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Divers
Dec 10, 2010, 06:34 PM
Hi everyone,

I currently have a 15" i7 MBP and am giving some thought to switching over to a 1.86GHz, 4GB 13" MBA. I do a lot of traveling, and the portability of the MBA is a big draw.

I spend most of my time in Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Transmit, and surfing. I also have about 60GB of music.

Thoughts? Am I crazy for considering this?

Also, I'm wondering if the smaller font size of the 13" would be bothersome in the long run. I tried out a high-res 15" MBP for a while but swapped it out for normal res as it was causing eye strain.

Thanks in advance for any and all feedback, I appreciate it.

Divers



fswmacguy
Dec 10, 2010, 07:17 PM
If you travel a lot it's a no-brainer. I couldn't see myself traveling frequently and hauling around a heavy MBP.

As for the specs, I've heard that the MBA is very fast, surpassing even the MBP in some Geekbench scores. Mind you, the SSD contributes mostly to that; nevertheless there is no doubt that there's a moderately powerful engine under the hood.

Assuming you're not going to be editing 9000x9000 pixel images in Photoshop, rendering a feature-length film off of a RED camera, or mixing 130 live instrument inputs with the Philharmonic orchestra, it should be fine. Granted, since you said you are traveling often, I doubt you would be doing any of those things in the first place.

I was torn between the MBP and the MBA. Ultimately, purely for portability (and recent update) reasons, I went with the MBA. It is due to arrive next week. :apple:

jenzjen
Dec 10, 2010, 09:03 PM
I had a 15" i7 hi-res w/an Intel SSD and 8GB of RAM, and I sold it on CL for a 1.86 13" MBA w/4GB of RAM, and I have not regretted it one bit. I travel a decent amount. It is an absolute joy on planes, now.

Granted, it reads like you run harder stuff than I do, as I don't edit any media, so YMMV, but I think you should be fine.

Divers
Dec 11, 2010, 05:01 PM
Thanks for the feedback guys, much appreciated!

teski
Dec 11, 2010, 05:38 PM
I think you'll be fine. I run Photoshop CS5 everyday on my 13" MBA ultimate and it runs very smoothly. This is my primary machine, and it's really fast. I personally went for the full 2.13 and 256GB drive so I could have the extra space and any extra processor perf I could get.

Regardless, I don't miss my 15" at all, and the resolution is the same. Yes it's smaller in the 13" screen, but no eye strain at all for me.

Soordhin
Dec 11, 2010, 05:53 PM
If you travel a lot the air has a huge advantage. Only have the 13'' MBP, however i bought an additional MBA 11,6 "Ultimate" since i'm on the road around 220 days or more per year. The lower weight helps so much, and the performance is not really a big issue compared to the MBP as the SSD helps quite a bit.