Seriously when I see "primary computer" with good mobile solutions in your possession I have to wonder why not a Mini? You don't explicitly state that the computer has to be mobile and in fact you point out your solutions for mobile. So why even consider the AIR?
Here are my issues with AIR as a primary computer:
- The screen is to small. This can lead to extreme frustration if used for extended times.
- Internal storage is too cramped. Others have already mentioned this in this thread and it should not be discounted.
- No OpenCL or advanced GPU capability. In an age where even the lowly web browser uses GPU acceleration good hardware here makes a difference. Even more so if you run flash.
- The CPU performance can be bad if CPU bound code is running. This is something to beware of but in the norm AIRs are very snappy.
Everybody has their own idea of what a primary computer is or should be but the items above come to mind when I hear the words "primary computer" and AIR. While it can work for many I think caution and deep thought should happen before the purchase is made.
Originally Posted by uriwvu
Had a "to good to pass up" offer for my late 2008 MacBook unibody 2.4GHz, so now I'm looking for my next Mac.
This will be my primary computer (iPad2 & iPhone4 for mobile) and I really prefer to go light. I do not like the MBP which is getting late in the tooth and too much like my 2008 MacBook. Great computer but I love the weight and feel of the MacBook Air.
Don't get me wrong the AIR is a great computer, I just get a little worried when people suggest it as their primary computer.
I will be using it primarily for web, media, syncing my iPad2/iPhone4, MS Office, iMovie, iTunes, iPhoto etc. My old HD is safely backed up on a 250 GB portable HD. I think the base 13" MacBook Air with i5 and 128GB should do the trick (no need to keep all of my media on the MacBook Air itself), but I'd like some opinions nonetheless.
No way in hell! Seriously you are making a big mistake buying a computer with only a 128GB of SSD storage. Especially if you needed a 250GB disk to back up your old. As has already been mentioned 128GB is barely enough to cover a basic install.
Look at it this way I purchased an early 2008 MBP with a 200GB drive, that barely cuts it and I have all my iTunes media on an external drive. By the time I had installed apps and documentation on the first couple of days 70GB was gone. Now I run somewhere between a 130 and 170 GB of space used with constant paring of old files. I'm constantly surprised at how much space today's apps take up, even for fun apps like GarageBand.
Whatever you do don't settle on 128GB of storage space. Really I'm pleading with you don't cause yourself excessive grief.
Also my wife has a 2007 MacBook so I have access to disk drive when needed.
You mean optical right? Depending upon your needs it might make more sense to have an external available.
However if you aren't talking about an optical keep in mind that pulling along an external HD for your "media" quickly becomes a pain. When you say there is no need to keep your media internally I'd have to say you haven't experienced the extra grief an external drive causes.
Appreciate any thoughts - thanks.
Well I hope I was clear in my position here. The AIR is a great machine I just have a hard time with the idea that it will be a primary machine. Yeah it certainly will work for some but I suspect many underestimate their needs. You seem to do this almost immediately when suggesting the purchase of a 128GB device.
Will the machine work for you? I really don't know, but I do wonder why something like a Mini isn't considered if your mobile needs are already covered. Get the Mini with the GPU and a SSD and you will be light years ahead of the AIR performance wise. I have this feeling that if you did buy the AIR you would soon buy a desktop monitor anyways.