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So I'm going into college and looking to get a Macbook. I will state first that I built my main rig for games, so this computer is more of an accessory to tote around the house and at school.

I'm looking at the both the base models of the 13" MBA and 13" MBP. This laptop will be used for writing papers, iTunes, browsing, and maybe some indie games. I've already done a lot of research, and can some person explain to me why anyone would pick a Macbook Pro over an Air?

They both have the same screen size and run time. The Air has a higher resolution screen, and an SSD. The Pro has a "faster" processor on paper, but from looking at benchmarks they perform the same. The only advantage I can see to a Pro is that you can customize it more. The only thing I like about the Pro is that feels more like a true laptop, where as the Air feels like something else because its so thin.

Is there something I'm missing here? Does the Pro have a trick up its sleeve I don't know about?

At this point I'm leaning towards the Air, am I headed in the right direction?
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I just got an 11" netbook for classes and will use it pretty much the same way you described. Talking about sub-300 bucks vs macbook
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I just got an 11" netbook for classes and will use it pretty much the same way you described. Talking about sub-300 bucks vs macbook
If you are going to do the apple route, which i would only because of the durability, (solid aluminum vs plastic) (or sony vaio) I would go with the pro if you look to do disks. If you will not be using a burner, just hit up that air.
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I've always wanted to try out a Mac and felt this was my perfect opprotunity.

As far as using discs, the only time I ever do is to install programs when I first get a computer, which having my main rig I should be able to transfer them over.

Also, I hear that the Air's SSD is not truly an "SSD", but is flash memory. What's the difference?
Edited by Rhyno37 - 8/11/11 at 9:44pm
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Doesn't the 2010 Air only have 5 hours of battery life as opposed to 10 hours in the pro? That's for the 2010 model though, I haven't ever used the 2011 models.
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Both the 2011 Models of the Pro and Air have ~7hours
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I just got an 11" netbook for classes and will use it pretty much the same way you described. Talking about sub-300 bucks vs macbook
+1
get a netbook and a ipad

external drives are cheap these days
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get a netbook and a ipad

external drives are cheap these days
I'm sure the OP wants to haul two laptop sized devices around college.

I also am looking to decide between the two.
Any more input anyone?
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Netbook - "real" keyboard. More functionalities, but crappy chassis.

iPad - Kool! but virtual keyboard fails at typing (if you're a proper typist). Lots of fun stuff to play with, but you gotta buy most of them (only a few apps are both good and free).

Macbook - Cool kids use these. If you're a big fan of OS X, go with it. Pretty much the same as netbook except the OS looks sleek, and price per performance ratio is poor (if all you would ever do are Word and web browsing).
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I've recently shopped these for a friend. The Macbook air is much better than the pro because of the SSD. For the other hardware specs you'd never notice a difference but you can definitely tell when you have a SSD.

Besides that, the air has a better screen as you noticed and is lighter to carry around (obviously). Optical discs are quickly becoming extinct.

Just understand that you're buying aesthetics, the reliability of Apple is just average and Applecare is not the same as damage protection. Both ASUS and Toshiba make more reliable products.
    
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