What will make you want to buy the mid-2011 MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by macDelirium, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. macDelirium macrumors member

    May 16, 2011
    For me it's (in order of importance):

    1. Sandy Bridge i5/i7
    2. Support 8GB RAM
    3. Backlit Keyboard
    4. Thunderbolt
    5. Improved quality LCD Panel

    The first two are 'must have' and the rest are 'want' items.
  2. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    No one can make me do anything!

    But, I might consider the MBA if it has:

    1. Sandy i5 dual core
    2. 8GB RAM
    3. Thunderbolt (just in case this does pan out)
    4. Bezel-less display like MBP (I hate the current MBA bezel)
    5. 7 hour battery
    6. Backlit keyboard (I don't care, but it wouldn't hurt)

    However, to be honest, I am quite pleased with my MBP 13". I think I will probably wait for the next MBA iteration.
  3. Yinmay macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2010
    I agree with your order. 1 and 4 are 100% certain to happen. 5 won't happen. 2 and 3 are the big question marks.

    I'd add less heat and more battery life. Probably will have to wait for Ivy Bridge for this though.

    My deciding factor will be how bad is the HD 3000 in the low voltage SB. I'm willing to accept a 10% performance hit compared to current MBA but no more.
  4. MoreAwesomeDanU macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2010
    longer battery life for sure, but less heat? Have you used a mba? i find it too cold for my hands during winter times...
  5. I am Sampson macrumors 6502

    I am Sampson

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    1) core 'i' series sandybridge (even i3)
    2) 4gb ram AS STANDARD
    3) 128gb SSD on base 11" or near current base 11" price
    4) thinner screen bezel
  6. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2010
    Athens, Greece
    that's a question i wanted to ask and you already answered, thank you.
    but during gaming or HD video playback, doesn't it get hot? it's too thin to not get hot :S
    does anyone know what temperatures should i expect (from a 2010 mba) while gaming?
  7. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    What will make me want to buy the mid-2011 MBA? I'd say... winning the lottery :p

    I'm interested in the 13", so I'd say:
    • i5/i7 CPU
    • 1600x900 resolution
    • 320GB SSD (standard or as moderately priced upgrade)
    • 4GB RAM standard (but upgrading isn't that big of a deal to me)
    • 8-9 hours of battery life (I'd be happy with 7, but seeing more seems possible with newer CPU architecture and no Nvidia GPU)
    • Smaller footprint (which would mean, smaller bezel)
    • Backlit keyboard (never used one, but they seem neat)
    • AMD/Nvidia GPU (not happening, but boy would it be nice!)
  8. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Expand on this, because the current shipping MBPs have a bezel.
  9. Asmod4n macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2011
    Hardware Crypto aka Sandy Bridge. Hope the new FullDiskEncryption supports it.
  10. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    I was all set to pounce on the refresh, now I'm not so sure.

    I'm going to wait and see what the benchmarks look like; the only program I run is CS5 and I'm very curious how it will run. It runs good on the couple of current 4GB 13 inch Airs, for me to buy the refresh it is going to have to run a lot better. It's a wait and see game for me.

    I don't care about Thunderwhatevertheycallit or backlit keyboard, 8GB would be good, improved display is always good for my uses.
  11. Oppressed macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
  12. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    What is this CS5 program you speak of? But seriously, which program, it's a suite.

    With all joking aside, I'm assuming you mean photoshop, and from what I've heard the current MBA running it just fine and can handle raw images pretty well. I'd just mroogle it and I think you'll get an answer to how well it'll run.

    Edit: I forgot to answer the OP's question.
    1. Sandy Bridge i5/i7 - given
    2. Thunderbolt - given
    3. 13" 4GB Ram standard w/ BTO 8GB

    Not sure if when apple ups standard ram if it's across the board or not, but I could see them possibly keeping 11" 2GB standard and upping the 13" to 4GB, but more than likely not. I think honestly it'll stay 2GB standard across w/ same BTO of 4GB.
  13. lokiju macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2008
    I want it to match the 13" MBP (current gen) but in the Air thinness in every way but SSD vs HDD and of course no optical drive.

    If they pull that off then I'll get the 13" Air over the pro. Even if it's a few hundred more. Otherwise I'll just get the 13" pro with the back to school promo or from micro center since it's $999 there.

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  14. Lahmy88 macrumors member


    May 14, 2011
    Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
    I'll buy this next MacBook Air coming out whether it has these things or not, simply because I want a lighter laptop because ever since I saw ads for the original Sony VAIO memory stick laptops back in the day, I've wanted a 11" or so laptop!

    But I will be devastated if it doesn't have a backlit keyboard. I don't know what it is, but it's almost like a 'can't live without' even though I catch my current MacBook Pro dimming when I don't want it to, effectively making the backlight useless until I trigger it to brighten up.

    Also, you'd think Thunderbolt is a given, so no need to request that.
    USB3 would be nice, but I understand that might be something to do with Intel's next chipset or something?
    Actually faster SSD chip would be great (SATA3 equivalent).
    Sandy Bridge CPU seems a given.. surely!
    More battery life would be nice ;)

    End of the day, I'll get whatever comes out, but it's the things listed above which will make me either content or super happy!
  15. fibrizo macrumors 6502


    Jan 23, 2009
    For me, as a current owner... I'd have to say...

    1. Ivy Bridge
    2. USB 3.0 support

    Which aren't going to happen obviously, so I might wait until the spring to get another.
  16. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    I'm perfectly happy with my 11" Ultimate with no plans on buying the refresh. But, if it had significantly better screen resolution I would consider it. I wouldn't mind a little more canvas space on my desktop...
  17. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    8gb RAM is the only likely thing i'd find very compelling.
    If larger hardware encrypted SSDs were offered that might do it too.

    Otherwise I'll be sticking with my 2010
  18. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    Nothing... Ive got a desktop as my powerhouse for any type of video work or gaming. My current 13" 2010 MBA does everything I use it for very well. MAYBE if they made a 11" with 10 hour battery life I might be compelled to give that a go.
  19. smeade macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2011
    I think he means the edge-to-edge glass of the MBP. Of course that would be heavy and won't work on the Air.
  20. MoreAwesomeDanU macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2010
    The temp of MBA is nowhere near those found in the MBP. During hd playbacks, or heavy processing tasks, the thing gets barely warm and finally, you will realize it actually have fans inside (still barely audible). I can put it on my lap just fine or hold it by the bottom.

    On the other hand, i can cook an egg on any generation of the mbp...
  21. pmr1 macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2011
  22. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011

    11 or 13"? I've got a 13" and I can tell you that the fan in this thing is the loudest i've heard on any laptop when it kicks up to full speed and the unit does indeed get very warm when performing intensive tasks. That's with the stock configuration. I no longer have either of those issues with coolbook on here.
  23. MoreAwesomeDanU macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2010
  24. webitorgal macrumors regular


    Mar 9, 2011
  25. trims macrumors regular

    May 11, 2011
    Nottingham, UK
    I don't think the exterior form factor - case / screen / bezel etc. will change at all, but that leaves scope for interior changes, in order of preference:

    1. Sandy Bridge processors
    2. Support 8GB RAM, 4GB standard
    3. SATA 3 / TRIM support for SSD
    4. SDXD card support (13")
    5. Backlit keyboard
    6. FaceTime HD camera

    Not bovvered about Thunderbolt, but fairly sure we'll get it anyway. Amount of RAM / size of SSD will be governed by affordability for me.

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