Macbook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Hustle, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. Hustle macrumors 6502a

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    Basically, I'm either getting a Macbook or a Macbook Air. (A refurbished one from Apple). The MBA is £750 and the Macbook is £800.

    I'm starting Uni in September, so obviously having a light laptop that I can carry around is going to be helpful. I don't use CD's or DVD's that much. The backlit keyboard would be nice. The only downside of the MBA to me is the 80GB hard drive that the refurbs come with. My iTunes is 30GB on its own (with movies). I don't do gaming and would only use iMovie for fun with friends.

    Is the MBA Refurb at £749 worth it?
    http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/specialdeals/mac?mco=MTE2ODI
     
  2. McGilli macrumors 6502

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    It sounds like it would be perfect for you. after your itunes library - and OSX installed you will still over over 20gb of free space. That's enough room to add more music - and even a decent amount of movie files from iMovie.
     
  3. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    I've been using my MacBook for three years of university, and haven't run into any problems. The Air should offer similar performance (2.0 CoreDuo vs. 1.6 Core 2 Duo in the Air). As for the harddrive: I've got 100GB, and still have 30GB available. My iTunes library is about 17GB, though.

    You can run your iTunes Library from an external harddrive, though, and if you're really concerned about space I would consider doing just that. Buy an iPod (if you don't have one already ;)) so you have music at the library or whatever, and you're set.

    Honestly, I've been itching to replace my BlackBook with an Air, but as my primary machine, I'd much rather have the Rev. B than the Rev. A. And the lack of Firewire on the Air is a turn off. :/

    But for nearly all university uses, the Rev. A Air will perform flawlessly, and is certainly the best choice if you need something highly mobile. :)
     
  4. Hustle thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've got an iPhone 3G. Only 4GB of my iTunes library is music and the other 26GB is movies and TV shows which I rarely watch, so I can just put them onto a external hard drive and copy them acroos when I want to watch them. :D

    Just put my Samsung Q210 on eBay. Hoping to get £450-£500 (Paid £700 only 6 months ago :()
     
  5. SteveMobs macrumors 6502

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    I'm using my aluminum 2.4 MB at the Uni, and I'm a freshmen. I've played around with the air (picked it up etc.) and it is amazingly small. But carrying around the MB I have now is effortless. I don't really think that you would notice the difference between an MBA and an MB when it's sitting in your backpack.

    And then a plus side of the MB is the bump in specs and hardware, for the little bit of extra cash.
     
  6. Hustle thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm contemplating between the two. I'll see what others have to say. :)
     

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