had to do it...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by macboy4, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    I sold my MBA on Craig's List and bought the 13" MBP. I LOVED my Air, but when the new MBPs came out my biggest complaint about the uMB (the crappy display) was answered, and they sweetened the deal with the battery. Also, over the last several months I've found myself needing more and more performance.

    I travel for work so I know I'll hate lugging around the extra 1.5 lbs., but it hit me that all that extra battery life is more useful when traveling than the lower weight.

    The main thing I can say about this thing is it's not as sexy as the Air. I really like the black bezel, but the computer as a whole, while still better looking than just about anything else, just doesn't quite have the appeal of the Air. I'm going to miss pulling that thing out of my bag and repeatedly thinking to myself how awesome it is.

    It's been fun being in this little club... I'm sure I'll come back to visit.
  2. macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    Which MBA did you have and how much did you get for it?
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    I had the REV B 1.6 with HDD. I got $1000. I felt like it was a little low because it has Apple Care, Super Drive, etc., but I realize that accessories don't add a lot of value.

    I was less concerned with the $ amount than having a huge net cost for the new one. With the iPod education program I'm looking at a net cost of about $400 for the 2.53... not bad; I only paid $1150 out the door for the MBA anyway.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    If I were you, I would have kept the MBA and bought a MBP or a MB if the money was an issue.

    It is better to keep the MBA for travel rather than the $1000, but that is me :D

    Congrats on your purchase :)
  5. macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2009
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    I hear you, but I just don't need two computers... I don't think my wife would've gone for that!
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    Here you go.

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  8. macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2009
    I carry my Air for hours a day, every day. I am probably older than most of you, if not all. I do not scoff at 1.5 pounds, and some day neither will you.

    But besides the weight there is little question. My son just bought a 13 MBP. They are magnificent machines.
  9. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    Like I said, the weight is important to me, but I decided that the extra battery life was more important. If the Air had the battery life of the MBP I'm not sure I would have switched.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2009
    funny you say that....

    i have a 13" mbp and a air and i have brought them both through my "work week" and found the air provided more life in the day then the pro.

    i would average 5 hours on the air and 4-4.5 on the pro.

    only way i can squeeze 6 hours out of the pro is when the brightness is down so far its unusable and the bluetooth off.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    I sold my 13" MBP and bought another air, I really love the air :)
  12. macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2006
    The allure of the MBA will grow as the days pass...

    Did the exact same thing when the unibody MBs hit. Granted, the first version had a much different screen, but after about three months, I started missing the size and comfort of the MBA.

    When the Rev Bs hit, I managed to avoid the temptation to switch back for a couple of months... but the little voice in my head which tells me of a better way through this maze called life kept suggesting that my computing existence would be better served by switching back to the MBA.

    Since getting the Rev B w/SSD, that little voice has been very very quiet. I've been traveling a fair amount over the last four months and it is such a pleasure to take along the MBA. For the work I do, it's just a perfect machine.

    Here's hoping there is peace in your head with your new machine but should you come back, this MBA user will understand completely.
  13. macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2006
    I've had Rev A / HD then Rev C/SSD and even though the improvements were phenomenal it would still overheat and most of all feel fragile (the hinges I could tell have not been upgraded and I had busted hinges on my Rev A)..

    I am not happily using MBP 13" which I recently upgraded to Intel X25-M SSD 160GB and couldn't be happier.. Battery is BIG improvement, speed is phenomenal and the weight difference I'm simply used to..

    My g/f is now using the Rev C and she loves it....
  14. macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I don't understand who would be happy going from a rev B/C MBA with SSD to a 13" MBP???

    In my experience, in the long run, one would really want to migrate back to an MBA.

    I couldn't go to anything from the MBA, it's too fun, amazing, lightweight, powerful, and capable.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2008
    I've been reading countless threads in here due to my pending purchase of a MBA, and you REALLY REALLY and I mean REALLY love your MBA don't you? :p
  16. macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2006
    speed, not overheating, screen, speaker, glass trackpad and solid hinges.. do you want more? If MBA Rev D had all of the above I'd gladly switch back.. I don't use more than 1 USB port and can't even recall the last time I used a CD/DVD media...
  17. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    First, I didn't have the SSD.

    Second, one "word": RAM. My needs have changed since I bought my MBA and I'm doing a lot more virtualization at work. I know how fast the reads are on the SSD, but that's a poor substitute for what I need: power and RAM.

    I truly loved my MBA, but my needs changed. Will I miss it? Absolutely. Did I make the overall "right" decision? Absolutely.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2008
    Space: The Final Frontier
    congratz on your purchase ;) the 13" umbp is the ultimate portable machine which packs ALOT of performance in it too :)
  19. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    Okay so I LOVE this MBP 13", but the battery life is a funny thing. It's much better, but I have to keep the brightness higher because of this stupid glass!! I love the aesthetic, but any light gives you a nice glare.
  20. macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2009
    But glare is a new "feature."
  21. macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    LOL ....

    oh I hope/wish Apple Exec's read this forum ... they make such a great product but do some odd/strange/weird things that make you ask "why - how can this be"? :)
  22. macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    I also left the Air, and not sure i will ever go back.
    Congrats on the pro
  23. macrumors member


    Jul 7, 2009
    Toronto, ON
    I purchased a 13" MBP 2.26 and actually returned it to get a MBA 2.13 Both are great computers imho but if I'm going to have the same 9400m GPU similar cpu I figured I may as well have the lighter smaller package. With the SSD the MBA actually seems faster to me. I love this MBA were as I only really liked my 13" MBP. Just my 2 cents..
  24. macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2009
    I also returned MBP 13" and got MBA with SSD and never look back. While MBP has better hardware and feels more solid, MBA's size and weight is just perfect. Speed-wise, I feel the same between the two. RAM could be a potential problem but I have never ran into yet. Most of the time I just used about 50-60% of the 2G RAM (email, web-browsing...etc).

  25. macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    Enfield, NH
    I fought with myself for months whether to go MacBook 13" or MacBook Air.

    I decided to go MBA because of the thinness of it and weight. Then I got a 17" macbook pro and realized that the MBA's screen is non-glossy and it makes a huge difference.

    7 Hour battery life isn't important on the MBA.
    optical drive I never use
    Firewire or optical in, nah.
    dedicated GPU, nope don't need that either.

    2.5Ghz CPU would be nice but 2.13 w/ the SSD makes this machine faster (sometimes) than my 3.06Ghz 17" Macbook Pro w/o SSD. Honestly, launching apps can be faster on the MBA.

    so between MBP & MBA, i think MBA is just better (if you can afford it). You lose a few features but they're not killer features and in return you get a notebook that's ultra thin and super portable.

    I just wish the ports were more accessible. I've had bad luck with peripherals not fitting.

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