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Macbook Pro or Macbook Air ??

  • MBP $1799 model

    Votes: 6 42.9%
  • MBA i5/16gb/512gb

    Votes: 1 7.1%
  • MBP Base model + 16gb ram

    Votes: 7 50.0%

  • Total voters


macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 16, 2020
I was considering waiting for the ARM mac but I don’t think my current mac will last. Currently I have a 12 inch 2017 macbook i5/8gb/512 & the loose screen makes the display blurry sometimes.

I’m debating between a MBA i5/16gb/512 plus an ipad pro or go straight for the 1799 MBP model & no ipad pro? The MBP will be around $600 more compared to the upgraded air & i can potentially put that $600 towards & ipad pro?

I considered getting the base model pro but i would really prefer the 16gb ram & at least 512gb storage & if i add upgrades to base model pro i might as well get the 1799 model? Or Would i make sense to get the base model 9+upgraded ram & base storage for the same price as upgraded air & just get an external

Would the MBA be sufficient for my use case ?
I mainly do basic tasks like word processing, watching videos online but I like to have chrome open with a million tabs at once & my 8gb ram is always red in activity monitor thus considering the 16gb ram this time around. I also installed bootcamp & tried to play some games that aren’t super graphic intensive like maplestory on my 12inch & that didn’t go well. Will this all be okay on the air? How is the heat sink problem?

on a side note is apple care worth it ?
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macrumors newbie
May 2, 2020
I have mba2015 With parallels/bootcamp 8GB ram and its ok, so mba2020 With 16GB is very very good; when it comes to games - check the hardware requirements for a specific game and if the MBA meets them, it will be Ok


Apr 16, 2020
You can get a like-new 2020 MBA i5/16/512 for $1269 from the Apple Refurb Store that includes the one-year warranty and option to buy Applecare+. Check out the other configs there too for 8GB.



macrumors regular
Jul 16, 2019
I would recommend the base 13-inch MBP, especially if you are watching videos in Chrome.


macrumors member
Apr 19, 2017
Ukraine, Kharkiv city
Always upgrade RAM first if your are going to keep the machine for at least few years. I'am 100% happy with my base higher MBP 13 2019 except damn 8 gb RAM( Selling my current machine just to buy a new 13 MBP higher base with 16 gb RAM sounds irrational, especially when massive ARM updates are just around the corner. I've come now to even considering to get a MBA 2020 i5 16 gb RAM, because, to be honest, I almost never hit even 25% CPU load while most of time my moderate 8 gb RAM shows 50%+ memory pressure and sometimes reaches 75-80%. 8 GB RAM on Macs in 2020 still sounds absurd to me. I regret I believed if Apple uses 8 gb RAM on 13 inch PRO's it mostly should be fine for that price of 1800 USD)))
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