OK, I bit the bullet and finally ordered my MBA!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nph, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. nph macrumors 6502a

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    Just ordered my MBA on Amazon, rev B SSD! :D:D
    Have been really thinking hard and debating with myself for several months.

    Reason I went with MBA:
    - Weight, of course, just pick up and go.
    - No heat to speak of
    - Fast and hopefully future proof for years to come since I got the SSD and 1.8
    - Perfect second computer for travel and with great wifi (I have an iMac for the heavy stuff even though it is getting old)
    - Great screen, glossy but still not glass and great contrast (Oh please no lines...!)
    - Keyboard ok, really preferred the old one on the MBP pre uni
    - Trackpad with button, yes I know everyone loves the glass track pad and although surface is great I hate the clicking of the pad itself!
    Call me old fashioned but I want a button! :p
    - Battery life for surfing seems quite ok with at least 4 hours, maybe more with screen turned down
    - If I watch video I will attach the charger and it still doesn't get hot, did I mention I hate the heat of the MBPs?
    - Best screen in the Apple Laptop family, provided I am lucky and avoid the line issue!
    - One last reason is that due to size and weight I can bring it in addition to my work pc on my business trips so I can have a real computer instead of a Vista machine which I only use because I have to (due to proprietary sw)

    Now I just hope I get a perfect machine with no lines or other issue!
    If I do get a bad MBA I will send it back and then just get the last gen MBP with a glossy screen from Macmall... :eek:
    That would absolutely be my second choice. Really don't like the new MB and MBP.

    I hope to get it by next weekend and once I get it I will write a comprehensive review. I find that reviews of rev B are sorely lacking, mostly just negative ones related to rev A.

    Thanks to everyone who helped me make a decision by answering my questions I have posted over the last few months.

    I had some coupons and promotional certificates at Amazon and with no tax and $99 of the list price it didn't turn out as bad, less than 2k for a great laptop I hope I can use for years to come, especially for travel and around the house, outside, at coffee shops etc.

    Here's hoping I made the right decision... :eek:
    Will finish my wine now. ;)
     
  2. Carl Abudephane, Mar 20, 2009
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  3. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    You are going to love and be amazed by your rev B MBA with SSD.

    I use one as my primary computer. It is ultra portable, yet extremely powerful, with the Penryn CPU, Nvidia Graphics, Mini Display Port (capable of driving a 30" display), SATA drive controller, and etc.

    I hope you enjoy your MBA as much as I enjoy mine. I think you will be blown away from the whole experience. Please, take the time to write a review a few weeks after you receive it. I have loved every minute with my rev B MBA, and I enjoy hearing about other experiences.

    Best wishes.
     
  4. Eyedn macrumors regular

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    Congratulations, keep us posted on how you are finding it. :)
     
  5. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

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  6. mikey28 macrumors 6502

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    Congratulations!! I ordered my MBA 128/SSD through Amazon. They had a better price than the Apple store. Yet I can still take my MBA to the Apple store if I need to.

    My MBA came perfect. NO lines or other issues. Yours will too!!!
     
  7. nph thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  8. steve31 macrumors 6502a

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    hey congrats....I had a MBA rev a with ssd and loved it. But sold it and bought a uni MB. I have been tempted to buy the new one many times. But I need a larger hard drive. It was one of my favorites.:D
     
  9. tubbymac macrumors 65816

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    Hope you get one without lines. Otherwise it's a great machine.
     
  10. stoconnell macrumors 6502

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    I just took the plunge as well

    After much hemming and hawing and lurking on this forum, I took the plunge and picked up MacBook Air (1.86/SSD) on Friday (motivated by pending changes in sales tax). I didn't want to mail order due to concerns over lines and other flaws that have been mentioned. Mine doesn't appear to have lines to me, which I suppose is all that really matters :) It is much lighter, quieter and cooler than my work machine (2.16 GHz 15" MacBook Pro -- 1st gen, which I look forward to not carrying back and forth :) ), but no great shocks there. My one big concern is I do a lot of work/coding with a laptop in my lap, so I have to be a bit careful about the way I hold it to not cover the vents (will miss the bonus lap warming from the work machine). The next trick will be maintaing that position with a cat on top of me (he pushes his way and wedges himself between the edge of the laptop and my torso.

    So far so good. I have been slowly easing into using it. I haven't decided whether or not to wipe and re-install route .. there was roughly 18Gi of the 113Gi (df -h). I have added about 10Gi of my iTunes library. My disk needs are fairly modest, so this should be sufficient for quite a while. The one thing I do notice are fonts look a little blockier, and I kind of miss the 1440x900 resolution. I sure wish they'd go with this resolution on a 13" screen. It would be awesome for coding.

    I didn't buy any of the accessories on the grounds that I'd play with the machine as is and see what I am really need.

    To address the routine questions:

    Serial # is W8910 == week 10 2009
    Screen: 9c90 manufacture is c2486d00

    ioreg -lw0 | grep IODisplayEDID | sed "/[^<]*</s///" | xxd -p -r | strings -6
    P .00 6
    B133EW03 V2
    Color LCD

    I have changed the profile to a 2.2 gamma and played around with bumping the contrast up a bit (ctrl+alt+cmd+.) and I have enabled all the tap to click goodies.
     
  11. GadgetGeek407 macrumors 6502a

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    heck check out my post about MBA vs TT i saw you use or used one...gimi your feedback please
     
  12. applecultvictim macrumors 6502a

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    Hahahaha, rings a bell here too!!!
     
  13. stoconnell macrumors 6502

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    This is just a quick follow up on my original post having had the machine for a little while now:

    0) All the good things still apply. I love the form factor, feature set, key board, and most importantly it feels like it is not there when I have it in my backpack (versus the macbook pro).
    1) Mine does suffer from the lines :( I have not decided whether or not they annoy me enough to try the return/replace/repair roulette.
    2) On the accessory front, I have purchased the USB->ethernet dongle. I am almost 100% sure that I will go the monoprice.com route for the video adapters considering you can get both the mini-displayport to dvi ($15.20) and vga ($18.85) adapters for slightly more than apple charges for either one ($29.00).

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?keyword=mini+displayport&x=0&y=0
    Not sure about a sleeve or case. Right now I am putting it in the sleeve I used to use with MBP (so it floats -- pun intended ;) -- around in it) but does afford some extra level of protection while in my backpack.
    3) I can hear a little bit of low frequency noise from the fan (even at 2500 RPM) but only if I am right on top of it.
     

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