MBA Rev A Questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by liketom, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. liketom macrumors 601


    Apr 8, 2004
    Just bought a refurb Rev A for £750 from Apple and have some questions;

    Heat- cold to the touch or mega hot ?
    Speed - what's your take , fast slow or middle of road
    Knocks and bumps - can the Rev A take a beating in a rucksack and come out un scratched and dented ?
    Battery Life !! - i know what apple say about the time but what is the real score - 2 Hours - 3 hours ?

    I've always run my Mac's on and sleep mode - and never turn off unless i'm out and about for a long while - how does the Air handle this ?

    Any route for a Ram upgrade later down the road ? will this thing take 4GB ?

    Cracking open the case and upgrading yourself ? i've done many 15" PB and 17" MBP's for Ram and HDD is the Air Harder or simple

    Apple Care - Apple UK want a silly amount - any better options to look at ? ebay have some around £100 - these any good ?

    Since i'm moving from a 17" MBP to the 13.3 Air i'm expecting to miss my Screen size :( so External Monitor's , easy as before or fussy about the connctions ?

    Software i'm planning on using on the Air :

    iLife 09
    iWork 09
    Rapidweaver 4.2
    Handbrake ( for ripping from Apple's external Superdrive )
    iTunes ( music on Hdd - Movies TV shows on NAS Drive streaming over Wireless N )

    any one have any issues with Software above

    Thanks for any advice!
  2. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    Heat - Mine runs fairly cool, only heats up when the CPU is quite busy, and even then it's fairly warm, but definitely not hot

    Speed - I think it runs very well considering the spec, the only time I've noticed anything is loading apps or anything HDD intensive, but it's just a few seconds extra when launching an app, not a deal breaker.

    Knocks and Bumps - I think it's very robust, I could see it taking a real beating, it's very sturdy and doesn't feel like it could bend easily.

    Battery Life - With WiFi on, bluetooth off, very light use and screen brightness down about half, you're talking about 4 hours or so, but you'll need to calibrate your battery and get a few charge cycles going before you'll see your peak battery capacity

    Sleep Mode - use it as you always have, it goes into and out of sleep mode just as you would expect any Mac to.

    Upgrades - There isn't really anything you can upgrade. The RAM is soldered onto the motherboard, the HDD/SDD uses a very unusual connector (not the usual PATA connection you might expect) and the battery isn't an off-the-shelf part. It's a sealed unit for all intents and purposes.

    Applecare - I've heard quite a lot of good things about Applecare bought from eBay, I'd give it a go if the seller has good rep, might as well save yourself some cash :)

    External Displays - Same as all Macs really, especially as it's not mini DisplayPort, you'll still be able to hook it up to just about anything.

    Apps - I don't really see any problem with the apps you've listed. iLife might be a bit slow if you're using any of the apps which demand a lot of HDD activity, although I doubt it'll be a deal breaker, you'll just find it'll take a little longer.

    Given the trade-offs to make the MacBook Air what it is, you just need to take account of the slower HDD speed compared to other laptops, but it's a very capable machine. I'd happily sacrifice HDD speed on the move for such a small and light computer
  3. liketom thread starter macrumors 601


    Apr 8, 2004
    Excellent ! thanks for your reply

    the heat one was my main worry - all of my past Mac's have been very hot runners - 12"PB 15"PB - 17"MBP and the Rev A Macbook all was very hot

    Shame about the Ram - :( but 2Gb should do me until my next replacment in about 18 Months.

    Now just waiting for the delivery man to drop it off Tuesday :)
  4. andreab35 macrumors 6502a


    May 29, 2008
    Yep... you should be alright with your Rev. A.
    I have a Rev. B and it runs perfectly. It's speedy, durable, and not to mention beautiful!

    Good luck! :)

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