Will you be using the new MBA as your main computer?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Paulywauly, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. Paulywauly macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Durham, UK
    The title for the thread says it all really.

    One of the main problems i hear about people with iPads, myself included, is that in a way its still a secondary device. As we all saw at the Apple event earlier today they've obviously learned alot from the iPad and have managed to incorporate some of its design (such as instant on Flash storage) into the new MBA. That coupled with the new Mac App Store and Facetime, I wonder how many potential iPad owners will buy a new MBA instead and use it as their main machine? Your thoughts?
  2. The Final Cut macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2009
    yes I will! however down the line I am buying a 27" monitor...
  3. godslabrat macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2007
    Well, there will be other computers in the house, but I do suspect the MBA will spend the first year of its life as the "main" computer. The reason being that even though it's not a super-powerful computer, it will be the most powerful computer in the house and will be best-equipped for the heavy-duty jobs.

    After maybe a year of that, I'll look to getting an iMac... But I need a laptop NOW, so the MBA will have to cover both bases for a while.
  4. kingsal macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2010
    I'll be using it as my main computer. Will look into getting a monitor or hooking it up to an HDTV.
  5. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2008
  6. Gonky macrumors regular


    Oct 8, 2010
    Why not? My MBA has been my main computer for a year and a half with no issues.
  7. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2008
    Tons of reasons I will not get into, but basically it's not a desktop/main computer replacement for me.
  8. Gonky macrumors regular


    Oct 8, 2010
    Ah ok. OP- the MBA is fine as a main computer if you don't do any intense photo/video processing or anything like that. Mine is used 6+ hours a day five days a week for work and outside of that as my home machine too. Lovely machine!
  9. Paulywauly thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Durham, UK
    Glad you enjoy yours! im not considering buying one as i already have a couple of iMacs and an iPad which suit me fine. Although i do find the design of the MBA very interesting, for those people out there who wanted an iPad as a stand-alone main computer i can see this being a fine alternative, especially with a copy of Lion and app store :)
  10. AppleGoddess macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2010
    I have been using my iPad as my main Mac since launch, I want to test each and only keep one.
  11. Adidas Addict macrumors 65816

    Adidas Addict

    Sep 9, 2008
    Mine will be used alongside my iMac, though I get the feeling it will cope with most things I do fine, so the iMac will be spending lots more time sleeping;)
  12. caspian macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2008
    Well heck...

    I'm getting the new machine for portability sack.
    My current MBA left me with hot issues that Apple need to address...can barely use my MBA after 1 hour of usage...

    Looking forward the 11.6 and use it with my iPad
  13. DJY macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2003
    Canberra AUST
    I've made mine my primary machine since Nov 08 when I received my Rev B MBA! It has struggled these last few months... but the extra RAM and bigger SSD (oh and extra USB) will keep me more than content!
  14. RanEnRui macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2010
    First Post! :) For the brief time (30 days) that I owned a refurb Macbook Air Rev B, it was my main computer. Definitely loved it and it could handle whatever I threw at it.

    Fortunately, Apple was able to make an exception on my return and now I am waiting for my new 13" MBA to come! My Rev B did have the 'grey lines' issue though honestly I would have kept it and been content if the new ones did not come out. It did give me an easy out on the return though... should I feel guilty? ;)

    Anyhow, my three main gripes have been completely solved with the new MBA (in order of annoyance):

    1) The 4200rpm drive was atrocious. It was ok if you weren't doing much with the hard drive but if you were copying anything or maybe torrenting something, it would go to all hell. Was not good for Time Machine backups.

    2) 2GB of RAM was alright for most usage but I really wanted 4GB for virtualization potential. I was able to accept that the Air should not be expected to handle this, but it is indeed great that they've given the option of 4GB now.

    3) Battery life is much improved. I only consider it a gripe because of what the MBPs get in comparison to these far less powerful machines. It's good to know they've refreshed them to keep them relatively close. I know smaller size = less places to put a battery cell, but totally glad they bumped it a good few Watt-hours. Even if I do have a HyperMac hehe...

    Of course, these weren't the only issues that I am glad were resolved. Stuff like no more port hatch, flush unibody, glass trackpad, SD card slot (!), 2 USB ports, and upped resolution were all welcomed additions.

    I am somewhat disappointed that they took out the backlit keyboard. I have no idea why they would have done that. Perhaps as an identity thing to make people stick with the MB/MBP series? I feel it's kind of lame but maybe there will be a DIY on how to retro one back to backlit? I can be hopeful!

