I'm thinking MacBook Air

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  1. NSX

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    I'm going to be back in the market soon for a new laptop. Currently I have a white Macbook that's 4 years old and I'm looking to move up.

    I use my computer out in the field for photography. Macbook Pro is out because it's heavy and I'll also be getting an iMac at home for the heavy post processing stuff. :o

    I'm heavily considering the Macbook Air for its light weight. Problem is, I might experience regret of not having certain conveniences I now have with the entry level Macbook such as firewire port and 2 USB ports, not to mention a CD/DVD drive.

    Anyone later regretted getting the MacBook Air? :noes:
     
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    I know a few people with air's and only one of them is happy with it but he just loves it because it's light (and he never even moves it from his desk :hsugh:).

    It just seems silly to me to spend more money for a 1.5 lbs weight reduction and lose a lot of processing power, optical drive, a few extra ports, etc. Even the macbook pro only weighs 2.5 lbs more than the air (going by the weights on apple.com).
     
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    get a mini 9 and install osx for in the field stuff?
     
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    If you get a backpack with a slot for a laptop that places it right against your back I don't see why a MBP should be too heavy :dunno: I carry mine all across campus and can barely tell it in my bag.
     
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    if you're lugging around pro-photography equipment, suck it up and get a pro. there's a bunch of single lenses that are just as heavy
     
  6. nsxrebel

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    I've seen the early model MBA at the base exchange for ~$1200, looks pretty tempting.
     
  7. Halon X

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    Zero regrets!

    Mine (I have 2) get more use than any of my other computers. I own, but have yet to use the DVD drive, carry a small USB hub in my bag for the rare times I need more than one USB connection and can give 2 shits about firewire as I don't use it. It's an amazing little laptop.

    I also have a couple Dell Mini 9's (one running XP, the other OSX) and they perform extremely well given the specs. The portability is unbeatable however the lower screen resolution and smaller keyboard take a little getting used to.

    For photo work (depending on what you will be using it for specifically), I'd sway more towards the Air because of the larger screen.
     
  8. kmad86

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    My girlfriend has the Air and I have the new Unibody MacBook. Get the macbook, I was comparing the size just today actually... There isn't any big size difference at all.
     
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    I set up a 1.6ghz rev.a with hard drive for a friend and it seemed a bit painful, my gf bought the 1.86 rev.b with hard drive and its great.

    get the rev.b, skip the 1.6ghz, ssd if you can afford it.
     
  10. nsxrebel

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    What was the difference?
     
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    1.86 penryn vs. 1.6 merom
    1066 fsb vs 800
    nvida 9400 vs intel gma x3100
    120gig sata vs 80gig pata

    speed difference and heat difference is very noticeable, havent tested battery life.
     
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    I meant the difference in setting it up. Why was rev.A a pain, but your GF's rev.B not?
     
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    sorry, setting it up was not a pain, it was slightly painful to use.
     
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    mostly speed related, the disk performance seemed awful - ssd may be better.
     
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    Yeah but there's quite a difference in lugging around a laptop in a backpack around campus and hiking up hills with 2 camera bodies + 2 lenses + tripod. :hsd:
     
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    $999 :naughty:
    Previous generation refurb
     
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    I'll give you that but I just think you arn't going to notice the difference, or maybe you will. :dunno: From a price/performance ratio I would rather sacrafice 2.5 lbs and have a better performing laptop but thats just me.
     
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    get your logic out of here :gtfo:
     
  19. Halon X

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    I own Rev A and Rev B MBA's, both with SSD. For everyday tasks such as web surfing, email, office, iTunes, iPhoto, etc, I notice very little, if any difference between the two. If you are going to be doing anything graphics related, the Rev B is night and day better/faster.

    Regardless, I would not purchase an MBA (or any laptop for that matter) without an SSD drive.
     
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    How often do you really use or need 100% of the performance of your laptop?

    As someone who travels a lot, I can say that 2.5 lbs makes a very noticeable difference.

    It's also much easier to hold in one hand and type using the other while taking a shit! :bigthumb:
     
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    the air has never seemed like a great deal to me. get the top level MB instead of the pro and call it a day. the newer MB's are very much in line withe MBP's these days.
     
  22. nsxrebel

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    uh, MBA has never been about being a great deal/value... :ugh:
     
  23. kristaliah

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    Depends on what you need it for.

    I have an air and love that I can just shove it in my purse and carry it around campus all day. It's not heavy at all and I purchased the external CD/ DVD drive and have honestly only used it once ... to help a friend.

    As a college student all I really need is portability and basic programs so it works great for me. When I graduate I'll upgrade to a fancy mbpro but for now I don't need all the "bells and whistles" that go along with that.
     
  24. TheWeasel

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    Do you notice when you gain 2.5LBs of body weight? It's really not that noticeable between carrying a MBP.
     
  25. Halon X

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    Body weight vs laptop weight isn't even an equal argument.

    I also own a MBP can can tell you that the difference between the two is noticeable.
     

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