Original Air 2008 1,1 worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by tom vilsack, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    can buy a vnc original air for $400 cdn....

    -did they fix the overheating issues?
    -worth buying for that price,or waste of money?
  2. adamtj11 macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    Huge waste of money, go the extra bit and get a base 2010 Air many which are available for $600 or there abouts now. if that isn't an option a white MacBook would be far more beneficial and similarly priced. The original Airs were pretty much to test the water for the great Airs of today , but the original ones really were incapable of simple tasks.
  3. stockscalper macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2003
    Area 51
    The 2010 model is much, much better. No heat issues or downgrading processor speed. I actually prefer it over the current model because of the graphics card.
  4. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    don't touch non-2010/2011 airs. They blow. Hard.
  5. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Depends, if it's gonna be your primary computer, no. It's pretty slow and doesn't have enough storage.

    If you have another computer and this is just a secondary computer, it could be pretty good. You still have very portable computer with a nice casing, backlit keyboard, multi-touch trackpad and good screen.

    It's not ideal for demanding tasks, but for casual surfing/emailing/text editing, you still have a computer that feels high-end and can do much more than a tablet for a similar price.

    If I had a desktop as my primary machine I'd definitely pick this up over an iPad.

    Of course people will tell you that the 2010-2011 MBAs are much better, and they are, but they're not in the same price segment.
  6. doktordoris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2009
    I wouldn't dream of using one, at any price, as a normal use computer. However I suppose if you already have a decent computer and plan to only use the air for browsing and writing the odd letter it wouldn't be too awful.
  7. ghett0tech macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2011
  8. fyrefly macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2004
    I would say a 1,1 Air is not worth it, though at $400, you're looking at pretty much the cheapest those models are gonna go for.

    For all those saying pre-2010 Airs are garbage, they're wrong. The Late-2008 refresh with the 9400m video card (MacBookAir2,1) are still really decent machines, and go for similar prices to the 1,1 models.

    Some 9400m models came with SSDs and they had backlit keyboard which the 2010 models didn't. A 9400m air for $400 would be a HUGE steal, imho. The 2010 models that go for $600 (which I've never seen, btw) would be 11" and that screen is very small.
  9. Neodym macrumors 68000


    Jul 5, 2002
    For me the missing backlit keyboard on the 2010 was/is a deal breaker, so I skipped the 2010. According to various tests the HD3000 is roughly in the same ballpark with the 320, give or take 10%. And neither is sufficient for demanding gaming anyway...
  10. hh83917 macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2005
    No, 2008 MBA is not worth it and it had few issues and slow as Apple is still perfecting the unibody manufacturing process.

    Like many had suggested, the 2010 MBA is a good start if you are getting used. I had the 2010 MBA before and I loved it.

    I could had kept it until they come out with the 2011 with the Core i5/i7 processor which I need for on-the-go video encoding.

    I personally find the speakers in the 2010 one sounded better than the 2011 models too.

    So go for 2010 if you are getting a used MBA.
  11. Fastball32 macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2011
    I think you need to give us more details about the $400 laptop you found.

    I personally used a high-end 2009 MacBook Air (C2D 2.13, 128GB Runcore SSD) and it was a great machine. It handled pretty much everything except photo/video editing (didn't even bother trying).
    The original models had a nice power button, lighted keyboard, and a smoother, rounder, non-tapered design which I felt was nice.

    If the $400 laptop you are inquiring about does not come with an SSD, then it'll be slow and likely not worth upgrading. If it comes with even the 64gb SSD, then you can use it for another year and pretty sure you can sell it for around the same price.
  12. Neodym macrumors 68000


    Jul 5, 2002
    The 64GB SSD in the first MBA was not nearly as fast as the SSD's we are used today and even lost in quite some comparisons against the already dog-slow mechanical HD. See Anandtech's review.

    Therefore i would not recommend the 2008 MBA, even if it had the 64GB SSD (or maybe just because of that fact ;)
  13. tom vilsack thread starter macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    ok thanks for all the responses...will pass on this one then.
  14. jonomo macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2005
    I have an OG MBA.. it was laying around the office and I took it to use during travels and stuff.. and all I can say is that it's REALLY under powered..

    Watching youtube videos pushes the CPU usages to about 75%.. and starts to get really hot..

