How many would consider replacing MBP with MBA

how many would replace MBP with new MBA

  • no: MBP

    Votes: 154 60.2%
  • yes: MBA

    Votes: 69 27.0%
  • add: MBA to MBP set up

    Votes: 33 12.9%

  • Total voters
    256

tim100

macrumors 65816
Original poster
May 25, 2009
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How many current MBP users would consider there next notebook purchase to be a MBA?
 

HarryPot

macrumors 65816
Sep 5, 2009
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I wouldn't. After having a 13" display for 6 years, I couldn't be happier now with a 15".

If I were in the market for a 13" display Mac, I would opt for the Air, not the Pro. But for me, I can't believe I lived without a 15" display for so long.
 

Minhthien

macrumors 6502
Jun 20, 2011
444
0
I wanted to sell my MBP after getting my MBA but the screen on the MBP is much much better colors. Its a hard choice right now! :D
 

palpatine

macrumors 68040
May 3, 2011
3,130
45
i tried it with the 11" last week (i got a deal on amazon). the ssd was nice. the size was great. and, the mba is a pretty machine.

but, the mba lacks ram. it feels cheap (flimsy keys). the display is dull. the display has a bezel (i hate bezels).

i could put up with all the negative stuff except for the performance. it couldn't handle pdfs even remotely close to what the mbp does. too bad. maybe someday with the next upgrade.
 

miniConvert

macrumors 68040
They're such different machines. I've just used the 13" Air for years and loved it, but now I have an iPad for portability I realised how much I missed a more powerful laptop with a bigger screen. Back to a 15" MBP and loving it.

It's all about what you're doing with it.

Like for like, a MBP owner would be unlikely to be satisfied by an Air. Just like an Air owner would balk at the thought of lugging around a MBP.
 

tim100

macrumors 65816
Original poster
May 25, 2009
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how many think the macbook pro will become more live the air? how many think the pro and air lines will merge? 11-15 think form factor and 17 (pick-up truck)?
 

Nielsenius

macrumors 6502a
Apr 16, 2011
565
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Virginia
how many think the macbook pro will become more live the air? how many think the pro and air lines will merge? 11-15 think form factor and 17 (pick-up truck)?
Quite possible in the future. I don't think it'll happen for the next two years, though. Even Ivy Bridge chips (2012) don't give the performance and efficiency improvements to warrant this. The MBPs are pretty damn thin as it is. The 15" and 17" are some of the thinest of their kind. They're fine for now.

I considered replacing my 15-incher with a 13" MacBook Air. In the end, the lack of a dedicated GPU, lack of ports, and a sissy* processor convinced me that it was a no-go.

*Yes, a 1.8 GHz i7 will Turbo Boost, but it can't last long with the MBA's super-thin form factor and inability to effectively cool itself.
 

paulrbeers

macrumors 68040
Dec 17, 2009
3,961
120
I switched a couple of weeks ago (my wife has my Early 2011 MBP). Here's what I miss:

1. RAM for Virtual Machines - I was running multiple VM's at a time so now I have to run one at a time. It was rare that I actually needed them all open at the same time so I'm just being a little more proactive about shutting them down when not using.

2. I had a hi-res screen 15", so I have lost some resolution. Obviously if you are used to the resolution of the standard 15" then it is the same, but since I am used to 1680 x 1050 it's a bit of a bummer.

3. I was running a 120GB SATA3 SSD as my main drive and a 240GB SATA2 SSD as my secondary drive (instead of an optical) which was nice. Only having 128GB worth of SSD in my MBA is a little lacking. I'm having to be a little more choosy about what I put on it. I will probably upgrade to 240GB at some point.

Now, what I like about it? Portability. I have a Mac Mini in my office with multiple monitors so I didn't need the "heavy" 15" anymore.

What I would love: A 15" MBA with 8GB of RAM. I would upgrade in a heart beat. Even better would be a quad core but I know that's not happening with Ivy Bridge!
 

