I want a MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by wvuwhat, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. wvuwhat macrumors 65816

    wvuwhat

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    Ok, so I'm a happy MB owner, but I want a MBA. I'm a college student, but after falling behind in my first 2 years, I switched to a major (Communications), that doesn't require intense computations. I moved from engineering to business to sport management and then finally settled on my communications major. I should have stayed with engineering, but you know what, I talk to people just fine and communications seemed like a better choice, but I've picked up an advertising minor, so I need to run a little CS3. From what I've seen, the MBA runs it O.K. Nothing spectacular, but who needs spectacular? I am graduating in 8 months... Talk me into buying one of these money machines. I don't need anything complex or even difficult. Should I go ahead and sell my MB 2.2ghz for a MBA 1.6? Help me out...

    BTW...chicks dig the MBA (including my girlfriend)...
     
  2. hotdamn macrumors 6502

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    depends...

    do you take the bus to campus or do you live there?
    are your classes spread out all over campus?
    are you sure you can live without a dvd drive?
    1 usb port alright?
    do you REALLY REALLY like talking to people about your laptop? ;)

    the performance is apparently not going to be an issue from what I can tell, CS3 should be just fine, as long as you don't plan to design any major print stuff in inDesign or something.
     
  3. hotdamn macrumors 6502

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    also, ask yourself: are you just being decadent or do the thinness and lightness of the mba really benefit you
     
  4. markrivers macrumors 6502a

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    you should "worry" more about what lies ahead for you..
    not what kind of laptop you have.. it's too short sighted.
     
  5. markrivers macrumors 6502a

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    i think the OP already made up his mind since day 1 that he'll be selling the MB and buy an MBA instead. he just wanted to hear words of encouragement from members
     
  6. hotdamn macrumors 6502

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    linguistics is my elective, i''m a comp-sci/psych major :)

    and yeah, there's nothing wrong with replacing your machine with a macbook air per se, as long as you can afford it and your parents aren't gonna bite your ears off ;)
     
  7. wvuwhat thread starter macrumors 65816

    wvuwhat

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    Anyway, it sounds like this purchase may be a good one, because of the fact I won't be using CS3 for anything very substantial. Who knows...hopefully my first job after college will provide a laptop/desktop and I won't even have to worry.

    Keep the comments coming guys and gals...
     
  8. MacFanBoyIIe macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like you know what you want. If you can afford it, go for it.
     
  9. schixzotic macrumors newbie

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    I think I'll just highlight some of my pet peeves with my MBA...

    For one, I use 8Gb thumb drives that are pretty fat cos I record all my lectures. These thumb drives CANNOT fit into the MBA USB port comfortably because they're too thick. With an MBA you either have to buy the really expensive, thinner Sony thumb drives (where I'm from the max those come in is 4Gb - way too small for me). The Imation 4Gb ones are slightly too thick and keep disconnecting. I got around that by getting a USB hub, but bah, the MBA doesn't look pretty with the USB Hub sticking out of it. :(

    Two, if you get the 64Gb SSD one like I did, you don't really have much space to play around with - especially if you need to run stuff like GarageBand that take up quite a bit of space. I opted not to partition the disk - I take up about 25Gb of disk space and my MBA gets a little senile when I have Safari, iTunes, GarageBand and Photo Booth open at the same time. With a few Microsoft apps thrown in. Why is partitioning the disk important? Because if you don't partition, then Time Machine is completely obsolete. =p At present my Time Machine backup disk is a thumb drive, and because I refuse to plug it in in school (for the sake of pretty. haha. bimbotic yes i know.), I only get to back up my stuff back home, which is rather pathetic since I'm in school 80% of the day.

    Three, the trackpad is unusually sensitive and I have to turn off the tap to click function because I always touch it inadvertently when typing notes - which usually moves my typing cursor thingy back a few sentences so I'm suddenly typing in the middle of nowhere -.-

    Four, living with one USB port is quite the pain in the ass, especially when my previous lappie had four. However, if you don't need a mouse (i'm currently learning to live without one), print wirelessly, and don't need thumb drives, then it should be all fine and dandy for u. And if the Mac salesmen tell you that you can't use a USB multiport hub because it won't supply enough power (they told that to me, sheesh!), they're LYING!!! My hub copes just fine even with all 4 ports plugged in!

    Five, I never go anywhere without my laptop; that includes travelling. In some countries hotels don't have wireless networks, only firewires - the MBA clearly doesn't have that port. If you're the kind that can't live without checking your email even for a day (like me) - the MBA may not be for you, unless you have a spare lappie that you can lug around the world. Then again, there're always Blackberries for that. :)

    Otherwise, I love my MBA. :D
    Living without a disk drive really isn't all that difficult, though Microsoft Office did take 1 and a half hours to install via the Remote Disk utility -.-
    It might've been easier for me though - my previous lappie didn't have a disk drive anyway.

    Other perks about the MBA
    1. The backlit keyboard - very very useful in lecture theatres where the professor is showing a useless video, has dimmed the lights and you want to IM :x
    2. Using three-finger swipe etc (the new trackpad features) is sooo convenient.
    3. The fact that it's really light and easy to carry around.
    4. It's the most gorgeous lappie the world has ever seen! (okay sorry very superficial.)

    hope that helps :)
     
  10. theprizefight macrumors member

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    I'd definitely go with a Macbook Pro. I carry my MBP around campus every day along with 1 or 2 other books with no problem. The form factor and size are already outstanding, no need to go to the Air
     
  11. cedar macrumors regular

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    Excellent analysis. Goes to show that everyone should carefully assess their own needs and requirements before buying anything. My needs don't match yours at all, and I'm very happy with my MBA. I do share one gripe with you: the touchpad sensitivity when typing. Drove me crazy until I finally turned it off.
     

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