Going back to an Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Scarpad, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    A few years back I owned both a 11" and 13" air at one point, I sold them and opted for Ipads. I just recently picked up an Ipad Mini 4 , love the size its perfect for carrying around, but now I'm thinking of selling my Ipad Air 1 and selling it and going with a MacBook air, I really liked having a more powerful but slim option. anyone else find them selves gravitation back to laptops
  2. martinm0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2010
    Always. As much as I love the iPads, I really need a keyboard and mouse/trackpad to be truly productive. The other issue I have with an iPad is that it requires two hands to operate (one to hold and one to poke with). When I didn't have a laptop I bought a Zagg iPad keyboard that the iPad wedges into and can be used pretty much like a laptop. That worked pretty well at the time, but still not a full fledged computer.

    I will always have an iPad, but I find I really only use it for traveling and digital comics. I reach for my MBA the rest of the time now.
  3. sracer macrumors 603


    Apr 9, 2010
    Land of Bongos and Beatniks
    I've pretty much given up hope of having a truly converged device and have settled on a combo of 11" MBA and iPad Air 2.
  4. E3BK macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2008
    For home & travel, my iPad Mini 2 & 11" MBA is the best combo for me. I also have a 15" MBP for work but I usually just leave that in the office anyway.
  5. batting1000 macrumors 604

    Sep 4, 2011
    Getting rid of my iPad Air 2 + Mac mini combo and going with a 2015 13 inch Air. Always wanted to be able to carry my computer around and while the Air 2 is a great tablet, it often gets cumbersome when trying to do heavier Internet browsing on the go.
  6. whodatrr macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2004
    My iPads now mostly gather dust. The iPhone screen has gotten pretty good and today's laptops or pretty might and small. There's not a lot of space between them, any more. And I have an SP3.
  7. iBilal macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2015
    I don't think any (no matter how powerful) can replace a regular laptop or desktop ..
  8. batting1000 macrumors 604

    Sep 4, 2011
    I write for a sports blog and the Wordpress editor is the most frustrating thing to use on an iPad (or anything without a mouse for that matter) and the Wordpress app sucks.
  9. flowrider macrumors 601


    Nov 23, 2012
    A post of mine from another thread written a year and a half ago:

    Still feel the same:oops:

  10. iBilal macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2015
    I hate tablets.

    I've owned several.

    I think they're completely useless.
  11. ctg7w6 macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2014
    I love my iPad but it is only for consumption. Reading academic papers and such. Writing all gets done on my MBA.
  12. toddzrx macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    I'm surprised you aren't considering the rMB? Sounds like you didn't need the connectivity of an Air or Pro if you were able to operate with an iPad, and rMB will probably have enough processor power to keep you happy.
  13. Dingster101 macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2015
    Yes I've decided to go with an 11 inch Air to supplement my iPad 3, which I only use for sermons now.
  14. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    Apple you really need to make a "2-1" (for lack of better word) laptop/tablet. I can't believe I'm saying this,but if you want to keep up you better make a Apple "Surface Book"
  15. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
    I loved my MacBook Air back in the day, but I definitely couldn't buy any MacBook that doesn't have a Retina display at this point.
  16. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
    But of a different perspective. I started with a 2011 Air, then I got the late 2013 rMBP 13 due to the screen. Howvever as I go to university and commute a lot, I found the RMBP to be just a bit too heavy, especially carrying books, lunch etc. Plus I didn't need all that power on the go, and it was a bit too wide to use whilst on the underground.

    Picked up a used MBA 11 and couldn't be happier. The screen isn't too bad, as long as you use cmd & + key on some websites. But the form factor and lightness more than make up for it. It's just over a kilo in weight, I don't notice it at all!
  17. philosopherdog macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2008
    The air is a piece of junk compared to anything retina IMO. once you use a retina you can't look at that awful screen.
  18. Steve121178 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    The Air is so out of date that it cannot be recommended unless you can't stretch to the more modern notebooks out there. The screen is terrible for a notebook in 2015.
  19. mtneer macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2012
    What about the iPad Pro as your "converged" device?
  20. batting1000 macrumors 604

    Sep 4, 2011
    It's really not that bad. I came from using a Mac mini with a low-res HP 20-inch monitor and the Air isn't bad at all. I've used retina displays for years with my iPad and iPhones so it's not like I've never used one. I use my computer more than my phone so I'm kind of used to the low-res display, but honestly for the average person it's not bad at all.

    The Air isn't out of date aside from the screen.

    I got the 2015 Air and I love it so far.
  21. Sumter macrumors regular


    May 21, 2014
    Agreed, I would have kept my air if not for its screen resolution. After getting used to retina screens on iPad Air/iPhones, and taking a look at rMBP screens, I couldn't look at the Air screen without feeling discomfort and straining my eyes. Other than the screen, though, I would say the MBA is a great machine. It did everything I wanted it to do. Even ran a couple of games without a problem. It now lives happily with a new owner (my friend) who appreciates it for what it is, unlike me.

    I still miss its form factor sometimes, but my new rMBP is a sight for sore eyes as well :D
  22. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Damn, that pesky screen issue rearing its head. I went to look at an Air and an rMBP at the local store. I dont have awesome eyesight or anything but its quite an obvious "win" for the rMBP.

    To bad the Air didnt have at least a better screen if not a retina. They could shove a few more pixels in there for minimal cost to spruce it(display quality) up. Comparativel it feels like the MacBook is more of a of "cool" gadget but slightly under-featured/under-powered and the rMBPs are somewhat overkill for many and are meatier in stature. The Air fits perfectly in the lineup but needs better video performance.
  23. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
    That's why I sold my rMBP and kept my air. It was overkill for a laptop, I didn't need all that power, and you do feel the extra weight over the course of a whole day.
  24. dwfaust macrumors 68040


    Jul 3, 2011
    I am here => [•]
    I have several "half" cards that I use in the SD card slot. I have several brands, as well. PNY makes the StoreEDGE cards in multiple storage sizes (64GB and 128GB). The other brands - Nifty and TheMiniDrive use MicroSD cards, and the ones that I have currently support up to 128GB MicroSD cards.

    I use them for storing work projects - photos that I am working on, documents related to other projects, and one that I use to store movies. The StorEDGE has a small lip that sticks out just enough to allow you to grab it to eject the drive. The other versions sit completely flush with the rMPB, and have little slots where you can "hook" them with the provided tool to eject them.

    Over all, very handy - especially on a rMBP with the limitation of the SSD drive storage.

    PNY StorEDGE
    The Nifty MiniDrive
    The MiniDrive
  25. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    The basic 13.3 Air is now $849 at Best Buy and the rMBP is far from that price and overkill for many. And I think most folks even with limiting vision can get by with the Air. One can always do scaling to meet their vision needs.

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