Your Favorite Feature of the MacBook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by prominence, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. prominence macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2008
    My ultimate favorite feature of the MacBook Air? - The LED screen. It's so gorgeous and it's so bright that I only really use full brightness in direct sunlight - this screen is so gorgeous it trumps any cons about the battery life. (Also love the fact that the LED screen is exclusive to MBA and optional only in 17in MBP - as well as keeping multitouch functions only for MBA and MBP - good marketing strategies and instills good equity and pride within early investors of MBA.)

    Also, a close second.. the keyboard and the way it is designed is amazing. As each day goes on, I feel more confident in the decision I have made to purchase this laptop.
  2. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    the 15" macbook pros have had led backlit displays since june of last year. my favorite feature is the multi-touch trackpad. in particular, i love the three finger swipe to page forward/back.
  3. prominence thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2008
    Gotcha.. not to divert from topic, but why do they say it is "optional on 17inch MBP" if it is standard in 15 inch? One of my other friends also mentioned they were LED on the 15in MBPs, but they are not as bright as MBA, which confuses me.
  4. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    My favorite feature is that it is so bitchin'.

    But seriously, I love the instant wake from sleep.
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    The LED backlight is only on the hi-res 17" screens, which are optional.

    Instant wake has been one of the best features of OS-X, since 10.0.

    As for my thoughts on favorite feature, I like the new keyboard very much. I'm hoping for an update to the BT keyboard to get those backlit keys (I'll take a bit of hit on battery life). I also like the display - it has a far wider viewing angle than the MB's.

    Of course, those are aside from the aesthetics - we like just looking at it! It's a work of art.
  6. Mikebuzzsaw macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
  7. macanudo macrumors regular


    May 9, 2006
    Philadelphia, PA
    Portability, hands down. Seems weird but saving 3 lbs when I am traveling 150+ days out of the office makes a big difference!
  8. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    I can't pick one feature because for me its a combination of Weight, Temperature (much cooler on the lap compared to macbook or macbook pro), Portability, LED Screen, Backlit keyboard, general aesthetic that make the MBA so special to me.
  9. Coatsy macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2008
    Um... no it isn't.

    LED has been standard on the 15" since mid 2007. This recent update brought it to the 17" too.
  10. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
    The screen is much better in my Air then my SR 2.4MBP........
  11. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    LED =/= brightness. It just a method of lighting up the display.

    15" MBPs have LED screens since SR update (summer 07). Current revision 17" Hi res have LED too.
  12. designed macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2005
    The LED screens are brighter though, I like how they crank up brighter and go dimmer before switching off than their older counterparts. Nothing wrong with the old ones, the new ones are just even better :)

    My favourite feature is thinness and the lightness. The Air is again lowering the step to take the laptop with you when in doubt.
  13. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    The question was why it was "'optional on 17inch MBP' if it is standard in 15 inch"

    It's optional because it's only available with the hi-res screen on the 17". The standard def is cold-cathode backlit on the 17".
  14. fk51785 macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2008
    South Florida
  15. teek macrumors member


    Feb 12, 2008

    The best feature is that it´s my first Mac ever and it´s certainly not going to be my last! I absolutely LOVE this computer, the operating system, the universe and everything. Go  ! :D
  16. matthewHUB macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2005
    screen by far... and SSD.

    no but seriously, coming form a PB12", this screeen is AMAZING! so vivid. my desktop pic makes me feel i'm actually witnessing the image with my own eyes.
  17. Sesshi macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    The truly instant wake is good - but since I have to enter my password anyway, the cumulative practical wake-up time is no less than a Vista machine. However it is nice to see the user prompt the moment you lift up the lid.

    My favourite feature though is the way it looks. The weight isn't that good for what it is, the functionality is kind of poor, the battery life is not that great for an ultraportable and the battery behaviour is poor (long charge times), the components aren't anything I've not seen before elsewhere, the connectivity is dire, it's more unstable than my Vista notebooks - but the design is bitchin'.
  18. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    Screen for me, too. Brightest of any laptop I've ever owned.
  19. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    My favorite feature would have to be the thinness and light weight.

    As far as the screen goes, though, it's a close second. I was at the car dealership Saturday morning getting a car serviced, and someone else in the waiting lounge commented on how bright and clear the screen was for a laptop.

    My least favorite feature right now is not the MBA's fault... it's Leopard's seeming inability to properly connect and remain connected to a wireless network. Absolutely driving me nuts.
  20. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    There are too many good features of the MBA to pick just one :D
    My favorites are the light weight and form factor: Anyone who thinks the weight difference between an MBA and a MB (or MBP) is insignificant should try using an MBA for a couple of days - the light weight really does make a difference!
  21. profiteor macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2008

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