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With fear of creating another Mac/PC heated discussion, it seems that Amazon have reduced the Air to less that £800. Apples RRP is £850. It might help someone? Unless you're in Higher education. This offer is for everyone else.

MacBook Air is ultrathin, ultraportable, and ultra unlike anything else. But you don't lose inches and pounds overnight. It's the result of rethinking conventions. Of multiple wireless innovations. And of breakthrough design. With MacBook Air, mobile computing suddenly has a new standard. MacBook Air is nearly as thin as your index finger. Practically every detail that could be streamlined has been. Yet it still has a widescreen LED display, full-size keyboard, and large multi-touch trackpad. It's incomparably portable without the usual ultraportable screen and keyboard compromises.
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#1
Hot from me but then I am pro apple!
#2
Good price. Voted hot.
#3
Interesting. How much is the same model Air but with the Higher Education discount straight from Apple?
#4
£729.68

But I have a question. Can anybody get that discount, and if so, how?

Oh wait, that's 2 questions.

Edited By: blister69 on Dec 16, 2010 16:41
#5
No, not unless you know someone who either is at university or at college, or works on one of these establishments or schools. the rates of discount vary from 10-12% I believe as I looked at the sheet that the experts carry in-store the other day as I work in a secondary school.
1 Like #6
blister69
£729.68 But I have a question. Can anybody get that discount, and if so, how?Oh wait, that's 2 questions.

I can ge the discount as i am a postgrad student.... but i wouldnt spend my money on any apple product...too expensive. But as much as i dispise apple i am also in aur of them for what they have created... an extremely strong following. damn you steve jobs!!!!
3 Likes #7
Rupz
blister69
£729.68 But I have a question. Can anybody get that discount, and if so, how?Oh wait, that's 2 questions.


I can ge the discount as i am a postgrad student.... but i wouldnt spend my money on any apple product...too expensive. But as much as i dispise apple i am also in aur of them for what they have created... an extremely strong following. damn you steve jobs!!!!


Sorry, I don't have a degree, what is aur?
#8
^ awe i'm guessing.

how anyone can get so worked up about whether a PC or a Mac is the better computer I'll never know, I love my Mac but I also loved my Acer laptop.

Seems a decent price for the MB Air, I was thinking of picking up a laptop/netbook recently so may give this a whirl.
2 Likes #9
Rednax
Rupz
blister69
£729.68 But I have a question. Can anybody get that discount, and if so, how?Oh wait, that's 2 questions.


I can ge the discount as i am a postgrad student.... but i wouldnt spend my money on any apple product...too expensive. But as much as i dispise apple i am also in aur of them for what they have created... an extremely strong following. damn you steve jobs!!!!



Sorry, I don't have a degree, what is aur?


Is it those things posh gits use to race down that river? :)
1 Like #10
shok and uar - Aren't they the US rap duo known for their political songs?
#11
Great price. have some heat.
#12
Hot. Loving mine so far. Other alternative is this

http://i56.tinypic.com/qnvgpi.jpg

the base model goes in and out of stock for home delivery so you will need to check daily.
#13
I own an iMac but for the price, the Air is overpriced looking at the specs. You would snap it easily.
#14
For anyone who is interested in this and is thinking of using their or someone elses higher education discount, please be aware that you are only allowed to buy 1 desktop and 1 portable in 12 months using the discount, so if you have already bought a laptop in the last year using your discount, you will not be able to receive the discount until that 12 months have passed
#15
The air is built specifically for portability, it is not as powerful as a Macbook pro but it weighs less and is a lot thinner.

You would need to be very strong to 'snap it easily' it is a unibody as far as I know
1 Like #16
What a rip-off, for that money I could get a Windows laptop with....

Oh I really can't be bothered :p.
#17
Where's the rest of the hard drive space...?
1 Like #18
if you decide to get one, make sure you get apple care, although It might be a bit pricey, it is def worth it. With all the companies i have dealt with, Apple and Amazon have the best customer service I have ever dealt with. I bought a macbook pro 2 3/4 years ago and apple care due to run out. they replaced my logic board, screen (because there was literally a couple of dead uncoloured pixels, and cd drive. then my airport card wasnt working properly (this is over almost 3 years) then they replaced my machine with the brand new machine (not referb!). I just wanted to high five the nearest person in the shop :) mind you i am a student so it was the best extra £59 i have ever spent! orange on the other hand i doubt they have even heard of customer service before...
#19
Fully agree with the comment regarding buying the extra AppleCare. Buy it at the time as it is dearer at a later date, also when it comes to selling your machine, from experience, having a 3yr AppleCare warranty is a great selling point and you will be able to get a far higher price!
#20
HacKage
For anyone who is interested in this and is thinking of using their or someone elses higher education discount, please be aware that you are only allowed to buy 1 desktop and 1 portable in 12 months using the discount, so if you have already bought a laptop in the last year using your discount, you will not be able to receive the discount until that 12 months have passed


i have bought 2 macbook pro this year, with only 3 months apart.
#21
This is a good hot deal, if any of you have the chance go into an apple store and have a look at these, they are superb. Much better than a netbook PC equivalent, unfortunately they are quite highly priced!!
#22
I am an Android fan and I despise Apple, its walled garden (orchard?) and its overpriced hardware.

