8 years ago

Apple’s MBA: A not so techie review


Meet my new best friend.

When my three year old 15″ Macbook Pro died, I had a panic attack. A day and hours of research later, I rushed to the nearest iStudio, and bought myself a new buddy- the 13″ 256GB 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core Β i5 processor.


Mike advised me to wait a week or two and have my MBA upgraded into a 1.8GHz dual-core i7 processor since once you buy your MBA, you can’t upgrade the built-in hardware. I was too impatient though, and I just couldn’t handle being mac-less for another day. So, friends, meet the newest member of my body, a super slim, classy and light piece of fine machinery.

A week into use and I’m loving it so far. The best thing about this laptop is it’s weight. For a jet-setter like me, Β lugging around something heavy is a pain in the ass and a literal pain on my shoulders! I used to carry an empty stroller with just my MBP inside, cause I couldn’t take waiting in line with more than 5 pounds on my shoulders. The air on the other hand slips into most of my totes and feels lighter than my make-up bag. Perfect!

The speed is good too. I’m no techie, but I’m surely satisfied. Running MS office, iLife, iWork, and Photoshop is a breeze. Either that, or my old laptop was just really so slow! The only thing I don’t like about this laptop is the super noisy fan. Apparently, it doesn’t happen to all MBA’s, and I’m wondering why it happens to mine, when Photoshop is the heaviest program I run. I can hear it churning so loudly even as I type this, and nothing else running but my Mail app. My exhaust fan jumps from 1999rpm to 6000+rpm in seconds, leaving me in utter confusion. I tried elevating the bottom of the laptop so air could circulate (and felt a bit amateur-ish while doing so) but nothing happened. The speed is still great, but the fan noise is really starting to scare me. Any ideas on why this is happening?

I’m gonna try and get this fixed, but for now- here’s my verdict: the 13″ 2011 MBA is the perfect blogger companion, and if noise-less, I couldn’t be happier!

Thank you Eva of iStudio Shangri-la Plaza for being so accommodating, and for the entire staff for helping me with all my techie needs!


8 Responses

  1. Did you put a keyboard cover over it??
    The MBA’s ventilation system works by sucking air from the gaps of the keyboard to cool the cpu. So elevating the laptop doesn’t really help lol πŸ˜›
    If there’s a keyboard cover over it, it will increase the fan speed trying to accommodate the slow rate of air coming in.
    But if you don’t have a cover over it, and it’s just doing it randomly, go back to the store and they should be able to replace a whole new system for you πŸ˜€

  2. Great buy! Better than waiting for a new generation of MBP which isn’t scheduled nor expected to arrive anytime soon. Hell, I think there’s plans to overhaul the whole ‘Macbook’ product line so who knows if there will even be a next generation – this is what I heard from my local Mac Store in California a couple weeks ago πŸ™‚

    No idea about the fan though, do you guys have something called a “Genius Bar” over in the Philippines? If the workers there know what they’re talking about, wouldn’t hurt to take it over there and get it checked over.

  3. To confirm your thoughts: It’s not that your old MBP was slow. It’s bcoz this version of MBA is a lot faster πŸ™‚ To put this in less techie perspective: Assume you bought a most recent version of your broken MBP, drop it to 13 inch, take off the DVD drive, replace the hard drive with the thinner and faster SDD… increase the resolution a bit… and you have a MBA πŸ™‚ It’s basically the first notebook-ish laptop in history to take on such fat specs πŸ™‚

    Great buy you have there. I’d say congrats! hehe

    Once you get a mac, you never go back πŸ™‚

  4. About the fan issue, I have a unibody macbook and I experience it quite often as well. What I do when this happens is, I turn on an electric fan and let it face the back part of the laptop (where the MB’s ventilation system is) directly. The noise stops almost instantly.

      1. Hi, I’m having the same problem with my MacBook Air. What did they do? Did they replace the unit? The thing is mine got hot and emitted a hissing sound. I’m so confused about it.

        Reply will be very much appreciated.

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