Which Air Model?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by powerbook911, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    If I decide to go with a Rev B air, I was curious which model people recommend?

    From some of the magazine reviews, the SSD doesn't sound that much faster than the hard drive option. Is that true, or do you guys find real world performance differences?

    Finally, about the processor? It's probably slightly noticeable, yes?

    Appreciate the help. Thank you.
     
  2. iPave macrumors member

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    I've got 1.6/hdd model and it has enough horsepower for all my deeds (web, mail, music, photoshop, programming...).
     
  3. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a

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  4. nph macrumors 6502a

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    Is the 1.6 enough to display HD video?

    I just posted a question since I saaw worse graphic performance from a 1.6 than a 1.8. Have you noticed anything similar?
     
  5. hayduke macrumors 65816

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    Apple's SSD price is pretty competitive. You might save a bit down the line, but there is some peace of mind to be had when buying it from Apple.

    I have the 1.8/SSD and think it is absolutely terrific. My general rule of thumb is to buy laptops and max them out. You never be disappointed that you have the best, but down the line you can't upgrade the processor for example.
     
  6. 1rottenapple macrumors 65816

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    SSD is worth the price but NOT ABSOLUTELY needed. Its just awesome how photos and itunes loads everything superfast. It betrays the fact that the processor itself is not a screamer, but the ssd is!
     
  7. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    People who have had the Rev B HDD model and then upgraded to the SSD often say there is a notable speed difference, because the normal Hard Drive bottlenecks the computers possible performance and the SSD has an equivalent RPM of 40,000RPM, so if its in your price band, id go for it, but if it isnt, i wouldnt worry too much.
     
  8. AIRniloc macrumors regular

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    get the ssd....its access/seek times and boot times alone are worth it :)
     
  9. EnderTW macrumors 6502

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    The SSD does make a noticeable difference in starting and closing applications and computer. With that said, I decided to go with the HDD model.

    Primary for two reasons, 1) the speed of launching an application/closing is about 3-5 seconds depending on the app. I don't mind the wait.

    2) The price. I am going to wait a bit and see how the SSD prices go.

    Honestly, I even thought to go with the Rev A 1.6/80 gig hd, because the speed wasn't that bad. However, I decided against it because snow leopard is coming up. Which will utilize a graphics chip like nvidia's a lot better than the integrated solution by intel.

    I hope to see even a bigger performance increase then before.
     
  10. iPave macrumors member

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    Why do you boot your mac even if you can sleep it?

    Access/seek times are NOT worth it for users who need computer just for web, mail and other other light tasks.
     
  11. AIRniloc macrumors regular

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    i shut my computer down about twice a week after cleaning out caches and such...is it necessary? no..but neither is washing your balls :p i also didn't like waiting a minute and a half when i felt like re-starting my computer once a month or so..

    access/seek times are worth it for SOME users (myself included) who dislike seeing the spinning beachball and who don't like to wait for app icons to bounce in their dock for 5-10 seconds before they open...

    also, i like watching HD content and enjoying some minimal gameplay without chopiness...

    lastly, when i had my Rev A 1.6 80 HDD, it did bother me quite a bit that there was a 4200 RPM ipod HD in my computer...it just irked me knowing that...

    i'll admit, that the rev b HDD is nicer than the previously mentioned rev a HDD bc of the switch to the SATA connector....but i'll never go back to a HDD if i have the cash for an SSD ;)
     
  12. ascender macrumors 68000

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    I see that on the BTO options you can upgrade to the faster processor for £137 or so. Worth doing, or is it going to be pretty unnoticeable in normal use?
     
  13. bobbleheadbob macrumors 6502a

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    I've go the rev B model with the 128 SSD. I love it. Found that I use it more and more for things I thought I needed to do on my MBP. I can't really compare its performance to the other MBA models, since I don't have any experience with them, but I think that since the relative price difference for the SSD came down with the rev B models, it's well worth the buy up.

    Two thumbs up for this one! :D:):apple:
     
  14. powerbook911 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I think the SSD would be nice. I guess my fear is that the SSD models will lose more of their value due to the likely continually dramatic fall of SSD pricing.
     
  15. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    The biggest gain that can be made in speed right now is with the SSD since the processors are so similar. Booting apps is incredibly fast. I highly recommend it if you can afford it.
     
  16. marcip3 macrumors newbie

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    i also have the mba ssd model. and it is my only computer. i do all the things, i did with my mbp. it is really fast :)

    marcip3
     
  17. YouArentJ macrumors member

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    I just purchased the refurb revA MBA for $999 - Perfect for what I need it for (travel, internet, word). For everything else, there is my MBP =)

    I've always been a fan of buying the new products when they first come out - but saving $800 feels so good :D
     
  18. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Yes but you're really talking about access and seek time. Once launched an application runs very smooth on my HDD model. While I cannot start/shutdown and load applications as fast as say my buddy with his SSD model, I can work just as quickly as he can after things are opened.

    For me it seemed silly to spend the money but I also have a macpro at home to take care of all of the heavy lifting.
     
  19. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    Me too! :D It was hard to say no at that price, PLUS, it's less likely to escape the lines issue. At 999 the macbook air is like at highend netbook prices, and the best thing..it runs OS X.
     
  20. tubbymac macrumors 65816

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    The biggest drawback to the rev A though is that Snow Leopard is around the corner and it will bring Open CL to the table. With that the rev B should get a considerable boost in performance due to the nVidia card.

    But yeah, can't say the price isn't tempting. It's quite hard to resist!
     
  21. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    i've heard several people say this but to be honest, I'll hold off till it actually gets here and we can see the numbers before accepting for a fact that there'll be noticeable boost in performance.
     

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