What a nice notebook

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Dweez, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    After arguing with myself for a couple of weeks (guess who lost...), I picked up a 13" MBA last week. 8 gig / 512 gig and so far I"m very pleased with it. Loaded VMware Fusion and a couple of my standard VMs (ubuntu and windows 7) as well as a bunch of movies & VLC media player.

    I'm quite happy with the performance, the form factor and the fact that it didn't come with Mavericks.
     
  2. MacChinoNyc macrumors 6502

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    It really is a nice laptop, I'm a bit jealous of your configuration though as I got the i5/4/256 :p

    Did you get the i7 as well? Do you feel any sluggishness at all?

    I'm on the fence with exchanging for the i7/8/256.
     
  3. richard371 macrumors 68000

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    I feel the i5/8/256 is the sweet spot.

     
  4. MacChinoNyc macrumors 6502

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    I know but anything over 4gb of ram you have to order and I didn't want to wait. So if I go back for 8gb I might as well bump up the processor no?
     
  5. AnorexicPig macrumors 6502

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    Bumping up the processor will not really have a noticeable improvement in 90% of the normal use cases.
     
  6. Dweez thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I did get the i7. I've not really stressed the box yet, so I can't comment on the anything feeling sluggish/slow.
     
  7. richard371 macrumors 68000

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    You can get the 8GB model at your local Apple store. thats what I did.

     
  8. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    Could you elaborate on the last part?
     
  9. Dweez thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I updated my work laptop (2011 MBP 8,2 16 gig ram 1 tb ssd) to Mavericks and after a week I restored my ML image due to a couple of network issues I was having. I'll try Mavericks again when the first dot release comes out.
     
  10. MacChinoNyc macrumors 6502

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    They don't carry it in stock. How did you get it?
     
  11. richard371 macrumors 68000

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    I walked into my local Apple store and got it. The carry 3 models. The mid one is the one most people are buying. The may not always be in stock but they do carry it. You can use the apple store app on an iOS device to check stock at your local store. IF they are out keep checking as they get shipments all week long. Sunday night is prob not the best time to check.

     
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    our apple store did not carry the i5 8gb 256 gb. the only config they carried with 8gb of ram was i7 8gb 512 config. basically the highest config and the baseline of all the others.

    BH Photo has been really good about keeping various configurations in stock. wasnt an option in my case though I had credit with apple and also didnt want to wait.
     
  13. MacChinoNyc macrumors 6502

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    You must be talking about the rMBP, I was referring to the air.
     
  14. richard371 macrumors 68000

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    Oh sorry my mistake. I still recommend 8 gb esp if you want to run fusion or any VMs.

     
  15. Dweez thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm guessing you are referring to the i5 version?
     
  16. MacChinoNyc macrumors 6502

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    Yes. I might upgrade it to the i7/8/256.
     
  17. dean1012 macrumors regular

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    I got the stock 11" i5/4/256.

    Storage mattered to me but 256 is enough. The i5 is fast enough; so what if my code takes a few seconds (or even minutes) more to compile. I'm not rendering or transcoding...

    The i7 would have just been wasted most of the time and likely would have negatively impacted my battery life at least some of the times (if not all the time).

    4 GB of RAM is more than enough for my use case. It almost never swaps and when it does, it's a small amount (currently 39 MB) and doesn't cause any sort of noticable performance issue for any of my use cases.

    It all depends on the use case and your mental state. Some people are only happy with the best.
     
  18. iLuvMyMacToo macrumors regular

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    I've ordered the i7/256GB/8GB ram and it's in transit to me. It'll be my first Macbook Air.

    Oh the anticipation :D
     
  19. ckeck macrumors 6502a

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    The stores DO carry an i7/8GB/512GB model, I got mine in store.

    And after a few months of use I can confidently say that this thing is FAST. Not sure what the mention about sluggishness was above. I also haven't seen any noticeable impact on my battery. With Mavericks I'm in the ~12 hour range that others have seen, maybe a little more.
     
  20. iLuvMyMacToo macrumors regular

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    Unfortunately not so in Australia :( Mine is being sent from overseas.
     
  21. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

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    you'll love it. my wife has the i7/8/128 and the thing flies! and of the battery life ….. :D
     

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