Air Powerful enuf for my use?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mrrippey, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. mrrippey macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2009
    I am trying to get an Air and I will be using it as my primary computer. I would be running these programs about 75% of the time (meaning they will all be open):

    Parallels using TinyXP and IE (I need to run IE only in XP due to SharePoint)
    Entourage (Outlook), basically an email client to connect to Exchange at work
    Firefox / Safari

    is the 2GB going to be enuf to have them all running?
    should I really get the SSD and forgo the HDD?
    should I just get a uMB (not worried about the screen)

    All opinions welcome...
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    My opinion is that if you're running parallels then no, I wouldn't recommend an Air as your only machine. I know it can run it ok but it's going to run a lot better on a MacBook.

    And the word is enough. :cool:
  3. TheShinyMac macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2009
    I think the Macbook Air would fit your needs. The ssd is also a big plus. The 2gigs of RAM is enough but not good for the future by the future I mean Snow Leopard, and developers are making their software use more RAM but I am not sure if that is good or bad. :( If you can try to wait for the REV C macbook air:D:D
  4. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2008
    That's not true...Snow Leopard will work on all Intel based macbooks, including the Air...
  5. stownsend3 macrumors member

    May 9, 2008
    A lot depends on how much of the 2GB RAM you allocate to XP when running parallels. I run VirtualBox, and keep only 512 running on XP, which is great until a program needs the calculations and speed. If you're just using email, and you allocate as little RAM as possible to the VM, you should be fine.

    As far as HDD, I'm running on a Rev A 1.6 80 GB and don't think it's slow for my uses at all. Obviously SSD will run faster and quieter.

    The UMB will just be more future proof in a sense. You can you more peripherals at a time, upgrade the RAM / HDD yourself, and has bigger HDDs if this is going to be your primary computer. I think the biggest factor is portability, as I use mine as a primary machine but always have mine with me.
  6. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    "Enuf"? Really?

    Yeah... I don't think you should get an Air.

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