Continues run of MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by kveaswaran, May 6, 2014.

  1. kveaswaran, May 6, 2014
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    kveaswaran macrumors newbie

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    Hello All,

    I am planing to get a Macbook Air. I am currently use a Lenovo Thinkpad.
    My usage is primarly continues torrent downloads. I switch off my thinkpad once in a week. Have no trouble with thinpad as far as the long continues run is concerned.

    Now, if I get a MBA (128G SSD), will I be able to keep up the long runs.
    How are Macbooks with respect to continues runs. Other uses include Movies and light photo editng. I am mainly moving to MAC to get Adobe LR or Aperture.

    Or should I get a MBP non retina with a 500G Drive. I am interested in the continues runs.
    Storage is not a major concern for me as I can use a external HDD if required.

    Is a Macbook (MBA or MBP ) right for my use..I dont want a desktop.

    Thanks,
    ekv
     
  2. mtneer macrumors 68020

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    If you keep it well ventilated it should run fine. Just don't put it on bed linen, carpet or fiber material.
     
  3. fedecape macrumors 6502

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    The MBA is more than enough. Get something cheaper, you don't need power to download torrents. BTW, why are you replacing the Thinkpad?
     
  4. kveaswaran thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Its not only for torrents. I mentioned that to explain why I run it continuously.
    My thinkpad is running on Linux. I need Adobe Lightroom and Adobe does not provide a Linux version. Moreover, I have an iPad and and iPhone which are not playing well with Linux.

    So, I am planning to retire the Thinkpad (its been excellent till date) and go with Mac. I am not a fan of Windows.

    I am not aiming for a powerful laptop. I need something that has

    *Can run for weeks without melting itself
    *Software support for atleast 3 years (upgrades, bug fixes etc)
    *Around 14 inches of display
    *Decent enough processor for editing RAW images
    *Availability of photo editing software

    I am confident that MBA will suit me on the above points except for the first one.
    Hence seeking help / advice from people who use it on a daily basis.

    Thanks,
    ekv
     
  5. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    The MBA will be a nice upgrade for you, and yes it can run for weeks on end with no issues. I don't push my MBA that hard, but I do run the CPU on my 2011 MBP at 100% for weeks at a time. Ventilation is key. If I were you I'd also consider the MBP as a candidate to replace your linux box.

    Caveat - I don't use the MBA on a daily basis as I have the MBP in my home office, but when I travel the MBA is my travel partner.
     
  6. Meister Suspended

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    Macs have excellent heat management. The heat is conducted to the body until the fans set in.
    Running it continuously should be no problem. Have you considered a mac mini?
    Thats a better bang for the buck for your intended use.
     
  7. kveaswaran thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I need a laptop as power supply is not reliable where I live.
    So, I dare not think of desktops :D

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    I am considering the MBA ony due to the price difference to the MBP..
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I run a 2013 13" MBA 24/7 (never sleeps) and never had a problem. The MBA will be fine for the usage you described.
     

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