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LeighAnna Jones
Jan 13, 2011, 06:07 PM
Ok. I would like my own laptop, and want very much to get a mac.

I have finally settled on two different notebooks.

MacBook Air, and MacBook.

Now I just can't decide which to choose. Here is a list of most of the things that I use with a comnputer.

I mostly use a computer for the internet and saving pictures.
I love writing and I plan to write novels and books.
I charge my iPod
I use my thumbdrive frequently

Could someone PLEASE point me in the right direction?! They are both the same price, becasue if I would get an Air, it would be 11".

GOOD GRIEF! My friend thinks it's all about FEATURES. She says I should get the MacBook because it has a disk drive and she says that the Air is an iPad with a keyboard.

GOSH. I would use the disk drive once maybe?!

HELP ME! HELP ME! HELP ME!



184550
Jan 13, 2011, 06:12 PM
Ok. I would like my own laptop, and want very much to get a mac.

I have finally settled on two different notebooks.

MacBook Air, and MacBook.

Now I just can't decide which to choose. Here is a list of most of the things that I use with a comnputer.

I mostly use a computer for the internet and saving pictures.
I love writing and I plan to write novels and books.
I charge my iPod
I use my thumbdrive frequently

Could someone PLEASE point me in the right direction?! They are both the same price, becasue if I would get an Air, it would be 11".

GOOD GRIEF! My friend thinks it's all about FEATURES. She says I should get the MacBook because it has a disk drive and she says that the Air is an iPad with a keyboard.

GOSH. I would use the disk drive once maybe?!

HELP ME! HELP ME! HELP ME!

IMO, a MacBook would be better if it's going to be your sole computer. Also, an 11 inch is too small IMO for prolonged, daily use.

That's what she said.

chrismacguy
Jan 13, 2011, 06:15 PM
IMO, a MacBook would be better if it's going to be your sole computer. Also, an 11 inch is too small IMO for prolonged, daily use.

And the MacBook is a more powerful machine, although the MBA 11" certainly isnt an iPad with a screen - your friend is talking baloney if they think that - (It runs Mac OS X over iOS for a start), Id still get the MacBook.

Mac Composer
Jan 13, 2011, 06:17 PM
Besides the Macbook, consider the 13" Macbook Pro. It costs slightly more but it's a superior machine IMHO.

If you want the Air, get a 13". My wife is a novelist, she compared the 11" & the 13" and with the 11" you just don't see very much of a page at a time. She chose the 13" and couldn't be happier with it.

Kachadurian
Jan 13, 2011, 07:03 PM
Ok. I would like my own laptop, and want very much to get a mac.

I have finally settled on two different notebooks.

MacBook Air, and MacBook.

Now I just can't decide which to choose. Here is a list of most of the things that I use with a comnputer.

I mostly use a computer for the internet and saving pictures.
I love writing and I plan to write novels and books.
I charge my iPod
I use my thumbdrive frequently

Could someone PLEASE point me in the right direction?! They are both the same price, becasue if I would get an Air, it would be 11".

GOOD GRIEF! My friend thinks it's all about FEATURES. She says I should get the MacBook because it has a disk drive and she says that the Air is an iPad with a keyboard.

GOSH. I would use the disk drive once maybe?!

HELP ME! HELP ME! HELP ME!

We have a saying in photography "best best camera for the job is the one you have with you." The same goes for the laptop.

You have gotten bad advice so far. The MBA will be faster for many of the things you want to do because of the SSD. The macBook does have a faster processor, but there is more to speed than that.

We have both in our house and the MBA is clearly more responsive for just about everything.

The 11" MBA is 1366x768 pixels and the 13" MB is 1280x800 pixels, about the same screen resolution, so you see just as much of the page. And the MBA has a crisper screen and is better for widescreen movies.

Also, the MBA is so small and light you will take it everywhere.

I've had many, many macs, and the MBA 11" is one of the best. I think destined to be considered a classic.

firewood
Jan 13, 2011, 07:51 PM
I recently got a MBA 11, and now never use my MacBook Pro (or older MacBook) any longer. The MBA is so much easier to take with me.

adamk77
Jan 13, 2011, 09:48 PM
I'm not sure if it's been mentioned already, but if you travel much, the Macbook Air will save you some time at the airport because you don't have to take it out of your bag for any of the security checkpoints because it's considered a "small gadget". Read more about it here http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/10/29/airport-security-loves-macbook-air/

David085
Jan 13, 2011, 09:52 PM
I would go with the MacBook Air.

