Will a new MBA be more capable at Illustrator than 2007 Macbook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by unregbaron, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. unregbaron macrumors regular

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    I get annoyed at the moment with loud fan noise (esp when watching video) and not being able to use Illustrator/Photoshop files without problems/slowness.

    Would a new MBA be faster?

    I only have 5gb hard drive space free - is this also a factor?

    thanks.
     
  2. icanboogie macrumors regular

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    upgrading ram (to 4 GB) and cleaning up the hard drive are the most cost-effective things you can do for improving your mac experience. (maybe even get a faster/bigger HD?) you should keep at least 15-20 percent of your HD free.

    other than that, a new MBA will outperform your 2007 MBP in most disciplines.
     
  3. unregbaron thread starter macrumors regular

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    THanks - my machine can only handle 2GB but I will spend some time sorting out my hard drive.
     
  4. icanboogie macrumors regular

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    oh, right: only 2 GB RAM max. - that is a bottleneck for some tasks.

    other than that, I am surprised how well "older" machines (like mine, early 2008 santa rosa) still run, even on Lion.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    Yes, just google the benchmarks and you'll see a very fast machine.
     

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