Impressions of a new Air owner

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Fanboyofnothing, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. Fanboyofnothing macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2010
    I tend to just lurk this site, but thought I'd post my own impressions of the new Air after spending a day with a new one. I sold an old MBP for 900 today (they really hold value) and put it towards a 13 inch Air with 128 gig HD. Its stock, so just 2 gig of ram.

    I should say I'm also an iPad owner...a frustrated one. I got so sick of having to switch to a real computer anytime I wanted to view something with Flash, which is a lot of sites. I dont subscribe to Jobs' opinion that Flash is evil. So I figured a really thin and light Macbook with a decent battery life would be an ideal replacement for both my heavy MBP and my giant iPod Touch - aka iPad.

    And boy was it a great assumption! I love this little bugger. It's really fast, the screen is beautiful and my biggest fear was going to be the heat on the bottom, but it barely heats up. My MBP got painfully hot.

    I was disappointed in the video quality when I put Simpsons Movie on it and the HD quality looked blurry. Then I remembered they didnt have the HD version on iTunes when I bought it and it was just standard def. Doh! indeed. So I copied over content I knew in fact WAS in HD from the iTunes store and it looked great. Phew. One of my other gripes about the MBP was how heavy it was, and travelling with it in my backpack was painful on days when I was in airports almost a full day. This thing is light! And I love it. Feels like nothing in my backpack.

    Whereas I felt like I needed to make a ton of sacrifices using the iPad, I don't feel like that at all now. It feels like it shouldnt be a "real" computer, if you know what I mean, but it is. I know that sounds weird. It doesn't feel or look substantial, but it is. It really is.

    I'll leave you with a few gripes:

    - No Flash installed. Thanks Apple. Obviously not hard to user install it, so I did.

    - No backlit keyboard. I read other people saying the screen lit up the keys enough, but that's not true at all. If you dont know where all the keys are by memory, you're going to have issues. Fortunately my fingers have some great memory, because I'm typing away like crazy without any light.

    - Fan has kicked on a few times. It's weird to have this silent computer all of a sudden kick on the fans seemingly at random. I watch Hulu once, no fan. I watched it again later and fan comes on. Seems kinda arbitrary at this point, but very rare. When the fan came on, I felt the bottom of the Air and it was merely warm. When my MBP's fans would come on, the bottom was burning up. I love that hot on this device is only mildly warm to the touch.
  2. runplaysleeprun macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2004
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    Thanks for the quick impressions, I'm thinking about grabbing one for myself.
  3. atipowered macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2010
  4. maflynn Moderator


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    May 3, 2009
    Thanks for the feedback,
    which MBP model did you own, specifically the 15" or 13" flavor. I'm curious to know if it was the 13" how the differences are. The screen size is the same, though now you're using 16:9 aspect ratio.
  5. TheAllStar macrumors member


    Oct 21, 2010
    I feel the same, the Air shoots right down the middle.
  6. Fanboyofnothing thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2010
    I couldnt answer the battery question yesterday because I was literally using it to see for myself. I charged it to 100 percent right before Monday Night Football and then removed it from the wall socket at the start of the game. The battery hit 10 percent about 6 hours later of pretty heavy use (in my opinion). I transferred about 10 gigs of data wirelessly between the Air and an iMac, watched 30 Rock on Hulu, watched 1080p movie trailers at Apple, installed Flash, downloaded and installed Chrome and Firefox, browsed, read and checked email, watched parts of some movies I transferred to iTunes. I know others are complaining about battery life, but I was pleased with what I saw. Its not as good as the iPad, but then again the iPad couldn't do most of what I did in the manner that I did it.

    As for which MBP, I had the 15 inch from 2008. And I believe the aspect ratio on my new Air is the same as on the MBP - 16:10.

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