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MacBook Air as main computer with external monitor /keyboard/mouse. Anyone?

Discussion in 'Apple and Mac OS X' started by uniquestco, Mar 1, 2009.

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  1. uniquestco

    uniquestco Notebook Evangelist

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    I'm thinking on using my MBA as my main computer, therefore I'm considering buying the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard and the Mighty Mouse and hooking up to my HP Monitor for when I'm at my desk for long periods.

    It's very easy to hook up ... this MBA seems quick enough and a usb hub can be added if need be ... why not use it as a main pc?

    Further, the only windows app I'm really going to miss is Publisher, I'm thinking on being daring and installing Vista on the Mac with Bootcamp and then run Publisher in Windows. If that worked well I could get rid of the T500... (I have a desktop I could use for heavier app's, movie/music downloading) ...

    Seems like a lot of work for such a small little machine, lol, can it handle it? Has anyone there done this before with success?
     
  2. aan310

    aan310 Notebook Virtuoso

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    it should be able to handle it. Just make sure you get 4gb + ram...
    Also, maybe consider the dell adamo or the lenovo (x300 i think?)
     
  3. chyidean

    chyidean Notebook Evangelist

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    I thought maximum amount of RAM was 2GB, and you have to get it when ordering (it's soldered on)
     
  4. aan310

    aan310 Notebook Virtuoso

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    well, i was going to check, but apple.com is not loading :/
     
  5. Khris

    Khris Yes I am better than you!

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    The Air comes with 2gb of memory soldered on to the mainboard. You can not upgrade it at any time.
     
  6. gengerald

    gengerald Technofile Extraordinaire

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    2GB is enough for almost any general activities you do. Even power use on Vista will work with 2GB no problem... Hey Unique, you may want to consider a cooling pad w/usb hub. Kills two birds with one stone. I am cheap, so I would go with 3rd party, usually Logitech, for my peripheral needs just to save a couple bucks. You can just keep the pad with the dongles for the keyboard/mouse, maybe a printer cable, etc. ready then just set it on and plug in. Would be a very cool setup ;D
     
  7. chyidean

    chyidean Notebook Evangelist

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    I'm sure others, especially the OP, would disagree (as he's about to use it as primary computer), but my personal opinion is that the Air is first and foremost a fashion statement. My conclusion is based on the obvious marketing angle from Apple that emphasizes its thinness and light weight. As a result, if the purchase was based from the aesthetic appeal of the computer, third party peripherals may not complement the design as much as something directly from Apple would.

    But then again, it's just my personal take on it.
     
  8. gengerald

    gengerald Technofile Extraordinaire

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    Are you suggesting that anything non-mac is not stylish? fan boy much?
     
  9. Xirurg

    Xirurg ORLY???

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    not a bad idea,but
    1)better install xp,will run much better!
    2)
    you didn't mention what works are you going to do :)
     
  10. Xirurg

    Xirurg ORLY???

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    nope,he was just saying that apple wants you to buy their accessories so the styles will "match".please stop thinking that every poster here is a blind fanboy!
     
  11. Xirurg

    Xirurg ORLY???

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    it was a general statement,not pointing @ you m8!

    We are just VERY tired of people that call us fanboy even when we say a sentence with "apple" word in it... so annoying :(
     
  12. Vaath

    Vaath Notebook Deity

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    Hmmm Apple is to these forums as Ni is to Monty Python

    Ahh he said it again! :D
     
  13. plasma.

    plasma. herpyderpy

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    How does the MacBook Air connect to your HP monitor though? Through an adapter? I'm new to this DisplayPort thing.
     
  14. Xirurg

    Xirurg ORLY???

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    rev. b macbook airs have mini DP,so to connect it to external non-apple monitor you ll need miniDP -> XXX adapter...and you won't "loose"and quality!
     
  15. plasma.

    plasma. herpyderpy

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    So am I correct in assuming DVI can output in 1650 by 1050?

    Thanks, before I thought only HDMi could do such res and that DVI and VGA could only do up to 1280 by 1024.
     
  16. Xirurg

    Xirurg ORLY???

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    yes,it can output up to 1920x1200! hdmi,DP and miniDP can output to 2640x1600!
     
  17. plasma.

    plasma. herpyderpy

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    Gotcha :)

    ___
     
  18. jimboutilier

    jimboutilier Notebook Evangelist NBR Reviewer

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    While I disagree that the MBA is simply a fashion statement, I would say it needs careful consideration of its limitations as an "only" computer. The MBA is a fantastic travel computer and while its .5" of thickness and 1.5 pound weight difference compared to a new aluminum MB might seem small - its not and the MBA travels much better. That said, even the RevB MBA is limited to 2gb ram (-256 the graphics system steels). This should be enough for an average user not using virtual machines but is limiting for power users and less than ideal for anyone using VMs. Also its largest capacity storage is 128gb, which may be fine for many people but movies, pictures, music, and particularly VM's chew up space fast and for many this capacity will be too small for an "only" computer. External drives are fine but they hamper portability (the MBA's killer feature) and remote access simply doesn't have the performance for a lot of applications.

    I've lived with a MBA as a main machine for about 8 months and it can be a great machine just running business software. Its needs tuning, and living within its RAM and HD limitations takes effort. If you want all the audio/visual strangth that MAC's normally excel at its not a great machine for performance and capacity reasons.

    You might want to consider a new unibody MB. Its screen is merely ok compared to the MBA's stellar screen (but some rev B MBA's seem to have screen issues). Its a bit thicker and heavier but not by a huge amount and is still very portable (if not amazingly portable like the MBA). But it has the speed and capacity that could satisfy a much larger user segment as an "only" computer. If portability is not an issue the MBP bears looking at too but they are a bit big an heavy for constant travel companions.

    Good luck in your search
     
  19. Khris

    Khris Yes I am better than you!

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    I have to disagree here. Having owned a MBA and now a 2.4 Unibody, I can't say that the MBA traveled any better than my Unibody.

    If you really want to be anal and get out your ruler and scale to say that the MBA *MUST* travel better because it's thinner and lighter, justify it to yourself however you have to.

    Speaking from experience, although I truly loved my Air, I find that my Unibody is a much more enjoyable experience and travels no "less" than an Aair.
     
  20. KamiCrazy

    KamiCrazy Notebook Geek

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    It depends on how you "travel". Do you put your laptop in your car and then drive around?

    Do you walk around all day with it in your backpack?
    Do you carry it in your hands walking through the CBD?

    For me the last two options is what I do the most and I find for instance carrying my MBP barely acceptable.

    While carrying a MBA would definitely have its advantages being so much lighter in the hand.
     
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