Loving my brand new to me 2008 Macbook Air 1,1 - Haters gonna hate

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Geordan, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2012
    So I recently bought a January 2008 macbook air with an ssd in it for $350, and I couldn't be happier.

    The 2008 air is still an awesome computer and think it makes perfect sense for like 90% of potential users - especially students. At the prices it's selling for now (the price I paid is perhaps a small bit lower than normal), I think it should be on people's list for an entry level machine. Sure I'll never do any of my photo editing work on it, but who cares. For 90% of my activity and the activity of most users, this thing is still awesome. My Mac Pro is starting to get dusty.

    If anyone is thinking about buying one of these - do it. They're a deal to be had in my opinion. The only people who will tell you it's too slow for normal use are guys who spend their days at home reading reviews on Anandtech from their 12 Core Mac Pro's with 32GB of Ram and 8 TB of storage. They'll whine "look at how long it took the Macbook Air 1,1 to copy a 5GB file!!!!" while they smugly comment on how quickly their Mac Pro loads their next Youtube video.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Not too many haters on the apple side, more lovers here
  3. macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2012
    Winnipeg,Canada/New Delhi India
    It's good you enjoy your product, but you need to chill a little I guess, else people will definately hate your tone :p
  4. 2IS
    macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    I'll go ahead and start the hate train. For $350 I'd rather get a 2013 windows machine with an i3.

    But if you want a used, slow, overpriced laptop that is prone to over heating, it's surly a great deal to be had! ;)
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2009
    Helsinki, Finland

    Your holding a historic (Steve would have said "revolutionary") machine in your lap.
    My only experiences with the earliest air's (prior to redesign) were with HDD based machines and those left things to be desired. Do you know if the SSD is an original BTO or later installation?

  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2012

    Hahah honestly that's exactly what I was hoping someone would reply. ;)
  7. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    OK I jump on train.

    I hope u checked out the battery, 'coz maybe soon now, ur looking at another $150 expense.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2010
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    I'm glad the OP is happy with his/her purchase, but I for one would not have given that much for a 5 year old computer.

    A 2011 MBA can be had for about $700-$800 price range.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2011
    Actually I admire people that can be perfectly happy with 5 year old hardware. Saves a lot of money and if they are happy and do what they need to do with it, that's all that matters.
  11. macrumors member


    Nov 29, 2009
    yes to this

    i agree. I recently acquired a 2008 macbook pro 15, and quite honestly it is 95% as fast as a new macbook pro for most tasks. the only thing a new one might have would be an ssd, which you can upgrade. the ol' core2duo machines are still enough for almost all tasks. it edits HD video, works with audio, and even plays starcraft 2 nicely. the only thing I miss would be that the battery only lasts 5 hours instead of 7. :p:p:p:p:p

    its a deal for a college student!
  12. macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2008
    If someone hates you because you bought something that makes you perfectly happy with your own damn money, this someone needs to have his head examined.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2013
    Hey, luckily for me, my i found a 2010 macbook air on craigslist and was wondering if the 2010 macbook air can process a game like cod 4.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2011
    Hopefully your 2008 doesn't have the hinge issues.

    IIRC, doesn't Apple replace it for free?

    Well, I'm surely in love with my 2011 MBA. It's aesthetically more appealing. (To me at least.)

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