The ULTIMATE "The Macbook Air Is My Primary Machine" Thread

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by iDisk, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    iDisk

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    #1
    Okay, like many, we get the usual "I want to use the Air for this, will it work" or "Is anyone using the Air as their primary machine" yada yada yada ...... So I want this to be THE ULTIMATE THREAD TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS, for newbies and other members here..... This thread will be a REFERENCE were people who ask redundant questions can go to.... Hopefully if there's enough post will get this as a sticky :)....

    NOW ANSWER IT IN THE FOLLOWING:

    • What MacBook Air do you have? Rev A (Which has an Intel graphics card & Storage capacity is 80GB HD & 64GB SSD) Rev B (Which has an Nvidia graphics card & has a CPU of 1.6Ghz and 1.86Ghz processor & A 120GB HD / 128GB SSD) Rev C (Which has an Nvidia graphics card & has a CPU of 1.86hz and 2.13Ghz processor & A 120GB HD / 128GB SSD)

    • What Applications are on your MacBook Air ?

    • What do you use your MacBook Air for? (ie: Programming, Light/Med/Heavy Photography use, video editing etc.....NAME EVERYTHING PLEASE )

    • Do you have any Issues using the Applications you mentioned? If so what? How often?

    • What do you think of your screen quality? (ie: Good/Bad/Okay)

    • With the Applications you use, do you find the RAM & HD or SSD limiting?

    • Do you Game on your MacBook Air? If so what kind of Games?

    • How is the Game Play ?

     
  2. macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    #2
    # What MacBook Air do you have?

    Rev. C: 2.13Ghz w/ 128GB SSD

    # What Applications are on your MacBook Air ?

    Office 2008, CS4 DP, iWork, iLife, PGP Desktop Professional, assortment of browsers.

    # What do you use your MacBook Air for?

    Mainly browsing the web, checking emails, chatting with friends and folks; occasionally with fix a few pictures in Photoshop; have on occasion forged documents and such. Code with emacs, so that's pretty light. Will watch a movie or TV show on occasion. Drive is encrypted with PGP WDE.

    # Do you have any Issues using the Applications you mentioned? If so what? How often?

    Yes, CS4 suffers a bit; mostly due to lack of RAM; videos sometimes don't play and stutter due to cooling issues. The latter happens a lot unless I turn on the A/C (which won't happen in the winter). Coding is not an issue in performance because of the small footprint. However, though screen resolution could be higher—1440x900 would be better; and they make that screen in LED.

    # What do you think of your screen quality? (ie: Good/Bad/Okay)

    It's good. I don't see any of those grey lines folks have been talking about. Again I would prefer a higher resolution display; maybe a matter option as well.

    # With the Applications you use, do you find the RAM & HD or SSD limiting?

    I only use about 40GB of space, so no issues there. Encryption drops the read/write speeds (this shouldn't happen since the encryption/decryption is done at the CPU-side of things). RAM is a bit limiting; usually need to restart at least once a week to get rid of my 4GB swap size.

    # Do you Game on your MacBook Air? If so what kind of Games?

    I tried before, but poor cooling performance hampered any attempts; I no longer play games on this computer.

    # How is the Game Play ?

    N/A
     
  3. macrumors 601

    ayeying

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    #3
    Nice color scheme lol. It's cute. Really :D

    # What MacBook Air do you have?
    Unofficial Rev. C, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz with 128GB Samsung SSD

    # What Applications are on your MacBook Air ?

    Photoshop CS4, Acrobat 9, VMware Fusion, E-Mail, Chat, Webcam, iTunes Video/Music... um... Games for the Windows side, VMware Workstation, Aperture... thats all I can think of

    Edit: Oh yeah, Microsoft Office 2007/2008 and iWork and of course BOINC for SETI@Home, Colltaz Conjecture, and a few other projects

    # What do you use your MacBook Air for?
    Heavy Virtual Machine use (Occassionaly 3 VMs or more running at once)
    Aperture Post-Processing photos, working with 10MB (10MP) RAW photos
    Java Programming (Light/Homework)
    Scanning Documents for being Paperless
    Video converting/ripping (Handbrake and iMovie)
    Games (CoD: MW/MW2, L4D(2), Sins of a Solar Empire, Star Trek Online, GTA4)

    # Do you have any Issues using the Applications you mentioned? If so what? How often?
    Yes, VMware Fusion/Workstation usually, when I hit over 4GB of swap.

