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My Computer Cannot Even

Need to replace my laptop at short notice. Should I blow my bank account and get a MacBook Air, or pick up a Chromebook (or the like) as a stopgap measure while continuing to save up for the Pro I really want? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Sep 20, 2014 - 24 answers

Yet another laptop buying question

Should I get a 13" Macbook Air or a 14" Lenovo X1 Carbon? [more inside]
posted by matildatakesovertheworld on Mar 22, 2014 - 36 answers

My friend accidentally fried my Macbook. What is her responsibility?

I'm in grad school. My friend/classmate accidentally knocked over her water bottle on Wednesday and drenched my MacBook Air (which was on the classroom table about three feet away), killing at least the motherboard (per the repair shop where I took it) and possibly other things as well. It will cost at least $520 to repair; I'm out of AppleCare coverage because I got my computer a bit over a year ago. I have two questions. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Mar 9, 2014 - 89 answers

Is the 13" MacBook Air the right laptop for me?

Needing to get a new portable, because the battery in my workhorse laptop is borked, I ordered a refurbished 13" MacBook Pro - which I am typing on at the moment. So far, it seems fine for what I need, but I was wondering whether the hive mind could think of a better solution. Generic snowflake detail inside. [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Jan 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Using a 13" MacBook Air as an audio delay.

This is for live sound at a party. I need to add a delay to a set of speakers to synchronize them with the main stacks. I don't have a digital console or an effects box capable of this. Could I use something like Audiomulch to do it? How would I set up my 13" MacBook Air so it won't shut don't or cut the audio for several hours? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Dec 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Viable Mac setup?

What I want to do is get a Macbook Air, partition one of my externals for Windows and at least 1 Linux distro so that I can play with all three systems. However, my only concern is that I'm not forseeing some possible issues with getting a mostly basic level 13 in Air. Before you ask, I don't want a Pro since my current laptop is a beast, portability really is a concern for me for several months out of the year, and I want to experience the opposite end of the weight and ready-to-go spectrum. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Mac Mac Mac Mac Mac

I want to buy a new Mac to replace my 2008 Macbook, but I'm overwhelmed by the options. What will best fit my needs? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Jul 30, 2013 - 19 answers

Buy a new mac or upgrade the OS?

My early-2007 Macbook Pro is still going strong, besides the fact that it gets very hot and that the battery is kaput. The biggest problem I have with it is that the OS (v.10.5.8) is far enough out of date that I can't update most of my software, and have a hard time acquiring new software. Is it worthwhile to upgrade to the latest version of OS X, or would I be better of just springing for a new mac? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Jul 20, 2013 - 19 answers

MacBook Air (2012) freezing while streaming video?

Hi MeFi! This is My First Ask, so my apologies in advance if I do something incorrectly. My MacBook Air that I purchased Nov. 2012 from a Mac store freezes while streaming video from Netflix and Amazon. I have tried both Google and Safari, and it happens on both browsers ... [more inside]
posted by quixotictic on Jun 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Dealing with a phantom stuck key bug on MacBook Air

I'm troubled by a mysterious bug on my MacBook Air. It manifests itself when I use Microsoft PowerPoint, but I believe it is a Mac-wide issue. It is extremely rare, impossible to reproduce on demand, and yet - when it strikes, it does so with a vengeance, and embarrasses me in front of a theater full of people. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Jun 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Single iTunes Library and 2 Macs

I need a solution to share a single iTunes library with two machines. Possibly. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Jan 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Will these Macs play nice together?

I have an iMac desktop running OS X 10.6.8 and a newly acquired MacBook Air running 10.8.2 and I want to make them be as friendly with one another as possible. Can you hope me? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Help Me Deal with Lots of Photos

How do you use iPhoto on a regular basis if you keep your library on an external drive? [more inside]
posted by GatorDavid on Aug 28, 2012 - 3 answers

Mac-compatible headset for Skype

Looking for a headset w/mic for Skype. Specific requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Aug 23, 2012 - 3 answers

is there a low-carb diet for data - help me fit into my macbook air!

