Air config and Word

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Sonne88, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. Sonne88 macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2013
    Will be going to uni soon and will buy an Air for my studies.

    13" 8 256 i5 - £1039.20 with student discount

    My query is with using MIcrosoft Word and it lagging with this setup. On a PC I use Word as it is so spell checker, auto save and whatever else. I'm vaguely aware Office suite is a big and possibly not very efficient software package for Mac. The i7 would increase the price to £1150.80 which is fine for me if necessary. Oh and Internet scroll lag would be annoying too. Sorry to raise this i5/i7 question again but I don't really know the software often mentioned in those threads when used to describe user experience. Thank you.
  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    MS Office 2011 works fine on my old 2010 MacBook Pro, i5, with no lag or other issues. It should work more than fine on the MacBook Air i5. You should be fine.

    It IS bulky in size, and updates are a pain, but the CPU should still more than easily manage it.
  3. Mr Rabbit macrumors 6502a

    Mr Rabbit

    May 13, 2013
    We use Office 2011 throughout our organization (150~ Macs) on Macs ranging from early 2009 Macs running Snow Leopard to brand new Mid-2013 MacBook Airs. MS Outlook keeps me quite busy with trouble calls but Word and the other applications in the suite are pretty stable for the most part. I have yet to run into a trouble call though, aside from Outlook when under HEAVY use, where the problem comes back to CPU/RAM load.

    You'll probably be fine with the base specs.
  4. Tarrou8 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2013
    This is akin to asking whether a $100 bill will be enough to get something at McDonalds.
  5. Sputnek macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    Florida - Ohio
    I just received my MBA 11'' i5 8gb Ram 256gb SSD 1 week ago, and had downloaded MO - Student day one. Since then I have typed 5 Word docs, used excel to process laboratory data multiple times, and viewed (not created) multiple powerpoints. I have not experienced any issues with lag, sudden closing of the program, or anything. My MBA runs faster than my 2011 MBP 13'' i7 which I am giving to my niece. The only thing I did do to my MBA to adjust it was the display calibration.
  6. hockeyfanatic macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2011

    Get office 2011 for mac for £8.95. Use your school email address.
  7. Sonne88 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2013
    Okay thank you ill stick with the i5. I do not start Uni until middle of Sep but I wanted to order before then to make sure the Air I get is alright. Oh and thanks for the tip hockey, I was told anyway don't buy MO yet because there are offers for education stuff during freshers week.
  8. budgynana macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2010
    If ordering online you can get a bigger discount by ordering from your campus network - I work at a uni so I know this to be a fact :)
  9. hockeyfanatic macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2011
    Sure. I believe budgynana is correct about UK university network discount.

    US doesn't make difference but MS already offers Office for 27% less than UK prices.

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