|Jul 27, 2013, 10:41 AM||#526|
See, I feel the key advantage of an Air is its portability. A device that will rarely ever see your computer desk at home.
Your emphasis should be on mobility and durability over performance when it comes to the Air.
The Haswell MBPs are going to come with serious fire power, and an Apple Exclusive Iris Pro 5200.
IMO if you're going to need performance capabilities, you need the pro.
Rumors are that Apple might phase traditional MBPs altogether and leave only Retina MBPs.
Even upgrading to 8gb alone is defeating the purpose of Apple's MBA. That's why Apple set the default to 4gb. They know what they are doing.
It is cost-effective, highly portable, and is plenty enough to serve any daily requirements.
Bumping up to i7/8 costs at least $250, and depending on where you live it could cost more.
So now, for businessmen like me who do not get the special privilege of enjoying student discounts, an i7/8/256 will cost around $1650.
That's already more than what a Retina 13" costs.
So now you're losing 2-3 hours of the advertised 12 hour supply of battery, and don't really have a good performance notebook either. This, while paying more than a Retina MBP which is a more modern design, has a way superior screen, and of course in September it will come with a better graphics than the Air, and a much more powerful CPU. Oh, and also comes with 8GB ram on default which means better resale value.
The only justifiable scenario for getting an i7/8 is if you REALLY cannot wait for the MBP refresh in September, and need as much performance available on a current Haswell Mac.
Just my .02
I myself got the $100 up to 8GB for my 13" Haswell. It was impulsive and automatic at that point. I regret it now.
|Jul 28, 2013, 09:19 AM||#527|
NO matter how much you all may whine about your EXTENDED 10+ hours of battery life,
if i keep a safari tab open and a notes file, it will run for 92 hours...lmao grow up guys....the battery drama depends on your usage..PERIOD !
IF ANYONE here can do all this --> mentioned below ---> and squeeze a 7 hour battery --> then we WILL TALK :
If you are me and have an i-5 11' 2013, there's no way in hell that you can have the Air last for more than 6.5 hours max because of all the apps i use:
1. Safari tabs (10-12) open
2. Chrome (Netflix : 1.5-2 hours)
3. Flash videos
4. Snitch, Evernote,postbox, adium, vmware (win 7 occasionally: 20 mins)
5. Brightness (4 dots), keyboard lights (OFF)
6. Word processing, excel processing, PDF documents (30-40 mins)
7. Total finder, launchbar, xtrafinder, image viewing etc
2013 11' i-5/8GB/512 SSD, 2012 Mid-Aug 13' 2.4Ghz/10GB/512 GB SATA Memory, Ipod Touch 4th Gen/ IPad Mini / IPhone 4S / IPhone 3GS / Ipod Touch 1st Generation
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|Jul 28, 2013, 09:29 AM||#528|
Unfortunately I can't really make my battery last that long. With a normal usage of Chrome, Safari (all with flash enabled), some youtube videos, skype and messages I get 6 hours max. People claiming 9h+ just aren't using their MBAs normally.
|Jul 28, 2013, 11:34 AM||#529|
11" 2013 MBA i7/8/256
13" 2012 MBP i5/16/256
13" 2012 rMBP i5/8/512
15" 2012 rMBP 2.6/8/512
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