Help! Sold my 2010 13" MBP. Should I get a 13" new MBP, or 13" MBA?

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  1. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

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    I only use my laptop for internet browsing, some document creation, nothing intense at all.

    Dilemma:

    The new 13" MBP is really disappointing. The screen resolution is virtually a deal breaker for me. In 2011, I am having a hard time justifying a $1200 purchase for a 1280x800 screen.

    That being said, if I choose the MBA route, I will sacrifice 125GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM, and more.

    What do you think I should do? I'm going to the Apple Store tonight and have no clue which way to go.
     
  2. KohPhiPhi macrumors 6502a

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    Go for the MBA. You dont need the Sandy Bridge AT ALL for those tasks. Even rebuying a second hand 2010 MBP would be a better option than spending $1200 on the new 2011 considering what it's come out like.
     
  3. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's what I'm leaning towards as well, but how much storage space will I have left on my 128GB SSD after the OS, iLife, etc.?

    :(
     
  4. menez macrumors newbie

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  5. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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    There's nothing in the review that would sway me considering the main thing I was looking for was a resolution bump.
     
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  7. grawk macrumors 6502

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    If you don't regularly need the optical drive and don't do things like video transcoding or rendering, I'd say the MBA is a no brainer.
     
  8. macdud macrumors member

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    In your case i would definitely go for the MBA 13" .. get the 4gb RAM upgrade, it's only $100 extra..

    The screen res is higher and has way less glare, it's a lot lighter, has a better gpu and the SSD really make things a lot more snappier..
     
  9. pricej636 macrumors 6502

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    Do you need the 13"?

    The refurb 15" are 30% off original prices. Just picked up a 15" 2.4 i5 for $1377 shipped. That is a lot better than last years refurb prices from what I remember.

    Personally, I cant justify spending even 1K on a MBA with that slow of a processor. Unless you absolutely need something that small and light it seems like such a waste.
     
  10. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I think I'm leaning towards the MBP now because of two things:

    A) Drive space
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    B) Price

    The low end 13" MBA will cost $1249 for me with my education discount, and the low end 13" MBP will cost $1099.
     
  11. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...the 2010 models will be reduced in price, get one again if that's what you like.

    I really like the 11" form factor although I would like a better CPU and better battery life... I also have an HP DM4 i5 laptop that's only 4.2 lbs with an intel G2 SSD and 8Gb RAM and I carry both machines in the same 14" laptop bag!

    Good luck with your decision!
     
  12. will0407 macrumors 6502a

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    Get the air. I also had your dilemma- I use my laptop for the same things as you. The air is quick, the 2GB is fine for everydays tasks, and the SSD is rapid! Literally boots from cold in about 10-15 seconds. My 27" imac takes longer.

    Also, once I log in, i'm ready to open apps in about 2 seconds. On my i3 imac it takes about 10 seconds.
     

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