Replacing my iMac 27" -- I barely use it -- Going 11" MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by TheSandman2236, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. TheSandman2236 macrumors 6502

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    Hi everyone --

    In order to do some consolidation, and being able to do some work on the road (I am a web developer, so I pretty much use the CS4 suite, texmate and Visual Studio 2010 on windows) I am selling my iMac 27 -- which pretty much sits at home collecting dust. (I currently own an m11x -- I love it, especially the screen size but its too bulky.)

    I wish this wasn't true. But I just find myself so much more comfortable using a laptop.

    I would like to keep most of my files on my Windows Home Server -- iTunes, Movies, backed up files etc.

    I will be doing a 'bit' of gaming, mostly Counterstrike:Source, TF2, maybe diablo 3 when it comes out.

    The biggest question for me is, do you guys think I will be able to survive on the Macbook Air Ultimate (1.6, 4GB, 256GB SSD), and HDMI adapter and a Razer Orchi bluetooth mouse? What recommendations can you guys give me to help me consolidate, or size partitions for bootcamp etc.

    I'm sure there are a few related threads to this, but I would like to continue the conversation.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Funkymonk macrumors 6502a

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    I think the 11" ultimate would suit your needs very nicely.
     
  3. Cerano macrumors 6502

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    i play quite abit of TF2 on my laptop and it runs well on os x. definitely if you run windows on it performance will leap
     
  4. TheSandman2236 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    **Edit

    Apparently there is no 25GB option on the 11" -- I guess my question is. Do I do Ultimate 11 or 13?
     
  5. TheSandman2236 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm pretty much worried about disk space for iPhoto, a few steam games CS4, Visual studio 2010, and CS4 (cut down obviously)
     
  6. FuNGi macrumors 65816

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    Surviving vs. thriving is the question. You could survive with the 13" ultimate but I'm not sure how it will handle heavy CS3 loads as I don't use it much - especially not intensively. I would think that 13" is a definite need though, 11" is just too small to work with graphics or red pdfs efficiently for that matter. I found my 13" 1.86Ghz Air to handle many, many programs and files open with no problem until I opened a JMP (statistics program) with over a 1,000 rows and dozens of columns. It stutters a bit with this heavy file but I think it the program more than the machine.

    If you aren't using the iMac then sell it for sure - especially before they get updated again. The air is a very capable machine and a delight to carry around. Just don't be too surprised if it stutters after a month of not turning it or a dozen programs off :eek:
     
  7. TheSandman2236 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the feedback -- which SSD do you have and do you have the 4GB model? Most of the files I open in Photoshop are between 20-30mb's -- other than that I just use a text editor and FTP client.
     
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