Why MacBook Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ' r i S e n, May 18, 2011.

  1. ' r i S e n macrumors regular

    May 15, 2011
    I'll be honest, when I was purchasing my first notebook from Apple - I basically had it narrowed down to the MacBook vs. the MacBook Pro and I never even considered a MacBook Air.

    What are the benefits to it? I mean, the specs for its price almost seem subpar compared to other models' specs - is there something I am missing? Is it purchased solely for it's enhanced portability and small size? What would be a main reason to own one? I'm not gonna lie - I'm quite curious and I completely overlooked it.

    Thank you to all who respond.
  2. KnightWRX, May 18, 2011
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    KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Yes, duh. Size and weight are both specs.
  3. aramosc macrumors regular


    May 4, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    you can cary it all day and not feel it.. that's the main reason.. and also I like the SSD that makes it feel pretty snappy.
  4. Yumunum macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2011
    Besides being so thin, portable, and the only MacBook currently available with an 11-inch screen; The SSD storage makes things things quite snappy. The screen resolution is very high, so everything looks crisp and clear! Also, some would argue that the non-glossy screen creates less screen glare in sunlight than a glossy screen on a MacBook Pro would.

    Sent from my iPad 2
  5. ' r i S e n thread starter macrumors regular

    May 15, 2011
    I mean, is it really a "duh?" It's that much harder for you to carry a MB or MBP?

    I guess the 11'' is quite unique - as is the resolution.
  6. aramosc macrumors regular


    May 4, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    It makes a huge difference.. I hav a 13" MBP and now an 11" MBA and its just a massive difference
  7. glen e macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    Portability is a key but for me the real advantage is the SSD. I use my MBA for keynote presentations and moving from one presentation to another with stored video is extremely fast and far better than prior laptops I used with hard drives. Love it. With Carbon fiber skins top and bottom, it looks great too.
  8. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    "It's a MacBook Air thing" ... hard to explain in words, only those who own one can truly relate :) Yes, I love my MacBook Air(s).
  9. MBABuyer macrumors regular

    May 4, 2011
    Plus, with the Sandy Bridge update hopefully (more like for sure) this summer, the computer will be far better than it is now. In the refresh it will most likely include thunderbolt and maybe a backlit keyboard.

    I am going to buy the SB MBA right when it comes out. My friend has a 2010 MBA, and loves it, I love it also. He is always working and traveling, so he needs it to be mobile. I would prefer to get the ultimate version, so that I wouldnt have to carry the external memory.

    So (to the thread starter), what are you going to use the computer for. If you give us a list of what you use it for and how much carrying it around you will do, we might be able to help you decide.
  10. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Coming from a 1600x900 13in screen (Sony Z), resolution means more to me than anything. The way I see it, you can get a MBP with an SSD. You can add an external DVD burner to an MBA. You can upgrade an MBA to 4GB. But, you can't change the MBP's absurd 1280x800 resolution.

    I mean, come on... Isn't 2011? 1440x900 is close enough for me (when SB hits, that is), so 13in MBA it is.

    But, some people can't live without a backlit keyboard or 8GB of RAM, so MBP it is for them.
  11. ' r i S e n thread starter macrumors regular

    May 15, 2011
    Oh, I'm not looking to make a purchase - was simply wondering what the advantage of this particular notebook actually is.

    It seems that portability is the key. Honestly I get the "It's a MacBook Air thing" to an extent because I was interested by its size - mainly the 11'' display.

