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My wife is wanting one.

Its i5 with 128 gb ssd and 1400x900

I know the DELL XPS 13 is better and faster but she wont have any part of it mad.gif

For a general use portable laptop how is the mac air ?
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My wife is wanting one.

Its i5 with 128 gb ssd and 1400x900

I know the DELL XPS 13 is better and faster but she wont have any part of it mad.gif

For a general use portable laptop how is the mac air ?

It's a mac haha, its a ok to solid machine for way too much money. If its only for general use it should do just fine. If she doesnt do anything over a few tabs and general web browsing she wont have a single issue with it. Only ehh gripe is the 128gb ssd, pictures could fill that up decently fast but that isnt much of a deal breaker. The case is awesome, ive always been a fan of apples aluminium casings, though i do recommend a case/shell, its a light computer with solid battery life, though the keyboard is ungodly thin and has no travel and i hate it, it does take some getting used to. hope this helps a bit.
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Thanks for the info. She found a deal with $300 beats headphones free and upgrade to the i7. $1089 after tax but that's the price for the mac air i5 and no headphones. I couldn't see spending another $200 for 128gb more so a $65 128gb flash drive for extra storage I suppose.
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Thanks for the info. She found a deal with $300 beats headphones free and upgrade to the i7. $1089 after tax but that's the price for the mac air i5 and no headphones. I couldn't see spending another $200 for 128gb more so a $65 128gb flash drive for extra storage I suppose.

yea it is a bit ridiculous how much they charge for more storage, i'd say upgrade it yourself but last i heard they were using some propriety ssd that you couldnt upgrade. though this was a while ago and im not sure if that has changed. i'd look into maybe a tiny flash drive to keep in it all the time like a mushkin atom or something of that caliber. maybe use their cloud to store photos and such aswell to help save on space. though if you arent installing any huge programs and its only pictures you shouldnt have much of an issue. still does suck the base model is only 128gb though.
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Thanks for the info. She found a deal with $300 beats headphones free and upgrade to the i7. $1089 after tax but that's the price for the mac air i5 and no headphones. I couldn't see spending another $200 for 128gb more so a $65 128gb flash drive for extra storage I suppose.

Should be decent enough for general use, and tbh, their build quality is great.

And top solve your storage situation, there's this MicroSD card adapter that sits flush with the body called the Nifty MiniDrive, and you can get up to 256GB MicroSD cards these days. seems like a more elegant solution than just leaving a USB stick hanging off it.
http://minidrive.bynifty.com/?variant=22891142407

Edit : there are other solutions, like:

Transcend JetDrive Lite
PNY Storedge
SanDisk Ultra Mini Drive

The Transcend JetDrive Lite seems like pretty good value, and there's a 256GB option too.
Edited by Gilles3000 - 6/25/16 at 4:45pm
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Thanks for the info. She found a deal with $300 beats headphones free and upgrade to the i7. $1089 after tax but that's the price for the mac air i5 and no headphones. I couldn't see spending another $200 for 128gb more so a $65 128gb flash drive for extra storage I suppose.

Look around for deals on the macbook pro 13 inch.

B&H has them for 1200.

Adorama has a deal going where you can get the macbook pro and apple care for just shy of 1300.

I have seen deals for these go as low as 1K.
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My wife is wanting one.

Its i5 with 128 gb ssd and 1400x900

I know the DELL XPS 13 is better and faster but she wont have any part of it mad.gif

For a general use portable laptop how is the mac air ?

Define "better"? In terms of build quality and battery life, I would say that the Air comes out top. Also, I'm not so sure the XPS is cheaper (it might be in the US, but it's about the same in Canada). That said, the Dell comes with a higher resolution screen. As for the rest, the base specs (4GB and a 128GB SSD?) for either machine should be more than sufficient for general use.

Anyway, the Air is dated. Apple seem to have abandoned the Air in favour of the Macbook, the base price of which is a lot higher than either of the other two. Both the XPS and Air are portable with regard to their weight and size, but the battery life of the Air is superior. Is that important to your wife?
Edited by Vigil - 6/25/16 at 5:28pm
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Define "better"? In terms of build quality and battery life, I would say that the Air comes out top. Also, I'm not so sure the XPS is cheaper (it might be in the US, but it's about the same in Canada). That said, the Dell comes with a higher resolution screen. As for the rest, the base specs (4GB and a 128GB SSD?) for either machine should be more than sufficient for general use.

Anyway, the Air is dated. Apple seem to have abandoned the Air in favour of the Macbook, the base price of which is a lot higher than either. Both the XPS and Air are portable with regard to their weight and size, but the battery life of the Air is superior. Is that important to your wife?

Not even close.

The air is built just as poorly as any consumer grade windows laptop.

The new XPS is MILES ahead of the air. The only two laptops that I know of that truly beat the XPS 13/15 for build quality is the razer blade and the macbook pro (the macbook can join in when it gets more ports).
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(the macbook can join in when it gets more ports).

Ha, I love that, very true.

I thought the build quality was pretty decent on the Air? I've typically only heard good things (but then that's not much to go on). And I've heard a few complaints about the Razer and XPS on a few of the laptop forums I frequent, but then I guess the most vocal tend to be those who are having issues.
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Ha, I love that, very true.

I thought the build quality was pretty decent on the Air? I've typically only heard good things (but then that's not much to go on). And I've heard a few complaints about the Razer and XPS on a few of the laptop forums I frequent, but then I guess the most vocal tend to be those who are having issues.

It was never great, but it was better than a lot of the competition. And when it first came out, the weight of the thing was enough to freak people out. But now you have tons of very light ultrabooks with all aluminum chassis.

The air has a 3 year old chassis with a really piss poor screen (again, by todays standards), and really holds no place in the market. About the only two things it has going for it is that it has insane battery life and it is lightweight like the macbook, but it has more ports.

So for college students who want a very light laptop with all day battery life, it is still a pretty solid choice.
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