Air 8Gb/256Gb SSD or Base Pro 8Gb/128Gb SSD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MrMister111, Jul 28, 2019.

  1. MrMister111 macrumors 68030

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    For Edu discount can get an 2019 Air 8Gb/256Gb SSD or a 2019 base Pro 8Gb/128Gb SSD for same price of £1168.

    If had to chose which would people go for? The low storage is a bit worrying. Could get the 2019 Air 8Gb/128Gb SSD for £988 for ref as well though.

    This is a potential upgrade from a base late 2012 iMac 21.5" for ref.
     
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  3. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Use it for Photos for organising really, general web use, nothing taxing, odd video conversion using iMovie probably. Also my Digi Cam takes 4K video and high res pics, so want to mess around with these, basic editing with Photos app and iMovie.

    I don't need a MacBook/laptop but the desktop, is only used by me now, as other family use own iPad's/computers. Just thought maybe better a laptop option and could also use on TV?

    Is either of these options an upgrade, spec wise over my iMac?
     
  4. Ghost31 macrumors 68030

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    Well your desktop is so old I would think either one would be an upgrade. Even the MacBook Air. The air is fine for most everything. Even a lot of professionals use it for work you wouldn’t think it could handle. But if you’re gonna be editing a lot of 4K video, you might appreciate the shorter render times the MacBook Pro will give you. It really depends on how much. If it’s just the occasional video? Air would be fine. If it’s a pretty frequent thing? Go for the pro.

    I will say though as someone that’s had both recent iterations, the pro tended to heat up in my lap a hell of a lot more than the air. I’ve had the air since last year and the fans have literally never turned on. It’s like they’re not even there and I love that
     
  5. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I won't be doing much 4K editing, I'm just thinking of future as wont be upgrading for a while.

    Although my iMac is old, sometimes as it's a desktop it still may match some MacBook's, I wouldn't really want to spend all this and not be upgraded spec wise, even in a dual core Air

    The Air seems great, just worried on that CPU that's all.

    The new base 2019 pro has a quad core and apparently a lot quicker. Again though not sure how much I'll need that grunt to be fair.

    It's just when I've priced as above the pro maybe better, but less storage? Or I could go cheaper again on 2019 Air and get 8Gn/128Gb SSD on Edu for £988.....
     
  6. ptimickey59 macrumors newbie

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    hi.

    I would advice the pro even if you have `128. Why, because as you said you have to look far for renewing . You will just have to buy a HUB C and a external HDD or SSD as I have.

    If I were you I go to the pro without any hesitate . I have a air 2018, working fine but if I had better budget I would had had a pro.

    KR.

    Micka.
     
  7. ziyuel macrumors member

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    If you don't do much 4K video editing, then Air sould be fine.
    But recently Air losts its meaning, the pro is thin too
    Get pro, ifyou have money
     
  8. Macdctr macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think you can upgrade the storage drives on the newer MacBook Airs so with that said go for the one with the largest storage drive capacity you can afford. Once you get the new Air you can't change out the storage drives as they are soldered to the logic board just like the RAM.
     
  9. Saturn007 macrumors 6502

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    With lots of photos and videos, you'll want lots of storage, whether you go MBP or MBA. I'd say skip the 128GB, for sure. At least, 256GB, or even better, 512. My old Air with 256GB is running out of room and the biggest factor is a massive photo and video library!

    Pro vs. Air? See other recent threads on the trade-offs. Air is thinner, fan apparently runs infrequently, battery life is longer or shorter depending upon review site, screen is dimmer, but brighter than older MBAs, the front edge of the Air is tapered making for a better typing experience for many, there are real function keys not a Touch Bar, etc.

    So, given what you described, and recognizing that I'm spending your money with my advice, go for a MacBook Air with 512GB (supposed to be a faster SSD).
     

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