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

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

  1. nph macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005
    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
    Last edited: May 6, 2012
  3. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    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

    Mar 14, 2009
    Congratulations, keep us posted on how you are finding it. :)
  5. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
  6. mikey28 macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    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

    Feb 9, 2005
  8. steve31 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    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


    Nov 6, 2008
    Hope you get one without lines. Otherwise it's a great machine.
  10. stoconnell macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2009
    Rockville (Despite REM's plea.)
    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

    Mar 26, 2009
    heck check out my post about MBA vs TT i saw you use or used one...gimi your feedback please
  12. applecultvictim macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2009
    Hahahaha, rings a bell here too!!!
  13. stoconnell macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2009
    Rockville (Despite REM's plea.)
    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).

    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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