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downingp
Feb 9, 2008, 09:52 AM
As I am sure I am not the only one who likes to have the latest and greatest, I was wondering if the MBA was really worth getting for those of you who have one. I currently have a MBP that I use for graduate school. I only use the MBP for school. I use my iMac at home for video, photos, music, etc. i am sure the MBA would be great for school. I am just wondering how much I will be sacrificing, if at all, if I sell my MBP to get a MBA.

What do you think? Thanks.



BongoBanger
Feb 9, 2008, 09:58 AM
Functionally?: No.

Aesthetically?: Up to you.

teerexx52
Feb 9, 2008, 10:02 AM
As I am sure I am not the only one who likes to have the latest and greatest, I was wondering if the MBA was really worth getting for those of you who have one. I currently have a MBP that I use for graduate school. I only use the MBP for school. I use my iMac at home for video, photos, music, etc. i am sure the MBA would be great for school. I am just wondering how much I will be sacrificing, if at all, if I sell my MBP to get a MBA.

What do you think? Thanks.

I did! Having a hard time deciding if I should sell my MacBook pro. The Air is really working well for me and for what I do its really all I need. The key is that it is so light and easy to carry around. Good luck with your decision.

Mercuric Oxide
Feb 9, 2008, 10:14 AM
If you have an iMac at home, it should be able to handle anything your mbp can (assuming it's a newer one). So I don't think you would need all the power the mbp has on the go when the mba should suffice for the usual 'laptop' tasks.

The mba is a companion to a powerful desktop, so if I were in your situation (I actually have a Mac Pro and had a powerbook, sold powerbook for mba) I'd get the mba.

I sold my old powerbook g4 1.5 ghz for an mba in Jan on ebay for $750, so your macbook pro should almost cover the low end mba. If you go this route, you need to sell it soon, as an iminent mbp update will lower the value.

ahaxton
Feb 9, 2008, 10:18 AM
I was going to get a MBP before the MBA came out. I'm glad so because I'd hate to carry around a "desktop" that I wouldn't even use. I think there's a minority of people who need so much in a portable machine. I for one do not.

downingp
Feb 9, 2008, 10:23 AM
If you have an iMac at home, it should be able to handle anything your mbp can (assuming it's a newer one). So I don't think you would need all the power the mbp has on the go when the mba should suffice for the usual 'laptop' tasks.

The mba is a companion to a powerful desktop, so if I were in your situation (I actually have a Mac Pro and had a powerbook, sold powerbook for mba) I'd get the mba.

I sold my old powerbook g4 1.5 ghz for an mba in Jan on ebay for $750, so your macbook pro should almost cover the low end mba. If you go this route, you need to sell it soon, as an iminent mbp update will lower the value.

I was thinking the same thing. I am sure we are within weeks, if not next week, of seeing a MBP update.
I have a 2.2 Ghz Glossy MBP stock configuration with 3 year Applecare. How much do you think I could get for the MBP?

Mercuric Oxide
Feb 9, 2008, 10:52 AM
I was thinking the same thing. I am sure we are within weeks, if not next week, of seeing a MBP update.
I have a 2.2 Ghz Glossy MBP stock configuration with 3 year Applecare. How much do you think I could get for the MBP?

Absolute minimum of $1400. If it's in perfect condition and you provide a lot of pics showing that, probably 1500+. Just go to ebay and look at similar setups for sale.

downingp
Feb 9, 2008, 11:06 AM
Do you noticed a big difference between the 15" and 13" screen size?

r00
Feb 9, 2008, 11:10 AM
Well if it's any help I just got back form the store returning my MBP for the Air. I never really used the full power of the Pro and would rather much have the portability. I would definitely say go for it!

teerexx52
Feb 9, 2008, 11:11 AM
Do you noticed a big difference between the 15" and 13" screen size?

Its kind of what you get use to. Yes Air is smaller but still very nice screen

downingp
Feb 9, 2008, 11:14 AM
Well if it's any help I just got back form the store returning my MBP for the Air. I never really used the full power of the Pro and would rather much have the portability. I would definitely say go for it!

If you will, let me know what you think after playing around with the MBA in comparison with the MBP.

