help deciding...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by piper166, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. piper166 macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I'm new here. I know the basic differences between the Air and Pro but I was wondering if anyone could give me advice on which to buy. I keep getting different recs from different people.

    I need a computer that will allow me to edit pictures and videos (for personal use) and efficiently run MS Office for business use. If anyone is familiar with DeltaView/Workshare, I will need to run that as well (I'm a lawyer). Will also need to run citrix or something similar for working remotely.

    I prefer the 13" size as I am used to working on my POS Dell Latitude.

    I am wondering whether I should (i) get a 13" Air, (ii) get a 13" Pro or (iii) wait for the new Pro to come out.

    I should note that I DESPERATELY need a new computer. This Dell is a joke. I think I would be ok waiting a few weeks for the new Pro but I can't really afford to wait months. Plus I'm worried that once it does come out, it will be out of stock and I will have to wait even longer.

    Moreover, a friend at Apple can get me a 15% friends and family discount - not sure if he can get it on the new generation.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    The 13" MBP should do fine, as you can upgrade its RAM to more than 4 GB.
    If you need more screen real estate you can always get an external monitor, unless you need to use its internal display with its 1280 x 800 pixel and if that is too low for you, then the 15" might be better.
    While the 13" MBA has quite a good resolution for its size, it is limited by its 4 GB maximum RAM.
    While 4 GB are okay, with Lion 4 GB is the workable minimum for it. And if you decide to upgrade to newer versions of OS X, you might hit a wall very soon.
     
  3. piper166 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks... but should I wait for the new generation or just go with the current model?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    The current models will more than suffice for your needs. No need to wait, and if the new models speak to you, you can always sell your Mac and get a newer one.
    You can also look here for better prices: Apple Online Store > Shop Refurbished Mac
     

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