MBA 13 inch 2011 as your Main Computer ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Jonas89, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. Jonas89 macrumors newbie


    Apr 8, 2011
    Belgium, Europe
    Simple question :p ->

    Can you use the Macbook air 13 inch 2011 (base model, i5) as your Main Computer ?

    Not for professional use, only "home-work" (internet, mail, ical, itunes, iphoto, pages & small games).


    PS: sorry for my bad english, i'm new here...
  2. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA

    Now send me some chocolate for helping you.:p;)
  3. kilonet macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2011
  4. drakkardnoir macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2011
    I just purchased a 13 inch Air and intend on using it as my main computer. In fact, it will be the only computer I will have as I will be selling my 2007 15" MBP.
  5. maka344 macrumors 65816


    Nov 4, 2009
    London, UK
    I use my base 13" as my main and only machine. Why spend £1200 for a secondary computer?!
  6. Twe Foju macrumors 6502

    Twe Foju

    Dec 20, 2007
    why not? my 11inch is now my Main Computer ( better than my C2D desktop PC with ATi 3870 )

    when on home, i plug it into my 24inch Dell Monitor, works like a charm

    of course, there is a downside, i am an EvE player, playing it on my MBA tends to get hot and i usually don't play more than 4 hours because the fan kicks like crazy

    but other than that, the 2011 MBA just works perfectly

    13 inch definitely works better
  7. hereyago macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2011
    i cant use my mba as my main (11 inch) :eek:

    too small and it cant play the games that i want to play :eek:
  8. LeakedDave macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2011
    Why'd you get the 11" if the 13" is better to you? Just asking, no troll here
  9. LeakedDave macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2011
    What games?
  10. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    Yes, an I5 or I7 makes a perfectly usable main computer.
  11. LeakedDave macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2011
    My 13" 2010 Core 2 Duo Air made for a perfectly usable main computer.

    And now the i7 does fine as well now ;)
  12. MisterPark macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2011
    The Netherlands
    I use the 11 inch model as my main workhorse. No problems so far. So I think the 13 inch is going to work just fine as a main computer.
  13. hooneyrob macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2011
    United Kingdom
    I've used both the Air and also the MBP 15 and can say for sure that the Air can be used as your main computer. What shocked me is the performance of the new Air - in every day use (which is what you've mentioned) it was just as snappy as the MBP 15 althought I cannot say what it would be like when lots of Apps are churning away but imagine it will still perform well.. The SSD makes it faster in many respect than any stock machine with a hard drive.

    The downside is the screen - 13" in my opinion is too small for constant use but this is very subjective. Lots of people I'm sure will say that it's fine and as you say you've an external display you're going to be fine.. The MPB high res screen is great to work on - lots of space..

    Gaming wise the Air is great at low settings - I tried Civ5 and watched a few Youtube video's and the content looked pretty good. Even on low settings today's games look pretty good.. It's a tiny wafer thin device that can do all I've just mentioned.. Think it'll be fine for every day..!
  14. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    If I can use my 2010 13" for professional work as my main computer (no graphic or video, just the regular office stuff and parallels with XP) why couldn't you use the 2011 for personal stuff?
    It's a perfect machine for that. Even the 11" would be nice enough, if you could live with an 11" screen.
  15. LeakedDave macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2011
    How tall are you? I'm 5'5 and I couldn't imagine using a screen bigger than 13" on a laptop. I do however have a 27" cinema display for the desktop but any laptop bigger than 13" on my lap feels overkill.

    This is why I was disappointed that the 13" Pro wasn't quad nor Radeon -_-
  16. hereyago macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2011
    i mean at the settings that i want to play them in.

    currently playing wow at highest settings. waiting for bf3 to come out
  17. DieterRams macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2010
    What do you use the 11" for? Are you doing any development or graphic design work?

    Are you ok with typing on it and using the trackpad? I'm typing on one in the store right now and I find that I need to curl my fingers a bit to type properly while keeping my wrists right at the edge so that it doesn't cut into them. And the trackpad is shorter than even the 13" - I kind of find that I need to narrow the gap between my finger and thumb to use it than I normally would. What about you?
  18. LeakedDave macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2011
    The settings that you want to play them in -_- Lol

    WoW? Barely looks better on highest settings anyways.
  19. LeakedDave macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2011
    Then you should get a 13" ;). If you don't fall in love with the 11" it isn't for you.
  20. iphonsteve4ajob macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2011
    Absolutely! I mean the previous generation was capable of handling basic email, iLife, and web surfing. But with the more powerful processors the Airs are now as powerful as some of the Pro models that have come out in the last few years. Quite an amazing feat if you ask me.
  21. wdropo macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2004
    Laptops have been my main computer for 19 years.
  22. Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

    Lord Appleseed

    Nov 7, 2010
    Apple Manor
    I'm doing exactly that with my MB Air, it's my Main computer. My iMac is just my power-editing and gaming machine.
  23. tech324 macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2010
    I am using my MBA 2011 13 inch as my main computer. I used it for home and for work. I work in IT and I love being able to take my computer with me to work. I do everything from web browsing, email, web design, remote desktop into windows servers, ssh into unix servers, etc. I haven't found anything the MBA can't do except play games. I have a desktop to play games with and I am rarely on it.
  24. hooneyrob macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2011
    United Kingdom
  25. dubAdub macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2011
    Bray, Ireland
    I've just ordered a 13" MacBook Air i7 and Thunderbolt display for use as my main computer. Looking at geekbench results it should be plenty fast enough as I'm a light user.

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