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macbook pro i5
Jul 23, 2011, 12:01 AM
hey guys i have a 2011 macbook pro dual core i5 4 gig of ram and 320 gig hard drive and my dad is getting a macbook air 2011 model with 2 gig of ram and 128 gig ssd and i am thinking should i swap with him by the way both of our work is mainly on the internet so i do not need the macbook pros power and since i am a student i think the new macbook airs need help deciding :apple::apple::apple:
btw this is my first mac



vty
Jul 23, 2011, 12:10 AM
You should try and convince him to get 4GB, not the 2GB model.

Beyond that, I think the Air is perfect for students. Much more portable than my MBP. I hate taking my 13" MBP places.

ScottRB
Jul 23, 2011, 12:22 AM
The MacBook Air seems like a great option. Though it does depend on how serious of power you need. Truthfully, I would keep the Pro. You really never know when the rare moments will come about when all the power is needed. Airs do not support a SuperDrive which is a bum for me and has less ports. Speed is not too big of an issue because it contains flash storage. If you ever want to resale your computer, you'll get top dollar for a well groomed laptop. You'll get more for your buck with the pro and the size really should not redirect your choice. :apple:

PaulWog
Jul 23, 2011, 02:33 AM
hey guys i have a 2011 macbook pro dual core i5 4 gig of ram and 320 gig hard drive and my dad is getting a macbook air 2011 model with 2 gig of ram and 128 gig ssd and i am thinking should i swap with him by the way both of our work is mainly on the internet so i do not need the macbook pros power and since i am a student i think the new macbook airs need help deciding :apple::apple::apple:
btw this is my first mac

Not to rag on you, but just be careful about what your dad wants too! :) Some parents want the best for their kids, and will be rather selfless when it comes to things like... well... what you're talking about.

But to be honest, if I had a Pro already... I'd probably just stick with the Pro. The Air isn't anything special unless if you travel, or if you're finding the Pro to be too heavy for your day-to-day needs. I went with the Air, though, because the Pro 13-inch didn't offer any real graphics bonuses, I didn't need the excess in processing power, the display quality of the 13-inch Pro was a bit nicer but I saw past that since the 11-inch still looks nice, and I didn't need a disc drive; I also bought the Air because it's nice and light for school, and it's rather portable. However, that said: The Pro still gets the job done, and it's still quite small relative to other laptops that are out there. Just saying. :)

If you get upgrade-itis over the Air like this, you'll end up switching laptops around every 6 months.

macbook pro i5
Jul 23, 2011, 05:38 PM
Not to rag on you, but just be careful about what your dad wants too! :) Some parents want the best for their kids, and will be rather selfless when it comes to things like... well... what you're talking about.

But to be honest, if I had a Pro already... I'd probably just stick with the Pro. The Air isn't anything special unless if you travel, or if you're finding the Pro to be too heavy for your day-to-day needs. I went with the Air, though, because the Pro 13-inch didn't offer any real graphics bonuses, I didn't need the excess in processing power, the display quality of the 13-inch Pro was a bit nicer but I saw past that since the 11-inch still looks nice, and I didn't need a disc drive; I also bought the Air because it's nice and light for school, and it's rather portable. However, that said: The Pro still gets the job done, and it's still quite small relative to other laptops that are out there. Just saying. :)

If you get upgrade-itis over the Air like this, you'll end up switching laptops around every 6 months.

lol your right i probably will be upgrading laptops every 6 monthshmm my dad wants the best for me but at my school portability plays a big role

macbook pro i5
Jul 23, 2011, 06:01 PM
You should try and convince him to get 4GB, not the 2GB model.

Beyond that, I think the Air is perfect for students. Much more portable than my MBP. I hate taking my 13" MBP places.

hi thanks for your reply my dad had said that he would fit the air with 4 gig of ram 1.8 dual core i7 and 256 ssd so do you think that it is to powerful for just using the internet

petsk
Jul 23, 2011, 06:29 PM
There's no such thing as a "MBP dual core i5 2011" model. You are talking about the 2010 model, wish CPU is slower than the 2011 Air's CPU (even the low end Air, I believe, don't remember the exact bench scores).

jayo123456
Jul 23, 2011, 06:40 PM
pro will have more power, for the odd times you actually need it.
but I will leave my pro at home 1/3 of the time, because with the books I have to carry, it becomes a choir.

Since I got the 2010 air, it's with me almost 24/7 (not sure if that's a good thing).

petsk
Jul 23, 2011, 06:59 PM
pro will have more power, for the odd times you actually need it.

The MBA Core i7 2011 is at least 20-30% faster than the MBP Core i5 2010. OP is not talking about the MBP Quad Core i7. Ok?

