Meet My $2598 2011 MacBook Air . . .

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  1. Vortron macrumors newbie

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    Well, I did a somewhat irrational deed. I am mostly a Windows PC guy but also like some of the Mac products. I saved my money and purchased a 2011 11" MBA, 4GB, i7 and then gues what I did? I purchased the 480GB SSD from OWC ($1399.99 ouch! and double-ouch!) and installed it im my new 11" MBA. This makes a nice, very portable PC that runs all the cool Lion stuff as well as Boot Camp running Windows 7 Professional x64 on a 128 GB partition.

    Macs are great for a lot of things but horrible for many others such as GPS programs, printed circuit board design, scientific data and lab software which is all Windows based. Now I think I have the best of both worlds. I'll see how it works out as time goes along. I'm traveling now and running the coolest Windows PC GPS programs such as Garmin Mobile PC, Microsoft Map Point 2011, and Delorme Topo. 11" screen is awesome. So far, so good.

    Seems like I know have either a killer MBA or I did something really stupid.

    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
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  3. hereyago macrumors member

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    wow...

    i dont think that $1.4k ssd is worth it but i guess it all depends on the person. thats seriously pretty crazy :eek:
     
  4. glen e macrumors 68030

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    Congrats!

    Love it when people spend big money and customize things.....ignore some of the cheapskates here...you have a one of a kind!
     
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Welcome to the world of Macs. I have Windows 7 Professional x64 on my Boot Camp partition, as well, but I don't use it that often (primarily just Quicken because Intuit won't give OS X a full-featured finance program).

    You can probably unload the 128GB SSD that came with your MacBook Air for about $200 on eBay. Someone who purchased a 64GB late-2010 or mid-2011 notebook might want it.

    Anyway, did you get the i5 or the i7? If the 480GB SSD cost you $1399, then to get to $2598 that's $1199. That's the i5 MacBook Air. The i7 is a $150 update from that. Or did you purchase a $2,748 MacBook Air? That's still $251 less than the original MacBook Air in January 2008 with a 64GB SSD.

    One suggestion is to get the 360GB SSD if 256GB isn't enough for you. It's a lot cheaper ($749) from OWC.
     
  6. ghsNick macrumors 68020

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    If you got the money then why not?

    Congrats.

    Wish I had a SSD that big :D
     
  7. Vortron thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Meet My $2598 2011 MacBook Air . . .

    Sorry, my math is a little off but I did get the 11" 2011 i7 4GB and added the 480GB OWC SSD. It was a little more than the $2598 but I was just trying to ease my pain. The 360GB from OWC is also a good suggestion but in this case I just bit the big one. Thanks for all the replies.

     
  8. hcho3 macrumors 68030

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    Thank you for making apple even richer. Because people like OP, Apple now has more money than US government. Eventually, apple will be able to buy anything in this world.
     
  9. Gemütlichkeit macrumors 65816

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    Did you read the thread? He bought a standard MBA and dropped more on a large SSD.
     
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Well, sell that 128GB SSD and you will have a $2598 or lower-priced Air. It's the most "Ultimate" configuration possible right now. To put it in perspective, after the $101 MacMall discount, in November 2008 I purchased the "Ultimate" MacBook Air with a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, NVIDIA 9400m, 2GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD about 1/4 the speed of the current Toshiba or Samsung drives for a "bargain" price of $2398.
     
  11. simply stunning macrumors regular

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    Lol, this isn't saying much. Seeing as the government is in so much debt, I have more in my wallet then the US government....
     
  12. PaulWog Suspended

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    What is it that you need so much storage space for? I mean... wow!

    If you have extra money then I guess why not eh? More storage is more storage! If you're generally on a tight budget though, I'd have to say that wasn't a very slick move.
     
  13. Gemütlichkeit macrumors 65816

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    Not to turn this into a political discussion but one could argue that apple provides it's users with a product they want. The US government?.. not so much.
     
  14. go4theko macrumors member

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    shouldve just bought one of those raid thunderbolt drives. Or shouldve waited until theres more stuff for thunderbolt but that would be in 6-12 months time to see anything really good. Seriously you better be running alot of stuff on it and not just for facebook and photoshop
     
  15. VMMan macrumors 6502a

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    Awesome system! Don't worry about the money since it's spent. Just enjoy that great system. It wasnt that many years ago that even windows laptops were over $2000.

    I spent about $2300 recently on the 2011 MBP 17" with a regular HD and would rather have your MBA.
     
  16. FAsnakes macrumors regular

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    That's awesome.. As soon as the price of SSD drops to reasonable levels - i'm gonna go this way.
     
  17. racer1441 macrumors 68000

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    I'd rather Apple have it rather than the government.
     
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    Congrats man! I wish I could do the same to my macbook air
     
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    Meet My $2598 2011 MacBook Air . . .

    Thanks for the great comments! I sure hope the price of these large SSDs starts dropping soon. Now if I could only get it to 8GB of RAM, but alas, maybe an option in the '12 MBA? And yes, I'd rather $$$ go to Apple or any company providing innovative and fun products rather than the government who provides mostly bad news, corruption, waste, and an ever increasing empire-building police state. I appreciate you all.
     
  22. Vortron thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Meet My $2598 2011 MacBook Air . . .

    Yes, more storage and speed. OWC claims that their SSD's are around twice as fast as the stock Apple drives. I just wanted to build a hot one to see what it would do, and it rocks!

     
  23. Vortron thread starter macrumors newbie

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    As a followup, here's a photo of the new MBA beast running Garmin Mobile PC GPS on Boot Camp Windows 7 Pro x64 in my FJ Cruiser. I wish Mac OS had cool GPS programs like this.

    [​IMG]
     
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    In 2008 I dropped $3100.00 on the first Air with the 64gb SSD :eek:

    So your cost isn't that bad. And I agree with some of the others... If you've got the cash and the inclination, buy what you need or even just want.

    As to selling the stock 128, DON'T! If the OWC has an issue, or you needn to return your Air to Apple for any reason, you need to put the OEM drive back in. Also, if you sell it for next year's model, it might still be useful in a new Air.

    My OWC drive died in my RevB Air and the old stock SSD saved me.

    Just my 2 cents. Have fun with the new super toy!!!
     
  25. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    Judgmental much? 2 replies, neither said it was bad..nice job with the hasty response genius.
     
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