Macbook Air Questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by wrinkster22, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    I am considering getting the new macbook air. I have some questions. Based on current models.
    1) Which is better/better value? 11 ultimate, 13" base with *few* upgrades?
    2) does iLife come with powerpoint?
    3) if Not is keynote just as easy to use/learn (This would be my first mac)
    4) any must have accessories?
    5) is the external superdrive worth the *huge* price? or will any external usb 2.0 dvd drive work? (links please)
    6) do you know of any cheaper non-apple adapters that work just as well (like this; I know this website is not a scam btw for anyone who wants to buy something: http://www.dealextreme.com/p/micro-dvi-to-dvi-adapter-23289)
    7) any good cases or cool gadgets I should look at
    8) random: how to take screenshot on mac?
    A lot of these questions have been anwered but any help would be VERY appreciated.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    1. Impossible to say without some idea of what you use your machine for.
    2. No, Powerpoint is a Microsoft Office application.
    3. Depends on how good you are with computers.
    4. Subjective.
    5. Any external drive will work. Google.
    6. No.
    7. Subjective.
    8. Command Shift 3

     
  3. wrinkster22 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    thanks

    first, thanks for your quick reply.
    My usage would be quite light. I would use Microsoft word or pages? powerpoint or keynote? (Maybe I should suck it up and spend the extra 70$ for Microsoft) I would also use some LIGHT apps such as angry birds :p. No final cut express or something like that. I have a fair bit of knowledge, but I am a "switcher"
     
  4. FX4568 macrumors 6502

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    Uhm. get other 2 people to buy microsoft office with you so you guys can split the money.
    One of my friends gave me a legit copy of office since he was the only mac user in his 10 people family.

    Dude, a pentium 3 can run angry birds. I run starcraft 2 in my MBA 13.
     
  5. wrinkster22 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    do you have any cool accessories? what is a good case? please explain the splitting of microsoft office cost. Thanks. Are you referring to the "unlimited client"
     
  6. JR1993 macrumors regular

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    I think he means office comes with 3 licenses, so If 3 of you buy, you can all legally use it, and it is 1/3 of the cost!
     
  7. wrinkster22 thread starter macrumors 68030

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  8. Eggtastic macrumors 6502a

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    I plan on upgrading my 06' MBP to the new line of Air's (11" ultimate).

    As for accessories, id go with an Incase sleeve. You can put in this sleeve then put it in a bag without it being exposed to scratches and such.

    Also, depending if you want to throw some cash around, go for an external display. I had my eye on the dell ultrasharp series. i dont know the model number it is 23" and averaged $280 online. for that quality thats pretty damn good. i cant justify spending close to a grand for an apple cinema display.

    Anything else as the person said before is subjective.
     
  9. FX4568 macrumors 6502

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  10. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

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    5) Any external USB drive will do. If you must buy one, I'd suggest a Blu-Ray burner (reads / writes CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays -- see MakeMKV).

    I bought mine (Panasonic UJ-240) off rrdn.net for $138 shipped to France (this price may have dropped by now -- even that one was good compared to those in France :rolleyes:). You can ask for advice or a quote via e-mail, they're surprisingly responsive and understanding.
     
  11. wrinkster22 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thank you very much, I really appreciate the help. I do like incase now that you mention it. I would love a leather folio to put it in. I agree with you, for 999 you can get the cinema display, or for 1199 you get an imac :) does that mean it only cost apple 200$ to make the computer :D :D ahahaha I dont think i really need an external monitor as I do have a desktop at home, also i am a little confused on why you would use the keyboard/mouse but use another monitor, unless you use another keyboard and mouse which i can really afford. I really like the stickers you can get too :) thanks again.
    ~Paul
     
  12. wrinkster22 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks for your advice,
    The point for me not getting the external superdrive was the cost, and this is about double then the superdrive in Canada. I do realize that it is blu-ray, but my tv is an old tube tv, so I have no use for blu-ray. I asume that you are French so,
    Merci :cool:
     
  13. wrinkster22 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    How do you install through usb?
     
  14. FX4568 macrumors 6502

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    You borrow someone's notebook that has a CD drive.
    You copy installation files to your USB. done.
    Go plug the usb and run the installation file
     
  15. krimp macrumors newbie

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    MBA13 ram upgrade

    Im looking to buy a current MBA 13 from the store, can the ram be upgraded at a later date or do i have to buy from the online store?
     
  16. 42streetsdown macrumors 6502a

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    The RAM of the current model is soldered on the the motherboard. So if you tried really hard you could replace it lol
     
  17. Darklandman macrumors newbie

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    The BookBook for Macbook air is pretty awesome. A little heavy but gives you both drop and theft protection.

    [​IMG]

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/H5106ZM/A

    It's available for the 13 inch air and macbook pros as well as the 11 inch.
     
  18. wrinkster22 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    thats cool,
    still any cheap disc drives (External)
     

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