What's so special about the Macbook Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by PlanetarySoup, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. PlanetarySoup macrumors member


    Sep 20, 2010
    Seriously, why would anyone want to buy a MBA over a MB or MBP? If you have the money to spend on a Mac, why not get the one with a disc drive and stuff? I don't get it.....

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  3. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Some people might also argue that owning such a thin computer makes you look "really really cool."

    Does that count? :p
  4. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    It's light, and many people don't need all that fancy stuff (two USB ports, FW800, Ethernet, ODD, ...) for a mobile computer.
    One of our writers uses an MBA just for writing scripts, and he is more than okay with it, as it fulfils its job on top of being not heavy.
  5. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Orbiting a G-type Main Sequence Star
    I have a MBP and I desire a MBA simply for the size and weight of it. I use the MBP for all my heavy work such as Garageband but I want the MBA for traveling around daily doing light work on Pages, the Internet and Mail.

    I don't like dragging around the MBP everywhere; I want something smaller and lighter and I don't need all the power of the MBP or the disc drive. I vaguely remember the last time I used the disc drive on it or even on my iMac.
  6. LouieSamman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    Oh you have so much to learn.

    The MacBook Air is an ultra portable in a computer form.

    Yes the Mabook Pro is portable but not as thin and sleek as the MacBook Air.

    It has it's uses at being very portable. People buy the iPad to travel with but some people also want a thin device but with an actual OS X and a physical keyboard to type and work on the go.

    The iPad has it's uses but for heavy work thats where the ultra portable MacBook Air comes in.

    It's more for those business people who travel a lot and want a lighter laptop.

    The MacBook Air has it's own market place in the world of laptops. You shouldn't compare it to the MacBook Pros.

    It's spec was once on the MaBooks many years back. And from what I remember the OS runs quite fine.

    I'll let the other people, who will reply to this thread, to continue this rant of getting you to understand :D
  7. lewdvig macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2002
    South Pole
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    I'd like the new MBA to be an iPad with keyboard. IMO that would make it perfect.

    If it's just an update to the original concept than I'll pass and get an iPad.
  8. iDave macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2003
    I wanted one once for on-the-road use. But then I realized it's only 1.5 pounds lighter and not much smaller than my MacBook Pro and missing a whole lot of things. So I bought a netbook instead, which was still missing a few things but a heck of a lot cheaper. If Apple does a new Air for a reasonable price, maybe I'll think again.
  9. LouieSamman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    From the sounds of it. An iPad would be great for you. Also missing a few things and it's an iOS device. it's great to take with you everywhere

    Have a Laptop and an Ipad. Instead of a netbook.
  10. cleric macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    Cause we are all elitists that hate optical media and are more concerned about image than raw computing power duh!
  11. gothamm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2007
    well THANK YOU for enlightening us.

    "ultraportable" with the same dimensions as a macbook. Got it.
  12. shingi70 macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2010
    couldn't you get an ipad
  13. iDave macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2003
    Nah, no keyboard, and the screen doesn't hold itself up.
  14. LouieSamman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    Netbooks don't run well.

    the best combo for a person who uses computers a lot is a MBP and iPad. Just saying.

    An even better combo is an iMac and an iPad. Again just saying. :D
  15. peapody macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    baltimore, md
    That is the reason why I got myself a MBA. Too big to lug around, but I love the power of it. Never needed an optical drive, and only needed the USB port when it came to plugging in an external harddrive. Although I should mention that a bluetooth mouse was imperative to get to save my usb port. That sucked.

    I had an ipad as well. I would say I a little more work done on the mba than the ipad because I can just type of documents without having to reformat it.
  16. iDave macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2003
    Mine runs fine, thank you. Runs circles around an iPad. :)

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. :)
  17. LouieSamman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    True True but people had experience with these devices and find what works best and share it to people.

    But it all depends on what you do with the devices so that where it contradicts what I said.

    So then yes everyone is entitled to their opinion based on what they want to use the device fore
  18. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009
  19. marshallbedsaul macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2007
    I have always wanted to try macbook air, but I feel like I would be clumsy and break the thing!
    Recently I have been browsing the web to purchase one ebay/craiglist and am finding them for 400-600 2008 models. Would anyone care to share if this would be a good deal?

    I currently am on a mid 07 macbook 2.16ghz model.:apple:
  20. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    This would be a horribel deal considering how outdated the current MBA is. Your MBP is a better machine than it.

    Also, new Airs are being announced on Wednsday and will likely be around $999, with a hundred dollars off with student discount.

    At least wait until Wednsday to make your decision.
  21. Scuby macrumors regular

    May 16, 2010
    Fareham, UK
    I very nearly bought one. Why? My requirements were fairly basic, i only use CD/DVD for installing the OS (and have a USB drive i could use for that), i don't do anything that needs a lot of power, and so i might as well get the smaller lighter one rather than the bigger heavier one. There's no advantage to me having the MPB over MBA.

    Why didn't I get one? I wanted 4GB RAM and a bigger hard drive - and, as the MBPs has just been updated when i was looking earlier is year, assumed the MBA would follow shortly after. It didn't, and i got bored waiting, so now have the better (for me) combo of iMac and iPad - huge screen for photo editing etc, ultra-portable and huge battery life for internet and general on-the-go usage.

  22. thinkdesign macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2010
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  23. macbook123 macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    What's so special about a smart phone? My laptop can do anything it can!

    Why are you posting in this forum when you're not interested in the Air? I'm not interested in owning a dog, but I don't go to pet owner forums to troll.
  24. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I plan on getting one to have a thin, light laptop to take with me when I travel or to a friends house and such.

    When I travel I take either my snowboarding gear, or my camera gear with me. Most of the time I prefer to take my iPad only but if I am working on a project or I am traveling while I have class also then I have to take a regular computer that I can program on, do some 3D modeling (no renders, just modeling) and work in Unity.

    The macbook air fits that bill perfectly! I want something thin and light (much thinner then the macbook pro).
  25. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    My biggest beef with the MBA is the 2GB of RAM. I typically have 5GB of real memory in use on my MacBook Pro. Inability to upgrade RAM or Apple's resistance to offer a version with 4GB of RAM is a non-starter for me.

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