Macbook Pro or NEW Macbook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by adamtoone, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. adamtoone macrumors member

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    Right new macbook Pro 13inc or the Brand new Air (duno what size)???

    Im going to be using it for Web and for Imovie editing and gameplay recording?

    what do you think would do the best job? with processor speeds and stuff and it doesnt mater about hard drive as i will be using a Flash Hard Drive 1Tb.

    I will be able to get student discount but im not sure how much that is :S

    bit of help please?

    adam
     
  2. LoganT macrumors 68020

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    They make 1 TB flash drives now?
     
  3. hachre macrumors 6502a

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    How do you plan on hooking up that flash 1TB device to your notebook?
     
  4. B.winkle macrumors member

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    Do you need cd or dvd play back capability? The new MBA doesn't have those.
     
  5. adamtoone thread starter macrumors member

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  6. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    Even the base 13 inch MB is still more raw power than the new Air. I do think the highes end 13 inch Air is interesting, but seeing you want gameplay AND video editing, the MBP is a better choice, as video editing is a rather CPU intensive task. Not to mention you can get 8GB of RAM on the MBP and an SSD.
     
  7. ihonda macrumors 68000

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  8. hachre macrumors 6502a

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    The Air is made for portability. How much do you need that? When you plan on bringing that huge drive with you each time portability can't be a huge issue.

    If you agree then the MacBook Pro 13" is definitely the better equipped machine in every way except resolution and the lack of SSD internal disk space. (Which you can add though!)

    If you wanna go for portability take the Air, but it has less CPU performance. Apart from the portability, resolution and the blazingly fast SSD it comes with the Air has no advantage over the MacBook Pro 13".

    The MacBook Pro has a faster processor, user expandable RAM, user replaceable hard drive, digital audio output, keyboard backlight, Ethernet port, Firewire 800, DVD-Rom and Burner that the Air does not have.
     
  9. hachre macrumors 6502a

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    No you can have 4GB in every model, as an option at purchase.
     
  10. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    No. It can be upgraded if you buy it through the Apple online store. ;)

    EDIT: hachre beat me to it lol
     
  11. adamtoone thread starter macrumors member

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    Ahhh ok...i think i want the Pro for the Power..

    How much do you think the £999 model will cost with Student Discount ??

    adam
     
  12. ihonda macrumors 68000

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    ah, well either way thats not gonna be a user-replaceable upgrade thats for damn sure
     
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  15. bigchrisfgb macrumors 65816

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    MBP everytime, the extra memeory will be there just incase, not only thatbut it's better powerd and if you do come across a CD/DVD (it will still happen for about 5 years yet) then you can actually use it.
     
  16. netdog macrumors 603

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    If you're doing a lot of iMovie editing, I'd go with the MBP.
     
  17. adamtoone thread starter macrumors member

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    Cheers :) I think so

    still...anyone no what student discount is like?
     
  18. hachre macrumors 6502a

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    It is between 10 and 15% off the normal price.
     
  19. melterx12 macrumors 6502a

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    the thing that puts me off most about the new macbook airs is that once you choose the amount of RAM and storage you want inside your macbook at purchase, youre stuck with that amount, since it is all soldered onto the logic board.
     
  20. hachre macrumors 6502a

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    How long do you plan on keeping it? I would suggest to just go with the 4GB Ram and at least the 128 GB SSD. I have been living off a 160 GB SSD for a while now and it's easily manageable to go to 128 for me, by having iTunes and iPhoto on external drives (or the network). But my libraries are fairly large.
     
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  22. montblanc1 macrumors member

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    Perhaps in terms of movie editing, the macbook pro will behave more "powerful", thus making your program run smoothly than MBA

    While, you have to be reminded that MBA uses flash drive, which is way better than normal hard drive, so when you do normal daily jobs, MBA will be a way better choice
     
  23. DVD9 macrumors 6502a

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    No Backlit Keyboard

    Like a netbook, the Air does not have a backlit keyboard.

    Any laptop that does not have a backlit keyboard is DOA with me. The backlit keyboard is what got me interested in the MBP. There are few choices in laptops when a backlit keyboard is mandatory.

    The new Mac Book Airs are an epic fail.
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  24. devilstrider macrumors 6502a

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    I think the OP is putting his wants before his needs. He wants the air only because its the new kid on the block. It clear that the MBP is the better choice but he letting the new kid blind him.
     
  25. radicaldog macrumors member

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    MBP also has significantly better battery life.
     

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