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jayo123456
Nov 2, 2010, 06:36 PM
If a SSD is a must.......
then I think a 13" Air is the better buy.


agree?

mbp:
backlight key
faster processor
little better battery

air:
higher res screen
half the weigth
slimmer profile, newer body

they go for about the same price, configd' with 4gb ram. Also considering $200+ to throw in your own SSD into mbp.


[I don't know if Im allowed to create 2 identical threads. I just wanted to hear from Air guys vs mbp guys, seperately. Mods feel free to delete this thread]



nfl46
Nov 2, 2010, 06:47 PM
Depends on how you look at it. If the Air is infact better than the Pro, it will only be for a short time. A MBP refresh should be coming in a few months. An entry level MBP could be priced as low as $1199. If thats the case, I will be selling my MBA for a Pro at that price. Either way it goes, I will probably switch to a MBP. It depends on what the new MBPs offers in a few months. I really hate carrying this external DVD/CD burner around. UGH!

jayo123456
Nov 2, 2010, 07:04 PM
^i hear u man.... i never use it...ever!

aimbdd
Nov 2, 2010, 07:20 PM
hah a lot of the same people are in each forum.. it depends on your use. Ones better for some and the others better for other things.

karkid
Nov 2, 2010, 07:21 PM
agree

LouieSamman
Nov 2, 2010, 08:56 PM
Now we all know that the MBP refresh is going to have the Flash Storage but that shouldn't take you away from the MBA.

The thinness a lightness of the MacBook Air is a huge +.

Of course once the MBP has the flash storage it will be faster then the MacBook Air but remember that the MBA is for those who don't need all of what the MBP has in terms of specs.

drjsway
Nov 2, 2010, 09:06 PM
MBPs do NOT have better battery life. The MBAs are using new battery tests.

FAsnakes
Nov 3, 2010, 02:30 AM
MBPs do NOT have better battery life. The MBAs are using new battery tests.
really, i thought they did.. .

*EDIT
Just checked the Apple site. They claim up to 7 hours for the 13" Air & up to 10 hours for the 13" MBP.. .

Pressure
Nov 3, 2010, 06:05 AM
really, i thought they did.. .

*EDIT
Just checked the Apple site. They claim up to 7 hours for the 13" Air & up to 10 hours for the 13" MBP.. .

Testing conducted by Apple in September 2010 using preproduction 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo–based 13-inch MacBook Air units and preproduction 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo–based 11-inch MacBook Air units. The wireless productivity test measures battery life by wirelessly browsing 25 popular websites with display brightness set to 50%. Standby testing conducted by Apple in September 2010 using preproduction 1.86GHz and 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo–based 13-inch MacBook Air units as well as preproduction 1.4GHz and 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo–based 11-inch MacBook Air units. The standby test measures battery life by allowing a system, connected to a wireless network, to enter deep sleep mode with Safari and Mail applications launched and all system settings left at default

13-inch MacBook Pro testing conducted by Apple in March 2010 using preproduction 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro units. Battery life depends on configuration and use. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information. The wireless productivity test measures battery life by wirelessly browsing various websites and editing text in a word processor document with display brightness set to the middle setting.

The trick is that they aren't using the same test methodology.

maflynn
Nov 3, 2010, 06:24 AM
It depends on your needs.
The 13" MBP has an ethernet port, FW port, ability to upgrade the ram, ability to upgrade the hard drive, has an optical drive and a backlighted keyboard.

Many people will say because of these features, the MBP is a better buy, even when including a SSD.

The MBA has size and to a degree speed on its side, as the 13" MBA seems to beat the 13" MBP in many of the benchmarks,

It all boils down to what are your needs and which machine will best meet those needs.

barmann
Nov 3, 2010, 10:02 AM
It depends on your needs.
The 13" MBP has an ethernet port, FW port, ability to upgrade the ram, ability to upgrade the hard drive, has an optical drive and a backlighted keyboard.

Many people will say because of these features, the MBP is a better buy, even when including a SSD.

The MBA has size and to a degree speed on its side, as the 13" MBA seems to beat the 13" MBP in many of the benchmarks,

It all boils down to what are your needs and which machine will best meet those needs.

I agree; I assume if you add an SSD to the 13" MBP, it's faster in every test, too (but a bit more expensive then).

I'll get the MBA for travel/meetings etc., I fell in love with the 11.6" the moment I saw it. ;)

The MBP is better as a computer, though, it's apples to oranges .

elwood58
Nov 3, 2010, 10:37 AM
I agree; I assume if you add an SSD to the 13" MBP, it's faster in every test, too (but a bit more expensive then).

I'll get the MBA for travel/meetings etc., I fell in love with the 11.6" the moment I saw it. ;)

The MBP is better as a computer, though, it's apples to oranges .

I couldn't agree with you more. In fact, when it came time to plunk down the cash for my MBA 11, it was a real struggle to make the feature tradeoff due to the fact that the MBP 13 has so many features. I travel for days on end, with a lot of other gear, so the tradeoff was a little easier, but for the casual user, without huge mobility challenges, the MBP 13 is one heck of a machine for the money. I would even go so far as to say, if there were only a MBA 13 offered, I would have a MBP 13 right now. It was really the form factor on the MBA 11 that won the day.

old-wiz
Nov 3, 2010, 10:37 AM
Why was it necessary to open the same thread on two different sections of the forum?

The question posed is meaningless without qualification. For some the air is better and for some the MBP is better. There is no way to come up with a sensible "MBA is better, period" or "MBP is better, period", without specifying in what circumstances and for what users.

ImperialX
Nov 3, 2010, 03:48 PM
Yup, agreed - but the MBPs are dying for an upgrade. We need to wait and see.

maflynn
Nov 3, 2010, 04:31 PM
Yup, agreed - but the MBPs are dying for an upgrade. We need to wait and see.

I don't see any update in 2010, so I believe we have to sit tight until 2011