ReelAction
Jan 17, 2011, 03:03 AM
Both the MBP and the MBA are good choices, and based upon what you typically do either would work.

MBP pro/cons
- higher storage capacity
- internal optical drive and more ports for I/O, if that is important
- improved computing power for intensive programs (2.4Ghz vs 1.4Ghz MBA at lower end, similar at higher end)
- better battery life
- lower cost for similar performance
MBA pro/cons
- about 2# lighter and more fashionable
- quicker start up and very response
- need an USB optical drive to rip CD's or load s/w from CD's
- limited Storage, but an ext USB HD will allow for more storage, but the same device can be used for Time Machine Back Ups, for either the MBP or MBA

At the end of the day it may be about value and budget, since either can do what you want - good luck............

Xil3
Jan 17, 2011, 03:06 AM
IMO, a MacBook would be better if it's going to be your sole computer. Also, an 11 inch is too small IMO for prolonged, daily use.

That's just your opinion - I personally use the MBA 11 inch everyday and find it to be just fine.

@OP You should just go to the Apple store and try them out and see which one you like better. Spec wise, the 11 inch is more than capable to handle anything you throw at it. It will even be snappier than the Macbook, due to it's SSD.

Ronnoco
Jan 17, 2011, 03:28 AM
I recently got a MBA 11, and now never use my MacBook Pro (or older MacBook) any longer. The MBA is so much easier to take with me.

about the same here, although my 15" i5 is connected to a Samsung 23" monitor but now I don't have to take the time to disconnect the monitor, ethernet, Firewire 800 externals etc. and lug that 6lb beast with me on the go...LOL
I take my little 11" Ultimate just about everywhere with me...:D

Nachos
Jan 17, 2011, 03:33 AM
It doesn't sound like the OP will be using any processor-heavy programs, so the difference in Processor power might not be an issue. The difference between the HD in macbook and the SSD in the macbook air on the other hand might be a very noticeable one. The MBA really is VERY snappy.

I say go for the macbook air ;)

markhanna
Jan 18, 2011, 11:45 AM
I have a MPB 15" and a 13" Air.
The air is with me everywhere I go and it has become my main machine.
The 13 is just the right size and still extremely portable. go with it.

AMDGAMER
Jan 18, 2011, 11:54 AM
13" inch seemed perfect for me.

jammingator
Jan 18, 2011, 12:25 PM
Got my wife an MBA 13" for Christmas and all I can say is that it is absolutely outstanding! Considering her needs are about the same as those you listed I can confidently say that you will be very pleased if you go that route.

gwsat
Jan 18, 2011, 04:01 PM
I assume the OP is considering the entry level 11 inch MBA as her possible alternative to a Macbook because both are the same price, $999.00. She could not go wrong with either choice. My recommendation, though would be the 11 inch MBA. It is a brand new machine. As such it is likely to hold even more of its resale value than a MB would. Also, the little MBA weighs only 2.3 pounds and, thanks to its flash storage, is likely to seem even faster to the OP than a MB would. Also, with the 11 inch MBA, she would be the object of envy everywhere she goes with it.:)

Drezin
Jan 18, 2011, 04:52 PM
I'm not sure if it's been mentioned already, but if you travel much, the Macbook Air will save you some time at the airport because you don't have to take it out of your bag for any of the security checkpoints because it's considered a "small gadget". Read more about it here http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/10/29/airport-security-loves-macbook-air/

They yelled at me when i didnt remove my 9" Dell from my backpack and i've seen they do the same with iPads and Netbooks in general

bowlerman625
Jan 18, 2011, 09:08 PM
If you want thin and light, get the Air.

If that's not important, get the 13" MacBook Pro.

