Macbook 12" or MBA 11.6" ?

tejeshwarsekhon

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Apr 30, 2009
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I am looking to buy a new mac soon which will be my primary machine and will be replacing my MBA 11.6" 2011 Base model. So i need advice which mac should i buy ? My usage is just basic Surfing, Youtube, Mail, Microsoft office. Other than this will be printing documents on regular basis & Watching movies on my tv which will be connected through HDMI.

I am not looking at the PRO as my usage does not justify buying pro and carry around the extra weight as I will carry my mac everyday.
So will the new macbook 12" 1.1 GHz perform better than my current macbook air ? Thats the main reason thats holding me back from going ahead and purchasing the rMB Or should I go for the latest macbook air 11.6" ?
 

AlliFlowers

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I just ordered a new MBA...so that's my preference if you're not doing any heavy lifting. If your old Air has been good for you, you won't gain anything but weight by replacing it with the Pro.
 

imaccooper

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I am sure you know that the rMB only has one port which I don't find problematic, but could be something to consider if you will be connecting via HDMI. On the other hand, the retina screen is something to consider as well as some additional physical space on the screen. Based on your stated needs, both will perform fine so I think it comes down to little things such as the couple I mentioned plus the price difference. I think you will be happy either way.
 

MRrainer

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There's the 79 USD adapter so you can have three ports.
Question is: do you want a lighter (than your current) laptop with a better display or a faster one which isn't lighter and has got the same (mediocre by rMB-standards) display?
You can always wait another cycle to see what Mk2 of the rMB brings to the table ;-)
 

Mal67

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^ Like updated camera for instance.... Seriously don't know why Apple don't put 8 gig as standard in the Air and be done with it.
 

tejeshwarsekhon

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Apr 30, 2009
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Thanks for the reply everyone. Looked at few reviews today, I think i should wait another year. As my current mac is doing all the stuff fine which i do, Though its got slower & I have run out of space.. But i think i can wait for another year and look at the updated rMB & the Redesigned MBP. Also the air might be discontinued, meaning price drop for rMB..

So I think I will wait another year. Only thing which made me change my mind was the only port, Even after spending $1300 i can't plug in my devices without any adapter..
 

MRrainer

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Thanks for the reply everyone. Looked at few reviews today, I think i should wait another year. As my current mac is doing all the stuff fine which i do, Though its got slower & I have run out of space.. But i think i can wait for another year and look at the updated rMB & the Redesigned MBP. Also the air might be discontinued, meaning price drop for rMB..

So I think I will wait another year. Only thing which made me change my mind was the only port, Even after spending $1300 i can't plug in my devices without any adapter..
Yep. If you can wait and the current one hasn't slowed down to a crawl in the meantime, waiting usually gives you more bang for the buck in the future.

Meanwhile, you could start an aggressive "purging-campaign" on your current MBA and do a full, clean re-install (maybe after El Capitain has been released), only installing the apps that you absolutely need.
Could also help a bit.