Macbook air or a Asus

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    Dec 02, 2010 6:33 AM GMT
    I been looking for a notebook for a minute now and cant decide on whether i want a macbook air or a asus anyone have one of these or sell them and can tell me which is better o im using it for school mostly also.
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    Dec 02, 2010 6:39 AM GMT
    personally I'd go with the Macbook Air...Apple comp's are awesome
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    Dec 02, 2010 6:45 AM GMT
    JC1989 saidpersonally I'd go with the Macbook Air...Apple comp's are awesome


    but lately the apples products have been glicthing havent they or are the computers better
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    Dec 02, 2010 7:24 AM GMT
    General rule of thumb for Apple products.. Wait for Version B to come out. The first version usually has some type of bug or design flaw or is missing some features. The next version that comes out the following year fixes all the bugs, and usually comes with better options/upgrades.

    I have an 11" notebook from Acer. I have to say that the 11" form factor is perfect for people on-the-go. A little bigger than a netbook, but more powerful. And definitely lighter and more compact than a regular size laptop computer.

    Apple, Windows.. who cares. Get which ever fits your needs. Or get what you're willing to pay for. They're both fine computers for school work.
  • trevchaser

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    Dec 02, 2010 7:27 AM GMT
    If you just need it for school, then either will work.

    If you want an Operating system with ease of use, get the Mac.

    If you know programs for your courses require Windows because it's ONLY compatible with it it then get the Asus.

    If you like 15 second boot times and 2 second shutdown times, get the Mac.

    If you like having software that a majority are used to seeing who can help you if you're the type who always needs help, get the Asus.

    If you don't like asking for help but get super frustrated with Windows user friendliness get the Mac.

    If you want something just about half the cost of the same size, get the Asus.

    An Apple a day keeps the doctor away but Windows can always break. icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 02, 2010 9:45 AM GMT
    Mac all the way... heck, it does Windows too if you ever need it. Not that you would. ;-)
  • Bunjamon

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    Dec 02, 2010 10:14 AM GMT
    Asus? Has anyone told their marketing department that this is the worst sounding product name ever? icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 02, 2010 1:14 PM GMT
    I have a Macbook and love it. It's almost two years old and I've never had any problems with it....plus it hasn't slowed down like a PC normally does. I haven't had to spend lots of money for software upgrades or repairs. I used to have PCs and I would always be spending money on them, including buying anti-virus software that would cause my computer to slow down. Everyone else I work with uses a PC but I use Office for Mac and they have no problems opening my documents.

    Macs cost more at the beginning, but it's worth it in the long run and actually more economical.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Dec 02, 2010 1:17 PM GMT
    When it comes to computers, you will never regret going Mac. I love my MacBook
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    Dec 02, 2010 3:04 PM GMT
    you're gay right? Mac.... but i would wait for version 2 if you can.
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    Dec 02, 2010 5:33 PM GMT
    Bunjamon saidAsus? Has anyone told their marketing department that this is the worst sounding product name ever? icon_eek.gif



    Lol but they make parts for all the laptops and desktops out now and that's y I want it kinda but I been.looking at macs systems and kinda like it
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    Dec 02, 2010 5:38 PM GMT
    rightasrain saidyou're gay right? Mac.... but i would wait for version 2 if you can.



    I'm a straight man that happens to enjoy penis lol. But I wanted a older Facebook air. I learned from sega never get the first batch lol
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    Dec 02, 2010 5:50 PM GMT
    Take them both for a test run... See which one you like better.

    If you are looking for a cheap(er) Mac, try their refurbished systems purchased from the Mac website. They are often hundreds cheaper, come with the same Apple Care, and work great. I have 4 Mac computers, 2 I bought refurbished... and its the refurbished Macs that seem to work the best.

    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac?mco=OTY2ODY3Nw

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    Dec 02, 2010 6:01 PM GMT
    Have you seen the 11" air in person? It's incredible. The lid on the thing feels like it was custom machined the way it glides closed. Gizmodo (who is notoriously anti-Apple as of late) give it very high marks and PCWorld just gave it a stellar review as well. It's going to cost you considerably more than the ASUS but they really are different animals.

    Oh, and like a couple people here have already said, wait for just a bit to make sure they work out all of the kinks. They've already updated it once to fix a screen flicker issue on wake-up.


    Good luck!
  • oyoung

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    Dec 02, 2010 7:34 PM GMT
    rightasrain saidyou're gay right? Mac.... but i would wait for version 2 if you can.


    lol.... This is definitely true!

    I thought it depends on
    1. Purpose: both are good for school;
    2. Budget: air is way more expensive than asus, except you want a i7 cpu. But why do you did i7 or i5 or i3 for school?
    3. Durable: air lasts much longer than asus normally
    4. Performance: air is better than asus
    5. Support: apple should be better than asus, never tried asus.
  • MusicMan87

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    Dec 02, 2010 8:16 PM GMT
    I mean I've been looking at apples lately too, but I've had my Asus for over 2 years now with only minimal problems. And if you're into computer games at all the video cards/sound cards are hard to beat. The newer models are way better than mine too, don't overheat as much. Like people have said, go to a store and test them both, but don't buy there! Asus is way cheaper on newegg.com. Hope it helps!
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    Dec 02, 2010 8:27 PM GMT
    I have an ipad because i do a lot of visual stuff and its great for a presentation tool. But i do everything else on windows, I'm not a fan of the apple file directory system and the apple cloud Gui is annoying. But i do think the hardware apple puts out there is great
  • neosyllogy

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    Dec 02, 2010 8:46 PM GMT
    I assume you mean "netbook" and I would go with a $300-ish asus personally.
    It depends on what you need it for though. I don't really see the two as being in the same category at all. Mac is many times more expensive and more laptop like, asus is... well a definition of the netbook (depending on what model you're talking about).
    I had an asus and was very happy with it, perfect for what I needed. HP also makes a really mean netbook.
  • Timbales

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    Dec 02, 2010 9:01 PM GMT
    my bf has an ASUS gaming laptop and loves it
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    Dec 02, 2010 9:08 PM GMT
    People, this version of the MacBook Air is the second version of it. The only thing different, besides the form factor and upped specs is the new blade-type SSD; but flash-based storage is not in any way new.

