Air and Keynote Presentations

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by cfitz7111, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. cfitz7111 macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2008
    Hi all-
    Long story short is that I am starting my own consulting company after being laid off from my education administrative job of nearly 10 years, and will be utilizing Keynote for my presentation. The Keynote itself will be mostly assembled on my MacMini, and only minor tweaks, updates, etc. would happen on the MBP

    I have a couple of questions for the road warriors out there.

    •Which MBP would you suggest using for the actual Keynote presentation?
    •Is the MB Air even worth considering?
    •Though not needed right now, would the rumored extra power of the new MBP, whenever they are released, be worth it?

    I am most likely going to go the refurb route because of cost.
    Because of cost the 17 is not really an option.

    Which projector would you suggest? I know nothing about projectors, but from what I have heard you get what you pay for.

    Any other tips hints, suggestions, bashing, encouragement are more then welcomed.

  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    MBA is perfectly fine for Keynotes. You can even embed 1080p m4p video and it'll do just fine. Personally, I'd get the MacBook as it's nearly as portable and a lot less expensive considering its features.
  3. cfitz7111 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2008
    For all the portability of the Air, it is certainly a lot more money. Since the new MacBooks and refurbed MBP is the same price, I was leaning towards the MZBP, just for the FW and keyboard, dark rooms the backlit keyboard may come in handy.
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    I like the Air for its airplane-friently size, but it's not a workhorse computer.
  5. akbc macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    MBA comes with backlit keyboard as well, but as a user that have used the MBA Rev. B SSD, uMBP 15", and uMBP 13" for more than 4~6 months, I can surely say that uMBP 13" was the best choice for me so far.
    Balance between the power+portability AND you get an optical drive which can come in hand at a really urgent situation.

    And the space it takes for a MBA/MBP are kinda same... the weight difference wasn't as noticeable as some people claimed for me.

    I'd say go for uMBP 13" :) looks nice enough, and light enough and more power+portability+outputs.
    Can't go wrong with 2 USB's for presentations on the go :)
  6. cfitz7111 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2008
    Thanks for all the responses. I think I am going to order the 13" uMBP for $999 from the Apple site, hey that $200 pays for part of a projector.

    The Air looks sleek, and impressive when you walk into a room with it, but if I get a beach ball its not worth the look when I walk in, I want them to be impressed when I walk out.

    Anyone have suggestions on projectors?
  7. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I usually trust ViewSonic, Optoma or Dell projectors simply because out of all the projectors I've used/seen those three brands are more common than others.
  8. scottkifnw macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2008
    Trophy Club, TX
    My MBA

    I use my 1st gen MBA for Keynote presentations nearly weekly, and sometimes more. I put photos and videos in the presentations, use the transitions, and build ins. No problem whatever. I use an old Dell projector and it works fine.

    Good luck.


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