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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Using a Macbook Air as your primary computer.


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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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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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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.

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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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If it was the desktop replacement, I would go for at least a 15" MacBook Pro, preferably the 17" with upgraded processor and ram.

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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.
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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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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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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.

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