    # What do you think of your screen quality?
    Excellent. Color calibrated using Spyder 3 Elite for a 2.4 Gamma (Non standard)

    # With the Applications you use, do you find the RAM & HD or SSD limiting?
    Virtual Machines is VERY limiting on the RAM and SSD. SSD is just too bad with concurrent read/write at the same time. Helps running majority of my VMs on an external USB drive

    # Do you Game on your MacBook Air? If so what kind of Games?
    Star Trek Online
    Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2)
    Sins of a Solar Empire (w/ Expansions)
    Civilization 4 (all Expansions)
    GTA4
    Occasionally solitare :D

    # How is the Game Play ?
    Star Trek Online - Good
    Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2) - Excellent
    Sins of a Solar Empire (w/ Expansions) - Excellent
    Civilization 4 (all Expansions) - Excellent
    GTA4 - Playable, but poor
    Solitare - Needa ask?
     
  4. macrumors 604

    chrono1081

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    #4
    :eek:

    Lol I do like this thread though I hope more post since I plan on getting an Air next revision.

    I'm also hoping to see if anyone tried Unity3D on it yet...
     
  5. macrumors member

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    #5
    What MacBook Air do you have?
    Rev. C 1.86 hdd

    What Applications are on your MacBook Air ?
    Adobe Suite, Firefox, Limewire, etc..

    What do you use your MacBook Air for?
    Web browsing, Photoshop is priority (I have external LG 21.5" Secondary monitor (after all, it is my main machine.)

    Do you have any Issues using the Applications you mentioned? If so what? How often?
    Never, quick machine.

    What do you think of your screen quality?
    Excellent, the MBA screen rivals many other LCDs i've seen.

    With the Applications you use, do you find the RAM & HD or SSD limiting?
    unless I am doing serious video editing, the MBAs hardware specs let me do just about anything. Even with the HDD as opposed to SSD.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    #6
    # What MacBook Air do you have?

    Rev. B: 1.6Ghz w/ 128GB SSD

    # What Applications are on your MacBook Air ?

    iWork, iLife, Firefox, Xcode, Adobe Acrobat Professional, DoubleTwist

    # What do you use your MacBook Air for?

    Web browsing, taking notes in lectures, e-mail, coding in Xcode (C and Java), watching videos (non-HD)

    # Do you have any Issues using the Applications you mentioned? If so what? How often?

    Everything seems fine except sometimes Xcode and and having two A4 pages on the screen side-by-side is quite cramped. Heat issues with watching videos, processor maxes out, and subsequently lags.

    # What do you think of your screen quality? (ie: Good/Bad/Okay)

    It's good. No line/screen quality issues, however entire screen assembly was replaced once (under warrantee) due to the hinge.

    # With the Applications you use, do you find the RAM & HD or SSD limiting?

    Sometimes space is an issue, but generally I clean out with a reformat once in a while so that sorts that out. not having 4GB of ram is a bit of a pain. Mostly its CPU limitations than anything else.

    # Do you Game on your MacBook Air? If so what kind of Games?

    Not really, thinking of starting back on WoW again.

    # How is the Game Play ?

    N/A
     
  7. macrumors member

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    #7
    What MacBook Air do you have?
    Rev A 1.8 GHz updated with a new RunCore 128GB SSD (pata)

    What Applications are on your MacBook Air ?
    Office 2008 ; Digital Photo Professional (Canon RAW converting SW); Adobe LightRoom; Ilife '09 (I use just iWeb and iPhoto); uTorrent; Lotus Notes client; Parallels with WinXP SP3 (used just for my car's ECU programming sw); various browsers and utilityes; itunes.

    What do you use your MacBook Air for?
    Everything except gaming.. just because I don't play computer games.

