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Poll Results: Which Macbook should I get?

 
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    13" Air
  • 36% (11)
    13" Pro
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post #1 of 20
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I'm looking to get either the base model 13" Macbook Pro or the base model 13" Macbook Air. I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. I keep swaying from one to another. This will mainly be used as a secondary to my main rig. I will browse the internet, check email, listen to music, maybe play a game or two. I will take it to college with me. So far these are the pros and cons I have conjured up from each:

Macbook Pro:
+
Upgrade-able
Faster Processor
Longer Battery Life
More ports/CD Drive

-
Heavier
Lower resolution screen (1280x800)
No SSD
End of Cycle (expected to have new model in 2012)

Macbook Air:
+
Very Light and Thin
SSD
High Resolution Screen (1440x900)
Just Renewed

-
Slightly Less Battery Life
No CD Drive
Less Powerful Processor

My biggest worries with the MBP is the lower resolution screen, no SSD, and that it's at the end of its cycle. Some people expect a brand new model to be introduced in early 2012. My worries with the Air are that its not as powerful, and not upgrade-able.

So after this, what would you guys choose?
post #2 of 20
If you're casual, go w/ the Air. If you work a lot w/ CDs or A/V equipment (for the Firewire), then the MBP.

I have the 2011 MBP, and now I kind of wish I had the MBA, since I don't seem to be using its "extra parts" very much, if at all.
    
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For everything that you listed MBA is perfect. You don't need the faster processor for doing everyday things. And about it being not up-gradable. Meh. Get 4 gigs on it, and that's all you need. What will you need more then 64GB for? With all the cloud music players out there you really don't need that much. At least for me since that's what takes up most of my HDD.
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post #4 of 20
My answer is the same. Unless you need firewire, or have a real purpose for that extra speed, go with the Air.
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post #5 of 20
The MBA isn't "not as upgradable"

Its just not upgradable once it leaves the factory, end of story


That being said, I'd say get the Air. Its a laptop, it needs to be light.
 
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post #6 of 20
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I've never used firewire in my life. Heck, I don't even know what its for haha.

What would be a good cloud to use for my music?
post #7 of 20
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I've never used firewire in my life. Heck, I don't even know what its for haha.
Tethering.
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Its just not upgradable once it leaves the factory, end of story
Everything is upgradable if you're willing to put the effort into it. There isn't a single computer in the world that can't be modded with a couple of lines of code and the right soldering tools.
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post #9 of 20
I have a 2010 MBP (15") and it's great. Used it my entire freshman year of college and it worked well at gaming, doing work and multimedia. I got the hi-res option with it because 1280x800 just won't cut it for me. The MBA is great if you won't do much. But if you are looking for a desktop replacement, there is no better option than the MBP.

I say go with the MBA. You are going for a small screen size and won't use firewire so the MBA is the way to go for you.
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post #10 of 20
macbook air is truly the laptop because it's portable and good battery. Unless you need more power than that, get the MBP.
    
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