From Pro to Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by hansiedejong, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. hansiedejong macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    I'm a Mac for over a year now (a MacBook Pro 13", mid 2009). I love the OS, the simplicity, and of course the looks. I also have an iPad and an iPhone 4. At home I use my MacBook Pro on the desk and sometimes in the living room. I almost never take it anywhere, but I just like to have a laptop for vacation etc. My iPad I use always at home in the living. I think I use my iPad more than my Mac. My iPhone 4 I almost only use for phone calls and playing some games, and every day take it with me. I so can't live without my iPad / iPhone 4. Now I love the new 11.6" Air. I do nothing heavy on my Mac, so don't really need speed or something. Do you think I'm better with an Air. So in the Same situation as above stated (so use it in combination with an iPad which I use a lot in the living and in combination with my iPhone 4). So I just love the new Air, the new size and off course the speed with a SSD.

    Do you guys think I Will be good out with a MacBook Air 11.6" (base model) as you guys now know my usage in combination with the iPad / iPhone 4??

    Will only use the Air for web browsing, mail, school work (Office) etc.
     
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  3. joelypolly macrumors 6502

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    Any PC built in the last 5 years should able to handle the web and office fine.
     
  4. rkmac macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like the Air will fit your needs. Doesn't sound like you need a particularly powerful machine and the MacBook Air does all the simple stuff, and probably quite well.
    I would just advise you to consider the cost of external storage into changing to a MacBook Air, as you will find that the amount of storage provided whittles away quite quickly :p
     
  5. hansiedejong thread starter macrumors regular

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    No PC here anymore, loving my Mac so much!!
     
  6. hansiedejong thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, I indeed think I have enough with the Air. So nice / thin, but it's so blazing fast (YouTube). And I think I have enough with 64GB. On my MBP I have only used around 20GB, so that shouldn't be a problem too. Think I Will get a new Air.....:D
     
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  8. rkmac macrumors 6502

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    I dont see how the Air and iPad overlap like some people think.
    My ideal setup now would be:
    iMac 27" Quad
    MacBook Air 11"
    iPad
    iPhone

    I see a need for both the iPad and MacBook Air. They really arent the same sort of device at all.
     
  9. BeachChair macrumors 6502a

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    Have to agree, sell the iPad and the MBP. The MBA trumps the iPad for enough things, I'd certainly prefer it for couch/bed-surfing.
     
  10. hansiedejong thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's actually a hard decision, I can't live without my iPad....
     
  11. ImperialX macrumors 65816

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    There's nothing the iPad can do that the MacBook Air can't do, except a comfortable use even when lying down.

    I have an iPad and love it to bits, but I don't think I'll miss it that badly if I have an 11.6" MBA.
     
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    HAHA
     
  13. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    hi,

    im making the switch from the macbook pro in my sig to the 128gb 11.6"

    i have essentially migrated most of my data to my NAS in my house anyway, i rarely need much storage on my laptop itself.

    i have a windows 7 desktop i use for everything else and my macbook air will be my main machine.

    i have thought a bit about it and im going to get the 1.6/4g/11.6/128gb



    i think it will be a good replacement.
     
  14. tdream macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't exactly call the pro thick. Compared to windows laptops it's like an air already. What does the reduction in size give you? Virtually and functionally nothing useful. Only aesthetics and even then it's subjective. Oh the main reason people want it cos it's new durrr...
     
  15. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    nope, its because it weighs a lot less,

    even 1lb in weight reduction is huge when you carry it all day.

    in this case its 4.5 to 2.9 or 2.3, thats a big reduction in weight, not to mention the screen has less glare and i think overall the machine will be more reliable due to almost everything onboard, no ram sticks to come loose , alot less cabling that can be an issue.



    see it as you will, for me is a no brainer.
     
  16. outsidethebox macrumors member

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    Stop making me doubt my purchase!!! :)
     
  17. kingsal macrumors member

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    The base will be more than you need for those tasks. Go for it.
     
  18. iDave macrumors 6502a

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    What about the vertical orientation, 1024px? I don't have an iPad and don't think I will, but consider that an advantage.
     
  19. tigres macrumors 68040

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    1. I switched from a 15" MBP to an Air 2 years ago, never missed the pro.
    2. A MBA is not even in the same category as an iPad, people need to stop comparing the 2- they are not in the same world.
    3. An Air is just as capable of any of the notebook line apple offers, it is just not as specked out w/ all the other's- including size.
    4. I personally think the Air is the best portable machine the company offers in it's line.
     
  20. iDave macrumors 6502a

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    Understood. But when talking simple web browsing, comparisons are valid.
     
  21. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Wow, what are you doing to where you've had ram sticks come loose and problems with cables in your laptops?

    Is this something common to Mac laptop computers?? :eek:

    I'm here because I'm sort of thinking about trying out a Mac, but I've never had this kind of problem in fifteen years of daily carrying a PC laptop. I thought Macs were supposed to be built better than the Dell/HP/Thinkpad systems???? :confused::confused::confused:
     
  22. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    huh...i never said anything about those being problems, i was pointing out how there are a lot less points of failure.

    ps. ram sticks come out of laptops all the time, especially dell and hp units....i see them all the time when people are rough with them.
     
  23. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    I moved from a MBP 13 to a MBA 13. Never looking back. So much lighter, faster, and the screen res is pretty nice. I use my laptop for basic functions with the occasional Hulu videos. I used to have 4GB ram and a 320GB HDD, but I do not miss it especially the instant on which helps a lot when I need to close the lid and open it back up in between classes and work. I say go for it since your needs are very basic and do not require graphic intensive work. BTW, I got the 2GB and 128SSD.
     
  24. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Fair enough. I figured if you brought it up, there was a reason for it that was based on having had problems. I didn't see a point in bringing up potential failure modes that hadn't ever happened, thus my implicit assumption.

    Interesting experience on the dell/hp units. I moved out of having any desktop support responsibility fifteen years ago so I'll take your experience on faith. My experience is only with my and my family's systems, and I guess we're not rough on them as I've never seen that happen.
     

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