13" MBA maxed or 15" MBP. Same price, which one?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rockyroad55, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

    rockyroad55

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    I'm a student and like to do the basic needs, such as Word, PPT, Excel, some games like Left for Dead 2, and a lot of web browsing and watching movies. I have no idea which to keep. I already have the 15" but keep thinking about the MBA!

    I also like to think in the long run which will last me better and longer. I can't see myself do much more gaming since I have a PS3 and my current apps will stay the same, which means no video or pic editing and no dual boots.
     
  2. innominato5090 macrumors 6502

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    don't be impulsive: the 15" is the perfect machine for you. you're gonna love it!
     
  3. Gen macrumors 6502a

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  4. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

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    if you do any gaming at all, stay with the 15"
     
  5. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030

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    Normally I'd say go 15" MBP if this is your only computer.

    But I've got both a maxed 15" MBP (well, as of last spring it was top end) and a maxed 13" MBA.

    Based on what you said your needs were, and the fact that you are a college student, I'm assuming portability is going to be a big concern for you.

    I'd have to somewhat agree with the poster above me. If gaming is a big deal for you, go for the 15" MBP. If its not, then the 13" MBA is a great machine. I've found it runs Steam games just fine...DOD:S and L4D/L4D2. It gets a little hiccuppy in LF2D when there's a bunch happening on the screen but its livable.

    Honestly, I'd go with the 13" MBA as your primary PC and then save up and build yourself a decent Windows desktop rig for gaming.
     
  6. trigonometry macrumors 6502

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    Based on what you've stated, I say get the maxed MBA.
     
  7. rockyroad55 thread starter macrumors 601

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    The backlit keys of the 15" and, of course, the larger screen is making me stay with it. Portability is a concern but my new incase backpack makes it feel like nothing. I'm also thinking that down the line, the 15 is a better computer for its upgradeability since I put a 180GB SSD in it already.
     
  8. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

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    the 15" weights nothing.. i carried around a 17" powerbook. I don't get people and weight of these computers.
     
  9. rhinosrcool macrumors 65816

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    Keep your 15". By now, you should know that the 15" is very portable. The only real question would be is the footprint too big?

    Also, come on, you're a college student. At present, you have a certain skill set. Hopefully, and probably, along with your needs,your skill set will increase. So, now, and in the future, the 15" should serve you better.
     

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