Macbook pro or air

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by groovdudeyo, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. groovdudeyo macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2008
    Im not sure which one I should get. Im going to start giving piano lessons and by my calculations I should have about ten thousand dollars in 1 year so price doesnt matter.
  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Yes, it does matter. Don't blow money just because you have extra.

    In any case, what will you be doing with this machine?
  3. McGilli macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
    Since you play Piano you must get the Air. There, I answered it for ya.
  4. groovdudeyo thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2008
    :D well thanks for that but uhhhh why???
  5. iaymnu macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    2 completely different machines. If you don't do any heavy productivity then the Air.
    But sometimes spoiling yourself is fine also :D
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Don't buy based on expectations.
  7. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
  8. mstout macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2009
    I tried the Air and it felt like a toy. Looks good when it's closed, but I use my computer open. I got the MBP. No comparison. The Air is cool, but it's far below the mBP in performance. I asked 6-7 Apple people, and they all quietly gave me that look, and said 'Trust me, but the MBP.' That, even though the Air cost more. You could tell they were trying nicely to hint that for any kind of power usage, the MBP was far superior. I lusted after the Air. Like thinking about the hot college cheerleader who might have read SOME Shakespeare. Then I got the Pro.
  9. Tracer macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2007
    I would purchase the MBP, however if all you do is cruise the internet an Air would do you fine if you need the form factor.

  10. tubbymac macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2008
    If portability is more important to you get the Air as it's only 3 pounds and very easy to carry around. If you won't be moving the machine around much and performance is more important get the Pro instead as it's almost twice the weight of the Air.
  11. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    I've got both a maxxed out 15 inch Uni MBP (2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 320@7200) and this past Sunday I bought a new Rev B base MBA (1.6/120 HDD). Both are pristine and suffer from none of the issues people have had consistently with either model.

    I love both machines to death, but here are a few impessions:

    Everyone in the air forum goes on about how wonderful the screen is. I have one that is thankfully devoid of the dreaded lines, and it is by all means a great screen. Until I compare it to the MBP, or even worse, the 24 inch LED ACD. The screen is great but compared to the MBP it doesn't hold a candle. Far more yellow (even after using someone else's beautiful color profile) compared to the MBP, not nearly as contrasty, and the colors just don't "pop" like they do on the MBP.

    The keyboard of the air doesn't light up nearly as much as the MBP. A non-issue, but nonetheless.

    The pro seemed small and light and thin for a fifteen inch laptop...til I got the air. Now it just feels huge, heavy, and bloated.

    The pro is much, much faster at opening programs and processing heavy usage like HD video, handbrake, etc. I haven't done any handbrake with the air (don't intend to) so I can't comment there, but even video can on rare occasion stutter on the air despite being a revision B. That said, it plays most videos without flaw.

    Heat management is good on both. The MBP tends to run around 40*C when just doing a few things, copared to the MBA's 50*C for the same. With a normal amount of apps open (itunes, safari, skype, AIM, etc), expect the air to hang in the the low fifties, and the MBP to be in the high 40s, with stock fan settings.

    The downer to the air is that it doesn't open up very far, making it impossible to put on your knees in bed if you have your knees kind of up to your chest...legs must lay flat on the bed.

    The air's keyboard is quieter and has a better feel to it compared to the MBP.

    Both machines are gorgeous.

    The air is GREAT for taking to work and laying on the bed surfing the net while the MBP/24 inch do the movie task.

    Perhaps only because I've had it a mere four days, and perhaps because I've always been partial to small, small laptops (swore I'd never go bigger than 12 inches, then went to to a 13.3 inch dell before going to a 15.4 inch MBP), I absolutely love the Air and find myself using it more often than the pro for my everyday simple tasks. I find that I do i fact use both, as I often watch movies on the ACD and have the pro hooked up to that, but since getting the Air I've used it more as I haven't had to do much "heavy lifting" so-to-speak where the pro really shines.

    That said, it really comes down to what you use it for. My MBP is basically a work horse desktop replacement while my Air is a work and travel whore.

    Hope this helps.
  12. groovdudeyo thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2008
    Im not an idiot. I would never buy something so expensive without having all the cash ready.
  13. amitdoc2b macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    go pro


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