Video Slowdown in MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jleffell, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. jleffell macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009
    I purchased a refurbished, original MBA 1.8 GHz and it is great.

    The only issue is that when I watch videos on hulu, youtube, etc, the computer struggles and gets choppy. This happens most but not all of the time. I think this also occurs more often when I have my external monitor hooked up as well.

    I want to make sure that there isn't something wrong with the machine. It was purchased as a secondary computer and understand that it is not supposed to be a workhorse - but I would still like to watch videos uninterrupted.


  2. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    mine does about the same, it struggles a little, especially if you hook it up to the ACD... satisfactory but not perfect is my experience.
  3. Jsimon9633 macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2007
    This is due to a combination of the fairly weak CPU and the not that great GPU.

    I run a regular macbook to my 23 inch ACD and yeah on videos and such of resolution of 1920 x 1200, it does struggle. especially if you are choosing HD videos on Hulu.

    If you are looking to do that primarily you should probably go with an MBP with a discrete graphics card like the 9600GT.

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