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#1 Frizzl

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 01:32 PM

Interesting to say the least, 11" models now...

http://store.apple.c...ily/macbook_air

Starting at $1199 I think that's a pretty nice price point. But for the same money I'd still be getting the polycarbonate (very happy with mine - upgraded to 4gb ram however, which makes a bit of a difference).

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 01:36 PM

Interesting, the 11" version is almost competing with high-end netbooks.
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Posted 21 October 2010 - 03:28 PM

Remember how much the SSD option was on the first MBA? Now you get the whole thing WITH SSD for only a few hundred dollars more.

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 04:28 PM

I've not yet seen a netbook for $1200, but probably just because I'm not looking too closely. My puzzlement is that they're still using Core2 a couple years after everybody else and his dog switched to i3/5/7 and Atom. Surely there are i5 ULV processors available??
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Posted 21 October 2010 - 08:13 PM

I've not yet seen a netbook for $1200, but probably just because I'm not looking too closely.

My puzzlement is that they're still using Core2 a couple years after everybody else and his dog switched to i3/5/7 and Atom. Surely there are i5 ULV processors available??


On a C2D system they can use NVIDIA's chipset with an Integrated Graphics chipset

For I3/5/7 they'd need to use an Intel chipset with a discrete GPU from what I understand, and there isn't much space in the air.

If Intel could pull their head out of their asses, and allow NVIDIA to produce chipsets for the latest processors I think you'd find that the air would be more with the times.

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 04:20 PM

For I3/5/7 they'd need to use an Intel chipset with a discrete GPU from what I understand, and there isn't much space in the air.

If Intel could pull their head out of their asses, and allow NVIDIA to produce chipsets for the latest processors I think you'd find that the air would be more with the times.


The Intel discrete GPU, while a lot better than previous, still blows when compared to the NVIDIA option.
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 05:28 PM

For I3/5/7 they'd need to use an Intel chipset with a discrete GPU from what I understand, and there isn't much space in the air.

If Intel could pull their head out of their asses, and allow NVIDIA to produce chipsets for the latest processors I think you'd find that the air would be more with the times.


The Intel discrete GPU, while a lot better than previous, still blows when compared to the NVIDIA option.


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Posted 29 October 2010 - 06:50 PM

I'd be interested to see this thing in person. There's something not quite right about how it tapers towards one end.

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 11:45 AM

I've not yet seen a netbook for $1200, but probably just because I'm not looking too closely.

My puzzlement is that they're still using Core2 a couple years after everybody else and his dog switched to i3/5/7 and Atom. Surely there are i5 ULV processors available??


On a C2D system they can use NVIDIA's chipset with an Integrated Graphics chipset

For I3/5/7 they'd need to use an Intel chipset with a discrete GPU from what I understand, and there isn't much space in the air.

If Intel could pull their head out of their asses, and allow NVIDIA to produce chipsets for the latest processors I think you'd find that the air would be more with the times.



probably a good reason to skip the macbook airs then especially at that price.
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Posted 05 November 2010 - 04:41 PM

I've not yet seen a netbook for $1200, but probably just because I'm not looking too closely.

My puzzlement is that they're still using Core2 a couple years after everybody else and his dog switched to i3/5/7 and Atom. Surely there are i5 ULV processors available??


On a C2D system they can use NVIDIA's chipset with an Integrated Graphics chipset

For I3/5/7 they'd need to use an Intel chipset with a discrete GPU from what I understand, and there isn't much space in the air.

If Intel could pull their head out of their asses, and allow NVIDIA to produce chipsets for the latest processors I think you'd find that the air would be more with the times.



probably a good reason to skip the macbook airs then especially at that price.


That all depends, I don't sit here jerking myself off with crap like crysis, so a C2D is fine.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 09:56 AM

Had a play with one in JB hifi and its sooooo light. Ridiculous. This would be my travel option and the slant just works. I was playing with the ipad and its awesome too. When are the new ones coming out?

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:03 PM

So what is everyones thoughts on the MacBook Air? I am thinking about getting one for uni as they are just so light (but I don't want the limitations of an iPad).

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 10:26 AM

So what is everyones thoughts on the MacBook Air? I am thinking about getting one for uni as they are just so light (but I don't want the limitations of an iPad).


Seriously good bit of kit for non-gaming use. I'd suggest the 13" for the extra screen resolution and battery life. It's not an IPS panel, but the quality is very, very good compared to the ultra-book competition. With the SSD, it runs photoshop beautifully (~2 second startup), and in general performance is snappy. The Samsung Series 9 is the closest competition, but I found the trackpad to be significantly inferior, and it's more expensive and lower specced than the base model Air.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 10:45 AM

I like these as alternatives to the Air. Depends on what OS you want and other factors too.

$986 (and can usually haggle them down in store) is a good price for the UX21E i3 I think.
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 12:37 PM

I've had one since release and its been really good I really cant fault anything about it.

I like these as alternatives to the Air. Depends on what OS you want and other factors too.

$986 (and can usually haggle them down in store) is a good price for the UX21E i3 I think.



Sure you can get that if you want a shitty touch pad. I do like them as well and when it was released tempted to sell my MBA and get one but its touch pad is crap.
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 12:50 PM

I use a real mouse with mine when I am not mobile, and the touchpad isn't too terrible with the latest drivers... The UX21E is great IMHO for what I need, would get a MBA, but I have a MBP at home, a UX21E for work and a dedicated media server, so no real need for another computer.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 10:47 AM

It is looking like $1800 for the laptop with the largest SSD. Tiny bit dear at the moment.

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