Macbook Air vs Pro Need Advise

Dillon15s

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Hey guys quick question i am replacing a 2009 Macbook Pro (8gb ran) (ssd 256) i only used about 75gb of it , and unsure if i should buy pro again or get an air. little background I a teach a night class 2 nights a week at my local college so i need a computer for online grade book , power-point , and word documents. other than that i will simply surf the web, email ,watch videos , and take online training modules. No video or photo editing and no gaming. I love my Macbook pro and its been great to me and that why i am wondering if i will be happy with the air? I can currently get a 128gb new Macbook Air for 811$ out the door , the pro same SSD configuration will cost me 1144$ i just do not know if the extra 300$ is worth it or not any advise would be appreciated.
 

ChrisChaval

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the current Air most probably will be discontinued very soon

I own one and I like it a lot (for some the low-res screen is a no go) but I really do not feel to recommend it at this point in time

my advice for you is to wait a month or two for some new MacBooks to show up which are rumoured to be in the pipeline

https://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#Mac
 
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Dillon15s

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yeah...wish i had time on my side , my current pro quit working 2 days ago , and i have to get something this weekend so just trying to look at all option before i head to the apple store
 

ChrisChaval

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yeah...wish i had time on my side , my current pro quit working 2 days ago , and i have to get something this weekend so just trying to look at all option before i head to the apple store
I see

the MB Pro has just been launched, so getting one would be a safe bet, even if quite an expensive one

A friend and colleague of mine just got one and he is very happy with it so far. I have seen it and it is a marvel indeed

as far as ports go .. we will see less and less of them going forward, there is no turning back

thus, my advice is: get the just released MB Pro

do not buy the Air

with the Pro you will be happy for many years to come

with the Air, you most certainly would regret it in a couple of months
 
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pwm86

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My advise is to get the air, mainly because of the keyboard and because you can replace the battery and also the SSD without problems. I have a 2011 MBA/i7/4GB/256GB as travel computer and for giving talks. I see no need to replace it. Besides I use a 2015 5K iMac at home and a 2009 iMac (8GB/1TB SSD replacement) in my university office.
 
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Ulenspiegel

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I share pwm86' view.
If you can't wait, I would opt for the MacBook Air as it will perfectly meet your needs.
You will have the same resolution as on your 2009 MBP.
What you will miss in the current MBP is the 12 hours battery life, MagSafe, legacy ports (SDXC card slot, 2 USB 3 ports) by default and the good ole reliable keyboard. And you will have to befriend dongles.
Last but not least in an MBA you can expand your storage using the SDXC card slot.
 
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Mainsail

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Like others, I would wait if possible because October is suppose to bring new MacBooks and possibly a new MacBook Air. If you absolutely can not wait....which seems to be the case, then be sure to get an MBA on sale. Best Buy will often have them for $100-$200 off. Also, consider an Apple certified refurbished. Anyway, you want to get a deal because the price is likely to drop big time in the next month or two.

That said, my 2014 MBA is the best computer I have ever owned...hands-down. The MBA is Apple's masterpiece. It is now dated and is soon to be replaced, but Apple really hit it out of the park with this computer. It set the standard for what was considered ultraportables at the time. Based on the needs that you described, an MBA should give you many good years of service.
 
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haralds

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Hey guys quick question i am replacing a 2009 Macbook Pro (8gb ran) (ssd 256) i only used about 75gb of it , and unsure if i should buy pro again or get an air. little background I a teach a night class 2 nights a week at my local college so i need a computer for online grade book , power-point , and word documents. other than that i will simply surf the web, email ,watch videos , and take online training modules. No video or photo editing and no gaming. I love my Macbook pro and its been great to me and that why i am wondering if i will be happy with the air? I can currently get a 128gb new Macbook Air for 811$ out the door , the pro same SSD configuration will cost me 1144$ i just do not know if the extra 300$ is worth it or not any advise would be appreciated.
An Apple refurb late model Air appropriately configured is the best deal and will last you many years with full warranty, like new condition, and a fresh battery. It will have not trouble doing what you need.
 
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