Longdrive

macrumors member
Dec 6, 2011
39
0
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Did the swap from a loaded early '11 MBP 15" to Late '11 13"MBA Ultimate about a month ago and couldn't be happier. Mostly spreadsheets, surfing, email, etc. but find the MBA just so convenient from work travel to just hanging on the couch. Have a ATD at home and the MBA seems to be a fine desktop replacement for my needs.
 
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macbookguy

macrumors regular
Dec 28, 2006
232
127
Columbus, Ohio
I would consider an MBA as an addition to my MBP. My MBA would be for when I went places and when I go into the office. I would still run my Pro for intensive apps right now and my games. But a 15" MBA with 256gb SSD would be my sweet spot.
 

ethics101

macrumors regular
Apr 16, 2011
209
0
After a lot of research I can't suggest a 13 pro over a 13 air. I'm content with 13, but if if you're not you only have one option.
 

warvanov

macrumors 6502a
Oct 13, 2011
504
7
I would consider it, but it would depend greatly on what was available 2-3 years from now. It will be at least that long before I start thinking about replacing the 13" MBP I just bought a month ago.

It could be that we'll all be using the iPad 5 by then and the notebook computer market will fade away. I think it's more likely that in 2-3 years there won't even be a distinction between the MBP and MBA. It's hard to say.
 

ThomasBoss

macrumors regular
Jun 12, 2011
147
0
I am very happy with my MBP I have now and have no intentions of getting a MBA/selling it.
The next Mac I get (may go back to Windows when this breaks, don't know) will probably be the MBA - it does everything I need and I like how it is ultra portable
The first MBA was over priced toy, the 2nd was a bit better....the 3rd they have it right
 

Naimfan

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Jan 15, 2003
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I bought a 13" Air and returned it within the two week return period in favor of a Pro.

I like what miniConvert said: "They're such different machines." I also agree with Palpatine: It felt flimsy (though Palpatine was discussing the 11".) That's how I felt about the 13" Air - it just doesn't feel as solid as the Pro - I was always afraid I'd hit a key and my finger would go right through it.

Since I've commented extensively on the differences between the two, I'll just say that my initial impression of the Pro offering a lot more capability for less money is even stronger after having had an Air. And note that I travel a lot for work.
 

harcosparky

macrumors 68020
Jan 14, 2008
2,055
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I wouldn't. After having a 13" display for 6 years, I couldn't be happier now with a 15".

If I were in the market for a 13" display Mac, I would opt for the Air, not the Pro. But for me, I can't believe I lived without a 15" display for so long.
I sort of feel the same way, but upsized.

For years I lived with a 15" Macbook Pro out of habit - always had 15" Windows Notebooks.

I now sport the 17" MBP ... Macbook Air is useless for our needs.



how many think the macbook pro will become more live the air? how many think the pro and air lines will merge? 11-15 think form factor and 17 (pick-up truck)?
I prefer a pick-up truck over a skateboard! :lol:
 

rcappo

macrumors 6502
Apr 14, 2010
259
42
If I were buying today, I would get the 13" MBA. When I am at home (95%), I have it hooked up to a 37" LCD with wireless keyboard and mouse anyways.

When I am on the road, size and weight matters. The 17" with 256GB SSD is really nice, don't get me wrong. But for what I am doing, the price difference and size would tip it in favor of the MBA.
 

Adamantoise

macrumors 6502a
Aug 1, 2011
892
112
I'll keep my Pro.

It serves my needs. When it doesn't do that anymore, then I'll move on to something else. But that won't be for a long time. I don't think I'm going to need another computer for a while.
 

Funkymonk

macrumors 6502a
Jan 7, 2011
773
0
Soon the 17" will be the last macbook pro. Almost every mac-owner will have an air then.
 

ericrwalker

macrumors 68030
Oct 8, 2008
2,812
3
Albany, NY
I want a 13" mba or mbp with the specs of the 15inch mbp.

But I am going to wait until May/June when ivy bridge is released.

Either way, 13" is the biggest I will go with a portable computer.
 
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