My friend is in need of a new MacBook for college. Right now, most of their work will be for note-taking and portability is their first priority. However, one of the courses does utilize Logic and basic photography editing. It has pretty much come down to one of the MacBook Airs and the MacBook Pro 13". Few things to note: - I'm trying to determine if 11" is enough workspace for Logic and other needs. The extra 2" also increases the price of AppleCare by $100. - Is there much of a difference between the 1.7 GHz i5 and the 2.0GHz i7? Is it worth the extra $160? - Again, seeing how the RAM is soldiered into the MacBook Air, I assume it's worth the extra $90 for the 4GB RAM (8GB total)? - They will be going with a SSD. For the MBP13", they would either go with the Apple option, or I would add a 3rd Party SSD. Remember, we're in Canada, so ordering from sites like NewEgg.com is not really an option. 128GB should be sufficient, any additional media can be stored on external storage. - How does the CPUs in the MacBook Air compare to the CPU in the MacBook Pro? (1.7GHz i5 vs 2.0GHz i7 vs. MBP 2.5GHz i5). After consideration, I think it comes down to one of these options: MacBook Air 11" - $1,278.00 to $1,528.00 1.7 GHz i5 (OR 2.0 GHz i7 for $160) 4GB RAM (OR 8GB RAM for $90) + Most portable of the options. + Most affordable of the options. - Lack of upgradability. MacBook Air 13" - $1,678.00 to $1,878.00 1.8 GHz i5 (OR 2.0 GHz i7 for $110) 4GB RAM (OR 8GB RAM for $90) + Bigger screen (and highest resolution) + Comes with 256GB SSD. - Most expensive of the options. - Lack of upgradability. MacBook Pro 13" - $1,568.00 2.5 GHz i5 4GB RAM (OR 8GB RAM for $60 at Canada Computers) 500GB 5400rpm HDD (+$200 to purchase 3rd party SSD, and use 500GB HDD for backup). + Most powerful of the options? + Easiest to upgrade. + Comes with various luxury ports (optical drive and Ethernet port). - Heaviest of the options. - My friend is NOT computer savvy, and would not be able to upgrade the machine themselves. My friend and I are leaning towards the MacBook Air 11" option at the moment. If anyone has any experience with this model, please post your thoughts here. Thanks.