Moving from a MacBook to a MacBook Air - where are 20g of gremlins hiding? Also, any other migration tips for not carrying over unused data and applications? [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Aug 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Are the 13" MacBook Air build-to-order options worth it?

With her black MacBook on its last legs, my sister is going to be getting a new 13" MacBook Air soon. The stock 256GB model includes a 1.8GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz processor and 4GB of (1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM) memory. The build-to-order options are a 2.0GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz and 8GB of RAM for $90 each (Education Store prices). Knowing that processor and memory upgrades aren't possible later on, would either of these options make a big difference in performance? She uses it mostly for Office documents, some CS5 work, streaming video, web browsing and music and is hoping to keep it as her main computer for at least 4 years. Thanks for any input.
posted by jroybal on Jun 18, 2012 - 15 answers

Getting a Macbook Air in a couple weeks and need advice on moving to the smaller hard drive, specifically relating to iTunes and iOS devices.

Getting a Macbook Air in a couple weeks and need advice on moving to the smaller hard drive, specifically relating to iTunes and iOS devices. [more inside]
posted by kdern on Jan 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Windows to the soul, or time for something new and Airy?

Should I get a MacBook Air or stick with Windows? I may be getting a new laptop for school and I want to get the best, most portable one... but I have never had a Mac. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Jan 10, 2012 - 28 answers

Mac laptop, PC desktop - how do I make this work?

Do you use a Mac laptop in combination with a PC desktop computer? Please tell me how you manage your workflow between the two. Can you recommend useful software and/or hardware to make coexistence as painless as possible? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Jan 3, 2012 - 21 answers

Should I take apart my MacBook Air to get the spilled liquid out?

Spilled a little coffee on my MacBook Air. I've done what I could to dry it out, but should I try and get inside the computer to do further damage control? [more inside]
posted by charlemagne on Dec 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Poorly Early Macbook Air - Will a SSD Save it?

I have a Macbook Air from 2008, Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM. It's been unusably slow for the longest time but Lion seemed to revive it a bit, though the graphics performance (especially after waking from sleep) is still sometimes horribly sluggish. I don't think I can upgrade the RAM, not sure about the graphics card (suspect not), but see that you can buy a new SSD that's compatible. I'm tempted, but can't find any clear information on whether a SSD upgrade would really improve things. Does anyone know if it's worth itin terms of improved system performance? Thanks!
posted by dharma rascal on Nov 22, 2011 - 15 answers

Mix-and-match ultrabook

Tell me about your experiences running Windows 7 on a MacBook Air. [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Nov 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Putting Windows 7 on a MacBook Air

Two questions about putting Windows 7 on a MacBook Air. First, how do I get a Windows 7 ISO? Second, am I crazy to even do this in the first place? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Nov 15, 2011 - 5 answers

apple proximity power funkiness

Can proximity between two Apple laptops cause sleep/power-down oddities? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on Oct 21, 2011 - 8 answers

MacBook Air. Now with a drive no one else interfaces with.

MacBook Air won't boot properly. Need to get some files back! [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Sep 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Mac Apps

Looking for the latest, greatest, Mac Apps. [more inside]
posted by aclevername on Aug 6, 2011 - 30 answers

11 inches - big enough?

Is an 11.6" laptop big enough for me? [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Jul 29, 2011 - 12 answers

Missing Adobe Reader plug-ins in Safari for OS X Lion

Can't view PDFs in Safari on a brand-new Macbook Air (OS X Lion). [more inside]
posted by KLF on Jul 25, 2011 - 13 answers

my Dell is 1,000 in computer years ...

