I might buy my first Macbook.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by CashDude, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. CashDude macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    This new Macbook Air has me really excited and thinking about buying one.

    For the last few years, I've been using a HP 10" Netbook with a whopping 1 gig RAM, and it lags really bad when trying to play 720p video.

    Will the 11" MBA play 720p flawlessly? What about 1080p?

    Would I regret buying the 2gig version over the 4gig?

    I mostly am just a casual internet surfer. I don't play games on my laptop.

    Thanks for any tips. Sorry about the noob questions.
  2. GeekLawyer macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2007
    The post is coming from inside the house!
    The MBA will have no trouble with 720P video content. My 2010 11.3" model doesn't. And it will play 1080P, though sometimes with stutter. From the benchmarks, it looks like the 2011 model will have no issues with 1080P.

    My '10 MBA has 2gb of RAM. I haven't had an issue, even when editing HD video in iMovie. Would I rather have 4 than 2? Sure. Do I need it? Nah...
  3. LeakedDave macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2011
    As an ex-Acer netbook (Aspire one) then ultraportable (TimelineX series) user...

    Even the 2010 MacBook Air wipes the floor with them 8x over.

    1080p flawless. Easy. 2 1080p's simultaneously. 3. 4.
  4. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    My baseline 2009 15" MBP plays 1080p without problem. A front page article with benchmarks said the new MBA was almost as fast as the 2010 17" MBP with dual-core i7. So yes, it will be fine.
  5. bp1000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    I haven't tried 1080p video yet, only html5 on youtube and it used a measly 6-12% cpu depending on the video. Thats insane.

    i suspect flash will chew up around 60% because its rubbish so i'm holding off installing it for now.

    This is one FAST laptop. And it puts out no noise or no heat and i've been using it all day.

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