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    Jaygray's Avatar
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    Mar 04, 2008
    Unibody MacBook Pro 2.26, 4gb RAM, 500gb HD
    Just Bought a New MBA
    I just received my new MBA on Thursday, and I just wanted to say that I am thrilled with the purchase. I was a little worried about the MBA not having enough pep to keep me happy, but I can't believe how fast this thing is compared to my 2009 C2D MBP. I am thoroughly impressed.

    I opted for an i7 4GB 256GB 2011 refurb from the Apple site for $1199. I waited until the 2012 models came out just to see what new offerings there would be, but I couldn't justify the extra money for improved video and 3.0 USB. I don't need the video to play games, and I only really use external drives for backups. My old MBP is in perfect 10/10 condition. I sold my last 2 year old white MB for $800 on Craigslist, and it wouldn't surprise me if this one goes for about the same. I can write off the new one as a business expense and recoup the taxes so in reality my upgrade could end up only costing me less than $200!

    I replace machines every 3 years or so just because I get an itch for something new (and cause it only costs me less than $200). I think this will suit me nicely for the next 3 years. By then, hopefully, there will be a $1200 13" Air or Pro w/ Retina, but for now, I am very happy with my purchase.

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    pigoo3's Avatar
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    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    CONGRATULATIONS Jaygray...I'm jealous!!!

    Your post actually surprised me a bit...since I didn't realize that you could get a 13" MacBook Air with a Core 2 Duo "i7" cpu, 4gig ram, and 256 flash storage...for $1199 refurbished!!!

    It's got a pretty darn good Geekbench score of 5831 (32-bit mode)...and that i7 cpu supports both "Turbo Boost" and hyper-threading...which can come in handy in some situations.

    Congrats again...nice buy!

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    V6Pony's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 30, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    MBP 15" I7 first one and loving it.
    I'm closing my ears. I have a perfectly good MBP 2010. I don't need a MBA I really don't.

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    Nov 16, 2009
    North Louisiana, USA
    2.8 GHz MacBook Pro 10.11, 8 GB mem, iPhone 6+
    Quote Originally Posted by Jaygray View Post

    I replace machines every 3 years or so just because I get an itch for something new (and cause it only costs me less than $200). purchase.
    Quick somebody get me a vat of anti-itch cream. lol

    Seriously Congrats and color me jealous. My newest machine is a 4 year old MB Pro.
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    CrimsonRequiem's Avatar
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    Jul 24, 2008
    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    How do you like it so far?

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    IvanLasston's Avatar
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    Feb 26, 2010
    Rocky Mountain High, Colorado
    1.8 GHz i7 MBA 11" OSX 10.8.2
    Nice - I did the almost the same thing. I opted for an 11" 2011 - 4GB of RAM 256GB of Flash and the core i7. I was eying the machine but before the new ones came out they were $1399 USD - and it dropped to $1199 USD as well.

    I'm keeping my 2009 C2D MBP 17". I am going to throw a 750GB Seagate Momentus XT into it and load Lion Server.

    This is a first - but I bought the 11" as I have a Saddleback Leather Satchel - Medium and I can fit the 11" MBA and a New iPad in there (it is a little tight with chargers but I get it all to fit). It is the first time I've ever bought a computer to fit in a bag. That being said the computer runs great. I was actually OK with the smaller model as I bought Air Display. I have my own MiFi (hence a dedicated wifi network) and I can use the New iPad as a second display at the iPad's full retina resolution. I wouldn't play 3D games on it - but it is great for viewing documents, and more static information - so I don't feel restricted by screen size as much.
    Air Display: make an iPhone, iPad or Mac an external monitor

    I am waiting for either the Belkin Thunderbolt Dock station - or an update to the Apple Thunderbolt display with USB 3.0.
    Belkin Unveils Upgraded New Thunderbolt? Express Dock and Thunderbolt Cable at 2012 Computex

    I bought the elgato Thunderbolt cable and the Seagate Goflex Thunderbolt adaptor and hooked up a 1.5TB goflex drive. That is working quite well.

    All my old MBA peripherals (from the original 13" MBA I bought for my wife when they first came out) seem to work fine. Yeah I only have a USB 2.0 to 100MB Ethernet adapter and a DVD Superdrive (not Blu-Ray) but it is working fine for transfers across the network.

    I opted to skin my MBA - Zagg sent me a birthday gift certificate. I got a Zagg skin of the Colorado flag for the top - and a bike for the bottom. I got a carbon fiber print for the wrist rest.
    Grunge Flag Colorado skins ZAGGskins
    Bike skins ZAGGskins
    Carbon Gray skins ZAGGskins
    The straight up invisible shield seems thinner than the prints. I just got it so I cannot say anything about longevity yet - but compared to just straight see through invisibile shield - the prints seem thicker/more durable - but only time will tell. I bought an iPearl case but wanted to be as minimal as possible. I'd recommend some kind of more durable case or strong bag around it - if one goes with these stick on protectors.

    Hope you are liking yours as much as I am liking mine.

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