MacBook Air for Light Creative Work

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ConnorTurnbull, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. ConnorTurnbull macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I'm currently weighing up my options to move from an 11" Air and Mini setup to a single MacBook.

    I want a 13-incher and am weighing up the Air vs the Pro. I'm strongly attracted to the Air because of the higher-res screen, which is quite a big thing for me. I think i'll just be able to get past the storage constraint issue too.

    I'll be chiefly doing the basic stuff like web browsing, document editing etc. However, I will need to do some light creative work in Photoshop, Final Cut/iMovie and perhaps some very basic After Effects stuff too. Has anyone with experience of an i5 13" Air tried these apps? Do they run at an acceptable speed?
  2. fluffymuha macrumors newbie


    Nov 5, 2011
    I use pretty much most of the Adobe package, and I find that all of the programs run very well. The start-up time is even faster than all of the professional setups we have in school (i go to college for animation). Don't worry about iMovie, etc. If Premiere runs well, then most editing programs will run well ;)
  3. sioannou macrumors member


    Mar 25, 2010
    Nicosia Cyprus
    In fact, I am almost in the opposite position from you in the terms that I own a 15" MBP but I think my next gear would be a mini / air combo.

    Come on Apple bring 15" airs :p
  4. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    For the work you've outlined, I would suggest the MBA as a great solution. I bought a 2011 13" MBA for my wife to use for both home and work, it's a terrific model.

    So far for the amount of time it's been in use, there's a lot of hours on it and it's fast, cool, and very stable. Just like my MBP with it's SSD.

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