MacBook Air adequate for web dev/web design?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by SHNXX, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. SHNXX macrumors 68000

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    I have a retina i7 MacBook Pro from 2012 which is dying (overheating, always slow as ****).

    Since I have a 2010 Mac Pro and a 2014 i7 imac (non 5k), I want to get a small laptop like the air.

    Is the air sufficient for web development and web design?
    I find the MacBook Pro woefully insufficient right now...
     
  2. yosemit macrumors regular

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    The MBA should be more powerful than an overheating i7 rMBP, because it rarely overheats, and the SSD is much faster. :cool:

     
  3. SHNXX thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have SSD on the MBP. Not sure what the problem is really.
     
  4. motrek macrumors 68020

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    What kind of web development do you do that an i7 from 2012 is too slow?

    The web development I do is mostly editing text files. I think I could do it just as well on a computer that was 10 years old.
     
  5. SHNXX thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It's not the web dev that's the problem.
    It's just general slowness.
     
  6. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Might want to update the title of this thread then, if that's possible.
     
  7. yosemit macrumors regular

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    2013/2014 Macbook Air uses PCIe SSD.

     
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    Also, what do you mean by "overheats?" Does it reach temperatures so high it shuts itself down for protection or do you just mean it gets hot to the touch?

    And I don't see how a 2012 i7 MacBook Pro could be slow.
     
  9. smirking macrumors 6502a

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    I can't say anything about your MBP situation except that it sounds curious, but I'd say for myself as a Web Developer that I *COULD* do my work on a MBA, but I'm not sure I'd want to. I do a mix of front end and back end and especially for the front end stuff, it's nice to have a little more screen space to see how everything comes together.

    I like all the screen space I can get for back end stuff too, but it's the front end work where I really really start missing extra screen space.

    I think you need to get your rMPA checked. That don't sound right.
     
  10. Meister Suspended

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    Even though the OP seems to be gone for good. For the record: It sounds like his macbook is broken.
     
  11. iizmoo macrumors 6502

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    Or he could be web developin "Flash" :D
     
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    For the record, web development can be demanding, and the 17" mbp I use from 2009 should have been replaced 2 years ago. Between multiple VMs, adobe, and mavericks expecting an ssd, it gets slow...
     
  13. SHNXX thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I think I just have to replace my MacBook Pro soon.
    The battery needs servicing and it just shows general sluggishness when I have too many things open.

    Compared to my iMac (2014 non-retina), Mac Pro (2010 I think, quad core 16GB ram) and my lady's 2014 Macbook pro, it's night and day how slow the MacBook Pro is.
     
  14. iizmoo macrumors 6502

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    Never mentioned if ye had an SSD, that would make a big difference. I was doing web developin on a C2D 2010 MbP with 4gb up til 2013, the difference was I had a Samsung 830 SSD in it. The only slow oart ever was compiling and launching the IOS simulator when I was programming IOS apps instead of my RoR stack or PHP stuffs.

    The i7 CPU should be more than adaquate if you had at least 8GB of RAM. A HDD would kill any modern mac, thats been my general observation for many many years now, esp since they use the slower 5400 rpm in lappy.
     
  15. SHNXX thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have a SSD in the "slow" MacBook pro.
    it's i7 and 8gb ram.

    but it's been a couple of years so perhaps that's why?
     
  16. iizmoo macrumors 6502

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    BlackMagic disk speed test your SSD and post what the results is? With an SSD it should not be slow, unless it's a bad quality 3rd party SSD without TRIM and it's totally full or something.
     
  17. SHNXX thread starter macrumors 68000

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    it's showing around 380MB/s write and 450MB/s read.
     
  18. motrek macrumors 68020

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    What does Activity Monitor show when your computer is being sluggish? Anything using significant CPU? Memory pressure yellow or red? Lots of disk IO operations?

    Should be pretty easy to pin down what's wrong.
     
  19. SHNXX thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Interestingly, I tested my other computers:
    iMac with hybrid drive got about 200, 600MB/s write read speed.
    Mac Pro with non-SSD got about 130, 130MB/s.
    So I guess the reason for sluggishness is probably not disk.

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    What do I look for in memory?

    I see
    physical memory
    memory used
    virtual memory
    swap used
     
  20. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Swap used is interesting, but mainly what is the memory pressure graph showing? What percentage is it at (you'll have to estimate) and what color is it?
     
  21. HeyHeyHeyy macrumors member

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    If you need to ask if a $1,000 computer is adequate for web development/design then maybe... you should rethink your occupation :D.
     
  22. SHNXX thread starter macrumors 68000

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    MacBook Air adequate for web dev/web design?


    I'm not a professional web developer.
    I'm just starting a website myself for a company.

    Also I have two MacBook pros, 2014 imac and an older Mac Pro available for web design/development already.
    I was just curious how capable the airs were since I travel often
     
  23. Meister Suspended

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    if it overheats it's broken.
    And of course you are right that pro web devs could multitask apps that would require a MP.
     
  24. iizmoo macrumors 6502

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    That's some mighty good speed :D Back in the old days (Circa 2005), I was working with HDD, and back in my days, we only got about 80MB even if it was a contiguously big file. Otherwise you random read and writes were in the single digit most of the time :eek:

    So, it's not your CPU, SSD, and RAM as far as I can tell. Do you want to describe what "slow" mean in more specific details?

    Sometimes on new SSD I've gotten freezing and stuttering in the first few weeks. Then after you've used it a while it all settle down and goes smooth. There's differences in responsiveness speed, data transfer once everything is moving, and IO continuity so that it feel smooth in between actions.
     

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