11.6" MBA (First Impressions)

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by blairh, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. blairh macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    I've been waiting close to 3 years for what Apple has now bestowed upon us with the 11.6" MBA. I almost had a heart attack though. While watching the keynote live via streaming I went to Apple Insider and a report appeared to give the impression that the 11.6" would not come to be true. They had all the other products listed except for that model which was given a potentially mysterious serial number instead. When Steve FINALLY mentioned the smaller brother after discussing the refreshed 13.3" model I started clapping at my computer like a damn fool. :p

    Now on to the little brother.

    I know what a lot of MR members are going to say. Pathetic specs. But who cares? Most people interested in the 11.6" model don't need much power. Suffice to say Apple was smart to give us two models to choose from (and options within those models). And $999? I wrote a few days ago that that was the price I was hoping for but didn't expect. That even came true. :)

    The key here, and the moment that produced the biggest smile for me, was when Steve said "2.3 lbs". Yes. Yes. Yes. A smaller footprint AND super lightweight. This is what I wanted for years now. With respects to the battery life, I think I'm okay with 5 hours (Steve did say such a proclamation was more a real time projection vs. the past claims, only time will tell).

    It's also very interesting to note the current iPad owners or people who were planning on getting an iPad who are now saying on this forum, "forget that, I'm getting the 11.6" model instead."

    As for size, I think this photo says it best. When I look at my iPhone 4 and then that photo I start getting giddy.

    Last week I sent Steve an email saying I really hope the 11.6" rumors are true, and now I'm gonna send him one today simply saying "thank you". I won't make my purchase until I play with one in person (to get me more excited) and read a dozen reviews or so from tech websites I respect and trust. But I'm most likely gonna get one come holiday season and I'm just simply relieved that the Apple laptop I've wanted for some time now is finally here. IMO this is going to be the ultimate travel companion. :)


    Forgot to add. So happy they kept the silver bezel and didn't opt for the edge to edge glass of the MBP. I find the MBA screen to be much less glossy/reflective due to the fact that it doesn't have the ETE glass panel.
  2. Nautigar macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2007
    I am in the same boat ... :)

    One question: Where did you find the picture you posted?
  3. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    Did you go to the store to take that picture? Or did you find it on one of the tech blogs? I saw a similar photo on engadget.
  4. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    I would like to see it in person before I judge it, but $999 is a bit steep for what you get.

    This is basically Apple's netbook. The pluses are decent graphics and better processing power compared to the intel Atom. The downside is really the price and battery life. There are a ton of netbooks out there now a days that do 9 to 10 hours easy (granted they may not be as sexy looking but still). 5 hours is definitely behind the curve.

    If the base model had 4GB of ram and 128GB SSD, I would say its worth the current price tag. Otherwise, $799 would have been a more appropriate (and still premium) price.

    I will be sticking to my current setup: iPad on the go and 27" iMac for the work. If I fall into some extra money AND need to do REAL work on the go (the full size keyboard is a good feature, for sure), then I would definitely consider this over traditional macbooks and macbook pros, but for casual use like web surfing, media, and consuming content the iPad still wins in my book.
  5. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    Credit to Engadget for the photo I linked to.
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Credit is taken by their name splashed across the photo.
  7. hleewell macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2009
    In the Macbook Air website, Apple declares the 11.6" version can play Cal of Duty with 2X the performance of a 9400 GPU. Is this possible? The highest spec for the 11.6 incher is 1.6Ghz.
  8. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    Ha. Didn't even notice that.

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