    Watching flash videos like The Daily Show pushes it up to about 75% in the beginning, then when you get to the third episode or so, it goes up to 90% or more and starts to boggle down.. not to mention the heat, can't hold it on you lap no longer..

    Otherwise, it's pretty decent for what I do, which is light web browsing, google docs, and watching movies on the plane...

    Considering I got it for free, I have no complaints with it.. if I had to buy it, then I'd be a bit dissappointed.. also, I don't like the original design..

    Having that little latch with the ports is annoying..

    You can't see the power cord when it's plugged it.. so you don't know if it's properly plugged in, or charging, etc...

    I already dropped it while it was in the bag (actually TSA agent dropped it).. and it's dinged on one side..

    Anywho... if it's free or near free, then go fer it.. if not, i'd save up a bit..
  15. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I had a 1.8GHz Rev A and agree it was a bit underpowered. Actually, the biggest problem was heat dissipation. 4 years ago, a 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo was decent enough. It was no speed demon, but it was a solid CPU. The problem was that it produced more heat that the fan couldn't handle, and thus it frequently shut down one of the processor cores. The Rev A also relied solely on Intel's integrated graphics. As much as we like to hate on the HD 3000 in today's MacBook Air, it is light years ahead of the GMA X3100 that was in the Rev A.

    I purchased a Rev B in November of that year (1.86GHz, NVDIA 9400m, and SSD), and it was significantly improved.
  16. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I had an original 2008 MacBook Air… and it was pretty junk. It worked for many things like email and casual web browsing, but once CPU intensive tasks kicked in, the computer slowed down drastically due to overheating issues. Even in the later 2009 model, this was still an issue (which I also owned).

    Now in the latest models, it's not really an issue anymore, so I would recommend you look for the 2010/2011 updated models… unless of course:
    1) That 2008 model is dirty cheap;
    2) You don't care about anything other than email and casual web browsing;
    3) You already bought it and just wanted us to affirm your decision…
  17. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    I revived my parents original with an SSD from macsales.com. They only make one that fits the PATA interface but what a different machine!
  18. jonomo, Feb 23, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012

    jonomo macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2005
    Why would you spend almost $500 bux to increase SSD space for a laptop that's probably not worth $400. You could just buy a newer machine?

    OP- did you end up buying this? Seems like a decent deal...

    edit: upon loooking at the video for the product in mention.. I do see what you're talking about.. but still don't know if I'd spend that much money to upgrade something so old...
  19. dreamsINdigital, Feb 23, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012

    dreamsINdigital macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    I bought an original 2008 MacBook Air with 1.8 GHz and 64 GB SSD for $400 USD off of Craigslist. I thought it was a good deal; I've seen them selling for at least $100 more on eBay, and those don't even have a SSD. I put Lion on it, and it runs fine. I haven't had any issues with overheating or locking up/slowing down. It can get relatively hot sometimes and the fans kick in, but I think that's more of a design flaw because the vents are on the bottom of the case. If you use it in your lap, your legs will block the vents and it might heat up (not always).

    It doesn't seem slow to me, but maybe because this is the SSD model. I also don't do anything too intensive. The only real issue is that the hinge is a little loose (but still works fine), which is a common issue with the first generation.
  20. merrickdrfc macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2011
    Also bear in mind that the original MacBook Air is unable to run 10.8 Mountain Lion, so you will be unable to upgrade past 10.7
  21. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Take it to a Genius Bar. I had a late 2008 model whose hinge got loose after about a year. It took about 10 minutes for them to re-tighten it.
  22. dreamsINdigital macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    When did you bring it in? My MacBook Air is out of warranty, would they still do it?

    I read that you couldn't re-tighten it and it needs to be replaced. The previous owner also appears to have dropped it and dented the corner near where the hinge is. Would they blame it on that?
  23. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    It was about 1.5 years ago and I had AppleCare, but I got the impression from the Genius Bar rep that it was a simple repair that they would do upon request. There was a slight crease near the hinge from a drop, as well, but that wasn't an issue for them. In my case, the lid had about an inch of play when raised. While tightening the inner screws didn't eliminate it entirely, it helped a lot.
  24. dreamsINdigital macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    Mine moves about an inch also. Thanks for the info, maybe I'll try bringing it in.
  25. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida

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