MacBook Pro 2010 vs. MacBook Air 2012

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Sossity, Jul 5, 2014.

  1. Sossity macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 2010 15 inch Matt screen macbook pro with snow leopard running, 4Gb ram, 500 notebook hard drive, and i7 processor, with a nivida video card.

    I also recently acquired a 2012 13 inch macbook air running mavericks with 8Gg of ram, 256gb solid state drive, i7 processor with an integrated onboard video.

    I am thinking of maybe selling one of these, as I am not sure I need 2 laptops, I am not sure which one would be better to keep and sell.

    I mostly edit photos run Photoshop, rip Audio cds and dvd movies, encode audio, and maybe occasionally edit and covert encode video.

    I would like to know that which ever one I keep could do a little video editing.

    Which of these is more powerful, or future proof?

    I am having a hard time deciding, the macbook air is lightweight, this is very handy, the macbook pro is much heavier. The macbook pro has a dedicated video card, the air has intergrated, but it has a solid state drive and more ram. The air also has more modern ports.

    I know that I could upgrade the hard drive and ram in the pro, but would it be worth it?

    as they are right now, they feel roughly equal in performance, although the air starts up and shuts down much more quickly.
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I would sell the Pro. The reasoning behind my statement is that it has a known defect that can cause GPU failure. Plus, the Air is going to be faster feeling overall, and has enough CPU power to do what you want. How did you acquire the Air?

    To read more about the defect in the 2010 model MacBook Pros, review this Apple article.
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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  4. happyfrappy macrumors 6502

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    MacBook Air should be kept, you don't have to deal/worry about a GPU failure like the 2010, the built-in MBA Intel HD 4000 performs on par if not better with more efficient battery usage.

    Having said that, I always kept my previous notebook(s) as it frees up the ability to get a certain job done in the background without impacting my other work. As far as GPU failures, I own a Thinkpad w/nVidia GPU(Quadro 140M, same family as the 8-series) which is prone to failure yet after almost 7yrs it hasn't crapped out yet.
     
  5. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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  6. Trvlngnrs macrumors 6502

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    I have a 2010 also, it runs great... keep the Air!
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    The MBA will be more "future proof" thanks to its ram and processor, but the MBP does have a larger screen. If you're fine with working in a smaller screen then keep the MBA, being newer I think it will serve you longer.
     
  8. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Air actually has a faster CPU but a slower GPU. I'd keep the air unless gaming is a concern.
     
  9. 3lite macrumors 6502a

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  10. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The HD4000 in the MBA is actually better than the GT330m in the MBP. On paper at least.

    Additionally, as someone else already pointed out, the NVIDIA GT330m has documented reliability problems.
     
  11. Freyqq, Jul 6, 2014
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    Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    It's actually slower than the 330M with gddr3, which the mbp uses.
     
  12. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    All the specs I'm seeing show that the mid 2010 MBP had 512MB of GDDR3.
     
  13. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Yeah your right sorry. Gddr3. But it's faster than the other version of the 330M with ddr3, which many of the benchmarks rely on.
     

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