Air... hard to go back

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mark34, May 21, 2008.

  1. mark34 macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2006
    So my MacBook Air is in the shop to get the core shutdown problem remedied. In the meantime I am using my MacBook. I still like my MacBook, but boy do I miss the Air. Surfing the web without multi touch seems arcane, it feels like a brick, and ah I remember the creak of the screen, and the worst of all....the fingerprints and smudges on the black case. On the other hand... all of my content is here due to the bigger hard drive. It really is amazing how much less apt I am to pick it up and bring it along even though it is only 2 pounds heavier and a little thicker. The difference is actually significant to my habits.
  2. Grizzly Adams macrumors member

    May 20, 2008
    How often were you having shutdowns? Any particular apps causing them? I don't have too big of a problem with shutdowns unless it's pretty warm and am doing any sort of video playback for more than a few minutes. It really bugs me though to have this problem at all and would like to know what they do to try to remedy the problem.
  3. BaronvdB macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2007
    I bought my air as temporary machine until I buy a macbook pro at the end of the year...i think i'm going to have the same issue you're having...i might just keep the air and get the MBP or just forget about the MBP all together.
  4. mark34 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2006
    the shutdowns and frequent max fan issues were almost non-existent at first. But when I wanted to watch a couple of episodes of deadwood recently and I had to restart the computer twice to do so, I realized that is just unacceptable. It is not a spec issue. This thing should not choke on that.

    I left it at the apple store yesterday afternoon. It arrived at the repair shop today... we shall see. They didn't futz around long at the Apple store. They pretty quickly said, lets send it for repair and they will likely replace the logic board.

    By the way, I have already seen its status go from DIAGNOSING to REPAIR IN PROGRESS this afternoon.

    Fingers crossed on improvement.
  5. IDANNY macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2003
    Las vegas
    good luck I have a black macbook, the airs do look sweet though.
  6. mark34 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2006
    please don't misunderstand, the black macbook is great.. still love it. I use it for an important role at home.
  7. iMpathetic macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    Oh, God, I'm like ADDICTED to light laptops, even though... I'm also addicted to 17" gaming behemoths.

    A pity I never got to use the latter, really.

    But, with the lighter one, it's really amazing how a pound or two can make so much of a difference. My current laptop is my ThinkPad (see sig), which weighs around 5 pounds. I never surf from the couch because it's too much trouble to bring it places.

    I'm thinking about buying a base MBA and building a $700ish PC to go with it.

    Actually, I only saw my first MBA yesterday. I was afraid I'd cut myself on it! :p
  8. Roba macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2006
    Oh my i owned a MB and yes they are a bit on the heavy side for a 13.3 notebook but the weight of the notebook never prevented me taking it out or doing whatever i needed to do with it and i am a female who is on the smaller end of the spectrum build wise.
  9. SamoanDude macrumors regular

    May 22, 2008
    United States Now
    I owned an Air, and I lked the portability but lack of cd drive made it tough. I now have a Macbook and a 17" Macbook Pro (talk heavy here) but I love them both each has their own purpose. But being able to upgrade the hard drives and ram also meant alot to me! I think nothing when I have to carry them around
  10. aussieinrome macrumors regular


    Apr 5, 2008
    Rome, Italy.
    I can't imagine having any computer other than the Air. I use it as my main PC. I thought having the one USB port would be an issue, but I've never needed two devices connected at the same time, in fact I almost never have one device connected. My Wacom is bluetooth so I'm set.
  11. thibaulthalpern macrumors regular

    May 2, 2008
    East Coast, USA
    I agree with you with regards to your comments about weight. Prior to buying my MacBook Air, I had a MacBook Pro. I still have it. In the almost two years I've owned the MBP, there were many times when I was carrying my laptop from library to office to cafe or to anywhere else that I felt like chucking it out the window. It was so darn heavy, especially considering that I also carry many books for research. Often, before I decided to carry my MacBook Pro with me to the library or do the research and work at home or my office, I'd think twice about the weight of the MacBook Pro. With the MacBook Air that issue has been eliminated. It's so light it doesn't bother me.

    I still use my MacBook Pro--primarily now as a desktop machine at home.

    This is quite dependent on a case-by-case basis, regardless of whether you're female or male. As a researcher/scholar who not only carries his laptop with him but often 7 others books plus manila folders of paper, a MacBook Pro is really sometimes quite heavy to tag along. For another person, say a business person who does not need to carry that much except a legal pad, a few papers, and a laptop, the MacBook Pro's weight is not much of a concern. If you imagine though that you had to regularly carry 7 to 9 books with you plus the weight of the MacBook Pro, you can very quickly see how easy it is to want to chuck out the MacBook Pro. For me, the MacBook Air is really ideal for being mobile because of how it figures in with the other stuff I need to carry. For someone else, a MacBook or MacBook Pro is excellent.

    Let me take a look at my bag right now and see what books I have in it....Ah yes, 7 hard bound books, plus two jotters, plus a day planner, plus two manila files for student papers and teaching materials. Yes, in my bag are materials that I use or need as a teacher and materials I use for doing my research that are not teaching related. So, as you can tell, I do carry a lot and any weight that can be lightened is helpful.
  12. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    Weight, even by 2 lbs matters A LOT on the human body. 5 Lbs is light to carry around, however, if oyu add in a lot of other stuff, for example text books, it can easily be excess of 20+ lbs. Shaving even just a little weight off the back or shoulder (if you're using a messenger bag/slinger) can mean a lot on your knee/body/back.
  13. Roba macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2006
    My brother in law is a builder and he takes his tools to work every day which weigh considerably more than 5lbs. To him carrying around a 5lbs laptop and some books would not really be a big deal.

    My nephew who is a ten year old boy owns his own laptop which is 5lbs and he can manage just fine with the weight of it.

    I myself could manage a 4lbs laptop and a 5lbs+ bag just fine and I would take it anywhere I needed to. No I would not find it to be light weight but I could manage ok and the weight of it would not prevent me from doing or taking my laptop where I needed to.
  14. thibaulthalpern macrumors regular

    May 2, 2008
    East Coast, USA
    Ah...again, this depends on how often you move. If all I needed to do was carry my bag which has a laptop, 7 hardbound books, and student papers to the office and let it be there, this weight is not a big deal. But, I often have to carry it to the classroom, to the office, to the library, and back to the office all in one day. And, the campus is not small. It's a large hilly campus.

    So again, it's how mobile you are during your day. By the way, 7 hardbound books weigh much more than 5 pounds.

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