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Is owning a 14" laptop + Macbook Air redundant?

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First off, I own a very capable Samsung 14" i5 laptop (specs here: http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/laptops/NP-QX410-J01US-features). The Samsung is my desktop basically (I'm away at college) and I'm finding it kinda tiresome to always unhook my laptop from my ethernet port and (sometimes) my external hard drive to take to school everyday. But other than that, it's not a huge hassle; I don't have my laptop hooked up to speakers or an external monitor or anything.

So I've really been considering the new 11.6" MacBook Air to keep in my backpack always and to take it out occasionally at home to transfer files or whatever. Obviously the most attractive thing about the Macbook Air is it's lightness and portability, as I don't like carrying around a humongous bulging backpack.

What do you guys think? Should I suck it up and save the $1000 or should I make the splurge?
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It's really your call, If you wont miss that grand (going hungry and whatnot) then Go for it
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I don't consider it redundant. I consider the Air a premium netbook, not a notebook. My GF an air as her only computer and I think it is a major sacrifice.
    
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Personally I think it is redundant. Unless you have the need for the smaller size, and possibly a backup laptop. Even still there are MUCH cheaper options than a macbook air.
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My friend just got the new macbook air and loves it. Redundant? Yes, but he got one for the same reason. Tired of carrying his heavy laptop around. No regrets on his end.
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post #6 of 10
Yeah it is redundant for this. What about another solution that cost less than a Macbook air such as a tablet (ipad2, transformer, etc) You can file synch computers with the tablet, they are very portable, and cost much less than Macbook Air.
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If you have a lot of money and won't miss the $1000, then sure why not. Otherwise I'd save it. If you just want to take notes in class, a netbook or even tablet + keyboard is much cheaper.
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Basically I want to do everything that I can with my notebook which is take notes and surf the web on a snappy processor. iPad isn't really an option because it's completely different from a traditional notebook. The lightness/sturdiness of the MBA is the selling point really, and the only thing that's making me look past some of the cheaper netbook options. $1000 isn't a small sum of money by any means but it won't kill my bank account either. I have to say I'm literally 50/50 at this point frown.gif
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I think it would be nice if people posted how they get by with just a netbook type product, do they usually have a full on desktop at home or perhaps just a laptop at home? Myself I am trying to decide on a laptop,I want a Mac but it must be possible for me to use some version of a program like hyperterminal (and make the connection)
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Basically I want to do everything that I can with my notebook which is take notes and surf the web on a snappy processor. iPad isn't really an option because it's completely different from a traditional notebook. The lightness/sturdiness of the MBA is the selling point really, and the only thing that's making me look past some of the cheaper netbook options. $1000 isn't a small sum of money by any means but it won't kill my bank account either. I have to say I'm literally 50/50 at this point
If you wont miss the $1000 then go for it. But to get a Macbook air just because of the lightness/sturdiness over your regular laptop doesn't seem to cost effective to me. I personally would carry around a heavier laptop than spend $1000 on another device that does the same thing the laptop does.
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