Once you go thin, you'll never go back (even if the air isn't for you)

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mykoljay, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2008
    This is my opinion. I just got the air a few hours ago. I have a dell regular sized notebook at work. I personally do not see myself ever wanting to carry that work notebook again.

    It really puts everything into a new perspective. I live in nyc and spend my time carrying a computer on me at all time (home, girlfriends, school, work, coffee shops). I have a spiral notebook in my bag today with my air and I seriously wanted to replace THAT with a thinner pad (or get rid of it completely).

    Maybe the air isnt the solution for everyone, but a gaurantee that all notebooks 1.5 yrs from now will have to be this thin, because I'm sold for life on the size.

    Mac newb Disclaimer: This is my first mac and I've looked down on mac for their closed architecture and high priced machines, but I have to admit that I'm a convert now. The UI is amazing and this is defintely the fastest and most responsive computer that I've ever used (no I have not used a mac pro). I love the screen and lighted keys as well.
  2. macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2008
    oh my god yes, man. I just got this thing tonight and it is amazing....i 100% agree with you
  3. macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    Stop it! You're making me want one even more, and I can't afford it yet!
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    oh hell yes! haha
    i agree with your 100% hehe

    it makes my macbook pro seem like a 10 year old laptop all big and chunky haha

    everything seems so heavy now hahah
    maybe i'm turning into a weakling haha
  5. macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2008
    I just got the black mb last week and after using the air the black mb feels uncompfortable to me now. I think part of it is the 2lbs but also just the look and feel too. Just the tightness and feel is amazing. Cant put it down. i would not have though 2 lbs would have made a diff but you just have to use it to see.

  6. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    this always comes up with ppl when i tell them to get a laptop
    i'm like get that one its 2lbs less or even 1lbs less
    and tehres like what i'm not a weakling 1lbs is nothing

    i'm like fine buy it!
    get back to me in a couple of weeks after using it

    and they did and there like omg it's killing me

    and i sit back and laugh LOL
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2002
    People were mocking me last week for wasting my money on this thing. After they saw it today, they quickly shut up and noted how much they envied me. :D
  8. macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2008
    What the OP says is so true. I use both Macs and PCs. My primary computer for about a year and a half was an ultralight ThinkPad X41 (3-3.5lbs, depending on if you had a 4- or 8-cell battery). It wasn't a screamer (performance-wise), but the portability and mobility of it was incredibly, incredibly useful. I could carry it around the home like a book or magazine: I never felt tethered to one particular area like I did with my desktop replacement notebooks.

    After the X41, I purchased an SR MBP, and while it was a speed demon, it tended to stay on my desk much more than the X41. Sure, I still brought it around, but believe me, the 2 lbs difference makes a huge difference.

    Shaving off 2 lbs sounds like a small number, but it isn't. I see people criticizing others who think that if you can't handle the 2 lbs difference, you have a physical disability. That's not the point. It's about ubiquity: there's a certain threshold in weight and size where objects become very convenient to carry around everywhere you go. Sure, I'm *capable* of carrying around a 5 lbs notebook around with me, but a 3 lbs notebook makes it more likely that I'll carry it around more places.
  9. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007

    Well a 3, 4 year old PowerBook G4, especially the 17" is still fairly thin compare to many current wintel laptops. =)

    When I was testing the MBA. I was able to stand with it on one hand and typing with another hand, didn't even have to flex my arm. (I am used to doing that on 17" MBP)
  10. macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2007
    This thread is ironic. I was just thinking on my way to work this morning how I could barely tell there was anything in my backpack (MBP & power supply inside) and how odd it seemed to me that people feel they have to have something smaller / lighter.

    Put me in the crowd that just doesn't get it. This thing is as powerful as a desktop, and I feel comfortable taking it everywhere I go.

