Is getting a MacBook Pro with an SSD the same as getting a MacBook Air with Flash?

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  1. MilkMan4 macrumors regular

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    Im gonna be getting my first macbook soon, and i'm trying to decide which to get. First off, I'm waiting for the new MBA's to come out to see what they come with, and the new processors. But I was wondering if i were to get the base 13" MBP with the SSD, would that be practically the same machine as the Base 13" MBA (the new ones with SB processors when they come out) with 4gb ram (if they don't come with it already) ?? I really like the idea of having that type of storage. And what will be the difference in the processors? Also, does anybody have any thoughts on if the new MBA's will have a standard 4gb ram instead of 2??
     
  2. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    The SSD will perform the same.

    The CPU in the MBP is stronger, but that will only make a difference when the CPU is stressed.

    For the average user the new MBA will be more than fast enough. For the heavy user the MBP is the better choice.
     
  3. duggram macrumors 6502

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    4 weeks ago my maxed out, late 2010 13" MBA was stolen. I replaced it with an i7 13" MBP with 4GB RAM. I replaced the HDD with an Intel 160GB SSD. Once booted the MBP does seem quicker. But the bootup takes 10 to 15 seconds longer (not a problem for me).

    For me the significance here is that I run Win7 in a Fusion VM, and use a few Win apps like SQL Server, Visual Studio, Autosketch, Accesss. At the same time I'm using itunes and excel on the Mac side. Never a problem.
     
  4. Blues003 macrumors 6502

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    Youtube user detroitBORG has a comparison between MBP 13 + SSD vs MBA.
     
  5. duggram macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the tip. The video backs me up. Wish he had specified which CPU each used. There certainly is a difference in application speeds.
     
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  8. MilkMan4 thread starter macrumors regular

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    so when the MBA's have the sandy bridge processors, will the MBP still be faster?? (both with 4gb ram)
     
  9. MilkMan4 thread starter macrumors regular

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    wow so the MBP comes out ahead.
    but i'm wondering what it would be like with a 13'' MBA since that has a faster processor....?
    and a MBA with 4gb ram... he kind of gave the worst MBA for the comparison.. not fair :(
    does anyone know of a video that compares a MBP with an SSD to one without??
     
  10. Mobius 1 macrumors 6502

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    MBP get more bang for your buck


    MBA gives a faster SSD but crappy specs
     
  11. s.hasan546 macrumors 6502

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    MBA doesn't give you a faster ssd. i have the crucial m4 and it's def. faster than the MBA ssd. and a mbp 13" i5 + 8gb ram + 64 gb ssd (sata III) + optibay is still cheaper than the cheapest entry level mba 13".
     
  12. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    You don't get a MBA for performance. You get a MBA for the form factor.

    Decide which is more important for you, performance or form. I will say that if the MBA come close to the specs that people are expecting (Sandy Bridge, 4GB of RAM standard) it would be a very attractive machine, IMO.
     
  13. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    That's a good video. However he is comparing the 13" MBP vs 11" MBA. Not a fair advantage towards the MBA, especially since it's a 11". Now if it was both 13" and SSD with Sandy Bridge. Now were talking about direct competition.
     
  14. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Annotations in the vid.
     

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  15. Blues003 macrumors 6502

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    Alternatively, list your needs/will dos with the laptop, and someone knowledgeable will tell you if the MBA is suitable enough or not.
     
  16. duggram macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. I don't care what anyone says, you're OK.
     
  17. MilkMan4 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Web browsing, music, photos, iMovie, photo editing maybe, no video games, and no programs that are really any more intense than iMovie I guess
     
  18. Blues003 macrumors 6502

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    Depending on the ammount of iMovie you use, the MBA might not be powerful enough for your needs.

    Also, if you edit that much, RAM and Storage might be a concern. While the MBA can be upgraded to 4GB, its storage is limited to 256GB... and that's if you pray ~1700€ for it. For that price you could get a Macbook Pro 13'' with 8GB of RAM and an Intel 320 second SSD for your Macbook Pro of 160GB to replace your optical drive..
     

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