1.86 MBA vs the 2.4MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mattnxtc, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. mattnxtc macrumors member

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    How does the second generation 1.86 MBA compare to the 2.4 MBP?

    I know from looking at presumably the first generation MBA that it has a far better screen then the MBP.

    My usage will be mostly for internet, keeping statistics, and playing online poker. I would probably end up running VM Fushion to run some poker applications but that is about it. I have a desk top with a 500 gig HDD so I am not to worried about the Hard drive size. I would probably have it sitting on my lap some since I will have wireless internet. I also do not need extreme battery life as I would probably be near a plug a lot.

    I have kind of ruled out the MB due to the washed out screen, and I can upgrade the bottom MBA to the 1.86 chip for cheaper due to a company discount.

    So given my usage, what will give me the most bang for my buck.
     
  2. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

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  3. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

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    I find it funny that the Air is kind've in the middle. It's not a very good laptop in terms of specs and stuff but it IS a fancy NetBook. :)
     
  4. chaos86 macrumors 65816

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    I have a feeling that unless you fit perfectly into the MBA niche you'd be disappointed if you got one. I see that niche as someone using it as a secondary machine, on the road for short, but important periods of time, need small size but not power, not too many peripherals.

    I know 3 guys who got MBAs. I envied them for weeks. Then one ditched it for a more powerful machine because it choked on filters run on larger photoshop files. One (overreacted and) ditched it after he had to copy a 3 gig file from a usb thumb drive to an external hard drive, only to realize the hard drive was one of those 2 usb plug deals. The third is apparently made of money and barely uses the thing in favor of his iMac.
     
  5. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    if you plan to run VMware fusion I would highly recommend getting the MBP instead.
     
  6. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    I'll wait and see after the holidays, since I plan on purchasing a new MBA in January '09. That MBP just feels way too heavy after the MBA...
     
  7. mattnxtc thread starter macrumors member

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    Zer0

    Do you think there would be significant lag running when running VMware Fushion?
     

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