Note that he's asking "do you think that it is to powerful for just using the internet", the answer Yes, Air will be more than powerful enough. The Air will in fact be much speedier than the MBP if you only going to use it for everyday usage, mostly because of the SSD.

macbook pro i5
Jul 23, 2011, 07:19 PM
There's no such thing as a "MBP dual core i5 2011" model. You are talking about the 2010 model, wish CPU is slower than the 2011 Air's CPU (even the low end Air, I believe, don't remember the exact bench scores). no i have the 2011 13 inch baseline macbook pro it has 4 gig of ram and a dual core i5 processer its on the :apple: site you should check it out

macbook pro i5
Jul 23, 2011, 07:27 PM
The MBA Core i7 2011 is at least 20-30% faster than the MBP Core i5 2010. OP is not talking about the MBP Quad Core i7. Ok?

Note that he's asking "do you think that it is to powerful for just using the internet", the answer Yes, Air will be more than powerful enough. The Air will in fact be much speedier than the MBP if you only going to use it for everyday usage, mostly because of the SSD.

actually i also use flash dreamweaver and fireworks for school so is the 2011 mba powerful enough for that because my dad is sick of getting his windows pc fixed all the time so he decided to get a macbook air but will the air be able to manage fireworks flash and dream weaver as i go to college so i need to no if the processing sacrifices the air make are worth it in college i should have given more details sorry guys my dads a mortgage broker and most of his work is on the internet for me its apps and internet so i was thinking that i should swap with him because i do need portability

petsk
Jul 23, 2011, 07:30 PM
no i have the 2011 13 inch baseline macbook pro it has 4 gig of ram and a dual core i5 processer its on the :apple: site you should check it out

Sorry, my bad! For some reason I got in my mind that you had the 15" MBP, don't know where I got that from.

The baseline 13" MBP should be equal to the fastest CPU (i7) on the Air. The Air will however feel snappier, because of the SSD.

petsk
Jul 23, 2011, 07:36 PM
actually i also use flash dreamweaver and fireworks for school so is the 2011 mba powerful enough for that because my dad is sick of getting his windows pc fixed all the time so he decided to get a macbook air but will the air be able to manage fireworks flash and dream weaver as i go to college so i need to no if the processing sacrifices the air make are worth it in college i should have given more details sorry guys my dads a mortgage broker and most of his work is on the internet for me its apps and internet so i was thinking that i should swap with him because i do need portability

I think you will be fine even with the low end Air (the raw CPU speed between the different models are quite small). Just make sure you add 4 GB ram, you will need that.

macbook pro i5
Jul 23, 2011, 07:38 PM
I'm sorry guys let me rephrase my question my question is should i swap my 2011 macbook pro base line with my dads laptop i am going to be using the flash program,dreamweaver , fireworks,word ,exel,outlook,FaceTime and powerpoint but the macbook pro is to heavy in school. ok now my dad is going to max out an 11 inch macbook air as his work involves pdf files word and internet he also does the occasional face time call so he does need some thing that powerful but he still insists. OK now.... my question is the macbook air good enough to meet my needs and if so should i swap my macbook pro with his macbook air as i need portability but i do not want to sacrifice to much power with the air btw i fitted the mbp with 8 gig of ram and storage isn't an issue as i have a 500 GB external hard drive ready incase i swap with my dad for the air

petsk
Jul 23, 2011, 07:46 PM
I'm sorry guys let me rephrase my question my question is should i swap my 2011 macbook pro base line with my dads laptop i am going to be using the flash program,dreamweaver , fireworks,word ,exel,outlook,FaceTime and powerpoint but the macbook pro is to heavy in school. ok now my dad is going to max out an 11 inch macbook air as his work involves pdf files word and internet he also does the occasional face time call so he does need some thing that powerful but he still insists. OK now.... my question is the macbook air good enough to meet my needs and if so should i swap my macbook pro with his macbook air as i need portability but i do not want to sacrifice to much power with the air btw i fitted the mbp with 8 gig of ram and storage isn't an issue as i have a 500 GB external hard drive ready incase i swap with my dad for the air

If you need more than 4GB ram stick to the MBP. If not, choose the Air at any time.

I got 8GB in my MBP and I'm using all of it for most of the time. But now I'm going to switch to an high end Air. The only issue will be the ram, I will have to due with 4GB = run fewer programs at the same time or experience lag.

macbook pro i5
Jul 23, 2011, 08:29 PM
If you need more than 4GB ram stick to the MBP. If not, choose the Air at any time.

I got 8GB in my MBP and I'm using all of it for most of the time. But now I'm going to switch to an high end Air. The only issue will be the ram, I will have to due with 4GB = run fewer programs at the same time or experience lag.

ok thank you mba it is :D:D:D