Macbook Air 2.0 Reviews / First Impressions

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  1. cbflip2000 macrumors regular

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    K this is my quick ass beta review of the new Macbook Air 2.0 . it will be updated with new information as time goes by. I want to see the gaming aspects of this incredible machine.

    http://mar247advice.wordpress.com/2008/10/31/special-edition-tech-talk-macbook-air-20-review/

    Please post your thoughts and reviews on the new machine.

    here is epicylce first impressions

     
  2. twist2b macrumors regular

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    YES YES YES YES YES!!! LOVING IT!!!!
    25 second boot is AMAZING! I am sooooo impressed.
     
  3. mogz macrumors newbie

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    Can you go to the System Prefs and see if they changed the Energy Saver bulb icon to the newer one?
     
  4. cbflip2000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    yes it is the new spiral bulb
     
  5. mogz macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, that made my waiting even worst. :(

    Shipped already with original delivery date of the 3rd, and now being pushed back to the 5th...
     
  6. twist2b macrumors regular

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    The heating issue was prob the best fix EVA! Dealing with heat is the worst thing because then you got a lowed blowing fan, and your worrying about overheating, and heat from resistance actually slows down your computer somewhat. How is opening a little more intense apps like adobe photoshop and garage band? Tell tell, give times on things!
     
  7. cbflip2000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    well i did run several youtube videos without it hicuping. i am continuing my test throughout the day. playing a full hdtv show right now
     
  8. KamiNoYadoru macrumors member

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    128 000 000 000 bytes = 119.20929 gigabytes

    7gb missing again, so hmm, looks to round down just like the "64GB SSD" did
     
  9. bidwalj macrumors 65816

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    That is music to my ears! Might be time to put up the new macbook for sale and pick up the air again! the air was perfect for my needs, but the heat and core shutdowns took away from the experience.
     
  10. kanpachi macrumors regular

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    Do you have an external monitor handy? If so, could you please try connecting it and seeing if you have any core shutdown issues? I think this was something that was almost guaranteed to happen in the prior revision (especially with a larger monitor).
     
  11. cbflip2000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i just played the office hd on a 52" tv and no core shut downs... just got a bit warm... not uncomfortable at all.
     
  12. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    Were you running activity monitor to watch for a core shutdown? Did playing the video back use almost 100% of the CPU?
     
  13. Scott6666 macrumors 65816

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    Fan speed? Noise?
     
  14. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a

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    Would you please install iStatPro and let us know of the temperature ranges :)
     
  15. cbflip2000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    im playing a 720P hdtv show and my cpu usage is

    user: 37%
    system: 10%
    free: 53%

    can barely hear the fan. and speed is around 2600 rpm

    CPU: 69 C kind of warm, not super hot
     
  16. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks man.

    I am getting super excited that I think you should post your full video review ASAP and you will be the first in the world :)

    Damn it, I wish we can all do a live interactive Q&A with video lol.
     
  17. drlunanerd macrumors 65816

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    Nice, but I can get a 21 second time with a 320GB 7200rpm drive on a MacBook Pro... :p :)
     
  18. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    Just wanted to thank you again for answering all of the questions here. Apple should give you a % of the sales that you're creating for them today. ;) :)
     
  19. twist2b macrumors regular

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    SO TRUE!!!!!!!!
    Heres a question. They didn't get it right last time, so tell us. How is the battery? Whenever you get a chance drain the battery and see how many hours you can get out of just using the internet or something like that. Take your time, I am just interested.
    out of 10 what would you give? Also, I already have my own answer, but for college purposes, do you think it would work well?
     
  20. mcdj macrumors G3

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  21. sayagain macrumors newbie

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    I'm really interested in Battery Performance, in light of the 9400M + Penrynn/Monteniva combination. How many hours can you go unplugged with WiFi browsing, etc (and possibly 3G)?
     
  22. Ironic macrumors 6502a

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    Hummm still kinda warm at 69 My Macbook runs at 43. I will wait a bit!
     
  23. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    My MBP 'enclosure bottom' is usually around 90 to 100 F :\
     
  24. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Yes but a Rev A would be in the 70º's.
     
  25. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a

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    The temperature is relative to what you are doing. My previous MBA used to reach 90's C and most of the time it would be 85C while watching YouTube.

    Now, 60's maybe without YouTube and you never know what other tricks Apple is doing this time to the processors (hopefully non).

    I would still wait to get more feedback regarding the temperatures to be safe and happy.
     

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