Can the MBA handle YouTube vids/Movies??

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by phatjoe, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. phatjoe macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
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    I had the original MBA. It wasn't very good at playing YouTube vids. A lot of buffering, and the fan would kick on all the time. Have these issues been resolved with the newer models? Any issues playing movies, YouTube vids, MS Office etc? Any overheating issues while multi-tasking?

    At the end of the day,is the MBA a better machine than the original?

  2. solaris7 macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2008
    Dude, the MBA is a VERY CAPABLE machine! Yes, it will handle youtube easily!

    On a side note, what is with the sudden outburst of "Can the MBA handle this?" threads, recently there was a "Can my MBA handle Microsoft office?"!
    And, yes, it can play crysis.
  3. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    +1. My Macbook air runs Maya, Unity, ZBrush, Houdini, Xcode, Photoshop, and all the other crap I run just fine, it will have no problem running youtube.
  4. Zeov macrumors 6502a


    Apr 1, 2011
    my macbook air 13 ultimate owns youtube videos.. and everything else.
  5. Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

    Lord Appleseed

    Nov 7, 2010
    Apple Manor
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    As all the others said: the MBA can handle Youtube with ease. Even 1080p works great.
  6. HiddenGem macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2007

    My old 2007 MBP 15" 2.4 C2D 4GB handles youtube videos and movies! :) it has a slower bus speed and smaller L2 cache than an MBA.
  7. yly3 macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2011
    ^ Exactly. Some people think the Air is some sort of iPad in a laptop form. Even decent 2005 machines can handle YouTube well. The 2010 Air is a good (impressive most of the times) machine for it's configuration. The 13 Ultimate can easily be considered a MacBook Pro in my opinionm or the standard 13 a 2008 Pro
  8. johnhalsted macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2010
    A 400 mhz pentium 2 with 128mb of ram and 8mb graphics card could handle youtube >.> (just make sure you have the new flash installed)

    The Air can handle practically anything you throw at it (software side) but it will always run better on a better machine e.g. photoshop works lovely but when your working with huge images or using complex filters it may run a bit slowly, compared to a power machine that will steamroll through everything

    Regarding games its more complex, usually you can find reviews on the forums, like wow and starcraft run well but assasins creed 2 is awfull (cant understand why though, graphics arent that good to warrant such bad fps!! i blame bad engine!!)

    hope this helps :):)
  9. stockscalper macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2003
    Area 51
    I watch YouTube on mine all the time with absolutely no problems.
  10. hansano, Apr 4, 2011
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    hansano macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2008
    Despite not owning the new Macbook Air yet, I think it is very capable in playing YouTube videos.
    I have had the rev. A Macbook Air and it was a pain (Fans kicking in..). With the new Airs however you have the Geforce 320M, which is supported for QuickTime H.264 hardware decoding ( This is also utilized by the recent Flash Player.
    I have tested the Airs in a shop and I think they are a much better for things like YouTube videos than the first Airs. Even 1080 videos are no problem. That's why I ordered one myself. Waiting impatiently... Cheers.
  11. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    Seriously? A single core celeron can handle youtube videos. I don't think it's even possibly to buy a computer that cannot handle a youtube video.
  12. major7 macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2010
    Porto, Portugal
    I wish to know where those myths come from!

    There should be a Stickie thread saying:

    "MBA is a computer! Handles everything that ordinary computer do!"

    I can only hear the fans when playing through steam but so do all my friend's pc's.! It doesn't mean it can't handle, just that it has to
  13. Gemütlichkeit macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
  14. gglockner macrumors 6502


    Nov 25, 2007
    Bellevue, WA
    OMG can this topic be made a sticky for the MBA board? It gets asked about once per week.
  15. phatjoe thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
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    Thanks everyone for the responses. I purchased a 13" MBA today :)
  16. pyroo macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2007
    Glad you decided to get the MacBook air, it is indeed a very capable machine, even the 11.6 is very fast...but I can see why the OP is concerned, the original MacBook airs were horrible displaying flash contents, heats up like there's not tomorrow
  17. X2468 macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2011
    Mine runs them fine, you just have to accept it's gonna run warm to hot, and heat is the enemy of electronics. But Apple knows nothing will break until your out of warranty and then it's not their problem. :)
  18. BENJMNS macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2005
    if you guys are talking about youtube 1080p vids, the 11 ultimate does not handle them without dropping frames on 27" ACD full screen. 13 ultimate is fine. i have both units.
  19. akdj macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    I think pyroo hit the nail on the head. The original MBAirs had issues...serious, performance related issues.

    To the OP, congrats. Excellent choice, excellent computer. I've got the 11" ultimate, and love it....I bought it for my wife, as I need more screen and grunt for FCP. However, if these SSD prices continue to slip and there's a way to put the new SB procs in the Airs...I'm going to buy one. Just picked up the new 17" MBP a couple weeks ago, and it gives my '08 MP twin quad 3ghz machine a serious run for the money...just as with the new line of Airs....there is hardly a similarity between it and it's older brothers and sisters.

    Awesome little machine and every bit of what most folks need for daily computing...and in fact, for MOST tasks done by most folks, surfing, tunes, and actually is faster than it's higher priced "Pro" it does have an SSD. All others come stock with a HDD. IMHO, after the use of this new MBA...there is NOTHING that can touch the speed improvements of upgrading from HDD to SSD....proc speed, more RAM, software improvements...nothing matches the noticeable difference of adding solid state drives to the mix.

  20. Muscleflex macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2010
    now i am jealous!!!
  21. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    No issues for me, just kills my battery life while the vid is running.
  22. BENJMNS macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2005
    bingo was his name-o
  23. Onimusha370 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2010
  24. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    my pos acer netbook handles these np...these little macbook airs worries!

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