    I, personally, love my MacBook Air. I have the 13" with 4gb of RAM and the standard 128 SSD; the weight is practically perfect, the form factor is really quite beautiful, and the 7 hour battery life makes me very happy. I definitely recommend the MacBook Air, not necessarily in comparison to the Asus (which I don't have any experience with), but as a standalone recommendation. It's definitely more expensive, but it's a great product, with great software (iLife '11 now comes included for free and is a really nice set of intermediate editing tools), and of course the ease and luxury of OSX.
  • EricLA

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    Dec 02, 2010 10:52 PM GMT
    NoCityGuy saidTake them both for a test run... See which one you like better.

    If you are looking for a cheap(er) Mac, try their refurbished systems purchased from the Mac website. They are often hundreds cheaper, come with the same Apple Care, and work great. I have 4 Mac computers, 2 I bought refurbished... and its the refurbished Macs that seem to work the best.

    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac?mco=OTY2ODY3Nw


    Some of their brick and mortar stores sometimes have refurbs, as well. That's how I got my first MacBook in 2006. They still look completely brand new and come with all the same warranty coverage. I just picked up a couple of Airport Expresses that way, too. Great bargain.

    Just my two cents, yes, if there's software that you need to use that's Windows-only, the decision might be made for you. BUT, Macs made since 2006 allow you to run Windows through Boot Camp and even better through a virtualized software like Parallels. It's pretty cheap and easy to set them up, and you can run most Windows programs within the Mac OS.

    Another reason to go with Mac is your system won't be loaded with a lot of "bloatware" software you'll never use but will slow down your system and use up space. And, most importantly, you're much, MUCH less likely to be affected by viruses and spyware. Macs just aren't targeted the way Windows is. One of the anti-virus companies just released a survey that found Macs were populated by far less such files that Windows PCs, and virtually none of the files affected the Mac because they were incompatible with the OS. That reason alone is enough for me to buy Macs.

    I've had so few issues since I've gone Mac. "They just work," as the saying goes. And even when I've had issues, the Apple Store Genius Bar resolves almost everything for me in one visit.

    You can find a slew of reviews, even in PC magazines, that compare Macs with comparably equipped Windows machines and they say Macs are the better investment. Sure, you can find cheap PCs, but you're likely to get what you pay for.

    As for the MacBook Airs, the new ones are amazing. I can't believe how light they are.
  • danielek

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    Dec 02, 2010 11:17 PM GMT
    Having owned both a Mac (iBook G4) and an ASUS (N61Jq) I think I can chip in.

    With the Mac I had to go to the bottom-of-the-line to get something I could afford. And I was never happy with it (it had a CD burner yes, but no DVD burning). It was constantly running out of hard drive space. I'm not saying at all that this will be a problem for a current Mac. But my point is, the low end for Macs really sucks, and is still expensive.

    With ASUS I got a Core i7 Quadcore processor and a 1 GB ATI graphics card for around $1100 on newegg.ca. Compare that to an $1100 Mac.... Exactly.

    If you have all the money in the world, sure, go with Mac. If you have a limited budget or just grew up on Windows and prefer it, go with the ASUS.

    Oh and avoid nVidia. Ever since an nVidia graphics card killed my HP dv9644 I won't touch 'em.
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    Dec 03, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    Yea I have no idea what everyone else here is smoking, but Asus all the way.

    I got an Asus G-50 awhile ago as a gift and it is powerful. While it's mainly a gaming laptop (easily outperformed today though) it runs games like fall out Unreal 3 and Mass effect very well. These days however I use it mainly for work (photography).

    To be totally fair it boils down to what you need/want. If all you need is something to do work on then you should consider a netbook and save yourself some money. If you want the option of running games and such then I highly recommended a gaming laptop (The G50 and other Asus gaming rigs are known as the "Republic of Gamers" line).

    For less than 800 bucks!

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6272341&CatId=17

    Shit...now I want one for Christmas icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 03, 2010 3:54 AM GMT
    MusicMan87 saidI mean I've been looking at apples lately too, but I've had my Asus for over 2 years now with only minimal problems. And if you're into computer games at all the video cards/sound cards are hard to beat. The newer models are way better than mine too, don't overheat as much. Like people have said, go to a store and test them both, but don't buy there! Asus is way cheaper on newegg.com. Hope it helps!



    Sweet I was actually looking on eBay for one since they have a computer store on there I found a gaming asus for 500 which to me is good but I also saw a 1st generation air also. The only issue tho with the air is that it has ports really but I like the system layout tho
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    Dec 03, 2010 3:58 AM GMT
    Some people are telling you to wait for a 2nd gen. MacBook Air, but hasn't it been in the market for a while? It's just gotten smaller this time, IMO. I'd like to get one, but it's pricey. :S