15in Macbook Pro 2011 vs Maxed Out 13in Macbook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Whitelightning, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. Whitelightning, Feb 24, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2011

    Whitelightning macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2007
    Having trouble deciding between the two. I love to use photoshop cs5 a lot, and may occasionally do some video editing, and want to be able to run both windows and mac on the computer.

    Macbook air and the 15 inch mbp both have same resolution 1400x900... but the space on the mbp is a lot larger.

    Macbook air is nice and light, whereas the 15 inchers seem to be heavy..

    Performancewise it LOOKS like photoshop runs only very slightly better on MBP15'' compared to MBA based on youtube videos, CORRECT ME IF IM WRONG.

    I currently have a 11'' macbook air with my windows laptop 15.4''. My original idea was to just have mba as the portable laptop (can remote into the 15.4'' when necessary on travel), but now that my 15.4'' laptop died (was a 2.4 ghz core 2 duo)..... I am struggling to decide whether to go with the 15.4'' mbp or just get a 13'' mba.. though it may be strage having two mba.

    any thoughts?
  2. MR1324 macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2010
    you'll need good GPU and fast CPU for the type of work you do. 15 is what you need IMO.
  3. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    The 15" MBP of course!

    It's getting Geekbench scores of 9000!!! compared with the MacBook Air of 2500.

    There's just no question of power.
  4. machewcoy macrumors member


    Aug 20, 2010
    WHAT?!?! 9000?!?!?!??!

    /dragonballz reference
  5. kobyh15 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2011
    Honestly it's not even a comparison. The new 15" is a beast.
  6. Brettla macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2004
    If you are doing photo or video editing on a regular basis there really is no question, the Pro has tons more power, the ssd on the Air may make it boot fast and load somethings quickly, but it won't have anywhere near the power you will want for editing.

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