Macbook air for work or Macbook pro.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jdl8422, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

    jdl8422

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    I have been in the market for a new laptop. I was looking at the 15" macbook pro. I will be using it for graphic design work and some web work, but mostly print. I need it to work at home and to take to the office. I do not like using the small screen unless I have to, so my plan is to buy a monitor. My question is: is the macbook air worth it for this use or should I just stick with the macbook pro. I do not need it to be "ultra protable" since I am just going from home to work. The main reason I would want the macbook air is for the "new" factor and the "wow" factor. Any advice?
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    MacBook Pro. The disk is just too slow on the MBA for graphic use. Go with the bigger screen in lieu of the lighter machine.

    I love the idea of the MacBook Air, so don't think I'm one of the many "haters", I just think a MBP would be best for you.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    The 'new' and 'wow' factor will get old pretty fast. Sounds to me like you would be better off with the MBP. The only reason I can think of to buy the MBA over the MBP would be if portability is your number one priority...

    Regards,

    C
     
  4. macrumors 68020

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    What will you do once the new and wow factors wear off and the computer can't be returned?
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    Go with the MacBook Pro. Perfect if portability is not a #1 issue (although the MBP is still relatively compact and light given the specs and capabilities).

    The 15-inch MacBook Pro is still the sweet spot of the Apple computer line, IMO.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    I have a new MacBook Air (1.8 SSD) and there is no question that it comes with a lot of WOW. It sounds to me, however, that your laptop is going to be a desktop replacement, which the MacBook Air is NOT.

    If portability is not a major issue, maybe even the biggest issue, go for the MacBook Pro. So much more computer for the money.

    I have a MacPro on my desk to do all the "heavy lifting". My Air is only for taking on the road. I use it for Excel, Word, Safari, PowerPoint/Keynote. and occasionally iPhoto. I absolutely love it, but in terms of processor power it is no MBP!
     
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    robrose20

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    If you are doing graphics work I would recommend the MBP. The MBA would not be a good choice.
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    In my opinion, the MBA is cool, but you just have to make too many compromises to make it worthwhile, unless you're a serious flying-all-the-time guy. It's got a slower cpu + graphics, no ethernet port, etc. Buy the MBP.
     

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