Would you use a Macbook Air as your only computer?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by heatmiser, Jan 27, 2008.


Would you use a Macbook Air as your ONLY computer?

  1. Yes

    89 vote(s)
  2. No

    236 vote(s)
  3. Unsure

    36 vote(s)
  1. macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    One of the huge draws of the 12" Powerbook (and actually, the iBook, the current Macbook, and the Macbook Pro) was its ability to be used as a single computer--as an all-in-one package. No desktop, no second laptop, nothing but the one.

    So, would you use the Macbook Air as your only, solo, 24/7 computer if you had the chance?

    I ask because I've seen a lot of posts by people heralding the Macbook Air as a worthy heir to the 12" Powerbook of yore. I'd like to see how the prospect of using it as a solitary machine would change opinions, if at all.
  2. macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2007
    The macbook air is made to be among a network of computers. It is designed to be completely wireless within a wireless network of computers. The first obvious draw back is that it does not have its own optical drive. In this present day, cds, dvds etc. are still popular so if you have Air you will need another computer's hard drive.
    I think it is a bit ahead of its time.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2008
    If someone can use their iBook's as their only computers, I'm sure some can use the MBA as their only ones too.
  4. macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio

    i've always had laptops as main computers but the MBA is not a main computer and would be complete useless in that daily task imho.
  5. macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Well, I do plan on getting the SSD Macbook Air but I do have a 24" iMac which would be my main computer but if I had no computer I would still get the Air as my only computer. Why? There's no real reason why I wouldn't. I could get the external optical drive and use it at home. I used to have an Apple Powerbook 17" which I kept for 4 years and not once did I ever need to use the optical drive away from home.
    My music has always been digital since the inception of iTunes so everything I did on my Powerbook was totally independent of an optical drive so I wouldn't worry about taking it out of the house without a drive.
    Thanks to EyeTV I can even watch my recorded shows on the Air via Safari at anyplace with wireless internet. If anyone is honest with themselves they will realize they don't use the optical drive very much.
  6. macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2008
    I wouldn't use it as my only computer, just because it doesn't have any optical drive, so I would have to read discs somethings, unless I had an external optical drive. I feel as though the Macbook Air's specs aren't that great, but it is a 1st gen, and it is SUPER thin.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    not powerful enough to be a primary computer unless you just do internet listent ot music and small stuff

    so i have a mac pro to do my heavy stuff like photoshop and 3d and games

    however perfect for a nice portable 2nd computer
    i can't wait for mine hehe
  8. macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2007
    I use a ibook 12inch G4 as my main computer at home. Before that I had a Dell laptop, before that I had one of the really old mac laptops (albeit plugged into external keyboard and monitor).

    It has a full sized screen, full sized keyboard, 2 megs of ram and a core 2 duo processor. What more could I need? Want a drive, just make sure to have an external one on your desk or nearby.
  9. macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2006
    I would get a MacBook Air and use that as my only computer, but the problem is I need to be able to render things in 3D. That is the only thing holding me back from getting one and switching that to my main machine.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Jan 9, 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri. USA
    In a few years it might me more feasible to use something like the Air as one's only computer, provided of course that in those few years the storage capacity increases, among other things.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    Not yet.

    I agree with those that say the Air is ahead of its time. The world isn't quite ready to be rid of the optical drive and go all wireless, but we'll be going there soon. Or at least a lot closer.

    I never use my optical drive away from home, so I really wouldn't have too much trouble using it as my only computer. Honestly, if money weren't important, I'd have a Mac Pro for the heavy stuff and an Air for day-to-day and on-the-go, but when I think about it, I really could get away with the Air being my main pretty easily. All I'd need is an external HD and Superdrive at home, or a .mac account for easy access to my online files. I don't use any accessories away from home like many around here seem to do, so I wouldn't be lugging anything around.

    In my opinion, the MacBook Air will be much, much more viable as a main computer in its 2nd and 3rd gen incarnations. It's not so viable now, but I could get by with it as my main pretty easily, I think.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Mar 2, 2007
    couldn't live without the optical drive for now.. soooo i guess my answer is noooo
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2006
    If I could only have one computer, this would not be the computer.

    I'm eagerly awaiting the MBA I ordered. But that's because it will be my travel computer, and I have a desktop computer already.

    If I could only have one that was to satisfy both roles, it would have to be an MBP.

    But, on the other hand, having an MP and an MBP like I do now makes less sense for me than an MP + MBA.

    For me, the way I work the MP + MBA combo is the best of everything right now.
  14. macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    so i wouldn't. but since i have a mac pro...i could get an Air.....but i don't have the money now
  15. macrumors 68040

    Dec 13, 2004
    the air is more powerful than a powerbook or ibook and you can get an external dvd drive and a usb hub to solve the 1 port issue.


    it is clearly not designed to be a primary machine. It could be of course, but the macbook has more power for cheaper...so obviously a better choice if you need it for a primary machine.
  16. macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2008
    Yep! It'll be my only machine! I like to keep things simple with a single ultraportable, as I have done for several years.
  17. macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    It would be expensive peripheral-wise but feasible.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2003
    Why not? You can connect an optical drive and add extra USB ports at your desk, then disconnect everything (through one port if you're using a hub) and enjoy the awesome form factor on the go :D

    This is the future of mainstream portable computing.
  19. macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Can't wait till the reviews of the SSD Air come out. I wouldn't be surprised if the 1.8 SSD either matched or exceeded raw speed of the 2.4Ghz MBP. This is not including apps like Final Cut Pro because it won't run well on the Air but I am talking about encoding and multitasking.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2006
    I don't know about benchmarks, but I was playing around with a Sony yesterday with SSD, and for what I use a travel computer for, the thing just flies. That was compared to the non-SSD next to it. Open apps, reading resources like menus and such, search for files, flipping through documents. Things that involve lots of random small reads.

    But then again, my job doesn't involve running benchmarks all day, so my computing might be different than some other's. :)
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Victor ch

    Jun 19, 2007
    San José, Costa Rica
    MBA as a replacement of the 12" PB:eek::eek: Hell no. Today I revived mine and trust me there is no fill for the gap the 12" PB left. 1st it belonged to the "pro" machines lineup (independent graphics card, better specs) 2nd it was really a small computer, no matter how thin the MBA air is still has the same footprint as my MB; more than my PB. The MBA is there for the person that has his Mac/PC workstation and really needs portability and lightweight. For example my cousin has his very nice G5 and is looking for something to use in high-school, he didn't want a MBP since it was overkill and the MB doesn't have a backlit keyboard (great for low light classrooms) so he's about to buy the MBA. It is not meant to be a main computer, especially since it lacks hdd space and ports; its a mobile companion, a very light and beatiful mobile companion:p. Just my thoughts.

  22. macrumors 6502


    Jun 5, 2007
    no way no how ... I wouldn't even but the thing.
  23. macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    It is clearly designed to be a companion but it can be used alone if the person doesn't have much music, pictures, or video and only relies on USB.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2002
    I think it's too early for me to make that assessment. I can definitely see the benefits, however. I kind of like the idea that the MBA is its own machine with its limited storage and yet, at the same time, has unlimited storage by any and all of your friends who have hard drives shared on a wireless network. Of course, when home, you also have more space by having a full-sized hard drive for regular storage of stuff.
  25. macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    If you have any sense you won't even consider using the "air" as your only computer .. :eek:

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