Thanks.

Flyer0815
Feb 9, 2008, 11:19 AM
Owning both a MBP and a MBA, I can honestly say that my MBA gets 95 % of my attention. It is perfect for carrying to meetings and lugging around. While it is lower spec'd than the MBP, I haven't noticed a drop in speed. The screen is wonderful and dosent seem to suffer from the annoying "yellow" MBP effect. I wouldn't hesitate. The MBA is a wonderful machine.

downingp
Feb 9, 2008, 11:24 AM
Owning both a MBP and a MBA, I can honestly say that my MBA gets 95 % of my attention. It is perfect for carrying to meetings and lugging around. While it is lower spec'd than the MBP, I haven't noticed a drop in speed. The screen is wonderful and dosent seem to suffer from the annoying "yellow" MBP effect. I wouldn't hesitate. The MBA is a wonderful machine.

Thanks for replying to my thread. Your comments have certainly helped me make my decision.
Do you notice much of a difference looking at a 13" screen instead of a 15" screen?

I am going to need to sell my MBP first though.
Any takers?:)

Mercuric Oxide
Feb 9, 2008, 11:48 AM
Thanks for replying to my thread. Your comments have certainly helped me make my decision.
Do you notice much of a difference looking at a 13" screen instead of a 15" screen?

I am going to need to sell my MBP first though.
Any takers?:)

Going to 13 in was really uncomfortable for me at first as I still tried to open multiple apps like on my PowerBook. But you'll learn how to work with the screen size after the first week. Also, with Leopard's Spaces, you can simply delegate a screen per program and the smaller size won't feel too cramped.

Also, going to a smaller screen size was easier on my eyes

Flyer0815
Feb 9, 2008, 11:53 AM
Thanks for replying to my thread. Your comments have certainly helped me make my decision.
Do you notice much of a difference looking at a 13" screen instead of a 15" screen?

I am going to need to sell my MBP first though.
Any takers?:)

Glad to help! The MBA is a great, great product. As for the screen size, there is a difference when looking at my MBP and my MBA side by side, but when im in a conference room, the screen looks big and bright, and I don't notice much lost screen real estate. The smaller footprint and weight makes it seem like it dosent exist in my briefcase. I actually think the screen looks better on my MBA than my MBP. I have the glossy 15 inch MBP btw.

Go get a MBA.. Youll love it!

xparaparafreakx
Feb 9, 2008, 11:55 AM
I have a MBP 17" and just picked up at MBA. They are great together.

downingp
Feb 9, 2008, 01:50 PM
I put my MBP up on Craigslist and was just offered $1650 within an hour of posting the ad. Should I take the offer or see what other offers I get?

NC MacGuy
Feb 9, 2008, 02:04 PM
I put my MBP up on Craigslist and was just offered $1650 within an hour of posting the ad. Should I take the offer or see what other offers I get?

Seeing's how a new one starts at $1999 and there are reports of an impending upgrade to the MBP line, sell it now. You only need a few hundred for the Air.

Indydenny
Feb 9, 2008, 02:11 PM
I was skeptical of the MBA. In my work, I can upgrade regularly and my former mac is passed along to another.

I have used the MBP almost exclusively for quite some time (even though I have a 24" iMac on the desk). I had liked the Blackbook before the MBP and the screen of the Macbook was plenty for me-- actually I preferred it over the MBP. But the MBA seemed underpowered to me.

I have now used the MBA for one week and am happy to pass the MBP along. Like others, I don't noticed any slowdown. I rarely use an optical drive so that is no issue. The 80 GB HD IS an issue for me but I'm carrying an 80 GB ipod when I travel and I'm amazed how much "extra stuff" I was carrying on the MBP that I really don't need.

I would have been one of the nay-sayers one week ago but I can tell you -- it is a JOY to use and carry. Of course, if you do heavy graphic/music work, that might be an issue.

Good luck in your sale and purchase.

Yves Creebs
Feb 9, 2008, 02:16 PM
nope. Air blows.

NC MacGuy
Feb 9, 2008, 02:19 PM
I was skeptical of the MBA. In my work, I can upgrade regularly and my former mac is passed along to another.

