View Full Version : What Mac to get (MBA or MBP). Help a brother out?

Nov 5, 2010, 03:39 PM
Hi Guys,

firstly let me say long time reader first time poster :-)

I am in a real pickle, my 2007 MBP just decided to break on me, so i need to get a new one. I have been looking at the MRA and MBR.

I will be using the laptop for around 7-8 hours a day for work a day, standard kinda stuff word, email, and some basic photoshop work. The first question i have is can the MBA handle that? can you work on the laptop for a day or will it overheat? and can it handle to workload?

What i see the pros and cons of each laptop

big screen
is a beast
can work off it all day without a problem

not as portable as the MBA

is not as expensive as the MBP

Can you work all day on it?
does it overheat?
will the screen size be an issue?

Any advice or tip would be great.

Nov 5, 2010, 03:41 PM
MBA should be fine for your needs. The screen size in 13" is not that big issue as the resolution is same as in 15".

Nov 5, 2010, 03:43 PM
For the tasks you say you are going to do, the mba will be fine.

Nov 5, 2010, 04:56 PM
For your needs you're better off with a MacBook Air.

Nov 5, 2010, 06:32 PM
the MBA will be able to keep up just fine for your needs, and it actually doesn't get as hot as the MBPs. I also think the MBA gets slightly better battery life, even though on Apple's website it doesn't seem so. The MBA battery is tested with a new more stringent process than any other MacBooks and MacBook Pros Apple sells. I've been very impressed with my 13" MBA battery and performance.

Nov 5, 2010, 06:40 PM
If I were in your position, I would get the MBA. But you should really check it out in the store to see if the screen would be big enough for you, since you are used to a bigger laptop. That would be the main issue for you. Performance-wise, it should be fine with your usage.