Is the MacBook Air enough?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Windows&Apple, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. Windows&Apple macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2013

    I'm looking at the 2013 MacBook Air 13" with the 256GB SSD and upgraded 8GB RAM.

    I'd need to do the following:

    • Casual gaming (not expected great battery life).
    • Moderate Dreamwaver, Fireworks, Flash and Photoshop work.
    • The usual email, youtube, word processing, excel sheets.
    • I also need to run windows, virtualized or through bootcamp.
    • Get at least 10 hours with the machine unplugged.

    Is the MacBook Air good or should I opt for the mid-13 inch Retina? My budget is $1500 and I'd like something with good battery life, light weight, and powerful enough for my needs.

    I've been looking at the following laptops

    • Yoga Pro 2 - (High end)
    • MacBook Pro 13" (Mid-Range)
    • MacBook Air 13" (High-end with 8GB RAM)
    • Sony Vaio Flip 13 (Mid-range)
  2. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    Yes. Except for 10 hours unplugged. Depends upon what you're doing for those ten hours.
  3. Windows&Apple thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2013
    I'd expect it to last for 10 hours when doing some browsing, some youtube, facebook, etc.
  4. yosemit macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2013
    As for CPU performance, MBA is almost the same as rMBP 13". The i7 MBA is faster than 2.4GHz and 2.6GHz rMBP 13".

    MBA 15" uses quad-core Haswell and is significantly faster than MBA for multi-threaded programs.

  5. lagisibuk macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2013
    Always Somewhere
  6. ItHurtsWhenIP, Dec 6, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2013

    ItHurtsWhenIP macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2013

    Do you think the other 3 you listed would last 10 hours? The Pro gets less battery life than the Air. Even if just an hour or two it probably wouldn't meet your criteria. Is 10 hours even possible on Windows?

    Flip 13"

    We average 6 hours of mixed use with automatic brightness disabled and display brightness set to 50% with WiFi and Bluetooth turned on. If you use a more power frugal plan setting (we used Balanced) or enable silent mode and drop the brightness a bit, you could get 7 hours.

    Looks like maybe the IdeaPad Yoga 2 could get you 10 hours..CNET said 7 hours of continuous video playback..but that's a Win8 half-tablet convertible thing..if you want one of those, I don't know if it and an Air are comparable on anything other than battery life?
  7. lagisibuk macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2013
    Always Somewhere
    actually he only said "I also need to run windows, virtualized or through bootcamp", I dont know, it mean : always or sometimes ( mean in one day just for 1 hours using bootcamp).

    so, I think MBA will be possible to 10 hours right? CMIIW :D
  8. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Nobody beats the Air when it comes to battery, so if is not enough, ur next option is a battery pack.

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