But God -- I saw a Macbook Air 11" and I nearly wept, it's so... beautiful. I mean I have a Samsung 110 netbook, and it's a lovely bit of kit, but the 11" MacBook...

IWOOT!
#23
Hot, love these brilliant light kits on the go. I have a Sony vaio P weighs only half of this one and runs at half speed of this one with a poor atom processor.
Only reason I am not buying a macbook air is lack of bulit in 3G dongle though

aircanman
This is a good hot deal, if any of you have the chance go into an apple store and have a look at these, they are superb. Much better than a netbook PC equivalent, unfortunately they are quite highly priced!!


Most netbooks run on atom processor and intel integrated graphic with HDD and non-HD screen, which is why they are dirt cheap

Edited By: ciro on Dec 16, 2010 23:23
#24
How far away is this from an Ipad in terms of functionality?
#25
htc_touch_pro
HacKage
For anyone who is interested in this and is thinking of using their or someone elses higher education discount, please be aware that you are only allowed to buy 1 desktop and 1 portable in 12 months using the discount, so if you have already bought a laptop in the last year using your discount, you will not be able to receive the discount until that 12 months have passed


i have bought 2 macbook pro this year, with only 3 months apart.


Ah, my bad, had a look at the T&Cs and it is for the online store only, so if you buy instore you can use you're discount as normal.

[code]2.7The following quantity limits per academic school year apply to purchases on the Apple Online Store for Education:

- Desktop: One (1) may be purchased per academic year
- Mac mini: One (1) may be purchased per academic year
- Notebook: One (1) may be purchased per academic year
- Display: A maximum of two (2) may be purchased per academic year
- Software: A maximum of two (2) per software title may be purchased per academic year
- Apple TV: There is no limit on the quantity of Apple TV purchases per academic year
- iPod: There is no limit on the quantity of iPod purchases per academic year[/code]

Edited By: HacKage on Dec 16, 2010 23:28
#26
Voted cold - Simply Electronics are selling for £769 - I suppose with delivery it's about the same.

The iPad is lighter & has a fantastic multi-touch screen, but it's not a "proper" computer in the conventional sense (although Apple are increasingly blurring the lines...)
If you want to run full video/graphic/music editing software then buy a Mac, if you only need lightweight apps for on the go & you're ok with the onscreen keyboard (which is pretty good) then the iPad is a great choice.
#27
loop
How far away is this from an Ipad in terms of functionality?


No comparison really, the iPad is an oversized iPod touch with a mobile OS, the MBAir is a fully fledged laptop with a full OS X operating system on it. While it doesn't have the power for some of the more intensive applications, it is better than the previous version, and will suit the needs of the average user.
#28
I have one, it looks slow on paper but in reality its really very speedy thanks to the high performance SSD. Screen is also excellent.

I also have an iPad, the two don't really compare IMO. One is a consumption device the other a creation device. Complement each other quite nicely as travel companions.
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blister69
£729.68

But I have a question. Can anybody get that discount, and if so, how?

Oh wait, that's 2 questions.


Anybody can get this discount you just need to use the right link:

http://store.apple.com/uk_edu_5000731/

Bought a Macbook Pro, got the rebated Ipod Touch and free printer in September through this method. Oh and you also get three years warranty thrown in if you buy through the education store.

The link above is for Napier Uni in Edinburgh but you can play around with the last few digits to change it to different Uni's.

Not exactly legit but if it saves you money...;)
1 Like #30
Ben3110
I own an iMac but for the price, the Air is overpriced looking at the specs. You would snap it easily.


CPUs have been fast enough for a few years so unless your iMac has a SSD this Air will blow any iMac out of the water. In benchmarks of day to day activities even the cheapest Air beats the 8 core iMac!! Every app launches in under a second and never hangs, it's really quite amazing. If you try one I expect you'll be ebaying your iMac quite soon...

Edited By: zebrum on Dec 17, 2010 00:03
#31
HacKage
loop
How far away is this from an Ipad in terms of functionality?


No comparison really, the iPad is an oversized iPod touch with a mobile OS, the MBAir is a fully fledged laptop with a full OS X operating system on it. While it doesn't have the power for some of the more intensive applications, it is better than the previous version, and will suit the needs of the average user.


Ok thanks. With Apple constantly "streamlining" their devices (ie reducing complications, options and functionality to the bare minimum) I wondered if this was nearer the top of the range Ipad than the Macbook Pro in terms of usefulness, but it seems it basically is a faster more portable laptop.

