Mac Air vs. MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by embalmess, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    Your thoughts? Which would you rather buy? Why does the MacBook Air seem to have less memory, GHz, etc??
  2. macrumors member


    I had a MacBook...then I bought a MacBook Air, one had to go, sold the MacBook...

    Think of this, new technology innovation vs performance old technology.
  3. macrumors P6


    huh? they have the same tech just one is skinny and has VERY little features and one is full featured and a tad thicker
  4. macrumors newbie

    The MacBook air is what I believe to be one of Apple's biggest mistakes. You have one USB port that will be used by the superdrive, or a printer, or a mouse. You also have a weak 80 gig hard drive, or you can get the $3000 with a whopping 64 gig! You will have trouble even watching Youtube videos, it's hardly lighter than the MacBook, and only half an inch thinner.

    The Macbook is faster, prettier, stores more, and comes with everything a computer should.

    The MacBook air is too big to be a UMPC. If I want to use a computer with no disk drive, I'll keep my EEE pc.
  5. macrumors 6502


    The MBA is for the Paris Hiltons of the world, very "OMG iznt I soooo awesum?'

    The MB is lovely, I wish I could have one
  6. macrumors 603


    Apparently John McCain is in our midst.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Two totally different products aimed at two different markets to do two different jobs.

    Out of the MB and the MBA? The MB all the way. My next machine will actually be a MBP, large unforeseen expenses notwithstanding.

    Again: Two totally different products aimed at two different markets to do two different jobs. Go to an Apple store, look at them side by side then pick each one up to get a feel for the weight. That's your answer right there.
  8. macrumors 68000

    Apple Ink

    You're asking me to compare day and night!

    Both serve different purposes!:p

    P.S.: Apple's and oranges is far to old!
  9. macrumors 6502


    Sir, I take offence to thee. I challenge thee to pistols at dawn, 10 paces then we fire.

    I meant that the Air doesn't have as much practical usage as the MB.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Just because the Air doesn't resonate with you hardly makes it Apple's biggest mistake. Some might say Lisa or even Cube before they say MacBook Air. And the SSD is only $2598 these days. And I am sure it will continue to drop as SSD prices come down.

    If I was in the market for a new portable I would probably grab the Air just because of the weight savings. For what I would use it for for school and the fact that I bike a ton would make the weight savings very beneficial. But if you want it to be a reasonable desktop replacement the Air is a bit underpowered by today's standards. But the same argument can be made about the MacBook as well. We tend to pay a premium for the end-to-end experience that Apple provides.
  11. macrumors 65816


    If it's going to be your main/only computer, the MacBook will likely suit you better.

    If you have a stronger desktop/workstation to handle the heavy lifting, then the MBA could be a good fit.

    What are you using it for, and what other computing options do you have? For me, the MB is a way better choice.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Had both and just bought a MB enough said !
  13. macrumors member

    Im debating on whether or not to trade my macbook1 1.83ghz for a 1.6 or 1.86ghz MacbookAir. But im looking for some benchmark tests.... anyone find or have any?

    I know going from my DDR 667mhz to the DDR2 in the Air is an upgrade
    and going from 2MB L2 cache to the 4MB L2 Cache is another upgrade.

    but thats all i can find.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Had 2 Airs leaves you wanting more have new white macbook Very Happy.
  15. macrumors 6502

    The MBa is the sizzle

    The MBP is the steak.

    You may sell the sizzle, but you cant eat it, so for me, give me the steak
  16. macrumors G3

    6MB L2 cache
  17. macrumors regular


    That is, by far, the best analogy between the Book and the Air I have ever read. Kudos!
  18. macrumors demi-god


    MBP great for a main computer, heavy lifting, the 13" is VERY portable.

    MBA is an excellent netbook or secondary computer, or a good main computer for people who don't do intensive tasks and lightweight is a high priority...

    It's easy to choose which one, just think about what you're going to be using it for and how important is weight to you.
  19. macrumors 6502

    why thank you. I too was having the same debate between the machine, and I want people not to remember me for having a MBa but what my presentation was about.

    The MBa is sexy, and for some the right computer, but to me it is just a trophy wife to the machine that sits on your desk at home.
  20. macrumors 68040


    1997 called, they want their argument back. Printers are wireless and so are mice.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Yet I agree with was a mistake.
  22. macrumors 68030


    Which is exactly why he said 'I think...'.


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