Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MacBpro, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. MacBpro macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Chicago, IL
    I am using a 2008 MB Pro now.. thinking about a new replacement...

    should I get a MBA instead this time... ?? Please advise

    I only use the machine for business purpose. .. involve basic office ... excel... mainly...

    Please advise
  2. VMMan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    MBA 13" if you don't need mobility but like portability
    MBA 11" for super mobility
    MBP 17" for ultra desktop replacement with option to be portable
  3. Prodo123 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    13" low-end MacBook Pro will do everything you want it to.
    If you don't need storage and don't mind the price, a 13" MacBook Air will be better.
  4. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2010
    The 13" MBP and MBA are comparably priced. It doesn't appear as if the Pro will be able to give you anything the Air can't and the portability will be a boon. If you foresee yourself doing some computer-intensive stuff, swing for the Pro since it is upgradeable.
  5. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    did u seriously not even look this question up that has been asked hundreds of times?

    IMHO, macbook pro because it is upgradable
  6. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003

    Buy the Air if you don't mind paying substantially more and getting substantially less. Otherwise, get the 13" MBP.
  7. MrJolly macrumors member


    Aug 15, 2011
    I live next door, England
    How many times have you used your CD/DVD drive? Would you miss it?
  8. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    I'm jealous.

    Every time I try to make a rational post like this, I get flamed by at least 12 people about "omg the Air's design is that much thinner; 2 pounds lighter; faster" and many others.

    -1 :)
  9. Jrv macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2011
    Long Beach, California
  10. Dominus Mortem macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2011
    Judging from some of these responses I wonder if a lot of the responders have even used both, at least for any length of time. I have both. I have two 17" MBPs and a 13" Air. I had a 13" MBP for 9 days and exchanged it for an Air. I like the Air better, but that's just my personal needs talking here.

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with each. They are different in several ways, none of which are bad. The Air is only a compromise in one, read this, ONE way - screen color gamut and accuracy. If you require a LCD that has a color output you can calibrate such as photo and video editors then you really need to stick with a MBP. I have a MBP for my photo editing and wouldn't even bother attempting this seriously on my Air.

    For everything else those, the Air is pretty much equal or superior. You don't get an optical drive and if a built-in optical drive is necessary then get the MBP. If you don't need it then the Air will probably make you happier.

    Get the Air unless one of the following situations is important to you:

    * You need more than 4gb or ram
    * You edit photos and need a calibrated output
    * You require an optical drive that is built-in

    For me I find I like the MBP for home use and wouldn't take anything but the Air outside of the house.
  11. Yumunum macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2011
    I'd say the Air would be better for your use. It's be quick and nimble for your everyday tasks, opening apps, ect. And if you get the 13", you'll get a screen resolution equal to the standard 15" Pro. That means you're going to see more of your docs at once than you would on, let's say, a 13" Pro

    And it'd be easier to carry around and such.
  12. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Business apps? Why would the OP need to even consider upgrading for this? 4GB will be plenty.

    Go for the Air.
  13. Prodo123 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    Because 128GB is ridiculously small?
  14. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    In all, the question to you is portability or feature-rich. As the other posters have mentioned, if you can do without a CD/DVD drive, RAM and memory, and the other stuff, you'll be better off with the MBA with greater portability too.
  15. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    That will fill up a heartbeat with all those massive spreadsheets.
  16. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan

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