Are you satisfied with your MacBook Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by chewbacca390, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. chewbacca390 macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2008
    i am getting a mac: i just don't know yet

    For those of you that have a MacBook Air.... do you like it?

    is the sacrifice of speed, hard drive space, and memory worth it?
  2. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
    Do you like it? ----

    No, i LOVE it!

    Is the sacrifice of speed, hard drive space, and memory worth it? ----

    As long as you have a desktop computer at home that can do your gaming and store you bizillion GB of music, there is no sacrifice of speed/hdd space.

    For the memory, 2gb is pleanty for anything, you can have more, but that wold be for doing tasks that you should do on your home desktop.

    all in all, if you have a nice desktop at home, and actually have a use for a laptop like traveling, or college the MBA is awesome for you.

    --- if you dont have a home desktop and have a need for a laptop get a MBP

    ---if you dont have a home desktop and don't have a need for a laptop get a iMac

    ---if you do have a desktop, but don't have a use for a laptop keep what you got, or sell it and buy an iMac

    ---if you do have a desktop, and do have a use for a laptop get the MBA

    (I left out the MacBook from this rundown, well because it's plastic :p )
  3. wacso macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2008
    love it.

    i bought it as a 2nd computer to my macbook pro.

    the pro is now gathering dust.

    sure, i'd love to have my 250 gig hard drive in the air, oh well...the price of progress i guess.
  4. mspman macrumors regular


    Jun 7, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    Turthfully, no I am not.

    The biggest thing for me is the battery life and recharge time. Basically, even with plugging the thing in, I can’t get through an entire day of work/school without the battery going empty on me. It takes sooooo long to charge that it has made it impractical for my purposes.

    The disk space on my SSD is also very aggravating. 64Gb vs 6x10^10 bytes is a pretty good size difference. Not what was promised.

    I’m also a little disappointed with the performance of Parallels. Just trying to read a powerpoint yesterday was quite the challenge – it was taking forever to load the slides.

    Just a differing opinion. I’m probably going to return it and get a new 15” MBP. We’ll see.
  5. Ratty macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2007
    Hampshire, UK
    Simply, yes. My first mobile Mac and I will now buy more.

  6. appletastic macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2005
    It is simply brilliant. So light and thin.

    I use it for browsing web, keynote presentations etc - I have a mac pro at home for the hardcore stuff.

    I am very impressed - in fact more impressed than I thought.

    Everyone was saying how slow it would be, but I haven't noticed. It is just as quick as my mac pro for everyday surfing etc.

    The trackpad is also a pleasant surprise - it is really easy to use and very responsive.

    So I am a happy customer. :)
  7. teerexx52 macrumors 68000


    May 1, 2005
    Florida West Coast
    Yes. It runs well. Screen is a joy to look at. So easy to move it about
  8. raremage macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2005
    Orlando, Florida
    With the understanding that there are limitations - primarily ports - I'm quite pleased with mine.

    I have a Windows rig for gaming, everything else I now do on my MBA.
  9. gregk205 macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2008
    New York
    I can't wait to get mine... Do any of you use it on your lap?? Does it get hot when websurfing with it on your lap???
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    Aug 23, 2005
  11. TanToday macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2007
    Well for five years, I had a mouse for my Apple laptop, just couldn't get used to a trackpad...



    This is the FIRST trackpad that is actually faster and more intuitive than a mouse.

    Buy it for the screen, keyboard, and trackpad alone. Everything else is pure gravy if you use it as a supplemental machine for moving around.
  12. diabolic macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Very pleased with mine.

    I traveled with it last week for the first time. Footprint was great on the plane. I've been getting over four hours of battery life on average.

    I don't push it really hard though. I do run some Windows programs both through Bootcamp and VMWare Fusion with no trouble at all. I rented a couple of iTunes movies for my trip, and they played back fine and I even used the built-in speaker without getting annoyed.