MacBook vs MacBook Air--which do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Jun 28, 2011 - 28 answers

Air vs. iPad

Is there any reason to purchase an iPad if I own a MacBook Air [more inside]
posted by tomswift on May 19, 2011 - 19 answers

USB Hub for Macbook Air

USB hub for Macbook Air - can you recommend one? I just need something I can plug the usual array of peripherals into: iPod, iPad, SuperDrive, camera, external keyboard, mouse, printer, etc. (not necessarily all at once). I don't think I need anything fancy like extra hard drive storage built in, but open to all ideas. Thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on May 13, 2011 - 6 answers

She blinded me...with thinness!

Can I use a thumbdrive to be my macbook air's only hard drive? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on May 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Dragon Age: Origins on Macbook Air

Dragon Age: Origins on new MacBook Air: I believe my system meets or exceeds the required specs, but even on the lowest graphical settings, the game runs intolerably slowly. Is there anything I can do? Full technical specs inside. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Mar 27, 2011 - 14 answers

Need MacBook advice.

Looking for advice on 1) which Mac laptop to buy (yes, I know the rumors of a MacBook Pro refresh in early March; we'd wait for the new models) and 2) how to integrate a happy home network of Macs. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 17, 2011 - 11 answers

Looking for 15-inch Computer Monitor

Is it possible to get a high-quality 15-inch or 17-inch external monitor for my MacBook Air? [more inside]
posted by alms on Dec 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Netbook similar to MacBook Air?

Is there a netbook with a similar form factor to the MacBook air? [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Dec 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Pick from two used Macs

Hand-me-down laptop decision: MacBook Pro or MacBook Air? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy on Dec 3, 2010 - 22 answers

Please solve for X, where MacBook Air + instapaper + X = awesome

I want: MacBook Air + Instapaper + X = faux iPad/Ipod Touch; can you solve for X ? [more inside]
posted by Napoleonic Terrier on Nov 21, 2010 - 8 answers

MacBook Air a regression in performance?

How will the new 11-inch MacBook Air perform in comparison to a 2006 13-inch MacBook? [more inside]
posted by dixiecupdrinking on Nov 10, 2010 - 18 answers

Help me find a small hard drive that isn't a big lemon!

I've come into possession of a Revision B Macbook Air that's in fine working order except for a dead hard drive, and now I'm trying to decide what to replace it with. [more inside]
posted by bunji on Oct 3, 2010 - 3 answers

Get into OS X account without password and without killing the keychain?

I would like to get root access on a Macbook Air running Mac OS X 10.5.8. Bonus points - without nuking the existing keychain. [more inside]
posted by zippy on Mar 29, 2010 - 31 answers

MacBook Air I/O error

Is this MacBook Air's hard drive borked? [more inside]
posted by Paragon on Mar 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Just Buy It for Her Already!

Should I go ahead and buy my wife a MacBook Air? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Feb 12, 2010 - 15 answers

Pick the Perfect Mac Laptop

Which Mac laptop should I buy? Needs and specs inside. [more inside]
posted by misha on Oct 20, 2009 - 19 answers

Best time to buy a MacBook Air?

Best time to buy a MacBook Air between now and mid November? Are there any speed bumps or price reductions on the horizon? [more inside]
posted by mosk on Sep 10, 2009 - 15 answers

How to not look foolish at the Apple genius bar?

How to not look foolish at the Apple genius bar? [more inside]
posted by amileighs on Jun 23, 2009 - 17 answers

Will my 2-year old destroy my wife's MacBook Air?

Will my 2-year old destroy my wife's MacBook Air? [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson on May 23, 2009 - 22 answers

Is the Air all that?

Buying a new Macbook: Should I get the Air? Or a regular Macbook, customized with a solid state HD? [more inside]
posted by Morpeth on Feb 23, 2009 - 17 answers

Macbook Air, now or later?

Should my wife buy a Macbook Air now, or is there a compelling reason to wait a month or two? [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Apr 25, 2008 - 25 answers

MacBook Air: worth it?

Any initial feedback on the MacBook Air? [more inside]
posted by Flem Snopes on Feb 8, 2008 - 18 answers

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