2012 i7 macbook air vs 2012 i5 macbook pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nathansz, May 10, 2018.

  1. nathansz, May 10, 2018
    Last edited: May 10, 2018

    nathansz macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2017
    2.0 i7 macbook air
    2.5 i5 macbook pro

    both 2012
    same price
    both 8g ram
    both 256g ssd
    both 13”

    it will only be used for mainstage

    how do i choose?

    thanks !
  2. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2017
    The i7 in the MBA is slightly superior to the MBP based on benchmarks.

    I wouldn't base my decision on the processor alone though, the difference isn't that big. Here are some other differences that could help you:
    - Is the MBA 11"? If so would you prefer the 13" on the MBP?
    - Do you need an Ethernet port? The MBA requires a dongle for that.
    - Will you carry it a lot? The MBA is smaller and lighter.
    - The MBA seems to have a higher resolution than the MBP based on everymac.com. Maybe verify this one, I find it surprising.

    How much would you be paying for those? As you know, they are already kind of old, don't invest too much because macOS support might not last long for them.
  3. nathansz thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2017
    thanks for the reply

    i had checked everymac benchmarks which made the decision harder since they were so similar

    don’t need ethernet
    both are 13”
    weight doesn’t matter
    i’ll be using it for music and either way will be the lightest piece of gear by far!

    i’m wondering if the smaller, lighter air would get hotter and throttle the processor?

    they are $600 CDN so about $470 US

    does this seem too much for they age?

    i know they won’t last for that long but i have a small budget and just need something that will work right now

    thanks again

  4. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2017
    I'm not sure about the throttling but I think it should be fine.

    I would get the Air if I were you mostly because of the higher resolution (I verified and indeed it has a higher resolution although the colour spectrum is better on the MBP) and weight.

    Seems like a fair price.
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    I personally would go for the pro.

    It has a much nicer screen its actually less pixels than the air but is a much brighter nicer IPS panel over the airs TN panel, with mainstage I assume you want to be able to glance at the screen, from various angles and see the picture well this will be much easier on the pro than the air.

    I'll be honest that price sounds fair and they both have an ssd so you should be all good for at least 2-3 years, barring catastrophic failure of course that can happen to any computer anytime but at 6 years old they will be more prone. Saying that both these models are just about the most stable laptops apple ever produced.
  6. nathansz thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2017
    thanks for the tips everyone

    i ended up going with the pro in case it turns out i need to add more ram

    and got the price down to $385 CDN so basically $300 US

Share This Page