Is the new MacBook Air ever unresponsive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by JD92, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. JD92 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2005
    Hi people,

    Still trying to make my mind up over whether or not to get a new MacBook Air. I've seen that its performance will be around comparable to my 2.66GHz 2009 MacBook Pro - but what I'd really like to know is has anyone found their new Air to be unresponsive at all? For example, sometimes when I'm in Aperture on my MBP everything will become unresponsive sometimes for a few seconds. Happens in iMove quite a lot when I'm importing movies from my HD camcorder.
  2. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I only have a two days worth of experience with the new MBA, but I haven't encountered any "unresponsiveness" yet.
  3. ender21 macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2010
    Southern Cal
    I haven't had my large apps open yet, but so far my only real qualm regarding responsiveness is that when I first go to use it, open the display and click the trackpad to "wake" it, I can't do anything for a good couple-to-several seconds. The mouse cursor won't move, shortcuts won't work, etc. Then it kicks in and everything's good.
  4. Samsumac macrumors regular

    May 18, 2011
    I found it to be very responsive. Bear in mind that the OS plays a major role in perceived responsiveness so it may be even better once a couple of updates have gone through...
  5. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    It' probably the TurboBoost spinning up, takes a while!:D
  6. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    In my experience the SSD also is a huge "responsiveness" adjuster versus a MBP with hard drive.
  7. h00ligan macrumors 68030

    Apr 10, 2003
    A hot desert
    I had about 15 tabs in safari going, which basically all had a flash banner, and safari slowed to a crawl. Screen sharing was open too..
  8. Samsumac macrumors regular

    May 18, 2011
    ahh the great culprit Flash... :D Safari also has a memory leak, I believe

  9. Vihzel macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2010
    I only find it unresponsive when I go back a page on Safari and it has to load the previous page.
  10. h00ligan macrumors 68030

    Apr 10, 2003
    A hot desert
    Where did you read that?

    Could well have been that if it's documented, because it improved even relaunched with the same windows.. but yah.. flash is still an absolute pig on os x.

    Never to change.
  11. kis macrumors 65816

    Aug 10, 2007
    I'm getting the "beach ball" for about 10 seconds whenever I open the App Store. Other than that, it's blazingly fast.
  12. tbobmccoy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2007
    Austin, TX
    ClickToFlash is the best extension and plugin I've ever used. Oh my god, the difference it has made on my computing speed....

    As for hold-ups... I've had a couple, but they all have to do with Air Display (sadly), which needs a Lion overhaul I believe. I'm sad since I originally liked the App so much... but it lags up and stalls the entire OS when it's running. Sigh. Now that it's off and ClickToFlash is on, this MBA is the most responsive computer I've ever known.

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