Impression of 11" Air base model

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by 1appleAday, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. 1appleAday macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2008
    After reading so many good feedback on the base model Air, I decided to go to Apple store to check it out. Size and weight wise, it's indeed the best travel laptop. However, I have two observations:

    1. boot up time: i timed it 31 second, from totally shut down to the dock comes up.

    2. i played this youtube video at 1080p:, and it's very choppy. Turned it down to 720p, it's better, but not totally smooth. 480p is very smooth. (yes there's no point watching 1080p on its small screen, but i just want to see how its video card performs).
  2. falconeight Guest


    Apr 6, 2010
    I haven't noticed any kind of problems that you stated.
  3. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    Interesting, as I can play that video on 1080 or 720 and smooth as any other computer I've watched that on. I have the 1.4/2gig/128ss model. Zero issues and have been putting it thru it's paces since i picked it up about 12 hours ago. I opened 56 tabs in Safari and while it showed less than 50mb of unused memory, I was able to start a video from CNN without issues. I have yet to even see the fans spin beyond 2000 RPM according to iStat, running Hulu has around 60% CPU free and 500 or so mb of ram free.

    Who knows what's going on, but nothing like the experience I have observed so far.

    * I am using Chrome as a browser, did not download flash 10.1 for Safari, as Chrome has it built in went for it as I prefer it as anyhow.
  4. Ishimaru macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    Los Angeles
    There's also a Flash version that offers hardware acceleration for the 320m video card. I'm not 100% sure if it's in the final version of 10.1 or not, but the "Gala" releases do have it in there. Try that and see. Or use Chrome as suggested. :)
  5. Nilonym macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    In installed Flash 10.1, and I can play 1080p content from YouTube without a hiccup. The demo at the store probably had an older version of Flash.
  6. 1appleAday thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2008
    That's very possible. Thanks for checking it out. Although I won't choose to watch 1080 on this Air, knowing it can handle it with the right version of flash is still comforting :)

    Just curious: do you use chrome or safari?

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