Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2011 8:59 AM (in response to Mulderscully)
There are several computers in my household, but I have migrated all the programs/files I use on a daily basis and use my late 2010 MBA 13.3" exclusively. So fast, thin, light and easy to use, it was a no-brainer...
Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2011 11:16 AM (in response to Mulderscully)
My 11", 128gb, 4gb RAM Air has been my primary computer from the day I bought it Granted, I don't do as much as some. I write novels on this little laptop (I have two writing programs), I chat in chatrooms, read mail, maintain my photo library, buy and listen to music, plan trips and events, sometimes stream and watch movies.
It's more than good enough for all that. No reason at all for me to have anything larger or more powerful for my primary computer.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2011 1:27 PM (in response to Mulderscully)
The 13" is way too small a screen to be my primary computer (perhaps if I had the 27" external monitor...).
My main computer runs dual 21" monitors (and even then I wish I had more screen). Just wait until you get old (and your eyes give out :>)
Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2011 3:51 PM (in response to Mulderscully)
I originally started using a Mac due to the fact that I support Mac's at work.
I still have Windows stations, but use my laptop daily, my Windows stations - maybe a few times/week.
Basically, I use my Windows boxes for storage, AND for a few things that I haven't yet learned to do on Mac. I've been using Mac's now for about 8 years, and am very comfortable with the OS, but still a few things I do on my Windows system:
iTunes - I sitll sync my iPhone/iPad to my Windows system, all of my audio is there.
I don't use iTunes to hold my library, I rip my audio data, then import into iTunes - a control thing.
Photo editing (still learning to get comfortable doing this on the Mac).
I still don't like the idea of database-based photo systems. I prefer flat file photo storage - I"m a control freak.
My air is my primary computer, but I still need my Windows systems. Hopefully someday soon, I can fully migrate - been thinking of getting a 27" iMac, which would be the start of me moving over. Maybe soon.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2011 9:23 PM (in response to Mulderscully)
I've heard some say that the Air is a great secondary computer, but...
Has anyone else found the Air to be their primary computer?
No while I love my MBA I find it best as a secondary computer. I prefer the large screen on my iMac and that's what I use when I'm home however when I'm not my MBA is packed to go.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2011 4:03 AM (in response to rkaufmann87)
We have lots of macs in the office and I have always used at least 2 machines. I have had every MBA but always just as second portable computer. When I saw how good the most recent 13 inch Air was and how much time and effort I was going to save copying and syncing between machines. I made it my main machine. It is connected to a 27 inch Thuderbolt display which is connected to a Drobo, other external FW 800 drives, 10 or more USB peripherals, and it is a fantastic desktop machine. I would prefer a larger display as my previous 30 inch seemed much larger.
Using Ejector, a small utility, it is one click to eject all devices and I have my office ready to go with me in the slimmest of cases. One of the 640mb external drives conected by FW has iTunes, Aperture, and other things, I sometimes need, and I keep the USB cable for it in my case so it can come with me if neccessary just by unplugging one FW cable
This is best working set up I have had and the Air handles most tasks including Photoshop with no problems.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 12, 2011 12:32 AM (in response to Mulderscully)
I have both an iMac and Air. Like using each of them, but if I had it to do over again I would just get the Air and attach external (monitor, drive, mouse & keyboard) peripherals to it while using at home.
Even after using the Air for nearly a year it still seems like one of the coolest things I own.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 12, 2011 12:56 PM (in response to Mulderscully)
My MBA is my primary computer. I have an old 2006 iMac that used to be my primary, but it is now gathering dust. The MBA is small, light and very efficient. I have the 13" 2011 model with the 256 GB with its speed, etc., I don't need anything else.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 12, 2011 1:44 PM (in response to Mulderscully)
I ran the 13" MBA as my primary machine for the better part of two years and I was very pleased, it never served as my primary machine because I had a nice Mac Pro at home and the MBA didn't allow me to satisfy my needs with gaming. I recently moved back to the 13" MBP and removed the optical drive in favor of a second drive (an SSD) and I couldn't be happier. As I now have virtually identical performance (in terms of data access) and some of the additional features that I lacked with my MBA.
But I'll definitely say that the MBA has come a long way since the first and second revisions and really makes a compelling argument to most everyone I know about a very capable primary machine. Personally the only thing holding it back, for me, was the lack of Thunderbolt peripherals and the army of FireWire devices that I use on a regular basis.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 12, 2011 10:41 PM (in response to JasonFear)
Combining the Air with the 27 inch Thunderbolt display has allowed me to connect all my FW disks etc. and the 2 combined make a great desktop set up and this is the best of both worlds.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 13, 2011 3:28 AM (in response to Mulderscully)
I have been anti-Apple since the first iPod come out, but i would say my MBA 2011 is the best laptop i ever had, i have ditched my Dell and trying to invest more in apple product. I have to say MBA now is my primary working machine.
Personally i cannot decide to get a iMAC or a 27 thunderbolt display, the price difference is few hundered dollars but consider 1 is a full MAC and the other is just a big display with docking station...anyone has this dillema?
Understand someone may think is troublesome to sync MBA with iMAC but now we have this iCloud setting ,will synchronization still a must?