    Do you have any Issues using the Applications you mentioned? If so what? How often?
    Honestly I feel the limit of the rev A graphic performances only when working on large raw files, but is still liveable.. but for this I guess a rev C should be already good enough. Iphoto, when in full screen and widely zoomed in, is not responding well to moultitouch inputs.

    What do you think of your screen quality?
    Screen is simply GREAT!

    With the Applications you use, do you find the RAM & HD or SSD limiting?
    The speed of the original 80GB HDD was really annoyng but after moving to RunCore 128 GB SSD I felt a great improve in everiday performance and boost in free space and now I'm fine.. However a 192 or 256 GB SSD (faster like the sata RunCore's) would be much better. Moreover some extra ram would be welcome for Parallels..


    Do you Game on your MacBook Air? If so what kind of Games?
    No games..


    Generally, despite having the first and slower MBA version, I'm really satisfied.
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    #8
    iDisk, I am impressed you have become a regular so soon! Do you have alot of time to spare? Here is my input:

    Rev C (see below)

    I run standard Apps, like WORD and Safari

    My MBA is for browsing, email.

    I have noticed heat issues while watching DVDs and You Tube. Wish it didn't.

    Screen is very good. No grey lines.

    RAM is fine.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

    slapguts

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    #9
    [*] What MacBook Air do you have? Rev. A, 80gb HD.

    [*] What Applications are on your MacBook Air ?
    Standard plus Adobe CS4, OpenOffice

    [*] What do you use your MacBook Air for? Web surfing, streaming media to an external display, light web design/graphic design work. Travel. I ride a motorcycle, and having such a light weight bag on my back makes the ride a lot more enjoyable.


    [*] Do you have any Issues using the Applications you mentioned? If so what? How often? CS4 runs fairly well, some filters do take their time. Had I ever used a Mac Pro, I'm sure I'd hate the wait.


    [*] What do you think of your screen quality? Love it. Bright and flawless.


    [*] With the Applications you use, do you find the RAM & HD or SSD limiting? I do kind of wish I had the SSD, just for the speed increases. All my media is stored on an external drive hooked to an Airport Extreme that I can access from anywhere, so my HD is only about 40% full.


    [*] Do you Game on your MacBook Air? If so what kind of Games?
    Nope.

    [*] How is the Game Play ?
     
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  11. macrumors regular

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    #11
    MBA is great for me

    [*] What MacBook Air do you have? Rev. B, 128GB SSD

    [*] What Applications are on your MacBook Air ? Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Illustrator CS4, Parallels Desktop, iLife, iWork, Office 2008, NeoOffice, LaTeX, XCode, Path Finder, Handbrake (64-bit), VLC (64-bit), Things

    [*] What do you use your MacBook Air for? Web surfing, streaming media to an external display, editing audio with GarageBand, editing video with iMovie, document creation with office suites, LaTeX, and Acrobat; communications

    [*] Do you have any Issues using the Applications you mentioned? I discovered with Garageband that the MBA has no audio-in to capture audio. Once captured, I can edit the audio just fine. Other than that, no issues.

    [*] What do you think of your screen quality? I love the screen. It is one of the reasons I wanted the air over any of the current pros.

    [*] With the Applications you use, do you find the RAM & HD or SSD limiting? I could use more RAM for Parallels virtual machines. Related to hardware limitations, I am too cheap to buy the USB ethernet adapter, so I cannot use my MBA as much as I would like at work.

    [*] Do you Game on your MacBook Air? If so what kind of Games?
    Nope.

    [*] How is the Game Play ? N/A
     
  12. macrumors regular

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    #12
    [*] What MacBook Air do you have?
    Rev A 1.6Ghz 80 GB HDD

    [*] What Applications are on your MacBook Air ?
    NeoOffice, Evernote, the iPhone Dev tools (forgot the exact names), RealPlayer :eek: ...to name a few


    [*] What do you use your MacBook Air for?
    Light iPhone programming, browsing, watch videos, listen to music, look at pic.


    [*] Do you have any Issues using the Applications you mentioned? If so what? How often?

    My only complaint is that certain Java Applet on the web tends to make the machine slow. Also, NeoOffice takes long time to launch.


