Thinking about buying a MBA and selling my 17" mbp any problems with current mbas?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jjahshik32, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Are there any problems with the current models of the MBA? For example any problems with the lines on the screen?

    I'm getting tired of carrying my 17" mbp around campus just to check email.. I figured that the mba would be perfect for this.
  2. zippster macrumors regular


    Sep 5, 2007
    ive just done the same thing (well ditched my 6 month old 15" pro)

    no regrets or problems yet! just enjoying the benefits.
  3. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    About to sell my macbook to buy a RevB, if I can find one cheap enough.
  4. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I feel that the MBA v 2,1 (currently called rev B/C on these forums) is a BARGAIN. For $1349 for a rev B MBA with 1.86 GHz CPU and 128 GB SSD, is an incredible value over original MBA pricing at $1799 to $3099. And even $1799 new, or $1549 refurbished MBA, with 2.13 GHz and 128 GB SSD is an incredible deal over what was just $2499 before June 2nd this year. The MBA is cheaper than was ever intended to be and therefore the market accessibility has expanded greater than I believe Apple wanted it to... I feel Apple wanted to keep the prices higher but couldn't given the current worldwide economic recession.

    I would encourage most people to only consider a v 2,1. And if using it as a primary computer, one should definitely upgrade the drive to SSD. I upgraded my stock SSD to a Runcore and see huge performance gains.

    Also, if you just want something to check your email, consider an iPod Touch or even an iPhone. The iPod touch can be used wherever you have wifi and the iPhone has service nearly everywhere with 3G. I use an iPhone for email and light browsing away from home. If I need a real computer, I have an MBA for that. I use the MBA as my sole Mac and connect it to a 24" LED ACD at my desk.

    The MBA really can be the perfect Mac "system" if paired with all of the products available. I use an AirPort Extreme Base Station, attached drive and printer. That way I can access my home files over the Internet. With the 24" LED ACD, I also get power for the MBA, and a USB hub for all peripherals needed. Add in MobileMe and it is the perfect Mac system. The MBA really can be used as a primary Mac for business or casual users.

    PROBLEMS: 1, The lines are there on most MBAs. However, it can be substantially reduced with GAMMA setting 2,2 which is the default used by Snow Leopard. Also, those lines are very rarely seen usually easiest to find on a white or light grayish colored background on web. Really not a problem for most as most cannot find the lines. 2, The Nvidia 9400m is throttled along with CPU. However, my MBA runs most HD video fine even on 24" LED ACD without any problems.

    Good luck whatever you decide.
  5. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Thanks guys but I decided on a 13" 2.53GHz macbook and very happy!
  6. bmstrong macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
    Did you go SSD? Did you go New or Refurb?
  7. cfitz7111 macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2008
    You can not go wrong with that decision on the MBP. It may be one of the top 5 laptops ever by Apple, just my own two cents
  8. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    wow, another person ditches a 15" MBP for the Air, it's becoming a common occurrence. Do you miss the 15" screen size?
  9. PsyD4Me macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2009
    under your bed
    even though i am skeptical about this, however rumors say that a new version might be out in the first quarter (January? since apple likes to release stuff after Xmas for obvious reasons).
    Maybe you could wait a few months.
  10. cfitz7111 macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2008
    From the sounds of other forums , it looks like the Air will be last to be updated, sounds like the chips are a late 2010 product.

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