Where can I find videos of Air's perfomance (with SSD)?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Dias, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. Dias macrumors 6502

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    Hi guys

    I'm looking for some quality videos demoing Air's v.B performance (with SSD) with everyday stuff like iLife, Internet, Office ecc. I didn't find on Youtube anything particularly useful, can you advise me something? :)
     
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  3. Dias thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi

    Thank you for your links but I've already seen those videos. I was looking for something longer that illustrates everyday use of MacBook Air (starting up and working with Office, iLife, Internet related stuff, multimedia). Not just benchmarks, but some everyday usage. :)

    And no, I don't have Apple Store near me. :(
     
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  5. Dias thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi, thank you for your links.

    I've got pretty good idea about startup times, but how about actually working with those apps? Managing/editing photos in iPhoto, browsing 20 open tabs in Firefox, working with Office and stuff like this? :eek:
     
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  7. mrrippey macrumors regular

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    VMWare or Parallels video?

    I would love to see XP or Windows 7 video since this is my main hesitation on buying since I will be using it as my main computer and at work we are all Wintel.
     
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    After trying both Windows 7 (RC 1) and Windows XP in Parallels on my solid state MacBook Air, I can say that XP boots in around 25 seconds, but Windows 7 RC1 boots dramatically slower, averaging around 1 and a half minutes - also, Aero doesn't work in Parallels whatsoever. The sluggishness is probably due to the 1GB shared to Windows 7.

    However, in Boot Camp, both 7 and XP will work very well on the solid state MacBook Air - startup for XP is 28 secs with Boot Camp, and Windows 7 around 48 seconds.

    In conclusion, use XP for virtual Windows, or use 7 for native Boot Camp.

    Barbie.
     
  9. mrrippey macrumors regular

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    thanks!!

    I am saving up (or trying to find a great deal) on a SSD Rev B but looks more likely that I will get a hdd version and i am sure it will be slower than that. I am not so worried about boot times moreso than working with the XP applications (IE, Project, Remote Desktop, Sharepoint Designer, Visual Studio, etc).

    If they happen to work well then I should be ok. Office stuff I can run in OSX.
     
  10. Barbie macrumors regular

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    You know, I got a great deal on my Air - a 26% discount overall off the retail price. And where did I find it? eBay !!! Brand new in sealed box, too.

    Barbie.
     
  11. Dias thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for your vids, there are exactly was I was looking for.

    I'm impressed with Air performance, in everyday stuff it's faster than my MacBookPro 2.8ghz&HHD. :eek:

    Since I'm going to college this fall I guess I'll sell my MacBookPro and take MacBook Air instead.

    p.s.: I know that I can get SSD for my MacBookPro, but I love Air's portability.
     
  12. dudup macrumors regular

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    Excellent job, I already played with the Rev. B SSD on a reseller store, but I was wondering how it would behave with 3rd party apps. Even MS Word loads nicely! :D

    To all Rev. B SSD owners: any noticeable drop in the performance when attached to a large external display (like 1920x1200)?
     
  13. Dias thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Btw, how about managing a lot of photos in iPhoto and editing some video in iMovie? How MacBook Air handle that?
     
  14. Barbie macrumors regular

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    Managing photos with iPhoto will be as smooth as summer cherries, as it's reading the library (which the SSD does remarkably well). iMovie editing will involve both read & write, so you shouldn't be let down by MacBook Air's performance.

    In conclusion, you'll prefer iPhoto managing on Air, but both are pretty good tasks. :)

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  15. Dias thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you, glad to hear that. :)

    I hope rev.C will be out as soon as this summer. :cool:
     

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