2013 MBA 13" vs 2012 MBP 13"

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by 3lite, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. 3lite macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2011
    Which is the better buy right now?

    Don't worry about my uses. Just straight up, what is the better buy? Is the 2012 MBP still more powerful than the current Air?
  2. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    We talking rMBP or cMBP?

    Best buy if you are talking about retail price from Apple is...

    Air all the way.
  3. mattbaar26 macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2013
    Saying don't worry about my uses and asking which is more powerful doesn't really work. The air is great for everyday tasks and even editing. The 2013 MBA though isn't too much less powerful than the 2012 MBP base model. I had a pro and switched to a 2012 air and have seen very few performance drops
  4. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Have you seen this? http://www.macworld.com/article/204...13-holds-its-own-against-the-macbook-pro.html

    Also this: http://blog.laptopmag.com/macbook-air-2013-vs-retina-macbook-pro-which-should-you-buy

    But I agree with mattbaar26 - it really depends on your needs.
  5. mxidis88 macrumors member


    Jul 8, 2013
    SLC, UT
    Ive juggled this decision...

    I've flip flopped twice from the 13 rMBP to the new 13 Air. I'm convinced that once you use a retina screen you can't go back. At least that was the case for me. The Air is nice, and the 12hr battery life was nice; but the rMBP is a nicer a machine overall(hence the higher price tag).

    I bought a refurbished 13 rMBP for 1250 from Apple and returned it for a 2013 13'' MBA base model. It was nice for about a month and the I decided to trade it in for the rMBP. I found someone close by me that would trade strait up and I'm so glad I did. The retina screen is a must and 5-7hrs of battery life on the rMBP is better than 10-12hrs on the poor MBA display.

    Performance is about the same on the two machines(I was using a DP of Mavericks which really helps on the 13" rMBP) If you do decide to go with the MBA make sure you upgrade the RAM. It wasn't to bad with 4GB on the Air, but I noticed some problems with Chrome(with 20+ tabs open) that I didn't see on the rMBP with 8GB RAM. Encoding video projects went significantly faster with the pro, but moving the files generally went faster on the Air. Graphics performance seemed about the same.

    One more time, and I can't stress this enough. You spend 98% of your time on your computer staring at your display and the retina is THAT much better than the Air...My vote: RMBP
  6. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I spend about 90% of my time staring at a 23" monitor connected to my 11" MBA. ;) But when I'm travelling, the small size and weight is a big plus.
  7. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    For me, it comes around to one thing - are you going to be carrying it around a lot?

    If so - get the Air.

    I have a 15" rMBP and my work laptop is a 11" MacBook Air. The difference in your backpack is massive!

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