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New Macbook Airs
Frizzl
post Oct 21 2010, 01:32 PM
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Interesting to say the least, 11" models now...

http://store.apple.com/au/browse/home/shop...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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Jeruselem
post Oct 21 2010, 01:36 PM
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Interesting, the 11" version is almost competing with high-end netbooks.


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post Oct 21 2010, 03:28 PM
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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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post Oct 21 2010, 04:28 PM
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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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post Oct 21 2010, 08:13 PM
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QUOTE (thesorehead @ Oct 21 2010, 05:28 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??


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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post Oct 28 2010, 04:20 PM
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QUOTE (Linux_Inside V2 @ Oct 21 2010, 09:13 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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post Oct 29 2010, 05:28 PM
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QUOTE (AIMBOT @ Oct 28 2010, 05:20 PM) *
QUOTE (Linux_Inside V2 @ Oct 21 2010, 09:13 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.


yup

The intel IGP's don't support OpenCL either. which apple thinks is a big deal
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post Oct 29 2010, 06:50 PM
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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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post Oct 30 2010, 11:45 AM
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QUOTE (Linux_Inside V2 @ Oct 21 2010, 08:13 PM) *
QUOTE (thesorehead @ Oct 21 2010, 05:28 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??


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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Linux_Inside V2
post Nov 5 2010, 04:41 PM
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QUOTE (12345 @ Oct 30 2010, 12:45 PM) *
QUOTE (Linux_Inside V2 @ Oct 21 2010, 08:13 PM) *
QUOTE (thesorehead @ Oct 21 2010, 05:28 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??


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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post Nov 12 2010, 09:56 AM
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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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post Feb 9 2012, 10:03 PM
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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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post Feb 10 2012, 10:26 AM
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QUOTE (bowlen @ Feb 9 2012, 11:03 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).


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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post Feb 10 2012, 10:45 AM
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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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post Feb 10 2012, 12:37 PM
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I've had one since release and its been really good I really cant fault anything about it.

QUOTE (unco_tomato @ Feb 10 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.



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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post Feb 10 2012, 12:50 PM
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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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post Feb 13 2012, 10:47 AM
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It is looking like $1800 for the laptop with the largest SSD. Tiny bit dear at the moment.


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