iPad 3 or MBA?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Frankied22, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. Frankied22 macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
    Ok so I know these threads are always coming up, but I figured I'd ask anyway to get some opinions and input. This is my situation: as of right now I have roughly $1150 to spend on a new computer. I'm trying to decide between going with a custom built gaming rig (my buddy is offering to sell me his graphic card for $100 so I could realistically build a decent gaming rig for $550) and an iPad 3 (or refurbished iPad 2 depending on if the 3 will be a worthy upgrade), or going with a refurbished 13" MBA w/ 4gb ram and 128gb SSD. I am without a computer right now so I am trying to decide what will be best. What do you guys think?
  2. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    What (besides gaming - assuming that's a wintel machine?) do you plan on using the device for?
  3. HengenJL macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    Personally I would recommend going the Gaming Rig + iPad. That way you have both you desktop and a portable device. I personally replaced my old PowerBook G4 with and iPad and have a Gaming Rig as my main computer, to me this setup is the best of both worlds.
  4. Frankied22 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
    I do game from time to time so having a beefy gaming rig would be nice but it's not really a must. I play BF3, Skyrim, The Witcher 2, L4D2, CS Source, and Sims 3. Besides gaming I do web browsing, email, media consumption, music, photo, light music recording and editing (GarageBand), light video editing (iMovie), and word processing
  5. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    I kind of agree with the previous poster.
    The reason to have an iPad is to gain mobility. Unless you plan on playing PC/Mac games while mobile, the iPad makes more sense, specially if you get the one with 3G.

    The iPad 3 promises to have a lot of new features, more power, etc., but we will not know for sure until it's released. You'll need to wait until then to make a final decision.

    You can always access your PC/Mac remotely from your iPad when necessary.
  6. LeeM macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    my ipad is currently sat next to my computer screen as a very handy touch screen document reader while im writing up a project proposal. while the macbook is nice, id have an ipad alongside a cheaper computer anyday.
    im replacing my windows machine with a mac as well but i wouldnt give up my ipad if i had the option.
  7. TjeuV macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2011
    If you don't have a computer at the moment I'd suggest you pick the macbook air. Personally I see the iPad as an addition to a computer.
  8. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
    I agree. An iPad makes sense if you already have a computer, and can make a good addition to it, but it can't compete with a computer.
    Money wise, I'd invest in a computer.
  9. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    I would always upgrade or do the computer first.

    The iPad is a luxury, not a necessity.

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