    All that said, I still appreciate the air and can't wait until the the technology used in it can help them to pack even more goodies into my MBP sized container. ;)

    I'd still rather carry the extra 3 pounds and have a "real" computer. ;)
  11. macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2007
    What's a "real" computer? Does it exist?
  12. macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2008
    As much as I like ThinkPads and I use to be a Lenovo PC guy, this notebook is phenominal. Ive used x41 notebook, x60 notebook and tablet's, and while their build quality is phenominal the portability is nowhere near what the Air is. I had another guy come over today thats a long time thinkpad guy and he was blown away by the Air. Ive had numerous other people that also ridiculed me for purchasing it until seeing it up close. The past two days ive had 20 or so techs walk by and start playing with it to get hands on experience of something everyone has heard about and received nothing but positive feedback (and most of these guys had negative comments prior to this).
  13. NAG
    macrumors 68030


    Aug 6, 2003
    I have to agree that the Macbook Air is ridiculously portable. I mean, Apple laptops are pretty portable and easy to use but this thing is so light and thin it is like carrying around a clipboard. It also doesn't heat up either and is very quiet.
  14. macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Sacramento, CA, USA
    I can't wait to actually use one of these MBA's. I have a 1st revision MBP, which I love, but people are going crazy over the design of these MBA's!

    I still think for what my MBP can do, it's pretty small.
  15. macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2008
    thin is in.

    It is like how the iPhone is thin but has a larger footprint compared to other smartphones which are thicker but with a smaller footprint.

    The MBA is the same. I have a Sony t series as well. It has a very small screen but is thicker. The MBA just feels so right with its profile. ANSI love the nice screen. Just like how gorgeous the iphone screen is cpared to other smartphones.

    Thin with nice screen. The way to go.
  16. macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2008
    Oh puh-leaze. How presumptuous. The fanboys continue to miss the point or are in some serious denial: its a horrible investment decision. Try to rationalize "thin" all you want, but there are objectively superior and more affordable options. So no, until thin doesn't entail paying an absurd premium for a litany of compromises, then I'll happily putz along on my now "roamy," uncompromising, more compact and much more affordable lappy.

    But hey, go ahead and revel in your gadget-lust and the conspicuous consumption it enables. :rolleyes:
  17. macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    I'd still rather they'd made a 12" MacBook Pro. Now that would be the perfect compromise between usability and portability.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2008
    Italy - Milano
    What can be a compromise for you maybe it's not for me. I would not use a firewire port or other premium features missing in the MBA. A lot of people will find it a perfect deal. And stop saying that it's expensive. It's not a normal laptop. In his category (in standard configuration) it's absolutely a right price. And yes, I love gadgets!
  19. macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2007
    It's not expensive; its over-priced, and there is a big difference between the two. A Ferrari is expensive, but it's also high-powered. The Air is hardly the Ferrari of laptops.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    I don't mean to be offensive, but when I read your post all I could think was: "Translation; I'm jealous because I can't blow the cash on MacBook Air".

    I know you probably didn't intend it that way, maybe it was the tone.
  21. macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2006
    In persona non grata
    Sounds like someone has MBA envy issues!
  22. macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England
    I resent this line of thinking, citing mental trauma to the self-body image issues of females everywhere! :p
  23. MRU
    macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    quantumbits does seem to have rather a large chip on his shoulder regarding the macbook air if you look at his post history.

    If you really don't care about the MBA quantumbits, then why is it you can't simply 'let it go' ?

    Instead you continually trawl the MBA subsection where you find any new thread and feel the need to troll attack within it.

    The first week of doing this was sad, after three weeks of doing it, don't you think you should give it a rest - or try to work out what the 'real' issue you have with it is.

    Either way I'm sure I'm not the only one who is bored with the same old venom and rhetoric you continually post.
  24. macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
    I also am looking towards my next air, will never go back to those old sized laptops :)
  25. thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2008
    Well - on one hand, I'm going to get a lot more use with this laptop than than using a heavy notebook every once in while.

    On the other hand, investment wise - the air is not not good, considering I could by 2 lenovas tablets or a macbook and powerful desktop for the same price. but, to tell you the truth, I think this is worth it. (would have prefered it to be $1400-$1500). If you live in nyc, there are only 2 technology needs: an mp3 player and a notebook. Space and mobility are vital.

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