To those who've got/will get the MBA: Is it/will it be your primary machine?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Jobsian, Oct 27, 2010.

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Is your MBA/will it be your primary machine?

  1. 11" Yes

    16.7%
  2. 13" Yes

    48.9%
  3. 11" No

    23.3%
  4. 13" No

    11.1%
  1. Jobsian macrumors 6502a

    Jobsian

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    Do you consider it your primary machine?

    ie your only computer or the one you would use the vast majority of your time.
     
  2. Jobsian thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jobsian

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    Good to see the MBA get recognition as a capable primary computer. Since rev B/C, I've always seen it as such (in addition to others like gswat and scottydale)
     
  3. GeekLawyer macrumors demi-god

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    I have to say "no" today, because I have an iMac on my desk.

    But we will see. That may change in the future. It sure feels like it could be a primary computer. Attached to the right monitor and external storage, any currently-shipping MacBook could be (for my uses).
     
  4. Blazer5913 macrumors 6502

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    I will be picking up a 13" 1.86 w/ 128gb SSD and the 4GB of added RAM. I intend on this replacing my 2007ish MBP, that is insanely slow these days (its the model pre unibody). I am hoping this will be sufficient for my sole computer, and during the holidays, I hope to replace my 23" Samsung glossy monitor with a 27" Apple display that should compliment the MBA very very nicely with the convenient power supply, audio and display port connections right there. I'm hoping it will be fast enough, and give me the ability to have an ultra portable laptop and then turn it into a desktop machine like an iMac-esque when at home. What are you guys' thoughts?
     
  5. elwood58 macrumors member

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    Although the MBA 11" will drive my 3 Monitor setup, I have my MBP docked up and working fine.
     
  6. benjaminbr macrumors member

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    Been using a Mini duo (G4 on a 24" and Dell 9'' hackintosh) as computers and an MBA 11'' would be a massive step up from both. The Dell has become quite a beater but is incredibly resilient.
     
  7. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Although it is a 100% capable primary machine, it won't be my primary machine since my uses for a computer are very heavy. (The mac pro in my sig is my main machine).

    I would however say for most people this would be an absolutely excellent primary machine.
     
  8. godslabrat macrumors 6502

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    Yes-- on an impermanent basis. I do plan to get an iMac when I pay off the Air, but I can't afford to buy both at once. So, since the Air will be the most powerful computer in the house, it gets the big projects. This will include some things it can do, but for which it really was not intended... like HD video editing or gaming.
     
  9. noodles5666 macrumors regular

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    Yup already sold my E2010 13" MBP to get this
     
  10. codehead macrumors member

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  11. Bluemeanie1976 macrumors 6502a

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    yes... I have ordered the 11 with 128gogglebits SSD and 4gigglebites Ram. I have 2 other macbooks which I will probably use for the more laborious tasks, but the air is going to be the machine I will have on my lap most often.
     
  12. snorkelman macrumors 6502a

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    nopes, I find I get on best with ultraportables when I use them only when I absolutely have to, and rely on the desktop machines rest of the time.
     
  13. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    Mostly for traveling and occasional minor work. Still keeping Creative Suite work and virtual machines on a 17" MBP.
     
  14. thinkdesign macrumors 6502

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows CE; IEMobile 8.12; MSIEMobile6.0) Sprint T7380)

    Yes.

    Today's daringfireball.net has a link to an interesting article on this very question.
     
  15. Platypusman99 macrumors member

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    The 13" MBA will be my primary personal computer but I will still be using the 24" iMac 3.06 GHz with 4 GB RAM and 1 TB HDD for my work computer. That is my work horse. I'm looking forward to have some fun on the Air.
     
  16. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    13" 1.86/4g/128g

    will be my main machine running,

    VM's
    Iphoto
    Imovie
    Office 11'
    Iwork
    Itunes

    i have a load of data which i can fit on 128gb for now and will drop in the sandforce based aftermarket SSD photofast is coming out with.
     
  17. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I'm looking to get a 13" MBA, but when/if it happens, it will not be my primary machine. My primary is my iMac.
     
  18. vow macrumors member

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    Yup. Giving away my 15" MBP whenever I finish transferring all of my files to the MBA.
     
  19. nylon macrumors 6502a

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    I voted "13 No" because I have a Core i7 iMac as my desktop at home. However, usage wise this will be my main machine.
     
  20. InsanelyApple macrumors 6502

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    This.
     
  21. FuNGi macrumors 65816

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    No, not my primary. The 15" in my sig is my primary as I have too much data (270GB) to fit onto a 128 GB flash drive (this is also why I didn't opt for the $300 upgrade to 256). I usually use the 15" as a desktop in clamshell mode attached to my ACD with an external keyboard etc..

    So the Air will be my light-work, traveling, dilly-dallying around machine. I like the idea of using it just for: music, writing, and photo editing on the go. It seems pure.

    I will keep the files uptodate with an external time machine set up on my desktop to transfer from work to portable and dropbox vice versa.
     

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