Sell me on an Air.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Flagg, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. Flagg macrumors member

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    OK, supposing the new Air is released tomorrow or sometime this week and does not happen to have an AMD with onboard ATI (or, God forbid, a dedicated GPU somehow), which seems to be the probable case at this point. If I spend most of my time browsing the Internet, doing mailing and other light tasks for work, and listening to music, with a small amount of time editing video and playing World of Warcraft, then will the Air suit my needs?

    I'm definitely looking for a laptop that is portable and durable, since it will be carried back and forth from work every day and since I'll be using it for stormchasing. I also expect both the external and internal hardware to last me at least two years. I am extremely attracted to the durability and quickness of an SSD, as well. Looks like the Air almost exactly meets these.

    I am, however, afraid that either the HD3000 in the new models or the C2D (even the 2.13) in the old referb models will start showing a noticeable lack of performance as software advances in the next couple of years. The last thing I'd want is to have to prematurely buy a new laptop because of one of my more taxing hobbies requiring more hardware.

    Of course, the solution would be to get something small but rigged, like the Alienware m11x, Sony VAIO Z, etc. But I don't want Windows at all, and the look, feel, and portability of the Air exceeds every PC lapper I've encountered.

    Anyway, sorry for the wordy dilemma, but I thought I'd get some opinions to push me one way or the other. Are my concerns valid? Would it really make that much of a difference between a loaded 13" referb and something that will probably have the same stats as the MBP?
     
  2. fitshaced macrumors 68000

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    Buy one, test it with apps you use, if it doesnt live up to your requirements, return it for a pro.
     
  3. wdaleherring macrumors member

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  4. smeade macrumors member

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    No one can guess the future, but luckily you do not have to guess at the present (or soon to be present). With 14 days to try it out, I'd recommend purchasing an Air, use it and see if it meets your needs.

    Funny thing about the current generation Air - though by specs it is underpowered, many people who have used an Air for their work (not just compared specs) report them to work as well or even better than their MBPs.
     
  5. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Wait for it to be released, reviewed and benchmarked. See how it compares to a 13" mbp, and the 15" with a discrete GPU.

    See how the first and flashiest crowd describes them on this forum after they're released.
     
  6. Duke15 macrumors 6502

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    +1 itl take a few hours for ppl to start reviewing them and benchmarking them
     
  7. radiohead14 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm hoping AnandTech gets a review out within the first 2 days of the MBA's release. i trust their reviews the most, as i find that they go into such depth including the small details. what I'm really curious about is the battery life. I'm hoping it can achieve at least 7 hours. it'd be so tempting to just go in and buy on day one, but i think I'll wait until I've read their take on it.
     
  8. mrklaw macrumors 65816

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    Sigh.

    Honestly, the HD3000 is the boogeyman right now, reaching almost mythically bad status. I,ve look at information about the HD3000 and am quietly confident it'll be a fine IGP for general use, and energy efficient. Plus if Quicksync is enabled for handbrake etc it'll fly for video encoding too.

    But all this scaremongering on macrumors has planted seeds of doubt in my mind. Most of it is purely speculative bitching and moaning, but it seeps in after a while.
     
  9. Dragynfyre macrumors member

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    The Intel HD3000 is one of the best IGPs available now. It's better than some low old modern discrete GPUs like the the 310M. The only IGPs that surpass it are the one on the AMD Llano APUs (now that I think about it, AMD Llano would be great for the next MBP refresh) and the 320M in the current MBA (this is the reason most people are complaining about the HD3000). Therefore, the HD3000 will be enough for your tasks as you didn't list mid-high end gaming as one of the things you wanted to do.

    Also the SSD in the MBA will increase the general speed of the notebook compared to the MBP.
     
  10. radiohead14 macrumors 6502a

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    do you know how the HD3000 compares to the AMD E350's HD6310?
     
  11. lulla01 macrumors 68020

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    best

    bestbuy has a 30 day return policy no restock. test out there
     
  12. wdaleherring macrumors member

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    It's only 14 days with laptops and desktops.
     
  13. cleric macrumors 6502a

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  14. Oppressed macrumors 65816

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    Buy an ultimate 2010 referb and never look back. It will make your day.
     
  15. bp1000 macrumors 65816

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    Buy it,

    If you don't like it, send it back

    But you will like it
     
  16. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Agreed. With tom's hardware close behind.
     
  17. bp1000 macrumors 65816

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    I would be surprised if the big sites hadn't already got a review waiting to be published

    When the Dell XPS 15z was released all the major tech sites had reviews online that day
     
  18. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    You mean the usual apple cheerleaders, mossberg, pogue and inhatko?
     
  19. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Why do we have to sell you on anything?

    1. Buy it
    2. Try it.
    3. Return it if you don't like it.
     

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