macbook air decision.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ant043, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. ant043 macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2008
    Well guys

    I did search for an answer to my question but i didn't find too much. Basicly i have a rev a macbook air 80gb harddrive and i'm strongly considering upgrading to the rev b harddrive model. Has anyone here made that switch and found that it made a significant difference especially in watching HD content and in the general speed of the computer ? Do the fans come on alot less often ? Will snow leopard be a much better experience on this machine than the rev a. I'd really appreciate anybody's opinion on the matter. Sadly the ssd is just that bit too expensive at the minute. Thanks
  2. mikey28 macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    Actually there are a lo of threads on this subject!!

    In anycase, I had a Rev A 80/HD and upgraded to a Rev B 128/SSD and the difference is huge.

    1. The fan is silent. My Rev A fan could get pretty loud...
    2. Watching video is a BREEZE. No more freezing and stuttering.
    3. Opening programs is a snap. If fact turning on the computer is lightening fast now.

    I would say that the quality of the Rev B is a HUGE improvement (the computer I got from Amazon, has none of the "lines" that people are talking about)

    I actually think THIS is the MBA that Mac should have released in the first place...
  3. ant043 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2008
    Thanks for that mate. If i do upgrade it will be to the 4200 rpm harddrive model and not the ssd. Just wondering has anyone made that switch here.
  4. Macjames macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2007
    Yorkshire, England
    I'm waiting for rev c! Since rev b is mid product cycle :D
  5. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I had a rev A MBA bought when it first came out. It didn't do much for me. It couldn't perform my basic Mac needs.

    When the rev B MBA came out (was finally shipping), I had just bought a unibody MB and it took a lot of convincing to buy the rev B after my original experience.

    I made the switch to the rev B MBA and could NOT be any happier. The rev B is a perfectly capable Mac even as a primary computer. I use mine as my primary computer. I have the 1.86 GHz and the SSD... however, I have tried the 1.6 and HDD.

    Remember that the new 1.6 GHz with HDD is faster and a better performer on nearly all levels than the original MBA with 1.8 GHz and SSD.

    The best of the MBA is available to all. A wonderful Penryn 45 nm CPU with 6 MB L2 Cache. Nvidia graphics with Mini Display Port that can drive up to a 30" Apple Cinema Display. I played HD video on my MBA to a friend's 30" ACD and it was stunning. Looked just like the Mac Pro was driving it. The low end has the same 1066 MHz DDR3 RAM at 2 GB which is plenty for most. The low end model only has 8 GB of less space. Both have same great form factor, same great display, and same lightweight portability.

    I would encourage you to buy the rev B MBA any day of the week. Mine is lightning fast because of the SSD. It actually blows away both my unibody MB 2.4 and my MBP 2.33 GHz, both with 7200rpm HDDs, and both with 4 GB RAM. BUT, the low end model is plenty powerful. Keep in mind that the majority of the differences are when opening applications and large files, and when booting up.

    To the other poster, it is true the MBA is in mid product cycle, but it could be a long wait for a rev C MBA. The 1.8" drive in 256 GB is hard to come by, as I have been trying to find one. The SL9600 Intel Core 2 Duo was slated to be released next month, but information has been scarce and is reporting only a 2 GHz clock speed, which is hardly worth the boost. In addition, Adamo was released and at its thickest point, the Adamo is thinner than MBA... I HOPE Apple keeps the same form factor for the MBA in rev C, but I fear Apple will go crazy trying to win the thin war, even though it already has won the thin war... and won the style war.

    I think the wait may not be worth it if it ends up being a long time... and especially at the lower end model. The rev B is SO GOOD at so many things, that the rev C cannot improve nearly as well as the rev B did from the rev A.

    Best wishes with your rev B MBA...
  6. ant043 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2008
    Thanks scottsdale. I think you made my decision. rev A is going straight up on ebay.

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