    [*] What do you think of your screen quality? (ie: Good/Bad/Okay)

    Good

    [*] With the Applications you use, do you find the RAM & HD or SSD limiting?

    RAM and HD both limiting


    [*] Do you Game on your MacBook Air? If so what kind of Games?

    Nope


    [*] How is the Game Play ?

    N/A
     
  13. macrumors 6502a

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    #13
    What MacBook Air do you have?

    Rev C 2.13 w 128gb SSD

    What Applications are on your MacBook Air ?

    Ok my apologies in advance for the length of this list but I use my MBA for a LOT of stuff

    0xED - Hex Editor - Freeware
    AASYNC - Drive/Folder Sync - Shareware
    Adium - AIM/YIM etc Client - Freeware
    Adobie Acrobat 8 Pro - PDF Authoring - Commercial Software
    AppCleaner,, application removal, freeware
    AppDelete - application removal - shareware
    Backblaze - online backup service - fast, low cpu, and reliable
    BetterZip - great PKZIP tool - shareware
    Bento - good desktop DB tool for smaller DBs
    Bokeh - CPU/Application managment/Allocation for underpowered macs like MBA rev A - Shareware
    CDRevolution - CD Ripper - Shareware
    Cinch - window managment - sharewar
    ClickToFlash - Safari flash blocker
    Cocktail - System Utility - Shareware
    ConceptDraw Office 8 - Drawing, Project and mindmapping - shareware
    CoconutBattery - battery meter - Freeware
    DbVisualizer - database tool - Shareware (free read, pay update)
    DiskInventoryX - Disk space by file type utility - Freeware
    DivxPlayer - MultiMedia Codec - Free Limited Use Commercial Software
    DupeGuru - file cleanup - Shareware
    Duplicate Annihilator - for iPhoto cleanup - shareware
    EasyTaskManager - GTD task manager
    Eclipse - code editor - Freeware
    EditX - xml editor - shareware
    Espionage - encrypted folder utility
    EverNote - online content management utility service
    FindAnyFile - file finder - freeware
    FireFox - Web Browser - Freeware
    Filemaker Pro - db system for larger scale DBs - commercial software
    Flip4Mac - Video Codec - Free Limited use Commercial Software
    GimmieSomeTune - add album art and lyrics to itunes - freeware
    Google Chrome - web browser - freeware
    Google Earth - GIS Application - Freeware
    GoToMeeting - online collaboration service
    Growl - application messaging
    Handbrake - Video/DVD ripping utility - Freeware
    iDefrag - Disk utility - Commercial Software
    iFreeMem - Memory optimizer - Shareware
    iWork09 - Office suite - Commercial Software
    Kdiff3 - ascii file compare utility - Freeware
    LightZone - Photography Software - Commercial Software
    MacFUSE - NTFS reader for VM's - freeware
    MacMetaMod - JPG Tagging Software - Freeware
    MagicDraw - UML Tool - Commercial
    MenuMeters - mem/disk/cpu/net monitoring - Freeware
    MSOffice2008 - Office Suite - Commercial Software
    MySql - database - Freeware
    NeatReciepts for MAc - Scanner/Expense Software
    Nocturne - nightime screen display - freeware
    OmniGrafflePro - Visio Like Program - Commercial Software
    OmniPlan - Project Managment Software - Commercial Software
    Onyx - system optimization utility - freeware
    Opra - web browser - freeware
    PdfPen - PDF editing/orgnizing - shareware
    PdfShrink - pdf compressing - shareware
    Pixel check - dead pixel checker - freeware
    reveal - EXIF editor - freeware
    SafariCookieCutter - cookie editor - freeware
    SafariSorter - sorts safari bookmarks - freeware
    Sandvox - Web Site Creation Utility - Commercial Software
    Skype - VOIP - Freeware
    ShadowClipboard - multi clipboard utility - Shareware
    SlingShot - folder synchronization tool - shareware
    SmartCVS - CVS Client - freeware
    Smartsleep - sleep mode preference pane - freeware
    SMCFanControl - Hardware utility - Freeware
    SnapNDrag - Screen Capture Utility - Freeware
    SoapUi - Web services testing tool - freeware
    SuperDuper - HD Imaging/Backup - Shareware
    Startup sound - volume control preference pane - freeware
    TextWrangler - Technical Text Editor - Freeware
    TN5250 - AS400 Terminal Emulator - Shareware
    TRANSMIT - FTP Client - Shareware
    VLC - Play WMV and more with less overhead
    VMWare Fusion - VM tool
    VoodooPad - personal wiki - shareware
    VpnClient - CISCO VPN - Free Limited Use Commercial Software
    WireShark - TraceDump Reader/Network Monitor - Freeware
    xbench - benchmark utility - freeware
    XmlSpear - XML editor - Freeware
    Xslimmer - application optimizer - shareware
    xmleditor - xml editor - limited freeware / shareware