    Even still, I personally can overlook that when all these other upgrades are there. Of course I would prefer it had it, but sure enough I can type without it. However, I totally understand where many see it as a bummer. I just can't resist!

    At first I thought for SURE I'd go with the biggest one possible. However, I got to thinking about it. With my Rev B, I was debating on getting the Runcore 128 GB SSD for it but the price was kind of hefty. I then thought maybe I'd go with the 64 GB SSD instead since it was half the price, but I wasn't sure if I'd have enough space. Recalling this inner conflict made me side with the much cheaper 128 GB MBA for 1299. Adding another 2GB of RAM puts it up another $100 and might as well toss in the USB to ethernet adapter for another $30. That puts it up to close to $1500 and I'm perfectly fine with that, even as a main computer.

    Why not the 256 GB? I simple do not need that much space on my main computer anymore. I recently got a 1TB Time Capsule (current gen) to replacing my dying router. I can store everything on it such as my iTunes and such. If I need some jams for the car/plane, I can either put them on my phone (Evo, 16 GB microSD) or maybe a good sized set on the MBA temporarily. All torrenting and server work (SVN, etc) is done on my aging PowerMac G4, which I cannot wait to upgrade to one of the new snazzy Mac Minis. I do have the MiniDP->HDMI converter but I doubt I'll use it too much outside dev work, I'm having too much fun streaming with the new AppleTV.

    I know not everyone has tons of computers laying around like myself but I still find it fairly affordable to keep everything somewhat separated. Much safer and easier to have stuff on an external hard drive than the thing you carry around everywhere. Any mission-critical stuff can be on both, but as far as necessary space on the main computer, I am sure 128 GB will be more than enough.
  15. tigres macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    I wholeheartedly disagree. Been using my Rev B as my sole production machine w/VMware since 08' Replaced a 15" MBP.

    An iPad is not a Mac- nor anywhere close to one.
  16. jamone13 macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2010
    Yes, it will be my primary machine. I do iPhone app development and web programing on it. I do have an older Mac mini with 6TB of external RAID 5 storage as a time machine destination, media center, file server. I have a 24" LCD on my desk for heavy use, but majority of my work will be on the air on my sofa, or on the road. I'm moving from a 17" MacBook pro, that's just overkill for my needs, and not portable enough.
  17. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Yes, at least for a little. I'll be buying a 21" iMac down the road for handbrake and VMware, but for mow, the 11" MBA will be my main computer when it comes
  18. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Don't get your personal needs mixed up with the design of the machine. There is nothing in the design of the MBA that prevents it from being used as a main machine.

    For me, it's going to replace a MB unibody and yes, it is going to be my main and only machine.
  19. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    I used to do a lot of design work and record music on my computer, but not anymore. I'm trying to get away from using the computer for creative stuff.

    So yes, if I get the Air it would be my only computer—after I either sell or give away my current MacBook.
  20. Moodikar macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2010
    Toronto, Canada
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    I used my 2.13ghz rev. C MBA for Photoshop, final cut pro, indesign, illustrator, iDVD, and regular word processing/ email stuff.

    Although the fan did come on and sometimes got pretty hot, this was also the case when I used a mbp 2.66 with 8gigs of ram. Had both in the summer and recently sold both.

    I am getting an 11.6 maxed MBA and plan to use it as my main. Yes final cut pro and Photoshop may lag and probably can't do too complex rendering, but I think it'll be fine.

    Movies and music are stored on an external as I have over 1tb of music and movies. It won't fit in a laptop even with today's best internal laptop size hard drives. I like having all my media files in one spot.

    I think it's fine using the new airs as the main/only computer if you don't do heavy stuff and don't mind an external for large files or storage.
  21. ImperialX macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
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    The 13.3" will make a nice primary computer. If I buy an MBA, it will definitely be my primary. I'm not rich enough to buy a secondary computer.

    The 11.6" is a true secondary machine though. No way something that small is practical enough to use as the main computer.
  22. Epsilon88 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2009
    My friend, who just ordered his, is supplementing his iMac with an 11 incher. I kind of feel that Apple assumed that the 11 inch would be a secondary computer.
  23. cleric macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
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    Yep only computer I need, can always ssh to a faster computer. But I can't carry a Cray with me.
  24. Jobsian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    Yes, this will be my primary computer, just as was my last Air.

    Those who say things like 'it wasn't designed to be a primary computer' appear to have that abstract notion of subjective requirement lost on them.

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