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  1. #1

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    Jan 29, 2011
    Using a Macbook Air as your primary computer.
    Our PC is dying and my wife wants to get an MBA to use are the primary house computer. Any you folks have suggestions on this?

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    Jan 19, 2008
    houston texas
    09 MBP 8GB ram 500GB HD OS 10.9 32B iPad 4 32GB iPhone 5 iOs7 2TB TC Apple TV3
    It really depends on what you will be doing with it and if you can live with an external optical drive if CD's or DVD's play a major role in your computing in which case a MBP which is as close to a desktop replacement as there is unless of course we are talking Mac Pro.

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    Apr 06, 2011
    Louisville, KY - USA
    MBP 17" 2011, 2.3GHz Intel Quad-Core i7, 8GB RAM, MacMini 2011, 2.7GHz Intel Dual-Core i7, 8GB RAM
    Can't see an issue with it. Of course, it all dends on what you need it to do. I would recommend a larger monitor for extended use.

    Keep in mind, it is a full blown computer.
    MBP 17" 2011, 2.3GHz Intel Quad-Core i7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB RAM
    MacMini 2011, 2.7GHz Intel Dual-Core i7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6630M 256MB RAM
    iPhone 5S 64GB, iPad Air 2 128 GB LTE, iPod Nano Gen6 8GB, Apple TV 3 & 2

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    Feb 28, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    21.5" iMac i5 2.9 Ghz, 15" MBPro i7 2.0 Ghz, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, ATV2, ATV3, iPad2, iPad Mini
    Keep your eyes and ears open.
    There are strong rumours of a 15" MacBook Air in the works (Q1/Q2) and this might be a suggestion for extended use.


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    Nov 26, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    If it was the desktop replacement, I would go for at least a 15" MacBook Pro, preferably the 17" with upgraded processor and ram.
    iPhone 6 128GB // MacBook Air mid2011 i5 4gb ram 256SSD // 2009 24"iMac 3.06 C2D nVidia 130GT 512mb // iPad Mini 4 64gb // iPod Nano Gen5 // iPod Video 80gb //

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    Sep 25, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    2011 MB Air Core i7 256GB, 2011 Mini with 8GB RAM, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, 2TB Time Capsule
    If you're buying a display to go with it, even an 11" MBA will handle browsing, email, etc... The one thing that you may run into is storage space limitations. That's easily resolved with a simple external hard drive.

  7. #7

    Member Since
    Mar 13, 2011
    2011 MacBook Air, i5 27" IMac, 2010 21.5" IMac, 2010 Mini, 2011 13" MBP, IPhone 4, Airport Extreme
    As others have mentioned, it would depend on your use. If portability isn't an issue, my recommendation would be go with an IMac. Big beautiful screen, plenty of ports for connecting devices, same cost.

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    Dec 27, 2011
    I am a full time student using the MBA as my main / only computer so far and its been great.

    If all you really do is do work (run spreadsheets and word documents), swap emails, and casual internet browsing, it should be fine.

    If you don't really travel with the laptop though, I don't see why you don't look at the pro or imac first because it has more outlets and the CD drive and more storage space.

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    XJ-linux's Avatar
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    Jul 02, 2007
    Going Galt...
    Quote Originally Posted by Camcrid View Post
    Our PC is dying and my wife wants to get an MBA to use are the primary house computer. Any you folks have suggestions on this?
    OP... if you post back in this thread what you intend to use the computer for you may get some relevant input. Short of that, replies are sort of like shooting in the dark.
    Never judge a man, untill you have walked a mile in his shoes...
    That way you'll be a mile away from him, and you'll have his shoes.

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