Macbook Pro vs Macbook Air for a Secondary School Student

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jj97101, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. jj97101 macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2012
    Hi I am a secondary school student (High School for you Americans) and I was wondering which Macbook I should buy, I really like the Macbook Air's design, light weight and the speed of its SSD however the Macbook Pro has a much larger Hard Drive and seems to be more sturdily built. One of my big questions is whether the Macbook Air can survive everyday School use (Bumping, Scraping, possibly dropping it)?
    The specs of the Macbooks are:

    Macbook Air 13"
    1.8GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7
    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    256GB flash storage

    Macbook Pro 13"
    2.8GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7
    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM — 2x2GB
    750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Both models stand a fair chance of being damaged if you drop them.
  3. Jordnbeats macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2012
    I have the MacBook Pro model. I couldn't be more happier with this gift I got. I got mine as a congratulation gift for uni :)
  4. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    It honestly depends on your uses, I have a pro and love it because i can hook up firewire drives and tend to use the disc drive as well as upgradeability.

    if you however suffice without the above (built in) than the air is for you.

    In terms of everyday school life, both have equal chances of survival.
  5. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    The Pro is better for future proofing because you can upgrade the RAM and replace the hard drive with an SSD for faster capabilities. If weight is a concern, I would go with the Air. It's fast and very capable of a lot of things too.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Both are made of aluminum and both carry the same potential of being damaged, dented, bent if misused. I'd be concerned about them surviving in a backpack full of books. I'd look for a specific backpack that is geared to protecting laptops such as Tom Bihn's Brain Bag

    As for which model, it really depends on your needs, I like the MPB because of the ports provided, optical drive and ease of upgrading the ram and drives and of course the CPU is that much better.

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