I need some encouragement to get a MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bandofbrothers, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

    bandofbrothers

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    Really being doing some homework on the MBA 128gb ssd 2011 version.

    I've been a windows user for so long now I need some encouragement to do the switch.

    Will I miss anything from the windows 7 functions ?

    I won't miss the constant updates !

    Someone give me some heads up and a gentle push.

    The cost side is not an issue.

    So come on you mac users I'm wanting to be a convert..... Lol
     
  2. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    Buy it from Apple and you have 14 days to decide whether it's for you, or your money back.

    If that's not enough incentive, I don't know what is.
     
  3. sumone macrumors regular

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    If your satisfied with your windows PC and your not convinced enough on your own that you need a MBA then there really isn't any point in getting one.
     
  4. crspechicn macrumors newbie

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    This is an excellent point. I was a devout Windows user and made the switch about 3 years ago... and I have never looked back. There are certain things that are different, but I don't think you'll really miss anything except the virus definition updates.
     
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    WHEN :D you buy it, make sure you get BetterTouchTool and BetterSnapTool (adds window snap functionality like Win7)
     
  7. P0stalTek macrumors 6502

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    These have gotta be two of my favorite apps as a recent Windows convert. I use BetterTouchTool to surf with Safari without pressing a key :p 3 finger swipe up for new tab (with top sites being listed), 3 finger swipe down to close tab, 3 finger click for Reload Page, 2 finger swipes for forward and back, 3 fingers swipes to switch between tabs, with 4 finger swipes to switch between spaces.

    It's a true thing of beauty.

    EDIT: As far as "converting".. since buying my MBA 13, I have decided to sell my 3-4 Windows PC's and replacing them with a couple Mac Mini's I think :p That's how much better I find the computing experience. Plan to use a Mac Mini for an HTPC, and one (an older one that a friend is giving me, believe 2009) for a desktop/server functions.
     
  8. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    Simple, you won't find anything like the 11" air on the windows side, and the ones that match up to the 13" air are either more expensive, not a well built, or have crappier specs. OsX isn't that different from windows, it does take a little getting used to, but even if you don't like it you can install windows 7 on the air .
     
  9. jrtaylor6 macrumors member

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    I love my MBA. Its is perfect for all my school needs and whatever else. You can always run bootcamp and put windows 7 on it till you get a good knowledge with Mac.
     
  10. VMMan macrumors 6502a

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    Be warned it may take you a couple of months to get used to the opposite locations of certain UI elements. It's a small transition but frustrating for long time Windows users.
     
  11. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    Let us know: what are the main requirements you have: mail, web, photoshop, development, audio/video ... ?
     
  12. Tenashus1 macrumors 6502

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    What's windows 7? I haven't used a pc in a long, long, time. Too much maintenance for my tastes.
     
  13. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    I've been using Windows since 1.0. I've been a tech support specialist, network engineer, and networking project manager for over 20 years. My hobby is PC gaming, and I have a dozen PCs at home, networked and running everything from DOS to Windows 98 to XP to Windows 7 x64 Ultimate. They used to call me "Mr. Windows". I had an intimate relationship with the Windows 3.1 ini files - I knew them like the back of my hand.... well, you get the picture.

    The MBA is my first Mac. OMG. I am glad I waited because between OS X Lion and the SSD, my first Mac experience has been outstanding. The hardware and software design is superior to Windows in almost every respect.

    And if you (like me) find it hard to "let go", the MBA will run Windows 7 better than any other laptop out there. I installed Windows 7 in bootcamp so I can boot native into Windows if I want to, and I also installed Parallels, which lets me run Windows 7 in a virtual machine inside of OS X. There are still a couple of programs I need to run that are not Mac compatible, so being able to fall back on Windows 7 when I need to is a plus.

    Go get one now. You won't regret it. And even if you do, not only can you return it in 14 days, you can probably sell it later and lose very little. These thing sell like hotcakes. But I am pretty sure once you are seduced by the Dark Side of the Force, err, I mean, you experience the MacBook Air, you will not want to go back.

    Go for it!!! :D
     
  14. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    for me the biggest has been the menu bar is always at the top instead of on every window. Also looking at the clock on the top instead of the bottom. Thank god for hyper dock, it makes things easier for the transition.
     
