MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ed Miliband, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. Ed Miliband macrumors member

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    I am deciding between the 11 inch MacBook Air with i7/8GB and 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro base model or maybe the graphics card model but I am having trouble making the decision.

    Please can anyone help me decide which is best?
     
  2. Sheza macrumors 65816

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    I would say the Pro, if you're looking for performance then that's the one to go with. I don't see a reason to get the top spec MacBook Air, it's not even the same class as i7 processor as the pro, so why bother?
     
  3. boast macrumors 65816

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    15" pro is better than 11" air because it has more powerful hardware, better retina screen and speaker.
     
  4. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    You have not given us any hint about what best means to you. It is the cheapest, smallest, lightest, most powerful, largest screen......etc?

    Some for folks the entry level 11" entry level MBA is enough. For others only the top of the line 15" rMBP will do. Much has to do with budget, apps you will run, and data you will crunch. That said, if budget is not a problem, you can't go far wrong with a 15" rMBP with 500GB of storage.
     
  5. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    It seems an unusual choice to make. More usual posts like this are

    MBA 11 vs MBA 13
    MBA 13 vs MBP 13
    MBP 13 vs MBP 15

    Or to put it another way, if an MBA 11 is suitable, then there's no possible reason an MBP 15 with graphics card could be needed.
     
  6. Ed Miliband thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I don't use the computer extremely heavily such as video editing or gaming.I make moderate usage of the hardware that causes the MBA fans to start up and the computer to slowdown slightly. I would be happy investing in the MBP if these 2 problems are fixed.Thanks
     
  7. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    It's pretty far wrong if your need is carrying it around all day at school to take notes and check email.
     
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    A lot of text but no mentioning what apps you use exactly.
     
  9. Ed Miliband thread starter macrumors member

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    Based on what little you've said, I would think maybe a 13" rMBP might be the happy medium for you. Better screen and slightly more powerful CPU than an Air, but still portable and not overkill on power or price.
     
  11. Ed Miliband thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the suggestion

    I did not consider this model before.I will look into it
     
  12. Meister Suspended

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    That's easy then. Just get the 17" Retina MacBook Pro - 2.5Ghz 6 core, 32GB RAM, 2TB SSD, D700.

    :eek: You alread have that one.
     
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    Alright Ed you have holding out on us. You must have the 17" rMBP prototype are are not sharing info about? Is the screen 4k? ;)
     
  14. Ed Miliband thread starter macrumors member

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    The screen is 3840x2400, twice the resolution of the original 17" MBP :)
     
  15. johnnnw macrumors 65816

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    I'd get the 13" Pro if you're not looking for video editing performance etc.

    The 13" doesn't have the dedicated video card so it's easier on the battery, also less expensive, partly because of the smaller screen but also because it doesn't have the dedicated gpu.
     
  16. Medic311 macrumors 68000

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    i went from a 2014 MBA to a 2014 rMBP....haven't looked back since.
    the MBA screen is awful...even worse than the screen on my $370 Acer
     
  17. sdilley14 macrumors 65816

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    I just pulled the trigger and bought a refurb Oct. 2013 13" rMBP. I'm upgrading from a 2011 13" MBA.

    The huge bump in performance, increased RAM/HD space, better battery, and the VASTLY SUPERIOR display on the rMBP made it an easy decision for me.

    Size wise, the newer 13" rMBP and the 13" MBA aren't too far apart - almost similar dimensions, but the MBA is about a half pound lighter.

    Also, I think the rMBP is going to be more "future proof" as opposed to the MBA as programs continue to demand more and more from the hardware.

    And the Retina display is a MUCH better display to stare at all day, especially if you're used to looking at the Retina display on an iPhone.
     
  18. Medic311 macrumors 68000

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    if you went with a rMBP i hope you sprung for the 8GB model
     
  19. sdilley14 macrumors 65816

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    I did. I took 8GB over 4GB and went with the Oct. 2013 model as opposed to the slightly cheaper early 2013 model. I figured it's something I'm going to use every day for several years - why not spend a little more $$ and get a REALLY quality machine. :)
     

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