11inch Air i7 vs 13inch Pro i5

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ManUtdFan44, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. ManUtdFan44 macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2013
    Hey there,

    So I've been reading quite a few threads in this forum to give myself a grasp of what sort of purchase I wish to make. From what I have gathered the Pro has been recommended as the better one to have for CS6 and overall video/image ussage where as the Air is the quicker of the two and easier to get around with. My shortlist is now down to two and I really cant decide, I hope some advice can help.

    The options are as follows:
    (Bare in mind both laptops will have an already purchased USB 3.0 1tb harddrive complimenting it, and both models have been upgraded from their bases.)

    Option 1) The MacBook Air 11inch
    2.0GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    128GB Flash Storage
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    = £1,129.01


    Option 2) The MacBook Pro 13inch
    2.5GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM — 2x4GB
    500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
    Intel HD Graphics 4000

    So as you can see my budget is between £1,000 to £1,150. The uses undertaken on this computer will involve mostly browsing the web, writing documents and presentations, and amateur cs6 and iMovie use. I imagine both can undertake my needs to some degree.

    I would say my priorities, in importance, are as follows, (1 - most, 5 - least):
    (1) General fastness, in the sense of opening and closing applications.
    (2) Best programme use capabillities, i.e. Pages, CS6, iMovie.
    (3) Longevity.
    (4) Screen size.
    (5) Portability.

    Any advice or help would be truly appreciated. What do you think?
  2. ManUtdFan44 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2013
    Forgot to add this would be for main use too.
  3. Briax macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2011
    I would go for the MacBook Pro and then add an SSD myself..
    It would be around the same as the air you've configured.
    Furthermore you'll be able to upgrade it to 16GB ram when you want to ^^..
    Soo.. yeah.. MBR would be my choice out of the 2 :)
  4. PortableLover macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2012
    The 13incher MBP, why? Because you can it adapt to your future needs, whenever your needs change. Are you in an educational establishment, or are you working for business?
  5. ManUtdFan44, Mar 14, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013

    ManUtdFan44 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2013
  6. ManUtdFan44 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2013
    I'm a student at the moment but graduating very soon. Something that currently annoys me with my current laptop, a 3 year old Sony vaio, is the lack of speed when opening programmes. This is something that attracts me to the air and ssd. Along with its design. Would I with my uses, e.g; essays, surfing the net, amateur cs6/iMovie, really notice the difference between an air i5/i7 to a pro i5? I understand more ram is the most important aspect to add.
  7. PortableLover macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2012
    Are in you university then? If so you can get 15% off Macs. For example the 13inch you quoted in your OP is 927.60 on the educational store(looking at my uni right now). The rMBP 13 is £1074
  8. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    General quickness

    For general quickness, an SSD is integral. No processor will come close to impacting opening and closing apps, transferring files or anything similar like an SSD will.

    Either get the MBA or upgrade the MBP's HD to an SSD.

    No question.

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