    What do you use your MacBook Air for?

    You should be able to get a fair Idea from the list off applications above. I often use ALL of them in the course of a given month.

    At work as an IT consultant I can be involved anywhere and everywhere in the software development cycle from Feasibility, Analysis, Architecture and design, Development, Testing, Deployment, Support and Maintenance.

    Personally I keep some portion of my Music, Movies, and Photo's on my Air and use it to edit, maintain, organize and use these materials. I'm an avid photographer so iPhoto and LightZone are particularly important to be for shapshots to more important work.

    Keeping all my work and personal materials safe, secure, available, and sharable account for a fair number of utilities.


    Do you have any Issues using the Applications you mentioned? If so what? How often?

    The Cisco VPN client occasionally causes kernel panics (few times a year) and occasionally (once or twice a month) requires a reboot for it to start successfully.

    VMWare Fusion requires you to keep an eye on memory use to avoid excessive swapping (not good for an SSD). I usually shut down most apps prior to starting Fusion and don't run many other things while its running. Be glad when the MBA gets 4gb of ram.

    What do you think of your screen quality?

    Excellent. Crisp, bright, no lines or dead pixels, even colors and brightness, not compromise of gloss/matte.

    With the Applications you use, do you find the RAM & HD or SSD limiting?

    When just using OS X apps RAM is good, even when running a LOT of apps - but for running VM's I'd like to see 4gb of RAM and will consider upgrading if/when the MBA adds that.

    Size wise I'd like more storage. 128gb is enough for all my work stuff no problem, but when you start talking Music, Video, and Pictures, I have to keep some of my stuff elsewhere and just keep a good selection locally. 256gb would be a worthwhile upgrade for me.


    Do you Game on your MacBook Air? If so what kind of Games?
    How is the Game Play ?


    Don't play any games, so no idea how the MBA games.
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

    lucifiel

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    #14
    Since I'm procrastinating, I'll play along.

    # What MacBook Air do you have?
    2.13ghz with stock SSD

    # What Applications are on your MacBook Air ?
    Mac OS X side - Pages is the only relevant app worth mentioning. The rest are the standard things: browsers, mail, calendar, blah blah. Notably I removed all the apps in the iLife suite as it was a waste of space for me. Oh and VLC which I try to avoid, but nevertheless have.

    On the Win 7 side - chrome and various games which I will address later. And all the cool windows clean up programs: CCleaner and most of the Piriform stuff. And nVidia System Tools.

    # What do you use your MacBook Air for?
    In order of importance:
    -Note taking at Uni;
    -Writing up assignments;
    -Doing research of the legal kind;
    -Watching TV;
    -Gaming.

    # Do you have any Issues using the Applications you mentioned? If so what? How often?
    iTunes can be a bit slow at times but that's because I have all my songs and stuff stored on a much slower external HDD. The gaming can occassionally piss me off, and multi-tasking whilst watching MKVs is bad. Actually generally MKV pisses me off on the Mac OS X side, takes about 1 min to load. I know there's a thread on how to fix this smoewhere on the forums, but I can't find it anymore.

    # What do you think of your screen quality? (ie: Good/Bad/Okay)
    Pretty brilliant.

    # With the Applications you use, do you find the RAM & HD or SSD limiting?
    I think it'd be a better gaming experience with more RAM, but I could be wrong. The underclocked 9400M is a hinderance, but thanks to nVidia system tools, not so much.

