Buying first Mac: 13” Macbook Air 2011 i5 or 2010 because of the heat issue?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by JakeUK, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. JakeUK, Aug 3, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2011

    JakeUK macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2011
    Hi All,

    I am about to buy my first Mac ever –Macbook Air.
    The spec should be: 13”, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD and I was thinking about the i5 Processor...

    However the reported here on the forum heat issue are putting me off now. Not that I am worrying about the processor itself, but a hot laptop on my lap with possibly a hot keyboard :eek:

    I could live without the backlit keyboard (never had one), the Tunderbolt would be nice – but is not a must have.

    The main questions are:

    -In everyday use (Internet browsing, running local wamp server for design of Joomla and Drupal websites, CS5) is there a much difference between them to (2010 vs 2011)?

    -Will be the OS smooth and responsive enough on 2010 ultimate?

    -Will the 2010 run much cooler than the 2011 i5? (or is the heat issue on 13 i5 not that bad?)

    -Is the battery life the same on 2010 and 2011 i5?

    This topic is not about saving the money – just buying a better laptop.

  2. Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

    Lord Appleseed

    Nov 7, 2010
    Apple Manor
    For CS5 the 2011 MBA would be better since the i5 can handle such things faster.
    Comparing the 2011 i5 to the 2010 C2D Air (I had both), the 2011 Model runs more silent, cooler and the fans go down faster after heavy duty.
    I have had no issues with heat on either model.
    The Battery life seems to be about the same, though the 2011 might be a bit better in that matter.
    Lion runs noticeably smoother on the 2011 model, while the 2010 is slightly sluggish.

    In general i'd recommend the 2011 Air.
  3. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Do not be put off by 'heat issues' on these forums.

    Reality is that the majority of users have no issues, and those that do are always first to come onto a forum such as this and complain - it's the nature of forums. Basing an overall appraisal/view of such of the vocal minority is flawed.

    The i5 generates less heat than the i7, both of which generate less heat than either revision A or B of the macbook Airs.

    My i7 feels not dramatically different to the Core2Duo 1.4 in my 2010 model when pushing it. In fact running a streaming FlashVideo Movie like I did last night my i7 2011 model rose to 79c and dropped to 65c before the end of the movie running in full screen. The MBA 2010 1.4 would rise to 80+ and stay there whilst streaming a movie the same way.

    I assume this is because the new machine doesn't need to work 'as hard' to do the same task as the previous 1.4 - because it's naturally more powerful.
  4. JakeUK thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2011
    Thanks Guys for your input. At the moment I do most of my work on a Dell desktop in the office and finishing off on Asus UL30 laptop at home. So the i5 + SSD Mac would be a step up regarding the performance anyway.

    Yes, that’s why I have mention i5 in my post. I am not a gamer (got a PS3 anyway), so the weak graphic and the slower (compared to i7) processor won’t be an issue. Only worries are just battery life, heat and 4GB RAM (I will bootcamp Win7 and would like to access it trough Parallel).
  5. codyc1515 macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2008
    I'd say go for it, I brought the 13" i5 128GB and am happy with it. I complained initially but only because I thought the temperatures readings were unusually high. In day-to-day use you do not notice it.
  6. neile45 macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2011
  7. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    I've owned both, and the heat issue is pretty overrated. The machine will only heat up noticeably is you are doing something very processor intensive, which is pretty rare. Even then, you would have no issue having it sit on your lap. If you want to save some dough, get the 2010 - I found it incredibly competent, even compared to my current i5 model. If you have the money and your only concern is heat, so even give it a second thought - get the 2011.
  8. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
  9. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida


    +2 :cool:
  10. *sundek* macrumors member


    Mar 15, 2010
    Berlin, Germany
    agree! :D

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