Would you do this?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by drchipinski, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. drchipinski macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2007
    My company has offered me the following:

    Instead of my current tower (DELL PC) they are willing to give me 7 $200 monthly payments towards a new Air.

    Would you do this?

    I still need to purchase Office, but that would be about it. My end cost would be about $500 total. (After I get the funds back)

    I have until Thursday to decide.
  2. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2007
    Not where you live.

    I know a couple of people with MacBook Air's and they love them. You need to understand the limitations of it though. The people I know do complain about the lack of built-in Ethernet and the small number of USB ports. Any Dell with have more Ethernet and USB than the Air. I'd still make the switch though. What's a couple of dollars for a USB hub?

    Good luck.

    Woo-hoo, this post put me at 6502!
  3. NotFound macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2006
    I thought the air didn't support a hub?
  4. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2007
    Not where you live.
    Really? I just assumed that it would?
  5. Olvenskol macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2008
    I think you can't power the superdrive through a hub (the MBA USB port provides extra power to run the superdrive). For normal USB connections, a hub should work.
  6. drchipinski thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2007
    Apple says it does.... stange. :D
  7. Olvenskol macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2008
    BTW, to answer your original question...

    For myself, I would not replace a desktop machine with an Air, unless you had another machine around to be your primary machine. I love my Air, tons, but I would not want to use it as my only computer. That's really not the profile it was built for.

    If you *do* have another machine to be your primary, then I'd take the cash ;)
  8. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    MBA does support any USB hub, and you can get a USB adapter for (wired) ethernet.

    While the MBA will cost you more, it will have much better resale value than the Dell. Search eBay for old 12" Powerbooks and you'll know what I mean.

    One more point, if you are comparing MBA (laptop) with a Dell (desktop), don't expect the same performance. But you get portability instead. You need to decided whether this suits your need.

    By the way, you may want to consider Parallel or VMW Fusion to run Windows simultaneously as OS X.
  9. drchipinski thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2007
    I have another desktop at home...so that is not a concern. I am in sales and travel locally everyday, so the Air is great for my needs.

    My Dell is currently 5 years old so it is no screamer....

    I really only use my database (clients) Word, Excel, and of course the internet.
  10. r6girl Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Sep 6, 2003
    i'd do it if i were in your shoes. my company is not nearly as generous (though i have no complaints about their reimbursement program that offers 20% back on a computer with peripherals and software you purchase for personal use once every 3 years), and i'm still going to go ahead and buy one...
  11. Olvenskol macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2008
    If those are your needs, the MBA should suit them very well. I use mine as my "portable office" and just love it.
  12. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    the airs superdrive requires extra power for it to run. it might run with a powered USB hub but I'm not 100% sure. a USB hub will work on the air. Ive tried it before. Youll run into problems when you try to plug in a lot of USB devices at once... youll run out of power on a non powered USB hub, but beyond that, you won't have any problems
  13. jlanuez macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2006
    YES! :D

    I get a DELL or LENEVO supplied to me and I said no thanks, went out and bought an Air with my own dime.

    I have a very old, company supplied, DELL laptop that sits in the back of a desk drawer just in case.
  14. JoshLV macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    Las Vegas
  15. crobbins macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2006
    This is an easy one, I would definitely get the air, especially after hearing you have a nice desktop at home..
  16. kockgunner macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    i read this somewhere too. to the op, get the air!
  17. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    Would I do this? In a heartbeat! :)

    The MBA is an excellent traveler's companion and will do what you need while on the road or sitting out in the back yard enjoying a nice evening.... It's really best as a supplement to another computer in the household, and since you do have that I'd say, "what are you waiting for?"
  18. BongoBanger macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    You need to check if you will also have to pay for a Windows licence for any apps you may use. Of course, if you're buying Office 2008 that's not an issue as such as long as you don't want to use Access.

    If it's just a travel machine the Air is fine.
  19. marbles macrumors 68000


    Apr 30, 2008
    EU mostly
    No ,
    I would put the cash toward the mid range Macbook ...more connection options etc etc , especially for a work environment , if you had the Macbook you would have less items to carry around as there all built in

    just my opinion :)

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