    # Do you Game on your MacBook Air? If so what kind of Games?
    Yes, at the moment, and in order of play time:
    -Dragon Age: Orgins; it's not bad, can lag at times when there's a lot happening, but playable (don't expect stellar performance);
    -Dawn of War II; highly playable at low-medium settings;
    -Baldur's Gate II; like butter.

    # How is the Game Play ?
    Refer to above.

    And like ayeying, I am partial to the occasional game of Solitare.
     
  15. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    iDisk

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    #15
    Great Start! The thread is becoming a great reference thus far.

    Hey guys & gals :) I just wanted to pop in and see how the thread is going....... Looks like it's off to a great start, lets keep them coming!

    ......................................

    Thank you and so do I.

    Thanks.... Yes I do have time but it's very sporadic.

    Lets stay on topic ..... Start a thread don't hi jack it
     
  16. macrumors 6502a

    spriter

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    #16
    What MacBook Air do you have?
    Rev A 1.6, 2GB, GMA X3100, 80GB HD, partitioned 3 ways: OSX; Windows 7; Files (accessible from both OSs).

    What Applications are on your MacBook Air ?
    Adobe CS4, Quark 8, Office 2008, Windows 7 (via BootCamp for Office 2007). When a home I'll connect to a 20" ACD.

    What do you use your MacBook Air for?
    Heavy internet, email; medium CS4 and Quark 8 work; heavy Office; learning Chinese <-- I cannot overstate how useful Trackpad handwriting is for this.

    Do you have any Issues using the Applications you mentioned? If so what? How often?
    Office 2008 feels bloated. Originally I blamed the Air but then I realised it was sluggish on my work Mac Pro. If I do heavy Office work, I usually fire up BootCamp and work in 2007 which is a world of difference better.

    What do you think of your screen quality?
    Good - nice, vibrant and good viewing angle.

    With the Applications you use, do you find the RAM & HD or SSD limiting?
    4GB of RAM would be nice but it doesn't hinder my CS4 and Quark work. The HD is slowish to open big apps but I'm not going to lose sleep over it. Once they're open, they don't feel 'slow'.

    Do you Game on your MacBook Air? If so what kind of Games?
    Warcraft 3

    How is the Game Play ?
    Good - it's fairly old so the GMA X3100 can handle it fine.

    Overall, the best Mac I've used and owned. The portability and (lack of) weight mean I take it everywhere without worrying. I could not bear the thought of going back to a 'fat' laptop. I run CoolBook and generally get 4-5 hours out of it when doing Office work which is fine by me.
     
  17. macrumors member

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    #17
    What MacBook Air do you have?
    Rev B 1.6 with 128 SSD. OSX 10.5

    What Applications are on your MacBook Air ?
    Main ones I use are Firefox, Thunderbird, Word, Excel, SPSS (stats software), Keynote, Photoshop, VLC and Itunes. Then, like, Tweetie, Adium, Quicksilver, and utilities like that.

    What do you use your MacBook Air for?
    Browsing, Email, Word Processing, Statistics, Presentations, Music and Movies.

    Do you have any Issues using the Applications you mentioned? If so what? How often?
    I've been increasingly having problems with Excel and SPSS. Not only when I'm running calculations, but even when I'm just copying and pasting data around, or sorting data, I get the beachball. It's quite annoying, and I'm actually better off doing all that work on my nearly six year old Dell 700m laptop (which I upgraded to 2gigs of RAM). I haven't seen many people list Excel and SPSS as issues - do any of you guys have issues with them? Or is it some specific issue with my software?
    Other than that, sometimes the system gets taxed when I have firefox, photoshop and word open along with other smaller programs all at the same time, but usually everything is fine save for the stats software.


    What do you think of your screen quality?
    Yeah, great. Though, when at home, I usually run it through my 24" monitor.

    With the Applications you use, do you find the RAM & HD or SSD limiting?
    I think RAM (or maybe processor) is the limiting factor for the issues that I do have. I've loaded on as many programs as I need (and then some), and I still have plenty of space left on my SSD.

