Macbook Air vs Macbook Pro vs iPad 2 w/ Dock

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by RavenZwei, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2011
    Hello all. I've done some searching on the forums but couldn't find a thread that answered my exact questions. If they've been answered elsewhere, I apologize.

    Here is my question. Recently purchased a iMac and after having Windows for so long, I'm loving it. Just really dig the OS, build quality, etc. Now this has got me craving something more portable. I've looked at both the Air and Pro, and they both seem like they would work for what I need, but I want to just get some advice.

    I'm holding down a full time job while attending school full time, so my needs are basically web surfing with quite a lot of document editing. Writing papers, making spreadsheets, etc. I'd like to get at least a 13" screen. So I've narrowed it down to this or this. Portability is going to be a key, because I often take my laptop to work to study/do work on, but I've been lugging around a 15" Toshiba forever, so weight really isn't an issue. I've almost taken the plunge on the Pro several times, but the Air is just so sexy, I haven't pulled the trigger yet.

    Finally, I've also thought about just going the iPad 2 + Keyboard dock, but I'm not sure how document editing is handled on the iPad, so any info on that would be great as well.

    Any idea, opinions, suggestions, etc would be great. Thanks in advance.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2010
    i say forget the ipad.

    my vote is for the MBA:

    better resolution
    essentially non-glossy display (pro is a mirror)
    lightweight, which you can live without, but you WILL love

    the MBP is fine too though. but if you're not gonna use the extra horsepower, storage space, DVD, there's no reason not to go sleek, sexy, and functional with the MBA.

    if you can wait a few weeks, (two, three?) MBA will be available as a refurb soon too.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2008
  4. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    iPad is good for web surfing (excluding web games and videos), but forget lots of typing (working with documents). I'd go for the Air.
  5. macrumors 68000


    May 9, 2006
    If you want at least a 13" screen, you have ruled out the iPad.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2009
    Bay Area
    Rule out the iPad, it's alright for on the go bloggers but if you plan to do any sort of serious word processing, go for a real laptop.
  7. macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    What you described rules out the iPad. It's great for web-based stuff, watching youtube, reading the news, etc. But for document editing, I think it would end up just being a headache rather than convenient. The iPad version of iWork is stripped down a bit and I imagine more difficult to use. I'd suggest the MBA 13", basic model.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Unless you're willing to jailbreak the iPad you can't connect a bluetooth keyboard and mouse at the same time. The iPad is fine for media consumption but with the amount of typing you'll be doing it would get old fast.

    If you're going to be a hauling this machine around a lot I'd get the MBA over the MBP. It's 1.5lbs. lighter and really no slower for what you'll be using it for.
  9. Guest


    Sep 19, 2011
    Ohio, United States
  10. macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    I have MacBook Pro's in all sizes, as well as the two MBA's and iPads.

    My vote goes to the 13" MBA for you. Everything is a compromise of sorts, the MBA is the best suited and the least compromise.

    Since you're entitled to a student discount I highly suggest you buy the three year AppleCare warranty. It's well worth it and far superior than any third party warranty. I always buy it for my Macs. On the occasions I've needed it, the savings was huge. Just one warranty repair paid for the plan.


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