can macbook air replace your macbook pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by tim100, Nov 14, 2010.


can macbook air replace pro

  1. yes

    174 vote(s)
  2. no

    63 vote(s)
  1. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    can/will new macbook air replace your macbook pro?
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    The new MBA is very nice, but I need my MBP because it has more power and storage capacity. If I had a MBA and a MBP I would end up only using one laptop and it would likely be the MBP.
  3. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    no ... even though the the Air is very nice and a genuine Looker ... it is too limited on Ram and HD ... might be a different story if you could user upgrade it though.

    the MBP is still best suited for me :cool:
  4. macnerd123 macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2010
    Due to the flash memory and upgradeable 4GB memory the new macbook air is as good if not better at many daily uses than the macbook pro.
  5. astrorider macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2008
    Not sure if youre aware, but it has as much RAM and HD space as your 13" mbp, and thanks to it's ssd the MacBook air benches about 15% faster overall than your mbp.

    The new Air is replacing a faster CPU iMac for me, so yeah, I think I could replace a MBP too but it all depends on your needs
  6. Adidas Addict macrumors 65816

    Adidas Addict

    Sep 9, 2008
    Can it? Well actually it has, its faster at everything than the 2010 13 MBP it replaced. (For my usage anyway). I think the amount of storage is a kind of nonsense as most people have some kind of networked or external solution these days.
  7. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    I am very aware of both machines ... can the Air be boosted to 8GB Ram? No

    plus I am waiting for the SSDs to come down in price to put in one bigger than what is available in the Air ... as I stated the Air is just too limited for me.

    As far as speed goes ... the MBP is more than fast enough for my needs. :cool:
  8. King t. macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2007
    Nope the MBP is much stronger... Those are two different machines...
  9. neteng101 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2009
    Not even a question of can, it did...

    15" late '08 unibody MBP 2.53C2D -> 13" late '10 Ultimate.

    I do not miss my MBP at any point... and it looked HUGE after I got the 13" MBA. My MBP was hardly ever used on battery and hardly ever moved even around the house - the 13" MBA comes with me and doesn't always rely on a power cord.
  10. jayo123456 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    I'm coming from an i5, 4gb, sandforce SSD.

    I've noticed maybe a 5% snappiness decrease. Everything else is the same.
    I don't do anything processor heavy though.
  11. aberrero macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2010
    It can't replace the 15" or 17", unless of course you never really needed all the power in those systems in the first place.

    As for the 13", it is my opinion that the MBA not only can fill its shoes, but that it has made it obsolete.
  12. tim100 thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    the 13 macbook pro is apples most popular
  13. foiden macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2008
    Probably is. Mainly because it does have a couple of features that do allow the user to sort of power it for heavy tasks. Mainly the 8GB of ram upgrade ability, and the user-replaceable Hard drive.

    While there does seem to be the possibility of upgrade for the SSD in the Air, to come; it's a no brainer to upgrade the MBP internal HD to something else. The instructions it comes packed with, show you pretty much how to upgrade ram and the internal HD.

    Still, one can say, it sort of cannibalizes my current MBP, but not for all tasks, nor for the same amount of money I paid for mine. I'd have to shell out $500+ more dollars than the cost of my MBP, to do it. That's mainly because I utilize the CPU speed advantage of my workhorse 13" MBP for my most important tasks.
  14. MooneyFlyer macrumors 65816


    Nov 18, 2007
    My loaded 2010 MBAir 13" has already replaced my 13" MB Alu 2.4/4/256. No problems.
  15. HagusofNWN macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2008
    I have a 2008 Pre Unibody MBP that I have replaced with a 13.3 MBA. I could not be happier.

    I did this because I am now using an iMac as my primary workhorse. The MBA is on the move machine.
  16. ufkdo macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2010
    I puchased MBA instead of MBP. I think it is a kind of replacing :)
  17. Corax macrumors 6502


    Apr 27, 2009
    Willemstad - Curaçao
    Yes I think so too, but depends on individuals needs.
  18. glhiii macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2006

    The MBP is severely restricted by its drive, which is considerably slower than the larger drive in the iMac. I find the new MBA (4GB RAM) is a more than adequate replacement of my older MBP. It's much faster, easier to carry around, and seems a real advance over the MBP.
  19. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    I have a i7 15" Hi-Res with the 7400 RPM drive and 8 gigs of RAM, just got it this past spring. I know that the SSD in my 13" MBA is far, far faster but I've never felt my 15" MBP was 'slow' in the first place.

    I've also demanded a lot of performance from my 15" in terms of video renders, access to my Firewire scratch drive, ethernet connectivity for using it with my NAS (wireless is painfully slow when transferring large files to/from the NAS versus Ethernet), etc. I used my 15" MBP as a 'portable desktop' rig.

    But what the MBA DOES mean is that I can likely sell my 15" MBP and buy an iMac now. The portability bonus I got from the MBP is now replaced by even more portability from the MBA. And I can now get better horsepower for my at-home use than flipping the MBP onto its side and making it a perma-desktop solution.

    So I'm in the process of shopping for a nice 27" iMac now and will likely sell my fully-tricked-out 15" MBP to fund that.

    So MBA won't replace my MBP. But an iMac + MBA will.

    Totally agree with this. I think the 13" MBP was already obsolete when it was updated in Spring of 2010. It was underpowered then and when compared to the new 13" MBA is even worse now. It always was the "junior" of the MBP line...nothing more than an aluminum copy of the Macbook really.
  20. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    A 13" MBA (2.13/4GB/256GB) just replaced my 15" i7 MBP + 64GB iPad 3G.

    I got the i7 MBP mostly so I could quickly re-encode video for the iPad.

    The 13" MBA is light enough that I now carry it everywhere (like I did the iPad), and I don't have to bother with the extra step of converting videos before watching them.
  21. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    It really depends. If you can live within the capacity and CPU/ GPU limits of the new MBA it can easily replace a similarly configured MBP so for many the answer would be yes.

    But if you need more memory or CPU or gpu than the new MBA offers it can't. Some of my work requires me to run a bunch of virtual machines. The MBA has the speed and capacity for one or two of these at a time but if you need more the more powerful and higher capacity MBP is the better choice.

    At the moment I've compromised by putting one VM on my MBA and keep the rest remotely accessible on my larger uMB. While that works for me it would not work for everyone.
  22. tim100 thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    since my last post i have exclusively been using my air.
  23. stockscalper macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2003
    Area 51
    It already has and it has been out performing my old MBP across the board. :apple:
  24. 63dot macrumors 603


    Jun 12, 2006
    I voted yes but with the 13 and 15 inch MBPs in mind.

    With two models, SSD options, and other improvements have made the MBA a viable laptop against the low end MBP models (13" and i5 15" inch models).

    If you are used to a 17" inch MBP, regardless of processor, it's hard to imagine the smallish screen of the MBA something anybody can get used to as it's simply too far of a jump. The 17" inch laptop, whether it's a Mac or PC, is such a luxury to have if one can get used to the weight.
  25. abuleban macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2010
    Saudi Arabia
    Yes it can

    Replaced my pre-unibody 2008 MBP and couldn't be more pleased!;)

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