Newbie to MBA and macs. MBA revA and rev B questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by GadgetGeek407, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. GadgetGeek407 macrumors 6502a

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    I understand the difference as far as the faster ram, better graphics and all on the revB....I have a new revB 120gb and it seems like every comparison on this forum that people are making which makes revB fast and better has been from revA to revB with ssd....i didnt get the SSD model i got the 120gb model i personally cannot justify spending another $800 to go from 1.6 to 1.86 and from 120gb to 128gb SSD...granted im aware of the better technology and no moving parts...still lol...in any case I guess what I am trying to clarify is that if the new revB 120gb just as good as the SSD as far as being fast and all the issues that revA people complain about...this is will be my first mac and i want it to be an awesome experience....I have a mac mini but that is just used for HD movies lol ....detail replies appreciated thanks
     
  2. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816

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  3. GadgetGeek407 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yup lol btw also the difference between the 80gb refurb vs the new 120gb, whats the deal there? should I return this 120gb and get the 80gb refurb? this is considering that the 120gb doesnt cost me more than few hundred bucks after selling my old laptop....so do I spend the few and keep new 120gb? or just get refurb 80gb? TIA
     
  4. r6girl Administrator/Editor

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    The 80GB hard drive size is limited to the Rev. A Macbook Airs. I wouldn't suggest you give up your new Rev. B to get it unless you want to deal with all the problems many had with the Rev. A version.

    Engadget has a good Rev. B review here where they mention the improvements over the Rev. A model (including linking to their initial Rev. A review) that will give you more info...
     
  5. stoconnell macrumors 6502

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    The SSD really bumps up the synthetic benchmark values. If you look at various Xbench/GeekBench results, you will see the SSD (really any machine with an SSD) will have a very large bump in that one category; however, *Bench are not your usage patterns. The extra 260 MHz will be almost completely in the noise for day-to-day utility computing, and as the benchmarks show for certain types of I/O, the SSD is just much faster, but whether that translates into a worse/lesser user experience depends somewhat on the user. If you are one that constantly shuts down your machine and reboots and quits applications rather than leaving them running (spaces is your friend esp on lower res machines), and you do a lot of file I/O then you might notice.

    Are you trying to justify the price difference between the Rev A refurbs and the Rev B? If you like the machine and it meets your needs, keep it and enjoy it. If you really need the price difference, well then your really need the price difference. I think the reason you see people moving from Rev A HDD to Rev B SSD is that they bought the HDD model of the Rev A to try it out, and they were really sold on the form factor and potential of the machine, but there were initial teething problems (go figure) which burned a lot of folks. When the Rev B came out, they went with the best machine they could get figuring a) the air platform does not lend itself to post-purchase upgrades (memory on mobo, third party hdd replacement options are virtually nil), so they went for the highest trim line AND b) the Rev B with HDDs were not available immediately.
     
  6. dubhe macrumors 65816

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    just go out and buy the rev b all versions are better than the rev a i have a rev b 120 gb and it is as fast as my previous macbook 2.4 black polycarbonate sorry can't say any more without stopping for breath :D
     
  7. dudeitsjay macrumors regular

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    not worth the extra money. for the $800 diff buy a q6600 p5n 250gig hd n such and set yourself up a very potent desktop.
     

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