Trade Macbook Air for Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nesu, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2011
    Greets everyone,

    I'm currently a freshman in college. I purchased one of the new 128G 11 inch MacBook Airs right before the start of school. I absolutely love everything about it -- except for the keyboard. It's mushy, shallow, and the keys have almost no travel at all. I really, really, wanted to like it, but it's no use. With as many papers as I have to write, the keyboard is a deal breaker.

    Since getting an external keyboard is impractical, my only option is to get the smallest MacBook Pro instead. What would be the best way to somehow trade in my Air for a Pro? My Air is in perfect condition since it had a Spec hardcase around it from the get go. Price wise, they should be about the same, but Apple's trade in program only offers me $700 (for a "like new" $1200 laptop!). Any ideas?

  2. macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    I use a mac USB keyboard in my office, a 15in when away from my desk and a 13in air when home. Sometimes with Bluetooth KB. I don't notice any difference in them
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2011
    Everyone tells me that until I have them try the two side by side. The Air keys are just too shallow for me; they feel too soft. The MacBook Pro keys have nice tactile, discreet firmness to them that gives way nicely when pressed.

    It's probably more of an issue with me than with Apple's design, but my speed and accuracy drop by about 30-40 percent on the Air.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2011
    Wow, you're pretty sensitive. I've noticed the difference also and pointed it out to all my co-workers. They thought I was crazy until I lined up my 13" MBP against their 13" MBA's. The difference doesn't bother me enough, I could use either one and spend time on other servers and user workstation with a plethora of various keyboards. (I really hate the MS split keyboard).

    Anyway, the keyboard, trackpad/mouse and screen are the three most important aspects because it is how you directly interface with your computer. I suppose you could say the keys are akin to the tires on your car. So I'd recommend seeing if you can use a 13" MBP for a couple days and make sure it's really what you want. If so keep it, then sell the Air on craigslist.
  5. macrumors regular

    May 19, 2011
    I completely agree with the OP on this one. After playing around with my girlfriend's 13" Air, I felt the difference between the 11" and 13" keyboards. I can only imagine what the difference would be between the 11" and 13" Pro.
  6. macrumors newbie

    socrates key

    Oct 26, 2010
    How about using an external monitor and wireless keyboard/trackpad for those long typing sessions.
  7. macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2003
    Hollywood, FL
    I have a 13" MBP and I'd be interested... I just got an iMac for my office so now I need something smaller. Shoot me a message or email, my email address is at
  8. justaregularjoe, Nov 22, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2011

    macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2008
    I would also like to throw my name in this trading idea pool. Where are you in the world, OP?

    I don't have a fancy website though. ;)
  9. macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2011
    Northern California
    Traded the other way

    Funny, I traded the other direction! Got my 2011 13" MBP fully dressed w 8gb of RAM and a 500gb 7200 rpm hard drive, then decided I wanted an Air. I don't regret it...Hope your trade works well for you.:)
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2011
    I managed to get some hands on time with a suitemate's MBP and I'm pretty sure that that's the way I want to go.

    I thought about it, but it would defeat the purpose of having a laptop. I also usually work in libraries and such.

    I completely understand why. I absolutely love the air, but since 80% of what I do on it typing, we must regretfully part.

    Trading would be a more ideal scenario than selling and buying, but I'm not sure if it would be possible when not dealing locally; I currently live in Connecticut.
  11. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2011
    Also, If I were to try to sell it on Craigslist, what do you think would be a fair price? I have the 11-inch, 128GB, 1.6GHz i5, 4GB model. It's like new, with all accessories, including the original box. The warranty is good for another 9 months too. Thanks.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2011
    I would guess $1000-$1100 for the right buyer. Might take a little bit of time to sell it, especially right now because you have all the Black Friday sales coming up.
  13. macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Check the refurb store, you're going to be competing with whatever the reduced price of all those models are, and they come with a year's warranty. I'd try and adjust your price accordingly.
  14. macrumors regular

    Lee Adama

    Jul 28, 2011
    Probably the worst time to sell. I would wait until after the holidays if you can. Or just take a bath on it.

    Trade it in to a store, you'll get raped. Sell on Craigslist, you'll get low balled.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2008
    Connecticut, huh? Guess that makes Ottawa a little inaccessible. Sadface.
  16. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2011
    Yeah, I probably should wait at least until the holiday promotions end. Oh well.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2011
    I got rid of my mba 11" because the keyboard does truly sux and the screen is too small. I bought it as an open box item at best buy. Wound up with a best buy open box early 2011 base 13" mbp and it is the best laptop ive ever had. And the keyboard is as good as the apple bluetooth kb i use with my desktop mini and the mbp trackpad is as good as my bluetooth apple magic trackpad. Luckilly i got rid of my mba on the last day of the 14 day best buy return policy and got my mbp for just $800 when best buy had a speceal open box deal going two weeks ago. Its the greatest trade off if you want a superb laptop with a great keyboard.
  18. macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    If the keyboard is the problem you will be disappointed....all macbook and even the desktop keyboards feel identical now.

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