Bakari45
Jan 18, 2011, 09:28 PM
I'm not sure if it's been mentioned already, but if you travel much, the Macbook Air will save you some time at the airport because you don't have to take it out of your bag for any of the security checkpoints because it's considered a "small gadget". Read more about it here http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/10/29/airport-security-loves-macbook-air/

Oh cool, this is good to know. Iím flying out next week. So I can just leave in my carry-on bag?

mrsir2009
Jan 18, 2011, 10:04 PM
You should get the 13" ultimate Air if you can afford it :D

halledise
Jan 18, 2011, 10:07 PM
+1

13" MBAir 1.86/4/128

it'll everything you want and much more.
(has far better screen res than the 13" pro)

and if you really need to, buy one of these to go with it:
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KPOM
Jan 18, 2011, 10:35 PM
I assume the OP is considering the entry level 11 inch MBA as her possible alternative to a Macbook because both are the same price, $999.00. She could not go wrong with either choice. My recommendation, though would be the 11 inch MBA. It is a brand new machine. As such it is likely to hold even more of its resale value than a MB would. Also, the little MBA weighs only 2.3 pounds and, thanks to its flash storage, is likely to seem even faster to the OP than a MB would. Also, with the 11 inch MBA, she would be the object of envy everywhere she goes with it.:)

x2 based on her intended usage.

hcho3
Jan 18, 2011, 10:49 PM
Get a PC!!!!! Don't join the MAC!

marshallbedsaul
Jan 18, 2011, 11:12 PM
maybe you should do
macbook pro vs macbook air
but the question at hand I am sure both of them will be good for what you need to do. Maybe consider if your clumsy or how you treat your systems. Maybe a more durable system is better idk. My friend had a macbook air he set it on his table an he accidentally tossed a text but on it cracked the screen. Not saying you will do that, but stuff similar would prob break the system.

baller1308
Jan 19, 2011, 12:51 AM
You'll also get more storage and longer battery life with the MacBook Pro. I would go for a MacBook Pro if it's going to be your only computer. To me it's more of a desktop replacement while the MacBook Air is a computer when you're not at home.

gwsat
Jan 19, 2011, 08:57 AM
You'll also get more storage and longer battery life with the MacBook Pro. I would go for a MacBook Pro if it's going to be your only computer. To me it's more of a desktop replacement while the MacBook Air is a computer when you're not at home.
Your post and sig convince me that you don't have one of the new MBAs. If I am wrong about this, please say so.

Until I got my MBA in October, I had always subscribed to the notion that no MBA could serve as a desktop replacement. I was wrong. For nearly three years before I got an MBA my primary computer had been a 17 inch 2.4GHz Santa Rosa MBP with 6 GB of RAM. On it I ran Windows 7 in Unity mode and customarily had a couple of Windows apps and 5 or 6 OS X apps running on the OS X desktop 24/7. Before I got the MBA I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to do on an MBA with 4GB of RAM what I had done on the MBP with 6. I soon discovered, though, that, thanks to the MBA's lightning fast flash storage, it runs the same suite of programs the MBP ran with just as much speed and stability as the MBP provided. The result is that the MBA has become my primary computer.

Boston007
Jan 19, 2011, 12:19 PM
Ok. I would like my own laptop, and want very much to get a mac.

I have finally settled on two different notebooks.
MacBook Air, and MacBook.
Now I just can't decide which to choose. Here is a list of most of the things that I use with a computer.
I mostly use a computer for the internet and saving pictures.
I love writing and I plan to write novels and books.
I charge my iPod
I use my thumbdrive frequentlyCould someone PLEASE point me in the right direction?! They are both the same price, becasue if I would get an Air, it would be 11".
GOOD GRIEF! My friend thinks it's all about FEATURES. She says I should get the MacBook because it has a disk drive and she says that the Air is an iPad with a keyboard.
GOSH. I would use the disk drive once maybe?!
HELP ME! HELP ME! HELP ME!

For what you will be doing, yes a Macbook or MBA air would surely suffice. BUT, I highely suggest you get a 13" MBA not the 11". If you want to write novels and books, doing it on a 11" screen will be torture.

I wouldn't worry about storage. There are a plethora of storage solutions.
You can use the SD card slot for data in conjunction with DropBox so the files are never stored on your laptop but on the SD with the DropBox cloud storage backup.
You can back this data up on a USB drive, just in case you are extra paranoid about crashes :)

And lastly, because you will be writing novels I think you want a very portable computer and the MBA is that.