    However, it is certainly not for me as I don't really travel too often or have a reason to be carrying a laptop around - I'm just not that important. : )

    I'm just looking for insight on this model - and what better place than to get that then from owners of it.
  12. christophermdia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2008
    owned a macbook, macbook pro, and now a macbook air.....while I still have the macbook as a store everything computer, I use the macbook air as an everyday computer......sold my macbook pro 15 i7....no need for it....macbook air is faster than it.........
  13. nebulos, May 18, 2011
    Last edited: May 18, 2011

    nebulos macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2010
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    As has been said:

    size, weight, SSD, resolution,

    ... and after the anticipated update, hopefully CPU too!
  14. dreamertoons macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2011
    I owned a MBP 15" and recently, purchased the MBA 11" after I sold off my iPad 1. Both the MBA and MBP are equally fast since I installed a SSD on my MBP. The main attractive factor is the portability of the MBA 11'. It is real light and portable.
  15. rookiezzz macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2011
    SSD, that's what i love in air..

    still, this air (last gen) quite powerful to run heavy games such as assassin's creed brotherhood with medium details!!
  16. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    when i bought my macbook pro a couple of weeks ago, i looked at the macbook air and macbook pro, but didn't even consider the macbook.

    the air is small, light, fast (ssd), well built (unibody construction), and has excellent graphics. i ended up getting the pro because i wanted more processing power + memory, but i probably could have bought a 13" and been pleased with it as well.
  17. maclaptop macrumors 65816


    Apr 8, 2011
    Western Hemisphere
    I have both 11" & 13" new MBA's, as well as a 15" 2010 8GB/SSD equipped MBP. All three are great and different enough to have there own advantages.

    For reasons that make no sense, Apple has used low resolution displays for years. Finally in 2010 they offered an option for what they labeled a hi-res display on the 15" MBP. Any time Apple makes any progress they exaggerate and hype it. Unfortunately the "hi-res display is only a medium resolution by conventional standards.

    Yet I waited so many years for Apple to make progress in this area, its better than the pixelated low resolutions from the past. It would be really great if one could buy a MBP with a true hi res display like my other laptops have.
  18. meaty macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2011
    why do you have all those machines and what do you do for a living?! lol
  19. lasuther macrumors 6502a

    Feb 13, 2004
    Grand Haven, Michigan
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    The 13" resolution is important to me. You spend all your time looking at that screen, I want a large one. SSD is nice to
  20. Krovem macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2009
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    I dont know if you would want a MBA as your primary machine unless it's supped up.

    Im getting an iMac soon and a MBA as Secondary.
  21. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    Sounds like unless you're into the 'portability chic' or the 'not burning my lap off' kind of things then the MBP would suit you fine. As you can see in my sig I have both and both handle everything I throw at it (I don't game or encode videos). The big difference is that I can store a ton of videos on my MBP with the recently upgraded HDD and process tons of photos more seamlessly in Aperture with my recently upgraded 8GB of Ram. If you are the type of person that wants to keep a computer for 4+ years and be able to upgrade it - get the MBP. If you want a great portable machine and don't care about upgrading your specs or have no need to carry tons of videos - get the Air. Honestly, if I could afford to upgrade the SSD storage capacity on my Air I'd sell off my MBP. But then I wouldn't have a backup computer would I?
  22. FX4568 macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2010
    The difference is huge. I carry a 13 MBA, and when I grab a friend's MBP 13, it is. amazing, I feel like its just heavy.
    Buy for 14 days, and return if you dont like it.
  23. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    yep and it's VERY fast!:cool:
  24. PraisiX-windows macrumors regular

    May 19, 2011
    Well, I can't speak for anyone else, but there seem to be some sort of a general consensus about the weight and really just the portability in general.

    And for me that goes too, weight is important but also screen resolution and the fact that it's that THIN! - It's a pretty god damn cool-looking machine with a nice native resolution compared to the screen size, it doesn't weigh a ton (as opposed to my current 15" crapbook aka Acer xD) - The ssd as well, although I believe you can get that in any other Apple notebook out there?

    However also the touchpad, which I assume is the same for the other books out there, but, it feels incredible at least when I tried my step dad's.
  25. miabadboys macrumors member


    Jan 18, 2011
    On Top of The World

    OP - i was in the same state of wondering which to buy 2 months ago, i ended up buying the high end 13" MBP. Now i am tired of lugging it around although it is light in laptop standards. i was turned off with the MBA C2D "old technology" but I'm wishing i had gone with the MPA.

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