I have used the MBP almost exclusively for quite some time (even though I have a 24" iMac on the desk). I had liked the Blackbook before the MBP and the screen of the Macbook was plenty for me-- actually I preferred it over the MBP. But the MBA seemed underpowered to me.

I have now used the MBA for one week and am happy to pass the MBP along. Like others, I don't noticed any slowdown. I rarely use an optical drive so that is no issue. The 80 GB HD IS an issue for me but I'm carrying an 80 GB ipod when I travel and I'm amazed how much "extra stuff" I was carrying on the MBP that I really don't need.

I would have been one of the nay-sayers one week ago but I can tell you -- it is a JOY to use and carry. Of course, if you do heavy graphic/music work, that might be an issue.

Good luck in your sale and purchase.

I really loathe to say this but it seems Apple knew more of what I wanted than I did. My story mirrors yours except I already had a MB black and MBP. Using the Air for over a week and haven't picked up the others except to sync mail and doc's in case the Air takes a dump on me. An absolute dream to travel with....

downingp
Feb 9, 2008, 02:21 PM
It doesn't seem like there are too many negatives for the MBA.

NC MacGuy
Feb 9, 2008, 02:22 PM
It doesn't seem like there are too many negatives for the MBA.

There are negatives but for me, the positives outweigh them. I'm still trying to get my battery over 95% health!!

ddd269
Feb 9, 2008, 02:53 PM
nope. Air blows.

Care to explain why? Such bold statement and no backup?

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I have and iMac, MBP, and the MBA and I love them all. I'm not selling any one of the previous Macs, because I love them all. I'm even thinking about getting a Mac Pro to replace my gaming PC. They all have their pros and cons, and MBA fills a gap/niche that Macs lacked for a while. It can do what a larger capacity Macs can do 95% of the time for practical use, in my opinion.

I love the Air... I've had it for 6 days now and can't seem to stop using it. It's a pleasure to use and I've felt the need to go back to my MBP only a few times. As a MBP owner, you know that the biggest issue with the MBP is the weight. I don't think there are many people that can hold a MBP on one edge with one hand, without struggling. Everytime I've used my MBP in bed the weight was always an issue. .. Not anymore!

My advise... You should keep your MBP along with the iMac and keep it at home for other use (like the living room or kitchen) and use your MBA for school use. You can't never have too many computers.

So, listen to all the positive comments on this forum and go get one!

skyrider007
Feb 9, 2008, 02:54 PM
I WANT the MBA but I do not NEED it. I do, however, NEED an MBA qualification sometimes in the future. After getting an MBA I might finally be able to afford an MBA.

queshy
Feb 9, 2008, 04:40 PM
Lol, this thread is convincing me to sell my much more powerful MBP for the air. I really don't "need" the power of the macbook pro. If the air and the pro were out at the same time, I'd have bought the air. I didn't go the macbook route because it just seemed that for a few hundred more the pro was a better value (LED, backlit kb, aluminum casing, bigger screen, etc.).

Mercuric Oxide
Feb 9, 2008, 08:28 PM
I put my MBP up on Craigslist and was just offered $1650 within an hour of posting the ad. Should I take the offer or see what other offers I get?

did you take the offer??

I hope you did, thats unbelievable

downingp
Feb 9, 2008, 08:31 PM
did you take the offer??

I hope you did, thats unbelievable

I actually took another offer of $1750. I will be getting my macbook air on Monday!!

Jphillippe
Feb 9, 2008, 09:07 PM
the only thing holding me back for getting a macbook air is lack of firewire port.

downingp
Feb 9, 2008, 09:36 PM
The next question is, can I use my time machine backup from my MBP to install on the MBA?

ExcelonGT
Feb 9, 2008, 10:10 PM
The next question is, can I use my time machine backup from my MBP to install on the MBA?

If Leopard could pull that off, I'd be impressed

ob81
Feb 9, 2008, 10:26 PM
The next question is, can I use my time machine backup from my MBP to install on the MBA?

Yes. A recover. Me personally, I like putting data on an external and moving only the stuff that I need. I enjoy the performance of an unclogged OSX. If you have any problems on your MBP (software) you are likely to transfer then to your MBA