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4562 Views 27 Replies Latest reply: Mar 8, 2008 3:33 AM by Christian Greenberg
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2008 11:28 PM (in response to AppleFan888)I have no problems with Bluetooth or Airport issues, but I do have problems with freezes every once in a while.Mac Book Air w/SSD, Mac Book Pro 15", Mac Mini, Apple iPhone 16 GB, Mac OS X (10.5.2), I finally sold the last PC I had in the house!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 27, 2008 3:58 AM (in response to AppleFan888)I have had the 1.8/64 GB SSD for about 2 weeks and I have to say that you would have to say that you would have to pry it out of my cold dead hands to get it away from me. I have had no wireless or bluetooth issues, no freezing, and I chose to do a new erase and install and the like to gain a little more space on the SSD. I did not use the migration assistant as this is a supplement to my current iMac and not a replacement. TO get the tunes and the like that i use often, i just transfered my purchases from my iPod touch to this MBA, but did not sync with it...The screen is amazing, the speed is nothing to sneeze at, I also like the superdrive and the usb/ethernet adapter is perfect.
No battery issues. I followed everyone's advice and conditioned the batter right out of the box..
Man, I feel like an Apple stalker...but in a good way!Intel CD iMAC 20" / 16 GB iPod touch/ MBA 1.8/SSD, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 27, 2008 4:30 AM (in response to vtonangi)Thanks for the lengthy writeup. I had initially dismissed the MBA as too limited for my needs and decided to wait for the updated MB Pro instead. But, as I thought about it, the only things I use my current PowerBook G4 are entering data in FileMaker Pro, writing, Web surfing, and e-mail while traveling, and delivering Keynote presentations. If the MBA can do all this, I'd happily trade the extra power of the MB Pro for the lower weight of the MBA. (I suspect that it will, since my 1.25 GHz G4 is OK much of the time.)
Disk space still worries me though. I know that the SSD is theoretically upgradeable, but this is the first I've heard anyone say that someone from Apple has confirmed it. Who told you this?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 27, 2008 3:52 PM (in response to vtonangi)Thanks for the fantastic in-depth review. It has really helped in me making the decision to upgrade to a MBA. I do have one question for you though, what is the audio quality like? Is it good enough for watching TV shows and movies?17" PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 2, 2008 2:13 AM (in response to David Prendergast)Hey Hello,
I've the same issue with my macbook air ssd. With the front left corner.
Did it got any better when you had your macbook a bitt longer? (see also my issue's at Design fault and first xperience.....
EdgariMac Intel Core 2 Duo Ghz 24", Mac OS X (10.5.2), iPhone,Apple TV , iPod Touch, Macbook Pro 17" 2.33 , Airport Extreme 802.11n
Currently Being ModeratedMar 2, 2008 8:39 AM (in response to Chameleoninc@mac.com)The MBA has a single mono speaker under the keyboard, but the sound is excellent with my Bose QC3 Noise Cancelling headphones attached! It's like a 3 lb mobile theatre system!iMac 20" MBA 1.8/64 GB SSD, Mac OS X (10.5.2), SuperDrive iPhone 8 GB Bose QC3 Headphones TC 1TB ATV 160 GB
Currently Being ModeratedMar 3, 2008 4:13 PM (in response to AppleFan888)I hard that the SSD makes the MacBook Air run hot? Anyone know? Also, my Apple Store is out of all non-SSD macbook air units, so I am thinking of just buying the SSD. a few sites report that Macbook Air's are in short supply, in Boston and also in the bay area (http://www.personafile.com/products); certainly true in central new jersey unless you want the SSD drive.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 3, 2008 4:57 PM (in response to espressohouse2)No the SSD does not run hot. I doubt it runs any different than the non SSD, but if it did it would be cooler, no spinning disk.
In general the case is much cooler than previous generation MacBooks and MacBook Pros. The newest MB and MBP do run much cooler than previous models though.MBP 15" 2.5GHz 4GB, 250GB HD, Mac OS X (10.5.2), MBA 1.8 64GB SSD; iPhone
Currently Being ModeratedMar 3, 2008 8:22 PM (in response to tele_player)So far, my MBA (1.8 SSD) is perfect. For those having the "wobble" problem, this link to a post over at macRumors may be of interest:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=444840MacPro (2X3 GHz, 8GB, 30"Cinema Display..., Mac OS X (10.5.2), MacBook Air (1.8 SSD)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 4, 2008 2:15 PM (in response to AppleFan888)I originally thought my wireless was constantly scanning; as others pointed out, it just scans for about 4 seconds whenever you click on the menu bar icon.
As for freezes, I have those pretty bad. Sometimes the Finder/Dock will hockeypuck on me right at login and require a reboot.
Sometimes I go to a web page in FireFox and the browser will freeze up followed by the entire user interface---Finder, Dock, the keyboard (can't kill processes via Terminal because I can't type.) I did discover that sometimes the UI will unhang after a few minutes when it is induced by web browsing.
Sadly I am now always keeping the Force Quit window open at all times just in case. I haven't used it long enough to get a decent estimate of either the frequency of these hangs, or the average hang time.
Nevertheless, none of this really detracts from the fact that, la la la, I have a MBA.MBA, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 4, 2008 2:19 PM (in response to xcottcraver)Instead of keeping the force quit window open, keep the Activity Monitor open and see if you can spot your trouble-maker. You can force quit any app and some processes via the AM but can also tell what is taking what in the CPU or memory or otherwise hogging the computer.MBA1.6HHD MBP 2.4 SR LED, 8G iPhone PB15"hi-res 1.67, OSX10.4.10, 10.5.2, Mac OS X (10.5.2), MBA MBP + PPC Mac notebooks, towers, and desktops now back to System 7.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2008 12:40 PM (in response to Rhyd)Hi,
Actually, I had FileVault on for this account; when I turned it off, the freezing and crashing stopped.
I'm throwing that out in case other people have the same problem.MBA, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2008 3:33 AM (in response to AppleFan888)I have both, the Macbook Air 1.8 64GB SSD and 80GB HDD, so I can compare them pretty well.
What can I say? I love the performance of the 64GB SSD version, especially booting is MUCH MUCH faster. Battery life increases by aprox. 20 minutes with the 64GB SSD, not much but still...
I have no freezing up, no connection issues, nothing.
Maybe you should make sure that your applications are Leopard AND MBA tested/approved because I had some issues with third party applications at the beginning when I first got my 80GB HDD version.
Btw: MS Office 2008 runs great on the MBA, there have been reports of a very bad performance but I can't confirm it at all. Boot Camp runs great too, I installed Vista Home Premium on both machines, even updated to Vista SP1, no issues whatsoever.