11" Ultimate Owners : Buy Again ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by OSMac, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. OSMac macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    Just wondering those of you who opted for the 11" Ultimate config...

    Would you buy it again, or opt for a different model, why ?

    Comments actual battery life, good enough , too short?

    Ever annoyed with fan noise, or its silent ?
  2. mcdonaldtosh macrumors newbie


    Nov 22, 2010
    The basemodel winds up the fan noise when looking at Silverlight HD, because it lacks GPU acceleration.
  3. LS1, Nov 24, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2010

    LS1 macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2007
    I would buy it again, even though I wasn't sure if I got a the right one during the first few days.

    The battery life is pretty good (about 5 hours, less if using flash a lot) and I haven't even heard the fan (and I use it like 8 hours a day).
  4. Bosep macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2008
    U have the 13" right? my base model 11" don't make much of a sound even when playing games like starcraft 2, it's like it's always at 2000-3000 rpm and always very cool.
  5. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    All models have the same GPU and have the same GPU features.
  6. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    I would buy it again in a heartbeat. I never expected a system this mobile would be this capable. I was used to a uMB and a RevC MBA 2.13/2/128 and in general this feels faster than (and benchmarks faster than) either. I was a bit worried about the processor speed and screen size and resolution but neither has been an issue for me.

    Battery like seems to be in the 4-5 hour range which is again better than what I'm used to on a laptop. Not as good as an iPad though.

    Mine is almost always completely silent. Temps are low and fan is quiet. If I use SMC fan control to force the fan speed beyond about 4500rpm I can hear it but it still quieter than my previous MBA or MB.

    All in all extremely pleased.
  7. drxcm macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2010
    No question, no regrets, I'd buy the same again in a heartbeat.
  8. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    Buy it again, I traded a 13" ultimate for the 11" ultimate after a week.

    I'd like it to last longer like an iPad, but it's good enough to not make me regret it.

    No, virtually silent all the time. I have to really work to get the fan spinning and it's quieter when spinning fast than the 13" MBA I had for a week.
  9. threeputt macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Can I ask what made you decide to change from the 13 to the 11?? I am thinking of making the plunge to a MBA, just not sure which one yet.
  10. a2applegirl macrumors regular


    Jun 16, 2010
    If I had it to do again, I would buy exactly the same model. (I have the 11 ultimate). I never hear any fan noise and my battery lasts around six hours which is more than enough to get me through the whole day (off and on) without having to recharge. I love the sleep/instant on feature. It is making me open up the air and use it creatively on the spur of the moment....
  11. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    After using it for a week I thought it was a great machine but other than being thin and light it's not really any more portable than a MBP. Some 13" owners here think there is little difference in portability between the 13" and the 11" but to me it's night and day, the 11" is just tiny. After getting the 11" I was surprised that it runs ever cooler and quieter than the 13" MBA. It you have a desktop, it's a no brainer to get the 11" if you want portability. If it's your only machine then it's a tradeoff because larger screen and larger storage versus more portable.
  12. threeputt, Nov 24, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2010

    threeputt macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Thank you for the prompt reply. I will also have an iMac desktop to use along with the MBA. Did you find much of difference in the display resolution between the two??
  13. FAsnakes macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2007
  14. MacMur macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2008
  15. dmelgar macrumors 68000

    Apr 29, 2005
    I had a 11 ultimate for 2 weeks, returned it cause I thought the smaller screen was too much of a compromise. Ordered a 13 online. Now that I received it, I regret the decision. The 13 is not noticeably any more portable than my 13" MBP. I wish I had stuck w the 11. I haven't used the 13 at all. The 11 was stuck to me non stop for two weeks.

    The 11 is much more portable than the 13, runs much cooler, is silent vs the jet sounds of the 13. Battery life isn't as good, maybe 30% less, but still pretty good.
  16. gb1631 macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2009
    PNW Puget Sound
    I Would definitely buy again! I'm VERY happy with mine so far!! :D
  17. OzExige macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2008
    Silverlight HD is for what now? :rolleyes:
  18. pastormikec macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2009
    I have only had mine for a few days . . . but, for what it's worth I LOVE IT! Would definitely go out and buy it again.
  19. 1chocolate1 macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    I bought mine to use on trips. I love the small size and it worked perfectly for me. At home I use my desktop.
  20. TheMadBrewer macrumors regular


    Feb 11, 2008
    Marina del Rey, CA
    I've had my 11" for two days now and I am very happy. Off on a trip on Friday which will be the true test but I have no doubt it will do all I ask of it.
  21. vespoli macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    Netflix instant. Which DOES NOT play smoothly in HD on my 11".
  22. nospeed411 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2010
    east coast
    I think after reading this thread I am getting the wife an iPad instead of a MBA....it would be stupid to get rid of her 2yr old MBP for this.
  23. dmelgar macrumors 68000

    Apr 29, 2005
    How did you come to that conclusion based on everyone loving it and talking about how much faster it is than a 2 yr old MBP and much much more portable...

    When I had my 11 I didn't use the ipad. Can't run flash, can run Mac apps. MBA can do so much more... but not touch, accelerometer stuff etc.

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