Will these programs run flawlessly on a MBA??

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by vakej, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. vakej macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2006

    I’m really interested to get feedback from actually owners of the MacBook Air.

    I’m considering a macbook air. It will most likely be stock (80GB HD), I may upgrade to the 1.8ghz.

    In all honestly, the majority of my computer usage is to surf the net. I’d say 90% of the time. But I do use the following programs:

    iPhoto or Adobe Lightroom
    MS Office
    Safari (multiple windows)
    Expression Web (via MS XP using bootcamp)
    NetFlix movies (via MS XP)

    How will the MBA handle these programs individually and in some cases simultaneously running?

    Currently, I have a black macbook (2mths old). It’s a great machine, but I wanted the portability of the MBA. Someone is offering a good price on my black macbook, so I thought I’d put this out there…


  2. iHerzeleid macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2007
    i have used almost all the ones you use on myMBA

    iTunes- works fine?

    iPhoto or Adobe Lightroom - iphoto works fine snappy

    MS Office - works fine 2008 is slow the way it shipped and i use iWork but its fine

    Safari (multiple windows) - no problems here

    Expression Web (via MS XP using bootcamp)- dont use expression web

    NetFlix movies (via MS XP) - 100% fine

    right now i am running safari, ichat, iphoto, mail, itunes, and pages all at once. no lag whatsoever.
  3. khosna macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2008
    I concur, running several apps some of what are listed. I have been very happy with how fast the MBA has been -- although I was initially concerned by the negative talk about the MBA being under powered. I just don't see any real performance concerns-- maybe I spent too much time on the Windows platform.
  4. vakej thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Can you guys let me know which system you purchased? Did you get the stock with 80GB/1.6ghz, or did you upgrade?

  5. kanon14 macrumors regular


    Jan 28, 2008
    Hong Kong
  6. rbcb macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2003
    just to make something clear.. cpu wise the 1,6 beats my mbp 2.0 cd so dont get fooled by the 1,6ghz... i got a cpu score of 91 to 95 with my air.. (x bench)

    everything will work well with the air.. i dont see why everyone is so concerned..

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