MacBook Air a regression in performance?
November 10, 2010 9:13 AM Subscribe
How will the new 11-inch MacBook Air perform in comparison to a 2006 13-inch MacBook?
posted by dixiecupdrinking to Computers & Internet (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've been using a late-2006 revision, white MacBook (2.0 GHz C2D, 2 GB RAM) and it's basically adequate for my needs in terms of performance. I want to upgrade because the plastic case is literally falling apart piece by piece and battery life is dwindling. Also, I'm in grad school and carry my laptop back and forth every day on public transit, so the size and weight of the 11-inch Air would be an enormous advantage for me.
My only real concern is whether the 11-inch Air will actually feel less capable than my four-year-old computer, because, psychologically, I couldn't handle that after dropping $1,000 on it. The processor (1.4 GHz) is clocked way slower than mine, but I know/hope the SSD and the better graphics will make up for this in a lot of circumstances. It seems like it'll be adequate for my needs (no gaming, no graphic design, no video editing – just typical web – including Hulu etc. – email, word processing, Powerpoint, etc.), but are there are any frustrations I'd be coming up against that I'm not foreseeing? Is there anything I can currently do that I can't on a new Air (except use the Superdrive, duh)?
I've read reviews of the Airs that compare its performance to current-generation MacBook Pros, and I understand I won't be getting that level of performance, but, again, I don't really need it and I think the size/weight trade-off is worth it for me. I'd just love to hear from anyone who's had a similar experience going from older generation Macs to the 11-inch Air and whether it'll feel like I'm giving up anything I've already got.