Macbook Air and HD movies?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Northwestern, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. Northwestern macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2011
    is the MBA 13" 1,8 GHz, 4 GB Ram and Intel HD 3000 capable to play iTunes HD movies without stuttering or jerking or overheating or fans going loud?

    And is it possible to connect a Bluray external drive (like this here) to the MBA? And does it play Blurays without stuttering or jerking or overheating or fans going loud?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. X5-452 macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2006
    Calgary, Canada
    I'm running the 13" 1.7 i5 and do not have a single issue playing HD movies at all, so the 1.8 i7 should handle it just as smoothly.

    Unfortunately, I do not have an answer about the Bluray; however, based on it's ability to handle raw HD video then Bluray should not be a problem.
  3. litchblade macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2011

    Im using my Macbook Air 13" as my Media Station aswell. I use plex for that, for 1080p and 720p movies and its working damn good.

    I got the 13" 256 SSD and i7
  4. henrikrox macrumors 65816


    Feb 3, 2010
    My boxee box with a 1.2 ghz intel atom cpu handles raw bluray files with 30+ mbps bitrate. With no stress.

    So ye. Hd movie isnt a problem.
  5. Northwestern thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2011
    Thank you all for the infos. I guess I will order the MBA today. :)
  6. skyton macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2005
  7. echo.park macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2011
    Watching HTML5 720p movie uses like 2-5% CPU.
    I think iTunes is much the same or even better due to better hardware acceleration.
    And no issues with noise or heat either.
  8. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Macs can't play blue rays natively yet. There's a published "hack" using VLC combined with MKV. If they're ripped though, the MBA will play them perfectly.
  9. Maziar macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2010
    Same here
  10. AFPoster macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    I have that same Blu-Ray player for my 2011 MacBook Pro and it works great. I got it because my friend with a MB Air told me about it and he uses it for all of his blu-ray movies. Highly recommend it!

    App to get: MakeMKV
  11. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2010
    Athens, Greece
    If you're worried about heat/fan noise you should get the i5. The i7 gets a lot hotter, and as a result needs a faster fan.
    But I don't think it will get that hot with hd movies, maybe with games etc.

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