Air or Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by paperclip777, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. paperclip777 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I recently had my pro stolen, early 2013 model, 2.3ghz, i7, 600gb hard drive, 8gb ram.

    I'm considering switching to an air.

    There's a second hand shop here has an early 2013 air, 4gb ram, 128gb ss hard drive, 1.7gh processor... they say it's just as fast as the pro, because of the solid state drive.

    I do a bit of graphic work, so am a bit worried about the size of the drive, after os and apps, I'd be left with only 80gb or so.

    I could suppliment with an external... so, just not sure whether to get another pro, or go for the air.

    The size and weight is definitly a good factor.
     
  2. copykris Suspended

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    given that you do a lot of graphic work, i'd be more concerned about the amount of (non-upgradeable) ram than the amount of hard drive space
     
  3. dylin macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry about your loss, man.

    Yea, the 4GB will really show its capabilities after you start editing larger photos.

    If you can manage to one with 8GB or more,try for that.
     
  4. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    A bit off-topic, but maybe for your future Mac...

    I'm not sure if this plan works because it never happened (yet), but currently I'm using the following measures for preventing theft/allowing recovery:

    1. Enable firmware EFI password. This way the will be unable to reinstall OSX;

    2. Install an anti-theft solution like Orbicule's Undercover (my choice; 1-time payment, up to two Macs);

    3. Create a phishing account without password;

    4. Write your email/phone in the case with Pilot-like pen for CD/DVD. It adheres perfectly on plastic, but I've tested in my rMBP and it adheres reasonably. Of course, it will be harder to sell it in the future because chances are you won't be able to remove ink, but this goes to the thief too;

    5. Register on iCloud, so it's an additional tool to locate the thief.

    With these 5 procedures, hopefully the thief will be located and you'll recover your Mac.
     
  5. dylin macrumors 6502a

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    Curious, I'm assuming that this does something to the logic board? so i guess they can't reinstall OSX even if they replace the hard drive?

    Sorry for sounding so noob. :eek:
     
  6. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    Well, theoretically, the firmware (EFI) password can be only unlocked by Apple and if an AASP does this, Apple registers the event in their databases. So this is the most important thing you can do to your Mac in terms of security. This happened to me when I left my rMBP for repair. The technicians had to call Apple.

    Physically writing on the case also helps because no one will sell a Macbook with the original owner's name.
     

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