    Do you Game on your MacBook Air? If so what kind of Games?
    No gaming.

    The battery also ain't what she used to be. I've got 300 load-cycles and coconutbattery says my capacity is at 89% of original, but I'm lucky to get two and a half hours when not plugged in.
     
  18. macrumors 6502

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    #18
    What MacBook Air do you have?

    rev A x3100 80gb 10.5

    What Applications are on your MacBook Air ?

    microsoft office 2008
    perian
    flip for mac
    djay
    air mouse server
    team viewer
    apple remote desktop
    mac tubes
    onxy
    handrake
    safari add block
    safari add blocker
    garage sale
    ilife 2009
    bump top
    kismac
    skype
    messenger
    firefox
    opera
    xbench
    zdlan wireless


    What do you use your MacBook Air for?

    internet

    Do you have any Issues using the Applications you mentioned? If so what? How often?

    yes , zdlan doesnt work on snow leopard. i use a dongle for wireless with a 5 metres cable ,looks like zdlan chipset the needs an update.


    What do you think of your screen quality? (ie: Good/Bad/Okay)

    okay

    With the Applications you use, do you find the RAM & HD or SSD limiting?

    just one , handbrake.

    Do you Game on your MacBook Air? If so what kind of Games?

    i try to play with low specs ,world of goo . flat out 2 , call of duty4

    How is the Game Play ?

    bad very bad . low specs to play .

    i bought 2 of these mb air rev A , about 2 months ago $600 each aprox. one for me other for my wife .
    for her is ok she love it , her use is also internet , but for me i need a little more powerfull for myself with nvidia 9400, just 3 battery hours seems low, due my constant traveling airport hotels etc.
    looking for a used rev b or c ebay with 120gb , to upgrade to a runcore 64ssd
    for the price is exelent bargain

    one final note , ive being today in the apple store of regent street and i took the weight of the mbp 2,26 and is f**** heavy, i will not able to return to a normal mbp due to their weight.
    apple needs to upgrade to:
    2 usb
    7 hours battery
    4gb ram
     
  19. macrumors 6502

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    Aug 19, 2007
    #19

    Seriously? That's encouraging. The Air is everything I've ever wanted in a laptop, so I'm determined to get one... but I've been concerned over its performance in gaming. If you say you have a C, and the person who posted with an A is less than satisfied, clearly Apple is rapidly improving this aspect.

    Does anyone have an Air and play SecondLife? And is willing to admit to the latter? :rolleyes:
     
  20. macrumors 601

    ayeying

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    Yay Area, CA
    #20
    Well, you do realize that the Rev. A model only has a Intel X3100 and the other MacBook Airs have a nVidia 9400M, same as the MacBook/MacBook Pros... that kinda gives it away that it's a capable gaming machine.

    You can look at my YouTube videos that I have of actual gameplay of some games including CS:S Stress Test, GTA4, CoD:MW2 and DiRT2

    http://www.youtube.com/ayeying

    I have played SecondLife before, I never got into the game but it runs fine in both OSX and Windows versions.
     
  21. macrumors 65816

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    #21
    What MacBook Air do you have?
    Rev A, 80 GB HD. Getting the newest one when it comes out.

    What Applications are on your MacBook Air?
    CS 4 design premium, word, itunes, aperture, Mac OS X Server Admin, Apple Remote Desktop and Traktor Scratch Pro.

    What do you use your MacBook Air for?
    Internet, facebook, email, homework, itunes, import photos to aperture, taking care of my Xserve, Djing.

    Do you have any Issues using the Applications you mentioned? If so what? How often?
    No issues other then flash being a hog.

    What do you think of your screen quality? (ie: Good/Bad/Okay)
    Awesome

    With the Applications you use, do you find the RAM & HD or SSD limiting?
    iTunes, Aperture, Safari.

    Do you Game on your MacBook Air? If so what kind of Games?
    Starcraft.

    How is the Game Play ?
    Good.
     
