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Sep 16, 2017
I know this has been asked in various ways, but here’s mine.

Going to primarily use for remote work and usual browsing, typing, PDFs, and streaming. No photo/video editing or anything like that.

Spec’ing both out with 512/16, there’s only a $100 difference. Price not being the deciding factor, what do you suggest? Trying to keep it around $1600.

Ideally I could find a refurbished MBP 2/3 but I haven’t been able to find anything with 16 of ram, either 8 or way too much.

Any help would be appreciated!


macrumors 65816
Dec 9, 2014
Given what you are doing, either one will work just fine, so it comes down to personal preferences. Do you prefer a larger screen, no fans, lighter / thinner? get the Air. If you prefer a somewhat brighter and spiffier screen, or a slightly smaller overall size, get the Pro. (The Air screen is entirely satisfactory; I could tell that the Pro's screen was a bit better in a side by side comparison. I don't see any deficiencies in the 15" Air's screen in everyday use.)

I use my 15" M2 Air in pretty much the ways you describe, and I'm very happy with it. I do like the larger screen, as my eyes aren't what they used to be.
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