Is the macbook air primary or secondary laptop?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dj.paterson, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. dj.paterson macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2008
    Hi guys,

    I was wondering whether most of you guys had an apple desktop and used the macbook air for travelling to work/school etc.

    Or do you use the macbook air as your primary machine.

    I am currently very interested in getting the macbook air and iMac solution. Have a nice powerfull iMac at home for all the my power hungry tasks, and use the light macbook air for travelling to school in my case.

    For you guys who use the macbook air as a secondary machine, what is your primary machine? iMac which model? Mac Pro?
  2. Heavenkittykat macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2008
    my macbook air is my primary computer. I don't really do intensive stuffs. I don't even have a superdrive but I might have to buy it later when I save up enough money:)
  3. p.luik macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2008
    Faribault, MN
    Did you really want an iMac for "power hungry tasks"?
    Save the money from the MBA, get a MB and a MP.
  4. Malcster macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    Primary, its now my only computer. no problems so far.
  5. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    The MacBook Air is a secondary computer for me; I have others for the heavier lifting. However, that said, I am surprised at how much more often I use the MBA than I'd thought I would -- it is just a great little machine and I use it a lot around home as well as when traveling.
  6. dudup macrumors regular


    May 28, 2008
    São Paulo, Brazil
    Currently the MBA is my only machine for about 3 or 4 months. No problems at all, I'm not that intensive user, but I do use it a lot.

    I'm waiting for a 24" iMac to come this month, but honestly, I don't know what I'm going to do with it. Depending on the upcoming MacBook Pros, I may exchange it with a 17" MacBook Pro, but, again, I don't know the reason why.

    Other thought that may interest you: I don't see any upgrades coming that would make me swap my current MBA to another. I don't feel I need anything more beside more hard disk space.
  7. eggersj macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2008
    Primary.... I use it for school, travel for work, and as a media/internet device...
  8. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    Bought it thinking it'd be a secondary for travel and like many others who've already posted, it's morphed into being my main/primary machine.
  9. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
  10. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    Secondary, I have an iMac as well. I personally don't feel it has enough space to really be a primary computer, but if you don't need much, then go for it, because it is a great machine otherwise...unless you are into extensive video or 3-D processing.
  11. jonswan macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2007
    I have an iMac at home for browsing, watching DVDs, Lightroom, YouTube etc, and the MBA for travel, outside the house, on the bed (on a bread board) for browsing/email/iWork 08 stuff. I have the MBA superdrive but haven't used it since installing as I remote disk with the iMac. In my opinion, it is a truly perfect combination.
  12. steve31 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    Secondary. I have a MBP that I use for video editing and Aperture. But the MBA is good enough to be a stand alone notebook for someone that uses it for web and iLife. I really enjoy using it while I am on the couch and around the rest of the house.
  13. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    My air is now my primary laptop. I am going to add a Mac Pro or iMac for gaming, CS 3 and Traktor Scratch.
  14. aey619 macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2008
    its my secondary. i have an iMac so the MBA is mainly for school and traveling, but i still use it to browse when i am in bed even though the the iMac is just 4 feet away from me. :)
  15. wolfie macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2008
    my air is my primary computer, i use it to chat, surf the net, email store itunes and photos and every now and then watch videos.

    perfect machine for me
  16. Alkiera macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2008
    My MBA is a secondary machine, primary is a WinXP desktop for gaming purposes. At least, in order of purchase. I use them pretty equally time-wise.

    I've got a copy of WinXP for my Air coming, just need to pick it up. Will prolly use a combo of bootcamp and parallels, in part so I can play EVNova on my Air... stupid OSX drivers don't support 16bit color on the new macbooks/MBAs. I'll probably see what other games will run under XP on it, but I'm not expecting much; I'm guessing most 3d stuff will make it quite toasty. Besides, that's what I have the desktop for.
  17. aussieinrome macrumors regular


    Apr 5, 2008
    Rome, Italy.
    My primary laptop is the MacBook Air and my secondary is the Vaio UX.
  18. BenHoleton macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2006
    Macbook Air

    Seriously, if you're planning on buying the iMac/MacBook Air combo, just get a 15" MBP and an external monitor. While the Air is a cool machine, it doesn't have the power to do a lot of heavy lifting. The MBP is not THAT heavy. Mine gets used for EVERYTHING. The air is somewhat limited, with the lack of ports, etc. Just my 2 cents.
  19. impact1290 macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2007
    Would the Macbook Air be ideal for me if I get the external superdrive, I'd use it for email, web, email, bootcamp, ilife, handbrake, active sync on the windows side, and ipod managing.
  20. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Secondary for me. My main rig is a 17-inch iMac with an additional 20-inch display.
  21. aussieinrome macrumors regular


    Apr 5, 2008
    Rome, Italy.
    I didn't know the iMac came in a laptop range?
  22. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    Older, G5 and Core Duo had 17" iMacs.
  23. calculus Guest


    Dec 12, 2005
    I tend to use the bus for travelling to work...
  24. sanPietro98 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008
    MBA is my primary computer. I use it for web, mail, iLife, and coding.

    Of course, I have network-attached storage (via AirPort Extreme) to serve as my primary media repository.

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