Playing videos on the rev C macbook air, Qucick Q's?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by phatjoe, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. phatjoe macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008

    I purchased the original macbook air. The fan would kick on at full blast within minutes and it would get very hot. I sold it and got a MBP. Needless to say, the MBP handles videos without any issues.

    How would the newer rev C MBA play videos?
    n I typically watch youtube vids and movies on the plane.

    I'm looking to purchase the 1.86 GHz model. Just looking for something a little more travel friendly.

  2. f4ll macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2008
    Hey there, you're in luck, I just happened to have bought the Rev C two days ago.

    1) Heat is not really an issue with this model vs. the two previous revisions.

    2) The fans do kick in, but only to 4000rpm at maximum and you hear a slight 'hum'.

    3) Watching videos has not given me any problems and heat is not an issue.

    I also have a macbook pro 13.3" – Since they renamed it – and comparatively speaking, the Macbook Air is equal in my opinion.

    Hope this helps,

  3. u49aa2 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2008
    Between Heaven and Hell
    Hi Tony, Just curious, any lines on the Rev C MBA screen?
  4. f4ll macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2008
  5. pgharavi macrumors regular


    Nov 25, 2004
    How do the screens compare Tony?

    And by that, I don't mean any of this "lines" nonsense, I mean in the traditional sense about brightness, viewing angle, etc.

    The first unibody Macbook (now the new MBP 13") had a screen that was not as good as even the Rev A MBA. I am wondering if they are equals now, or if the new specs on the MBP 13" have made it so that the screen is even better.

  6. aleksandra. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2008
    Warsaw, Poland
    Refurbished rev B 1.86 with SSD is $50 less... and I bet it'll feel faster because of SSD. The only benefits of the new low-end would be slightly faster graphics (unconfirmed apart from Apple's claims - same model, though perhaps not underclocked this time) and a bit better battery (no reports as to real-life gains yet, according to Apple 30 minutes more). Compared to the huge gap between SSD and HDD, I say rev B is a much better deal. In fact, between rev B/SSD for $1449 and rev C/SSD for $1799, I don't really see a place for 1.86/HDD, at least as long as there're refurbs available (and even then $300 premium for high-end model looks better than previous $700).
  7. NewGenAdam macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    I'm not looking to game on the Air, don't worry, but they can be a good indication of power.

    Have you tried any games? Sims 2/3, Halo, anything?

  8. aleksandra. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2008
    Warsaw, Poland
    This is about 2.13/SSD model - we don't know how much of it comes from upgraded CPU and how much is a difference in graphics. I'm sure there is some difference, but how significant it is remains to be seen. Ideally we should compare 1.86/HDD rev C and BTO 1.86/HDD rev B, but since the latter may be harder to find, 1.86/SSD will probably have to do. Anyway the point is we need someone to benchmark their low-end rev. C, and as I said earlier, I don't expect it to be popular, so it may take time.
  9. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    That will likely depend on the video. If you're talking about MPEG-2 SD, probably not a problem using Quicktime or DVD Player. If you're talking about Blu-ray rips in H.264, then you'll probably get a fair amount of heat and stuttering.
  10. norsemen macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2007
    Why on earth would you want to see a Blu-ray rip on a 13 inch MacBook Air?
  11. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Well, because 720p is better than 480p for one.
  12. norsemen macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2007
  13. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I would highly advise you buy the 2.13 GHz with SSD. If you cannot afford the extra, buy the refurbished 1.86 with SSD. The SSD helps with performance as the 4200rpm HDD is slow and may contribute to stuttering???

    Also note, that iTunes system requirements to play HD video is a 2.0 GHz CPU. Therefore, the 1.86 could pose a problem. However, I did play 1.86 on my rev B with SSD and it worked.

    Good luck with whatever you buy.
  14. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Playing video at native resolution (in this case 1280x800) is always better on an LCD panel.
  15. h1d macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    I did figure that DVD resolution is something like 640x480, thus watching Blu-ray on displays like 1680x1050 would be noticeable, but I failed to see much difference when I did. So, I doubt it makes much difference through even smaller MBA display.
  16. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Well, here's the DVD upscaled to full screen width for the MBA (1280 wide) and native 720p from a Blu-ray video downsized to 720p (1280 wide) with Handbrake. (The DVD version isn't true widescreen.) It's pretty evident there's a difference when I watch these at typical laptop viewing distances.

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