  22. macrumors regular

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    #22
    @iDisk

    i'm a bit confused. read your thread intro: " "I want to use the Air for this, will it work" or "Is anyone using the Air as their primary machine" yada yada yada ...... So I want this to be THE ULTIMATE THREAD TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS, for newbies and other members here..... This thread will be a REFERENCE were people who ask redundant questions can go to."

    this thread sounded perfect to me as i am considering getting a MBA to use for screenwriting/researching and other things to replace my MBP while away from LA. however your response to paperboy seemed to shut down questions about usage and problems. the survey you did is a great start, good questions, but why block what he (and I) am interested in finding out, from experienced users, what i thought your intro offered? thanks
     
  23. macrumors 6502

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    #23
    What MacBook Air do you have?
    Rev A, 1.8 64gb stock SSD

    What Applications are on your MacBook Air?
    iWork, iPhoto (library on external), iTunes (same), Openoffice, Skype, iWeb, dreamweaver, audacity, XSLIMMER

    What do you use your MacBook Air for?
    Internet, email, everything else.

    Do you have any Issues using the Applications you mentioned? If so what? How often?
    Youtube overheating, glitchy, hulu is a mess.

    What do you think of your screen quality? (ie: Good/Bad/Okay)
    Brilliant

    With the Applications you use, do you find the RAM & HD or SSD limiting?
    Not much. 64gb is absolutely fine -- 180gb music collection on an external. Stil have over 30gb free on my stock HD

    Do you Game on your MacBook Air? If so what kind of Games?
    Nope.

    How is the Game Play ?
    N/A.
     
  24. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    iDisk

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    #24
    I didn't shut him down, his question was actually a "new thread". If you've noticed thus far some readers have actually commented on what users are using their AIRS for (look at godlabrat talking to ayeing).

    This thread isn't suppose to be 50 people asking questions about what the AIR is for, that's why AIR users are posting what they're using their machines for & if you plan on using your machine for the same use/purpose as another, then you should do what godslabrat did. Though if not, just scroll and look at all the replies and make a note about what the air can do and or can't do.... again use this as a Reference.

    Cause if someone starts a thread and says "Hey, I want to run Photoshop on the Air can I do that??"... The forum members can now point that person to a consolidated Thread as a reference. Instead of answering redundant post.


    I wasn't shooting him down, but the post was derailing from what the thread is about.

    Hope that helped ;)

    Thanks for chiming in, PM me if you have anymore questions... Lets STAY ON TOPIC ;)
     
  25. macrumors 601

    Scottsdale

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    #25
    Nice thread here iDisk. I have a similar idea in mind with a different goal, but I like the concept of the thread. Providing one place for a consortium of those looking for MBA information is great. Might I suggest that you make a clear method or a form to collect information so when each "contestant" submits their information it looks identical. Right now some have bold questions, some just answer questions, some skip questions, and etc... it's sorta confusing. Anyways, just a thought. I would also like each person's job title/description to understand more why they're using it; I know some are answering it in what they use it for... but others just state browsing, email, etc. I just think it's the missing question for me.

    Per another identifying your "regular" status, I assume you have a membership due to paying for it? Do you know how that works here? I noticed that people become "demi-Gods" by donating... I would surely like to know why I am a lousy NUMBER... LOL.

    I am working on identifying articles for a new Apple focused magazine. Another MR member and I will announce more information here in the MR section later. I have an idea to include a monthly feature focusing not on the MBA itself but those who use the MBA, how they use the MBA, and why the MBA is right for them over alternative computers/Macs. The idea will be to specifically target each user's work title and clearly identify why and how they use their MBA.

    If anyone here is interested in being featured, please send me a PM. I plan to focus on name, job title/description, and how each person uses the MBA. Obviously, I would like to have a wide range of users and attempt to identify the "typical" or "average" MBA user or even LACK OF A TYPICAL USER. Whether you're a CEO, artist, attorney, doctor, developer, web designer, musician, student, actor, personal assistant, or even you just use the MBA for personal use, I would like to focus on you. I plan for it to be a random identification and understanding of the MBA user whether typical or atypical. I think just as this thread points out, the MBA has several uses and a very random user base that find the MBA to be more than sufficient for all of their needs. Send me a PM if interested in being included.
     

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