Is the MBA really faster?

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  1. jw3571 macrumors regular

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    I'm debating between an MBA and a MBP. I keep reading in posts that the MBA is faster than the MBP. Is this true? I get that being SSD it boots faster, but does it make everything run faster?
     
  2. sbddude macrumors 6502a

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    Why not put a SSD in a MBP?
     
  3. iPhone1 macrumors 65816

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    All applications will boot up faster but not necessarily run faster. Why not just get a MBP with an SSD? It makes a world of difference.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It has a slower processor than any MBP, has less maximum RAM than any MBP, and MBPs can be ordered with or upgraded to SSDs, so no, how are you thinking an MBA is faster than any MBP?

    http://www.apple.com/why-mac/compare/notebooks.html
     
  5. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    SSD makes boot, application launch, caching, reading files much faster. You have to balance that with the amount of write cycles the SSD can handle before it reaches its end...

    Alot of people balance that by putting the OS on the SSD and Data on a regular drive, although most users wouldn't have an issue running solely off an SSD.
     
  6. millerb7 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a MBP 15" i5 with a SSD installed.

    There is no MBA that's faster than this machine.. period.

    I have more processing power
    I have more ram
    I have a faster SSD
    I have a better GPU

    You can buy a MBP 15" for the exactly same amount as the 13" ultimate MBA, then toss in a SSD and you're golden.

    If you want ultra-portable, get a MBA. If you want power, get the pro... it's that simple. Get whatever machine is the best for the job.

    I wanted a MBA SOOOOO bad... ended up with this baby though and it's FLYING with the new SSD I installed today.
     
  7. jw3571 thread starter macrumors regular

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    How can you get an 15 inch i5 for the same price as the mba ultimate? The 15 i5 starts at 1799 while the ultimate is 1599 or 1699 with 4gb ram.
     
  8. sbddude macrumors 6502a

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    Upgrading the CPU also adds $100
     
  9. AeroUK macrumors 6502

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    Which SSD?

    Hey Miller!

    Which SSD did you install?
     
  10. sbddude macrumors 6502a

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  11. miata macrumors 6502

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    The MBA 13" ultimate is $1,799. You can get a 15" MBP refurb for $1529. Add a OWC Pro 120 GB SSD for $239 and a Data Doubler for $75. So, for $44 dollars more you can 128 GB of SSD and 320 GB of HDD for a total of 440 GB, a much more capable CPU and GPU, Firewire 800, ethernet, backlit keyboard, battery indicator LEDs, better camera, etc.
     

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