Edited By: loop on Dec 17, 2010 00:13
#32
can u buy a iphone with student discount?
#33
CPUs have been fast enough for a few years so unless your iMac has a SSD this Air will blow any iMac out of the water. In benchmarks of day to day activities even the cheapest Air beats the 8 core iMac!! Every app launches in under a second and never hangs, it's really quite amazing. If you try one I expect you'll be ebaying your iMac quite soon...


Sorry, but I think you are getting a bit over excited about how good the MBAir is, or isn't. I own a 2.93GHz i7 iMac 27", and I have used one of the new MBAir models and I'm sorry, I will not be eBaying my far superior in every sense machine. The MBAir is a brilliant laptop if you want light, portable access to the net, Office programs, watching videos etc, but it will never compete with a quad core, 8gb RAM, 1tb machine with 2560x1440 resolution screen. I was thinking of buying a new MBAir as something to use for when I am elsewhere in the house or out and about, but to replace the iMac, I think not.
#34
the-bunker
Voted cold - Simply Electronics are selling for £769 - I suppose with delivery it's about the same.

The iPad is lighter & has a fantastic multi-touch screen, but it's not a "proper" computer in the conventional sense (although Apple are increasingly blurring the lines...)
If you want to run full video/graphic/music editing software then buy a Mac, if you only need lightweight apps for on the go & you're ok with the onscreen keyboard (which is pretty good) then the iPad is a great choice.


This is simply not a 'Simply electronic'. I used to own a R1 M11x Alienware which runs on C2D SU7300 and nvidia GT335m. The spec of macbook air is almost level with it.
It can surely deal with word processing/excel easily and take it on the train, it will make these guys in suit and tie with a 17inch hp/dell laptop look silly.
#35
Cold! You can get a Quad Core laptop for that with 6GB of RAM - Is an OS really worth that much more I have not looked at Mac's but when I was on my friends it just felt like a stable and easier to use version of Ubuntu.
#36
sal-paradise56
how anyone can get so worked up about whether a PC or a Mac is the better computer I'll never know, I love my Mac but I also loved my Acer laptop.


Pretty cases, operating systems and marketing.
I use both, probably more Mac than PC. I would never spend my own money on a Mac :p
#37
Mugger
Cold! You can get a Quad Core laptop for that with 6GB of RAM - Is an OS really worth that much more I have not looked at Mac's but when I was on my friends it just felt like a stable and easier to use version of Ubuntu.


The OS really is fantastic, and in my opinion worth the premium. Just bare in mind the high price isn't strictly due to the operating system... When people describe Apple's range as 'premium' products (like comparing a Kia to BMW), there is some truth in that. How many other computers have aluminum casing, LED backlit IPS displays, that fantastically fluid glass trackpad, convenient magsafe charging port aswell as a battery that gets around 8 hours juice? All fitted into such a slim package?

I've had mine for 25 months according to Coconut battery and it still runs as new with rarely a slow-down or crash. My desktop rig although much better-specced technically, is really starting to show its age (also 2 years old). Food for thought?
#38
Mugger
Cold! You can get a Quad Core laptop for that with 6GB of RAM - Is an OS really worth that much more I have not looked at Mac's but when I was on my friends it just felt like a stable and easier to use version of Ubuntu.


If you can find an 11" laptop that is the same size/weight as this, that comes with an SSD for say £600, then you are correct in saying this is overpriced, but unfortunatly I don't know of any other laptop with this build quality, this amount of portability, this light and comes with an SSD as standard for this price range, and a battery life that far exceeds that of the competition. The only brands of Windows laptops that come with this level of build quality are Sony and IBM/Lenovo with the magnesium bodies. The Vaio X series 11" with SSD and carbon body is the closest thing to it at £1000.

Edited By: HacKage on Dec 17, 2010 01:13
#39
HacKage
Mugger
Cold! You can get a Quad Core laptop for that with 6GB of RAM - Is an OS really worth that much more I have not looked at Mac's but when I was on my friends it just felt like a stable and easier to use version of Ubuntu.


If you can find an 11" laptop that is the same size/weight as this, that comes with an SSD for say £600, then you are correct in saying this is overpriced, but unfortunatly I don't know of any other laptop with this build quality, this amount of portability, this light and comes with an SSD as standard for this price range, and a battery life that far exceeds that of the competition. The only brands of Windows laptops that come with this level of build quality are Sony and IBM/Lenovo with the magnesium bodies. The Vaio X series 11" with SSD and carbon body is the closest thing to it at £1000.


Exactly. That 6GB ram thingy is typically what business guys carry on trains, weighs 3kg+ .
Vaio X is running on atom, even equipped with SSD its still painfully slow.
#40
the-bunker
Voted cold - Simply Electronics are selling for £769 - I suppose with delivery it's about the same.
Non-UK Corporation, HONG KONG based.

good luck with Simply Electronics.

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