    Being as light as it is, I can recline on a bed and hold it in one hand and navigate with the other on the trackpad. Oddly, that was pretty comfortable.

    I wouldn't get one if it was my only computer, but I have several others for the things I don't expect the Air to handle.
  13. aussie.damo macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2006
    Like some of the other posters, I don't like my MBA, I LOVE it! It is an amazing machine for what it is. I plan to use the MBA to travel with and also for the usual work related activities, such as Office, Internet, Email and iTunes. Okay, so iTunes isn't exactly *work* related. But it makes my day go faster! :D

    I have come from a MacBook Pro and I haven't had any issues with the speed thus far. That said, I haven't encoded any videos or run any virtual machines (which I used to do frequently). That might be a different story. Not a huge problem for me anyway, as I have a MacMini and a super powerful Dell laptop for work.

    Best of luck!

  14. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I love it. Despite what I found when demoing the two models in the store side by side, and despite the recent reports and tests, I do find the SSD to be really impressive. I don't find the 1.8 SSD to be a sacrifice of anything. It works beautifully.
  15. LizKat macrumors 68040


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    Yes, someone will have to pry this or a down the road Rev out of my cold dead hands to get it away from me. I even admit I like the 13" glossy screen...
  16. typerlover macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2006
    I just picked one up an hour ago, base model, gonna try and see how it stacks up as a replacement for my 15" mbp 2.16 C2D. I'm running a 24" dell off my mbp right now, and just do pages/itunes/webkit.

    If it gets by with that powering the external, I'm sure it will be fine on its on for its size/weight. We will see though, I'm giving it a desktop challenge for my needs.
  17. chelseasian macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2004
    New York, NY (Chelsea)
    Let's just say love is in the MacBook Air everywhere I looked around :D

    I have it as a compliment to my Mac Pro as I do my heavy lifting on it and i use the MBA for business presentations, show and tell kind of stuff.
  18. beatzfreak macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006
    Very satisfied.

    Actually, I was pretty disappointed when the Air was announced, but I needed something light, and needed OS X. So, I bought it, and it's been a joy to carry around NYC. The trackpad is great and the screen is beautiful. Plenty powerful for me.
  19. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    The experience hasn't been smooth for me...the first one I had took 10 hrs to charge, and while the second one seems to be better, the screen was built "too close" to the base, so whenever you open the screen the bottom part of the bezel rubs against the base and so the aluminum just below the "macbook air" logo is starting to erode already.

    Interestingly, the first unit I had (HDD) had the hard drive click every 30 seconds, whereas this new unit I have heard it click maybe once. Interesting...

    Hopefully #3 will be good.
  20. Munich macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2008
    Macbook Air x Lenovo T60P

    Guys, I went to my local coffee shop with my macbook air yesterday and I sat down in the patio and I could see everything fairly easy. Today I went with my "monster" T60P, and to my amusement the quality of the screen on the macbook was very, but very impressive when compared to the Lenovo laptop. Just amazing, without the weight and the size of it. This is my first Macbook and I just love it.:eek:
  21. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
  22. alpinadvl macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2008
    Speed is definitely an issue - I would not get this device as a primary device.

    Battery recharging time just plain sucks.

    BUT.... I think the Air is an incredible computer - and when you have one, you will be amazed at the build quality (barring the occasional hiccup with some production units).

    The quality is just amazing....
  23. petestein1 macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2008
    Even in bright sunlight...

    I too don't like my MBA -- I absolutely love it.

    Today I used it outside on a bright sunny day. Even with the screen slightly dimmed due to the powersaving features the screen was as bright as the page of a magazine. NO glare whatsoever.

    That it's a good outdoors machine is huge to me -- I'd love to work outside most days and now I finally have a machine that allows for it.

    MBA = A+.
  24. SunshinegotaMac macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2008
    I love it and it is my only computer. Enough space, speed, etc for my needs. The sharp edge is my only aggravation.

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