anyone go from a mbp i5 ssd to a 13" air? or similar?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jayo123456, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. jayo123456 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    just wonderin.

    How do you find the downgrade cpu wise?
    Better battery, or worse?
    Is the smaller screen bothering you?
  2. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    CPU: Yes, it does bother me because I use for some gaming
    Speed: No, it is very fast.
    Screen: No, because 13 inch very decent size and weight has gone almost 1/2.
  3. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    i prefer the 1440x900 in 13" than in 15".

    but the 15" is IPS and the 13" MBA is not :/
  4. vm7118 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2007
    NJ, USA
    there are no apple notebooks that use IPS panels. only the iphone/ipad.

    i went from a core 2 duo 2.4 unibody MBP with 160gb intel g2 ssd to the 2.13 air... 4gb ddr3 in both. the air's screen is probably better than the pro's. the other differences (slower cpu, slighty inferior ssd) are hardly noticeable.
  5. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    wooppps. my bad.
  6. diablo2112 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2010
    My other laptop is the 15" MPB i7. I installed an Intel X25M-G2 160GB SSD in this machine.

    It boots about 30% faster than my 11.6" MBA (128GB Ultimate). Roughly speaking, application also open 25-30% faster on the MBP i7 with SSD.

    Does that answer your question?
  7. virtuatony, Nov 6, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2010

    virtuatony macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2008
    I previously had a 15" MBP i7 4GB high res glossy which I changed to a refurb 17" i7 8GB anti-glare which I still own. I got my 13" MBA 2.13GHz 4GB 256 this week and so far I really like it.

    So far I haven't done anything CPU intensive so I don't notice a difference, the flash memory seems to really hide any slowness and feels snappier than my 17" MBPs intel G2 SSD but that probably needs a secure erase to regain performance.

    The battery was worse when using a 3G USB modem, using wifi without flash or using clicktoflash it feels like 1.5 hours less.

    The screen size doesn't bother me, it's the resolution that bothers me, I wish it were higher but then mac os needs resolution independence and running a higher res would probably shorten battery life. The MBA screen also has this nice purple coating with helps with glare which is nice and I hope they add to all there glossy laptop screens.

    But it's good the portability makes me want to take it everywhere and it doesn't feel like a compromise between portability and performance.

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