Core i5 MacBook Airs zoom past predecessors
Posted 27 July 2011 - 09:29 AM
Now that TF2 is free-to-play, I kinda want to play it anywhere including my Air.
Posted 27 July 2011 - 09:32 AM
Posted 27 July 2011 - 09:42 AM
The MBA has a smaller screen. I think (i.e., I don't have one to test my theory) an 11" screen would be too small to do much work. But I think a 13" screen is too small, too. I prefer the 15" MBP, but that would cost Daddy a lot of loot
Posted 27 July 2011 - 09:55 AM
This post has been edited by KPOM: 27 July 2011 - 09:57 AM
Posted 27 July 2011 - 09:56 AM
Where would you fit one? They didn't even fit one into the 13" Pro, so of course it wasn't going to make it to the Air, which was never a gaming machine. It's Intel's pigheadedness here, since they won't license IGPs from other manufacturers anymore. Hopefully someone makes use of the Thunderbolt port to offer an external GPU like on the Sony Vaio X.
Posted 27 July 2011 - 09:59 AM
The 2GB RAM and 64GB SSD might become limiting, though. The $1199 Air with 4GB and 128GB SSD should easily be enough to make it until it's time to give him a graduation present.
Posted 27 July 2011 - 10:18 AM
No Rosetta, no purchase.
While the $999 Air seems like it can replace the MacBook, it only can if one merely looks at price. The MacBook had an Optical Drive built-in. It also had the option for a really nice fat HD. Quite frankly, my Core Duo MacBook now boots faster than any Mac I have ever seen since installing a 500GB HD which has 4GB of Flash memory for frequently accessed files.
Sorry, the Air is no real replacement for the MacBook IMHO.
Posted 27 July 2011 - 10:38 AM
Posted 27 July 2011 - 11:24 AM
There are a relative handful of people (mostly the ones who read this website) who have computing requirements beyond what is on the iPad and maybe another brand or two of tablet, and the performance and capabilities of Macbooks - Pro and Air - suit even many if not most "advanced" needs. If you do still need a DVD writer for the Air, you can buy a USB2 DVD writer for under $40 and if you need more storage there are 32GB flash drives for little money, and even 250GB portable disk drives go for about $50. So add a couple of accessories you dig out and plug in only when needed and there's not a lot you can't do with these and you have low weight and power consumption.
Posted 27 July 2011 - 12:07 PM
He maintained a B+ average for all 2 years of middle school as I requested, so he earned it.