Is MBP worth the extra $50 vs MBA?

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  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68020

    dmk1974

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    Costco has the new 2018 MBA 8/128 on sale for $1000 (compared to Apple's $1200) but I saw today that Best Buy has the 8/128 MBP on sale for $1050. My wife has the old 2017 MBA and I'd like to upgrade her to one of these. She just does email, browsing, and office apps.

    Is the MBP worth the extra $50 vs the new MBA? Thanks!
     
  2. pdxplm macrumors newbie

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    I just got the 16/512 MBA and I LOVE IT. I got rid of the 2017 13" MBP with Touch Bar. I wasn't really happy with it and when the new MBA's came out and I tried them, I was more impressed with it than my MBP. If that's all she will be doing, it's a great machine!
     
  3. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks. Yeah, the MBP always seems like it should be the better machine, but the 2018 MBA keyboard improvement and that finterprint sensor are nice. She's also used to the MBA "wedge" for years so may prefer the MBA.
     
  4. Ma2k5 macrumors 68020

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    What was your MBP doing that made you unhappy, that your Air is managed to resolve?
     
  5. puma1552 Suspended

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    i dont get it.

    you are looking to take a huge resale hit to dump a one year old computer and you need to know which computer to buy with value for $50 being the deciding factor?
     
  6. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Not sure what you mean? Who said I was going to resell the 2017 MBA? In fact I'm planning to pass it to our daughter.

    I was leaning towards the 2018 MBA for the wife but then saw the 2017 MBP for $50 more and just curious if it's really worth it. Per one member, they liked the 2018 MBA better anyway.
     
  7. puma1552 Suspended

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    well then, looking at apples site, based purely on specs of course the mbp is the better buy for just $50 more.
     
  8. Dominus Mortem macrumors regular

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    Depends on whether you think a slightly different keyboard is worth going the route of the Air. The MBP has a better screen: it's brighter and has nicer colors. For me, that was a huge factor in choosing the MBP over the Air.
     
  9. NickPhamUK macrumors 6502

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    I'll pick the Pro (albeit, the 256GB model) 99 times out of 100.

    MBP is so much better than the MBA. The only department where MBA surpasses MBP is its weight.
     
  10. Nba188 macrumors member

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    Why??
     
  11. Ploki macrumors 68040

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    0.25 lbs / 100 grams?

    weight of a chocolate bar.
     
  12. Ma2k5 macrumors 68020

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    Well there is TouchID and an older butterfly keyboard (assuming you are taking about the non-TB Pro).
     
  13. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks. I did wind up getting her the 2018 MBA from Best Buy last night. Debated the MBP side by side, but she doesn't need the power and this morning she actually said she's liking the TouchID when logging in (just a few times so far of course, but no entering of her long password at least). I got BB to price match another store so it was just $999.99 and with my Elite Plus points I get back, pretty much wipes the tax.

    So far so good. As long as she's happy with it, I'm good :)
     

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