Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Tech198, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    How good will handbrake run on the 11" or 13" Macbook Air ?

    Also iDVD & Parallels.
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    If you are talking the 2011 MacBook Air, either version will run Handbrake and Parallels just fine. I'd recommend getting the 4GB version (which all but the base 11" have). The Sandy Bridge processors are very good at handling these programs, which are CPU-intensive. Be aware that running Handbrake will cause the fans to speed up very quickly, though. During a DVD encode, the CPU will likely hit 90 degrees Celsius or higher (max is 100 so it's still OK).

    Note the 2011s don't ship with iDVD so you'll need to migrate it from an older Mac if you want to run it.
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I have a new 13" MBA

    I have been encoding with Handbrake all day at work with no issues
    Much faster than my 2007 MBP

    I also use VMWare Fusion with Win7 and it is quite fast, much faster than I thought

    I have the 4 GB i7 1.8

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