Any scientists using this MBA- Can you comment on the performance?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Delilah14, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2012

    I want to purchase the 2012 MBA, 13" , 128 SSD model with 8GB of RAM. Portability is extremely important to me as I am always on the go.
    I need to run Matlab, one note, SPSS, and Latex. Most of the time together.
    Does anyone here use a MBA for Matlab? Could you please comment on the performance? I really don't want it to slow down or lag as I deal with 3D and 4D matrices. I did up the RAM, but is this good enough?
    First Mac, so I have all these questions :)

  2. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2010
    My classmates say that we can get any computer because all the programs we need are on designated lab computers.
  3. macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2011
    What are you doing in matlab? If you have a sample m file that is compatible with octave, I'll run it for you to get a rough idea. For data analysis you should be golden. I just got my 13" i5 8gb air today and it is as snappy and hits the same benchmarks as my 2011 pro 2.7ghz.

    Source: I have done some heavy work in that before that I'm pretty sure killed my 2006 MBP from heat (back in 2009).

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