13" MBA Ultimate Parallels Work Machine

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by StellaFella, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. StellaFella macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I currently use a Sony Vaio TZ as my work Machine(Great little machine), I'm thinking of replacing this with a 13" macbook air ultimate, I did look at the new macbook pros but just that bit too big compared to what I'm currently using.

    I will be mainly running windows 7 and a number of windows based applications on a daily basis for work purposes. What's the performance like using parallels on macbook air with Windows 7?

    Many Thanks


    John
     
  2. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a

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    Make sure you get 4gb ram. I would suggest using vmware fusion personally but both of them run extremely well performance wise on the MBA
     
  3. surfsofa macrumors member

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    I'm using Fusion on a 'less than ultimate' MBA. OS is XP and whilst it's not super-snappy, it's still faster than my employer-provided HP laptop, so I'm happy.

    I agree that 4Gb RAM is a must if you want to run VMs. My last Mac was a Mini with 2Gb RAM and it ran like a dog (a slow dog).
     
  4. stockscalper macrumors 6502a

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    Parallels 6 is faster than Fusion according to all the tests. Google it and read for yourself. I have the Ultimate 13", 2.13 GHZ with 4 Gigs of ram and Windows 7 runs just fine.
     
  5. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a

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    I don't use vmware because i think it's faster FYI
     
  6. philxor macrumors regular

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    Performance with parallels is great. Like others said you really need 4Gb of ram but with 4Gb I can run a bunch of native apps and Parallels fine.
     
  7. DarwinOSX, Feb 25, 2011
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    DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

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    Of course you want 4 GB of ram but performance is surprisingly good. Here is a good article on the subject.
    http://www.cultofmac.com/virtual-machines-work-great-on-the-new-macbook-air/66857

     

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