Oh well - its going back

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by SmoothJ, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. SmoothJ macrumors member

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    I had the MBA for nearly a week now and honestly its piece of engineering marvel. I'm no fanboy or anything like that, but its very nice.

    However, my original plans have changed some what and I will require a slightly more powerful machine to do it with.

    I tried my best playing 1080p (60FPS) video on the system and it wasn't looking "good" in regards to the stuttering and a few other things.

    Looks like I may go with a MBP 15/17 after all...
     
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    And THATs the way its supposed to work. Good luck with your MBP! :apple:
     
  3. Nioxic macrumors regular

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    why would you wanna run 1080p videos on a 11/13 inch screen with lower resolution than that(fullhd)?

    of course theres the chance that you're making videos for youtube etc. but still you'd want a fullhd screen to begin with?

    You're rarely seeing artists using small cheap tn screen either? ;)
     
  4. IngerMan macrumors 6502a

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    It is not for every one :cool:

    If form factor is not a consideration, go with the 17, it runs much cooler.
     
  5. dennya macrumors regular

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    Just curious: Were you using Quicktime player, or some other player?

    QT player is... not the most efficient player out there.
     
  6. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    So the only laptop to use would be the 17" then...
     
  7. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    Oh well (as you say).

    Maybe bring the video you wan to run to the store and try it out.

    May I recommend the Quad 15" ?
     
  8. Jeremy08, Aug 20, 2011
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    Jeremy08 macrumors regular

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    I know this has been beaten to death..

    I dont game much, but it is a possibility
    I play with aperature and iphoto because I have a DSLR, which aslo can shoot 1080p video, though I don't very often. But i may want to use it for imove or something eventually.
    I am a college student who primarily surfs the web and uses word etc.
    I also like to be able to encode stuff with handbrake to put on my ipad.

    The difference for a student between the 15inch 2.0 and 2.2 is $300.00 (321.00 after tax in my state). I am going to custom order one of these two machines with an anti-glare high-res display.

    My question is this: Is the difference in video card capabilities worth the extra 300 in the long run? Because I know its definitely not in terms of the upgrade in processor and hard drive space.

    Thoughts?:)
    Would really appreciate constructive input.
     
  9. OSMac macrumors 65816

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    After you pickup the 15 or 17 a couple times you'll really miss the Air.

    Guess you really need 1080P 60 ?
     
  10. jsolares macrumors 6502a

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    I tried a 1080p 60fps file with MplayerOSX on the iMac and it chokes on it, did play fine with VLC and Quicktime.

    On the Air it played fine with VLC but had 50% cpu usage and after looping it the CPU was at 92C the whole time, with quicktime the cpu barely was above 6% but had some jerkiness, seems it's implementing quicksync but not good enough, i wonder how it fares in Windows where it's more readily available.
     
  11. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    If you want to view 1080p on an apple laptop there is only one choice afaik
     
  12. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a

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    My old base 15" 2010 ran it fine and so does my 2011 15" 2.2 Quad, so there is more then one choice. I don't see any reason why the 13" model couldn't run it either. 1080p VIDEO isn't "that" demanding.
     
  13. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    My understanding was that the HD3000 in the Airs was specifically designed to do HD video. Must be software/codec related.
     
  14. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    The 17" MacBook Pro is the only laptop from Apple with a resolution ≥1080p
     
  15. jsolares macrumors 6502a

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    One thing is that Intel designed it so, another that Apple actually implemented it in their drivers, which it seems they didn't.
     

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