  15. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    It took me all of 5 minutes... :cool:

    Then natural scrolling, not THAT took me six...
     
  16. lcseds macrumors 6502a

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    I know DOS 3.3 and everything after to Win7. For the last 5-6 years, I have had the opportunity to run Win machines and Apple machines, switching between the two. While Windows systems are more feature laden, those features caused grief. Although I feel Apple is always a step or two (or three) in the hardware department, the OS is everything. One thing about a mac, three years after you buy it, it still has spunk. One year after I buy a Windows machine, it's a dog (yes I know about registry concerns). I only reboot my mac after a mandatory update that requires it. My Windows experience was not the same.
    I am finished. After all these years I finally finished my glass of "Cool-aid". I'm done with Windows. I have to work with it all day long, but when I come home, it's OSX. No matter the promises, I will NEVER buy another Windows box. I don't care how much less it costs compared to Apple. "You get what you pay for" REALLY means something here.
     
  17. iApple Mania macrumors member

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    APPLE is not only trading for the computer but they provide you the life style including something uniquely.

    The kind of product like this, only you have the money cannot buy. You need something inspiration yourself i.e. "LOVE"
     

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  18. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    -osx releases security updates (just not every couple weeks)

    now back to encouragements for you to get a mba

    -it's simply the best (ultralite,netbook,portable) whatever you want to call it...
    -using osx and no more worries about viruses,malware,ect...
    -where win 7 is a good os...osx is better (makes better use of mem ect just to start)
    -resale value is unreal...try selling a win laptop in 3 years and getting back anywhere near the same % value...
    -you can now go to starbucks and fit right in ;-)
    -chicks will dig you.......(that alone is enough encouragement)
     
  19. iApple Mania macrumors member

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    HA..HA..The last line is absolutely true. I've experienced that with myself. LoL
     
  20. bandofbrothers thread starter macrumors 601

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    I use btinternet.com/yahoo mail which comes with my broadband isp.

    I surf heavily for the usual stuff and enter quite a few different forums.

    I do not make or edit videos and dont have many photo's stored.

    My entire itunes size is 1.5gb for my iphone 4 and ipod touch.

    I watch utube quite a lot and like to use utorrent for the odd download of music and films, the films i delete after watching. I believe their is a utorrrent now compatible for the mac ? Is this correct.

    Because I really dont store that much on my current samsung n150 plus windows 7 notebook I think the 128 MBA will be big enough.

    ie my harddrive is 128gb with 90.8 free so ive only used 37.2 which I think is mostly taken up with the layers of o.s and iodate's and the norton security suite.

    Ive read conflicting info about using security suites on a MAC. The Masses say not needed, with the odd one saying i do.

    Will I have to download adobe flash to allow me to view all sites.

    Thanks so much guys for your insights thgus far.

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    Thanks guys for your advice and inside knowledge.

    Today im going to visit my KRCS shop in the Uk and bite the bullet.

    I have chosen this model as I believe it will fill my current and future requirements. Is this a good model as i prefer the 11" screen to the 13" version.


    MacBook Air 11” Core i5 1.6GHz 4GB 128GB •1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache
    •4GB 1333MHz DDR3 onboard memory
    •128GB flash storage
    •Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 256MB or 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
     
  21. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    For what you described it's quite a fit ...

    Never used torrent; I dont have a security system except my surf behavior; and you might need to install Flash if your sides require.

    Enjoy your machine once you got it; it's a nice one
     
  22. bandofbrothers thread starter macrumors 601

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    Today ive been converted from a Windows user to a Mac user.

    Even tho I've used it for a limited time I'm loving my MBA.

    Thank you for all your help and expect some noob questions in the near future !
     
  23. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    Cograts! I recently converted a couple weeks ago, you won't regret getting that air, it's the best laptop I have ever owned. And osx is a very good os too.
     
  24. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    Congratulations ! A good decision.

    Just try to use search first; if that fail you will get good help for the remaining questions.
     
  25. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Welcome to the Dark Side my friend! :D Its a lot more fun over here! Bring on the questions, and enjoy! :D
     

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