10 Replies Latest reply: Apr 3, 2011 8:25 PM by rkaufmann87
davidd31415 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi,

I just purchased a Macbook Air 13". The last time I used a Mac was circa 1990. I've stayed away from Macs since I did really want to learn a new operating system. Since I have a long overseas flight ahead of me this week I decided it would be a good time to give it a shot. The battery life of the Air model is what has attracted me to it.

After about a half hour of use I have a few questions:

1. Has anyone else had problems adjusting to the spacebar on this laptop? Maybe it's the ultra-sensitivity of $5 keyboards that I am used to but I have about a 50/50 success rate when it comes to pressing this spacebar. Half the time I press it and I do not even get a space on the screen. In fact, this post is the longest thing I have written with the Air yet and I have become quite irate by now. First thing tomorrow morning I'm heading back to Best Buy with this thing to try out other Macbook Airs. If the keyboards all respond like this I'm not going to bother. I have a hard time believing that THISis the quality of Apple that I've heard so much about.... Idid not come here intendingto flamebut wow... thisissad.

Well,on to the other questionsthati have...

2. Is there a way to configurethe touch pad so that I can just tapthe pad insteadof actually pressing it down and"clicking"it?I findthepadrather difficulttopress too.I don'twantto behammeringawayatkeysandtouchpadsjusttouseacomputer.

Thelettersthemselvesfeelokaybutwow.Ican not getoverthisspacebar..Iampressingitinbetweeneachwordhereandthisishowmany spacesareactuallybeingregisterd. Nojoke.Thereiseithersomethingwrongwith thisparticularAirorIamsimply notcutouttousethisdevice.

Well,thisistoofrustratingto use. I'mpackingit backupnow. The only way I can actually get a space between every word is toavoid using my thumbs, andactually hit the spacebarwith myfingers... even then this thing is only registering once in a while.

FFS.

what was ithinking.

Macbook Air 13", Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • davidd31415 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I found the "tap to click" setting for the trackpad. That makes this feel less like a piece of construction equipment. Is it possible to activate four finger drag wherever the pointer is in a window instead of only when on the title bar.

    Son of a #&*#... I better stop using this thing. Best Buy might not return it if the spacebar is cracked in half when I bring it back.
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (46,990 points)
    Wherever you are going if there is an Apple Store there take it in to have the spacebar looked at. Don't just walk it, you will receive faster service if you make an appointment at the Genius bar. You can begin doing that using this link: https://selfsolve.apple.com/GetWarranty.do

    Roger
  • davidd31415 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    There is an Apple store I can stop at on the way. I'll check them out.

    Strange thing though, after about an hour of use the spacebar seems to be working properly. Makes me nervous how it was working earlier. I am certain that I did not simply "get used to it." Maybe something settled inside and now it will work perfectly. Anyway, it is nice to at least be able to type now lol. I was really losing my patience there for a minute.

    I expected to be slowed down learning shortcuts, new applications, ways of doings things, etc but not being able to type at my normal speed was not one of them. So maybe I will have a future with Apple after all.

    I am disappointed to learn that the Air does not have an illuminated keyboard. From what I've read it looks like I can pick up a Pro with a faster processor, more storage space, and an illuminated keyboard for about the same price as the Air. I'd forfeit slim dimensions, a bit of weight and battery life (let me know if I'm missing any others). The battery life will be important to me. If the Pro allows for battery removal maybe I could just buy an extra battery.
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (46,990 points)
    I am disappointed to learn that the Air does not have an illuminated keyboard. From what I've read it looks like I can pick up a Pro with a faster processor, more storage space, and an illuminated keyboard for about the same price as the Air. I'd forfeit slim dimensions, a bit of weight and battery life (let me know if I'm missing any others). The battery life will be important to me. If the Pro allows for battery removal maybe I could just buy an extra battery.


    Personally I had a 13" MBP and sold it to get an 11" MBA due to the form factor, i.e. light weight, slim layout and such. I had the MBP for 1 year and having been using the MBA for about 3 months now. I find I get more use from the MBA. After using it for awhile the MBP seems to be extremely heavy but that's just my perception. I did enjoy the backlit keyboard and I'm sure Apple dropped it on the MBA series for a valid reason however I have no idea what that is. None of the Apple notebooks (MBP or MBA series) have removable or expansion batteries. You can extend battery life by turning off functions when you're not using them and calibrate them about every couple of months. Here are two articles from Apple that discusses that and how to get the best life out of your battery.

