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Old Jan 18, 2013, 08:25 AM   #1
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Help me decide which Apple Laptop ?

Hi - i'm a website designer, so the emphasis of my work is Top Notch Artwork & multitasking btwn heavy resource applications.

I want to invest in a Apple Laptop, can a Mackook Guru hlp me decide on which one ?

1. Do i go for Pro or AIR ?
2. 13 inch is ideal for my budget, since the bigger screens are more expensive.
3. As a current user of Windows, i use MS Excel heavily for programming & analysis for website maintenance.
Does Macbook have spreadsheet version to allow me to do just that ?
4. I'm currently using a 2GB RAM laptop & find it quite slow, especially when i'm switching btwn applns.
5. HD disk is not so important since i save all my work to an Ext. Hard disk.

Somebody pls help, which Macbook is suitable for me ?

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Old Jan 18, 2013, 08:29 AM   #2
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Microsoft has office for the Mac so you can do what you need to with that.

The MacBook Air is highly portable but its sacrificing some speed. I'd say go with the non retina 13" MBP as it gives you the ability to upgrade the ram and storage.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 10:29 AM   #3
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Thanks. MBP - is that Macbook Pro ?
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 10:44 AM   #4
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Get a refurb cMBP and MS Office for Mac. Cool thing is, you'll be able to run Windoze on the same hardware, handy for testing.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 10:57 AM   #5
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Thanks. MBP - is that Macbook Pro ?
Yes, MBP is just an easier way of typing MacBook Pro.

Good luck with the purchase!
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 11:07 AM   #6
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Sorry for being a nitpicky putz, but is any one else bothered by the term "laptop" when it is preceded by the word "Apple". Sorry, but I see my Macbook as something that transcends the standard "laptop" moniker. You may, of course, disagree.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 11:39 AM   #7
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Sorry for being a nitpicky putz, but is any one else bothered by the term "laptop" when it is preceded by the word "Apple". Sorry, but I see my Macbook as something that transcends the standard "laptop" moniker. You may, of course, disagree.
No, not really.
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Sorry for being a nitpicky putz, but is any one else bothered by the term "laptop" when it is preceded by the word "Apple". Sorry, but I see my Macbook as something that transcends the standard "laptop" moniker. You may, of course, disagree.
Nope. A macbook is simply a laptop any way you put it.
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 12:45 AM   #9
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Thanks Guys - seems like it's going to be the Probook 13".
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Thanks Guys - seems like it's going to be the Probook 13".
Do you mean the Macbook Pro 13"?
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Old Jan 21, 2013, 11:25 AM   #11
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I bounced back and forth when getting a Macbook Pro or Air for my daughter.

With the Pro you can upgrade the RAM and HD/ the Air you can't.

Now I got her the MBP 13 inch and we're taking it in today because the optical drive is making strange sounds now (I think she's used it twice since we had it, but she wanted an optical drive). I wanted to get her an Air because of no moving parts, but I would want to Max out the RAM (8GB) in it and I felt the 128 SSD wasn't big enough and my budget wouldn't let me get me a bigger SSD in the Air, so MBP it was.
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I recommend the 13' MBA (read: MacBook Air).

The 13" MBP doesn't offer a significant amount of performance increase. Plus, the SSD in the MBA increases overall system performance much more than the slightly faster processor of the 13" MBP. Of course, you can buy the MBP and upgrade to an SSD yourself. But that's added cost.

I have the base model 13" MBA and I'm running Mail, Safari (30+ tabs), VMware Fusion with CentOS 32-bit VM using 1GB memory, iTunes, iPhoto, Calendar, Skype, iMessage, Terminal (3-5 sessions), Skype and Notes all at once. I haven't noticed any system slowdown. I had a MBP before (2011 model) and the mechanical spinning hard drive slowed down things so much.
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