will MBA flop?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sbb155, Jan 15, 2008.


Will the MBA flop?

  1. Yes

    68 vote(s)
  2. No

    100 vote(s)
  3. Undecided

    36 vote(s)
  1. sbb155 macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2005
    I was anxiously awaiting the MBA today, which I envisioned as a "pro" level computer, similar to the older 12" PBG4. You can imagine my disappointment with the MBA. I am a corporate road warrior with a mac in a sea of PCs on the road. The MBA looked great yesterday as a theory - in reality it is nothing that I want. Too expensive, not good for plugging in things. Dongles are painful for us travelers - we lose them... Ethernet dongle? No way. One usb port? ugh, cannot do it.

    I'd rather have a black MB. Wish I could get a 12" MBP. It doesnt exist. And never will.

    But, I think the MBA will flop. Dont like it. It is like apple TV or newton... Seems "ok" but I expect better from apple. I don't want "ok"
  2. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    i think it will flop as well, too expensive, too large, too slow, not enough ports, too short life span as I expect.
  3. obeygiant macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    totally cool
    Yes. From what I've read most people hate it, including me.
  4. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    I don't think it will flop. Even if it doesn't sell well at first, a year from now it will be cheaper, SSDs may become standard, and they could make other small changes like digital audio out or a second USB port. I'm a bit disappointed with the Air, but I think it only needs a little time to become a really nice product.
  5. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    I'm with Chasmyr. This will be a success with the "computer as appliance" segment of the market, which represents the vast majority of computer users.

    Personally, I think it could be a decent replacement for/addition to my iBook in about 6 months or so. What I really want is an Intel based 12" iBook, and this is better than that, for my purposes.

  6. macjay macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2003
  7. MarlboroLite macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    the 13 colonies
    I don't think it will be a flop. The vast vast majority of people don't know anything about computers or specs. They will see a very pretty glorified pancake and buy it for looks and show.
  8. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    I don't think it'll flop either. $1799 is a great price point. I bet Intel isn't making this processor only for the MBA. I'm sure another device Apple (or another company) will use it, and once those start selling, it'll bring the CPU price down, thus bringing down the MBA price. Give it time :)
  9. shen macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2003

    it is gonna flop as hard as the iPod (that everyone was saying sucked on release day)

    just you wait. :rolleyes:
  10. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2006
    reminds me of the palm fooleo (a flop).

    should get one now, it's gonna be a collector's item.
  11. pianoplayer1 macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2005
    New York
    It will work for people who really cannot stand lugging around a "larger" macbook/pro on their trips etc.

    HOWEVER, the macbook pro or (maybe) macbook can be used as desktop replacements, esp. the pro with its fast processor and 8600m.

    This 1.6 ghz thing is kinda pokey from the specs point of view....
  12. shen macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2003
    it is funny watching all the people who are saying they are going to buy one, many of them switchers, and watching my sister and wife drool over it and watching the tiny puffed up critic population talk about how bad it will flop....

    i should make popcorn.
  13. Schmoe0013 macrumors regular


    Aug 27, 2006
    Minneapolis, USA
    only time will tell. I think the mba is good in concept, but could have increased the thickness a bit to put in some more features... i mean, you don't have to be the thinnest, do you?
  14. kuebby macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2007
    Not really. A 1.6ghz Core 2 Duo processor is quite powerful, more than enough so for everyday computing and basic AV editing.

    I don't think it will flop. Look at the size. It's incredibly small, which, to many people, is an important characteristic in a laptop.
  15. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I don't think it'll do spectacularly in sales, but it won't iPod HiFi it's way out of the lineup. :)
  16. firstapple macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2007
    Flop... Definitely not. Like some here have said, technology will follow. SSD will become cheaper over time (Just like how RAM has and everything else we buy cheap nowadays). The design is simply amazing, but the specs just aren't there yet. It will be a great traveler, for those that just need internet, mail, office, etc. It wasn't designed to be a pro computer, or for video editing. Was designed for exactly what el Jobso said it was.

    Sure there are a lot of people here that won't buy it, because they were expecting so much more, but there are many people (I don't want to call out the girls but I have to) that love this thing. Chicks dig great design. Most don't require 4GB RAM or strong processors. This is for them. Guys get their MBP and the ladies can have their MBA..
  17. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    I agree 1.6GHZ C2D CPU is good enough for most day-2-day use.

    However, I think 4200rpm HDD is significantly slower. and the size is NOT "incredibly small", incredibly thin, IMHO, can hardly equals to "incredibly small"
  18. hayduke macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2005
    is a state of mind.
    I think it is nearly perfect. I don't want to haul around a bunch of garbage (DVD player, dongles, cables etc.). It is trim, full featured for its purpose, light, and well designed. If you need something more full featured, then Apple already sells that. This is a great device. I'll pick one up in a couple of months. I only wish the screen bezel were narrower and that you could swap batteries.
  19. pianoplayer1 macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2005
    New York
    Well its true that a 1.6 is ok, but midrange iMacs have 2.4's...

    But the 4200 is like running off of an iPod - it is an iPod 1.8 drive.
  20. kevinliu4 macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2006
    Definitely impressive engineering. But the aesthetics comes at too high a price imo. After the first month of oohing and aahing...then what?

    You realize you need to start dumping files to make space after installing photoshop cs3, or you wish you could just view the holiday photos a friend gave to you on disc, but don't have the external optical drive with you. Yes, the one you paid another $99 for after dishing out over $3000. Sounds like a lot of situations where you will be thinking, "If only" or "I wish". The MacBook is already so neat and small...not to mention upgradeable and cheap. Don't really see the MacBook Air taking off...
  21. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    ah yes, the myth that the 12" powerbook was a "pro" computer like its bigger siblings.

    Wrong wrong wrong. It had lower RAM capacity. No backlit keys. Woefully weaker graphics. Slower processor. No FW 800. No high res screen. etc. etc. It was a glorified ibook in an aluminum shell. People have this idea that apple used to offer a "true pro-level laptop" in a 12" form factor, and woe-is-us because they don't any more. Well, they never did.

    The reason I say this is because I think a lot of the disappointment about MBA comes from the fact that people wanted a replacement for a 12" powerbook, but the powerbook they "remember" never actually existed.
  22. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2006
    but the 12" PB was a lot closer to pro than this ummm... aire.

    also, the non-expandable 2gb ram is like an $1800 uber thin time bomb... i'm struggling w/ my 2gb ram right now as we speak.
  23. mvaj92 macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2007
    Lol. ;)
  24. aiterum macrumors 6502


    Nov 17, 2007
    United States
  25. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    Considering performance-wise the MacBook Air is better than the rapidly aging (dinosaur-like) 12" PowerBook I can't see why you would complain or why it would be a failure. Let's look at the sales figure a quarter from now and decide.

    Granted the bigger screen makes it slightly bigger but it is still lighter than the PowerBook.

    The size difference between the MacBook Pro and MacBook is not much really


    I can only think the jump from the PowerBook to MacBook Air would be even smaller.

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