How well does your MBA play with Time Capsule?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by DisplacedMic, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    Hey guys - about to buy an MBA. After 10 years in the "real world" i'm going back to school to get my JD and i want to buy a new laptop. I am leaning towards the 13" just because of my aging eyes and because of the added battery life.

    i am also thinking about buying a time capsule and i was wondering if those of you with MBAs and time capsule notice the slowdown?

    i have a 4 year old MBP that has a 2.4ghz chip and 4 gigs of ram. the time machine kicking in isn't too distracting, but sometimes i find myself disabling it while i'm doing lots of work and plugging it back in when i walk away - i know that's the exact opposite of what it's designed to do, but never the less that's what i do.

    Do you guys notice slowdown w/ time capsule? if so that might be reason enough to pop it up to 8gig IMO.

    what do you think?
  2. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Depends on the storage

    With a normal HD, yes, the lag is noticeable on "older" machines (2+ years).

    But I barely see that it's running now that all of our laptops have SSD.

    I'm running a 2012 11" MBA and a 2010 MBP with an SSD.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I have a 2012 13" MBA that backs up to a Time Capsule and never even notice when Time Machine comes on to run its hourly backup.
  4. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I have a 2011 13" MBA, I never even notice TC backups, just see the drive pop in and out. It doesn't slow the machine down at all, and I have never had to disable it.
  5. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

    Mike in Kansas

    Sep 2, 2008
    Metro Kansas City
    I have a 2012 MBA and 2008 iMac both connected wirelessly to my TC. When the MBA backs up to the TC it is completely unnoticeable. When my iMac backs up to it I can only notice it when I am running Aperture and my images take slightly longer to render. Other than that, I don't notice it when TM runs.
  6. DisplacedMic thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    so awesome - thanks guys, i'm sold!
    i think i'll take my old time machine drive and plug it into time capsule and forget about.

    thanks again!

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