New MacBook too heavy to buy

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by MyMcMac, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. MyMcMac macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2008
    Just had my hands on new macbooks and everything looked nice until I noticed how heavy it is. Compared to x200 Thinkpads it is far too heavy to use it as a "put it in my bag for everyday" notebook. Would be great otherways. Tried also MBA and it was okay for weight but did not had any ethernet at all. I definitely need a lightweigt notebook with ethernet box so in near future it seems I'll have to stick with Lenovo & Dell notebooks ... :(
  2. tekmoe macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2005
    I think the weight is perfect. It's no MacBook Air but given how it is made and the quality, I'd take this over a previous gen MacBook any day of the week!
  3. tMac85 macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2007
    in a great place
    good. more macbooks for the rest of us then.

    sorry, but youre crazy about the weight. have fun with your Tupperware!
  4. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

    Aug 2, 2008
    I just wonder, why do you need ethernet on a laptop which is designed to never really sit at a desk?
  5. iSchultzie macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2008
    Good deal if 4..5 pounds is too heavy for you to carry then there is something wrong with you not the laptop. :D
  6. jwkay macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Ethernet on MBA

    You might want to check out the Apple USB Ethernet Adaptor:

    Plugs into the MacBook Air's USB port and gives you the Ethernet you need.
  7. Music_Producer macrumors 68000

    Sep 25, 2004
    Wait till the next revision of macbooks come out - completely hollow inside - then maybe you will be able to bear the weight.

    Eat some protein son.. be a man and carry that notebook.
  8. MasterNile macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Don't you know Windows adds 20 virtual LBs? j/k
    But really I use my previous generation MB as a "put it in my bag for everyday" notebook and that's .5 LBs heavier than the current gen.
  9. cube macrumors Pentium

    May 10, 2004
    That doesn't give you gigabit ethernet for network backups.
  10. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    It's a notebook, not a "laptop," and there's not always wireless available, so having an ethernet port is sorta handy. Oh, and it is designed to sit at a desk (kinda what those little rubber feet are for). Mine's on a desk or table 100% of the time when in use; at home, on a plane, in a hotel, at a client site.

    As far as weight, the new MB is actually slightly lighter than the preexisting model. I carry mine twice weekly through airports and twice daily between hotels and client sites. Plus all the extraneous crap that goes along with my work. No, weight's not an issue.
  11. iwuzbord macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    New York City
    i do the same. its not that heavy compared to the newer ones. once you actually carry it, its not that bad.

    but if your waiting for the macbook nano, have fun waiting a while :D
  12. thespyglass macrumors regular


    Aug 22, 2008
    Liverpool UK
    This thread makes me feel kind of badass for lugging around 5.5kg of notebook/bag everywhere I go.

    I'm not buying until it folds up to a postage stamp and weighs less than the hair on my head. ;)
  13. MasterNile macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    That's happening next time they refresh the casing, but it will only have one USB port that's the size of an atom and you will never be able to find it to connect the $1000 adapter that Apple will release.
  14. jade macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2003
    I don't know how much stuff you guys cary everyday, but if you have a good amount of stuff weight savings is crucial. If you have ever been standing around at a tradeshow all day going booth to booth with that laptop bag and your daily essentials.....1/5-1lb is a huge difference. The difference between a really sore shoulder and a pain free next day. This is a very valid concern for many people. Hence the netbooks taking off. Those "Road Warriors" really appreciate it. But for infrequent travelers, the heavier notebooks aren't problematic. Personally, I tend to have a heavier purse, so weight savings are important!
  15. ec51 macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2008
    Sounds like you just need a better bag. I travel with my laptop everyday.

    Check these out, I have one of their back-backs.
  16. psxguru macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2006
    The x200 is an ultraportable with a 12.1" screen and no optical drive though? It should be lighter! :p
  17. dinaluvsApple macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    why are we comparing ultraportables to notebooks?
  18. cube macrumors Pentium

    May 10, 2004
    Because some PC ultraportables like the Toshiba R600 are fully-equipped notebooks (without FW but with ExpressCard in this particular case).
  19. jade macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2003
    I need to avoid backpacks. Not because they aren't practical, but because they take about 10 years off my appearance and suddenly I look like a high schooler on a field trip. ;) Not good for my credibility. :D

    Haven't tried to lug around my new "glassbook" but my work issued notebook is a 5.5lb Dell. A few occasions I was able to use my ibook instead. Big difference in travel weight. Between Apple's mini power adapters and the lighter weight it was great! Can't wait to use my new MacBook for the next event, should be even better. That being said, if I need to lug around paperwork or other stuff these 4.5lbs would be too much.
  20. dinaluvsApple macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    let me see...
    r600 cost how much more compared to macbook?
    screen size?
    hard drive?
    CPU speed(i doubt any ultraportable has over 2ghz.)
    video(really doubt it will beat 9400)
  21. dannn macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2008
    you guys are being too negative. For a 13.3" laptop, 4.5lbs is acceptable.
    i was definitely hoping for something a little lighter when i heard about those BRICK maybe 4lbs or something, but hey..4.5 is better than the 5lbs it used to be
  22. cube macrumors Pentium

    May 10, 2004
    It's not a direct comparison. He complains about the weight of the MacBook, and the MBA is not a real notebook, so the way to go is PC, regardless of cost.
  23. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    4.5 pounds is most certainly not heavy if it is then maybe hit the gym (no offence). You think 4.5 is heavy try carrying 5.6-6 pounds
  24. nishishei macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2005
    I actually agree with the OP.

    4.5 lbs for a 13.3" laptop is definitely on the heavier side. It feels dense to say the least. The $1000-above Sony and Dell 13-inchers are about 3-3.6 lbs. One might say "woo 1 lbs difference", but it adds up when you have a bag full of books or equipment already. The difference is certainly noticeable.
  25. jlamb0 macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2008
    I have a previous gen macbook as well, and I'm amazed at how light it is. I could never own a macbook air, I'd be too paranoid I'd snap it in half.

    Of course, the laptop I recently replaced was a five year old ten pound monster... so maybe I just need to get used to current technology.

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