switched from a 15" MBP to a 13" Air, though there was a gap in-between where I was laptop-less. Much appreciating the portability gained from the weight loss programme it went on ;)
     
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    I also made the seitch

    I switched from a 2011 13" MBP to a 13" MBA with 128gb and never looked back. Out of 128gb I still have almost 70gb free. Most of my media and data is in the cloud, so I don't need much more storage anyway. The 2011 13" MBA if the best portable Mac I have ever owned.
     
  11. macrumors regular

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    I switched over from an early 2008 15" Macbook Pro to the 2010 Macbook air when it first came out. Has been my main machine ever since. I absolutely love it :D

    I am only considering upgrading to the 2011 (or 2012, gonna wait and see) model because I do want the external monitor sooner of later. I see it as kind of a waste to get the display port one when thunderbolt offers quite a bit more in terms of speed and ports.
     
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    My wife is making the switch to the MBA. I have both. I do love the MBA 13" though. It's perfect when I just need a lightweight laptop to grab and go.
     
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    It's true that the 13" is a better computer than the 11" if it's your main computer and don't have an external display, but I think the 11" is more impressive from a technical point, considering it now has the same maximum specs in a smaller form factor, and also the same keyboard with almost no border around it. It's also has the highest PPI screen ever seen in an Apple computer.
     
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    I did.

    In April 2008, I bought a 15" MBP - and loved it, it was an excellent computer. However, I travel a lot, and portability & weight matter to me, therefore, in Sept 2010, I treated myself to a 13" MBA (Rev C), which has since become my main computer. Within a few months, as I found that I was hardly using the MBP at all, I sold it, which means that the MBA is now my sole computer.
     
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    This is my 1st plunge into the Mac pond, went with 2 new ones, home the mac mini,with keyboard and 20" monitor, at work, the MBA 13" base model.

    Had the 11" and I thought it was fine, but wanted the bigger screen, and you get more ram etc.

    It has been great, my needs are not vast, so the base is more than enough for me, very light too, me likey a lot !!
     
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    15" MBP to 13" MBA Ultimate late 2010... does everything I throw at it. Although I do leave gaming for a PC desktop. Would like to see an 8GB RAM option (for VMs) in the next revision, might consider upgrading then, but I really haven't found anything where my MBA has been lacking.

    Recently saw the Samsung Series 9 and Asus Ultrabook... YUCK, seriously bad keyboards and sharp/unrefined edges, touchpad is nothing like the MBA either. Only a mad person would buy one of those over the MBA, if you ask me.
     
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    netdog

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    Or somebody who wants a Windows machine of course.

    And in answer to the OP's original question, yeah, I did too.
     
  18. macrumors 6502a

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    That's what Bootcamp and VMWare Fusion/Parallels is for. ;)

    The MBA is more than a Mac, its a PC, its Linux, and that is the attraction for some of us. Now if only Apple would stop being so uptight and allow Snow Leopard to be loaded on a VM... might keep my 2010 for longer if only because it still will support/boot to Snow Leopard.
     
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    Not everybody likes Macs, and not everybody has the same taste as you do. Personally I like the Asus Zenbook.

    If somebody doesn't like Mac OS X, buying a Mac really is pretty pointless to just run Windows off boot camp; you really might as well just buy the Windows laptop. And as a side note, the keyboard on the Zenbook is actually quite good, and the trackpad issues were fixed with a software update.

    No need to be so close minded with a "Mac or noting" attitude.
     
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    To me, it was 2 main things on why I went to a mac. and an Air and a Mini.

    I had been using pcs for the last 7 yrs and just couldn't take it any more, there is good news with windows and bad news, the bad news drove me nuts, freeze ups, control alt delete, and the ever growing viruses etc.

    Then some people I know said "get a Mac" so i went down to the apple store and dove in. So for me the 2 main thins are, The operating system, not so much the features etc, they are nice, but my needs are not great.

    The 2nd is resale, the resale of these machines is quite good, have followed it closely for the past few months.

    So if I want to sell my 13" Air 3 yrs from now, 1 owner, very clean etc, it will sell for decent money, and put that into the newest one.

    I would get my pcs serviced due to viruses about every 18 months or so,it added up. So i figure, not only will my Mac cost me less, it gives me better performance. But to each his own.
     
  22. macrumors 65816

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    I'm happy because I just ordered one :):) I come from a pc, though, I've never tried the Mac Book Pro.
     
  23. macrumors regular

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    I think if you are coming from a pc , you will be elated. I played with the pro and it is very nice, quite capable, but like I said before, my needs are not vast.

    The 13" air gives me what I want, and the feel is great too.
     
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    I'm back to Mac after 20 years with a 2010 13" MBA and love it, good to be back on a Unix variant again.

    Next Mac will either be the new 2012 15" MBP, or a Mini-TBD combo, can't decide which, but I do want Ivy in my next Mac, don't like Sandy, runs too hot.
     
  25. macrumors member

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    I recently switched from a 2010 13" MBP to a 2011 11" MBA. I was a little wary at first (screen size and battery life) but so far, I'm loving the MBA!
     

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