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1764220

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1490
  • Olga V. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    davidd31415 wrote:
    I'd forfeit slim dimensions, a bit of weight and battery life (let me know if I'm missing any others).


    The 13" MacBook Pro has a lower resolution (1280x800) than the 13" MacBook Air (1440x900).
  • Aepple Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    with new devices/OS's you sometimes have to change computer/phone HABITS, and we all hate change, but it is what it is. I miss my illuminated keyboard on my MBA, but the light off the screen works to get by, maybe Apple did it conserve battery power or space within the MBA, who knows.

    Learning a new OS is challenging, but yet its a degree of accomplishment when learned. the idea of making an appointment at a Apple store is a good idea. Good Luck
  • JE13 Level 4 Level 4 (3,920 points)
    I am disappointed to learn that the Air does not have an illuminated keyboard. From what I've read it looks like I can pick up a Pro with a faster processor, more storage space, and an illuminated keyboard for about the same price as the Air. I'd forfeit slim dimensions, a bit of weight and battery life (let me know if I'm missing any others). The battery life will be important to me. If the Pro allows for battery removal maybe I could just buy an extra battery.


    The Pros are great computers, and the latest ones that just came out are top of the line. We can certainly recommend them if you find that the MBA is not for you--and it may not be for you. There are trade-offs for each computer you get as, obviously, no computer can give all of us everything that we all want. We all have different needs and we pick the computer that matches up with the needs we rate at the top of our list.

    The MBA hits the top of the list for people who want, first and foremost, something lightweight and very portable. Thanks to the SSD, you also get instant on-off, and great battery life. This makes it perfect for business types who do a lot of flying. I'd want that 13" if I was frequently traveling across the ocean. And I wouldn't mind at all giving up disk drive, extra ports and such if I was that kind of traveler. I would want something that was both light and had a great battery.

    The Pro, obviously, isn't nearly so light and slim. But if things like a backlit keyboard tops your list (which it does for some folk), or a 15" screen, having thunderbolt, a disk drive or just a much larger harddrive, then the Pro is for you. Note that though you could buy one with a faster processor and more storage, you won't have the instant on-off (that requires SSD which you can buy for the pro but at a much higher cost). And, yes, your battery will be seven hours instead of ten.

    Frankly, however, seven hours is usually pretty sufficient even if you are flying across the ocean frequently. It all depends on what you intend to do with the computer. What tops your list? And while you're at the Apple store, why not give the Pro's a look. If you find you like them better, by all means. Trade the MBA in. The rule of thumb in the Apple world is: get what you love.
  • davidd31415 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Now that the spacebar is working properly (I guess it needed to "set in" or something) I'm liking the MBA much more.

    I'm going through the pains of learning the operating system. We'll see how it goes. Today iTunes and trying to interface with my iPad caused the most frustration for me. That and not being used to the lack of a minimize function. Learning how to have applications minimize into their launchers in the dock helped quite a bit.
  • Olga V. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    davidd31415 wrote:
    Today iTunes and trying to interface with my iPad caused the most frustration for me. That and not being used to the lack of a minimize function. Learning how to have applications minimize into their launchers in the dock helped quite a bit.


    Perhaps this is what you've already learned and meant when you said "have applications minimize into their launchers in the dock" (in which case I apologize for the redundant info), but Mac OS X definitely has a minimize function. Just hit Command + M to have the current window minimize into the right side of the dock. Other ways of performing the same function are clicking the yellow minus in the application's title bar, or double-clicking the title bar (the latter way can be disabled from the Appearance panel in system preferences, so check there if it doesn't work).

    Command + H will work to hide all windows of the current application, but I'm guessing that's what you mean by minimizing application into the dock (caveat: older versions of Photoshop don't follow this and use Ctrl + Command + H instead, because there is a Photoshop-specific Command + H shortcut). Another shortcut I like is holding down Alt and Command at the same time and clicking the desktop--that will get rid of everything except finder windows. Just click any open application in the dock to see the windows again.
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (46,990 points)
    Oga has some very good suggestions on minimizing applications. If you are the type of user that prefers keyboard shortcuts OS X has many plus you can create your own. Here is a Apple Advice Letter that shows some of the more popular ones:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1343