Anyone going to miss the status light on the new air's

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by richxps, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. richxps macrumors 65816

    richxps

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    Just curious if anyone is going to miss that status sleep light that's not on the new airs. For some reason I know of miss that nice white light.
     
  2. stooley macrumors regular

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    I find myself always looking for it to comfort me.....I have had it for YEARS on all of my laptops from apple.......It is so hard to let it go lol.

    Just have to train myself that when the lid is shut...the invisible light is flashing :)
     
  3. Velin macrumors 65816

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    I miss it. Couldn't even see the slit for it in the aluminum, yet the light was very visible. But given how good these new Airs are, it's a small price to pay for such a quality machine.
     
  4. aberrero macrumors 6502a

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    NO.

    I can't stand having flashing lights when I'm trying to sleep.
     
  5. MrBellamy macrumors newbie

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    It doesn't really matter to me but I probably like it gone more than there.
     
  6. Eclipse278 macrumors regular

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    No. This is the best feature of the air. I couldn't sleep with those ridiculously bright LEDs.
     
  7. hayduke macrumors 65816

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    I hate having LEDs or bright lights on my lappy when I'm trying to sleep. Most of them have the ability to light up the whole room. Very annoying.
     
  9. cheapa55 macrumors 6502a

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    I liked it when I had it, but I don't miss it now that I don't have it.

    Same thing with the backlit kb. I'm used to it now.
     
  10. ingramLee macrumors regular

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    Most LEDs on my electrical equipment are covered with black electrical tape - so no light means one less bit of tape for me! :rolleyes:
     
  12. WardC macrumors 68030

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    BTW, the sleep indicator light eats up battery, by eliminating it they were able to extend its hibernation time for up to 30 days. On my Rev. C MacBook Air, I am lucky to get it to stay asleep for 2-3 days before the battery is completely drained. That pulsating white sleep indicator light EATS UP battery life FAST!!
     
  13. freitas macrumors member

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    My 2009 Air would drop by 20-30% per day when sleeping. While I will miss the light, I am happy to trade it for more battery life.
     
  14. WardC macrumors 68030

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    Me too. I had to shutdown my old MacBook Air whenever I was not using it to conserve the battery for any extended period of time (more than a day). Looking forward to putting my new one to sleep every time I am not using it.
     
  15. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    I won't miss the sleep light at all and think that Apple wisely eliminated it in order to extend battery life while the MBA is in sleep mode. I also like the lack of a latch on the lid. Opening the MBA seems to me to me somewhat easier to do that it was on my older Mac laptops that had lid latches.

    On another issue, the MBA has the same old battery status icon in the Menu Bar at the top of the desktop that it has always had. In fact, I believe the battery icon was displayed when I first booted my MBA. In any event, it's easy to open Energy Saver in System Preferences and check mark the Show battery status in the menu bar legend.
     
  16. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I never used the status LED. I do miss the battery life indicator and the IR sensor as I like to be able to check the battery and use the remote for presentations, respectively.
     
  17. WardC macrumors 68030

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    On the older PowerBooks (beginning with the PowerBook 500 Series up to the PowerBook G3 Pismo), the sleep indictor light was a blinking green LED. This all changed with the first PowerBook G4 in 2001 which introduced the "pulsating" white strobe light as the sleep indicator. Apple has used a variation of the pulsating white strobe in all of their portables since then, and the new MacBook Air is the first Apple laptop introduced since the PowerBook 150 (1993, yes) to lack the sleep indicator all together. The early 100-series PowerBooks and early Duos did not have a sleep indicator light. The Duo 2300c and the PowerBook 2400c (subnotebooks) had the blinking green indicator light.

    Just a little bit of Mac history for you.
     
  18. tomacintosh macrumors regular

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    Didn't even realise it lacked one to be honest, kind of sad, but wasn't really needed. I'll miss the backlit keyboard for sure. :(
     

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