MBA 13 new or MBP 15 refurb ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lfkiter, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. lfkiter macrumors newbie

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    I posted this in the macbook air forum, but I'd like to get your guys opinions too.

    Trying to decide which laptop to get for work. This will be my primary computer, and I'll be hooking it up to a 27" cinema display at home. I currently have an iMac 24" 2.8 core duo 4gb, but I need the portability of a laptop to work on at the office, and I don't want to keep the iMac and sync with the new laptop, I just want one machine to work on. Don't really want to spend over $1500 on the laptop, unless it is a significant upgrade. For work, I use some adobe cs5 apps, mostly photoshop, and every once in a while I use premiere to edit video off my canon t2i. The kicker is, I need to get something within 2 weeks. Like everyone, I'm anxious to see what the new MBP's are all about, but I have a feeling they'll definitely be more than $1500, considering the new air's are more than that when beefed up to 4gb, 256gb. I already ordered a cinema display as they are on sale, so figured might as well get that component. Here is what I'm thinking for choices.

    1. MacBook Air 13" 1.86 4gb 128gb

    Some people say only get an Air if you are only checking email and browsing the web, while others are reporting that the new SSD's really make them scream, I clicked around one at Best Buy, and was pretty impressed with the speed of opening apps, unfortunately I haven't been able to test it more thoroughly. Now I'm only opting for the 128 ssd, as I don't have a music or photo library to worry about, plus I'll use an external hd for extra space if needed.

    2. Macbook Pro 15" i5 320gb Refurb

    I've bought apple refurbs before, so I saw this as an option as it was about the same price as the above mba. resolution is the same as the 13" air, 4gb ram (upgradeable) but older hard drive. I like the idea of being able to upgrade the components in this laptop. Also I know the cinema display will hook up a little easier as you've got all the necessary ports on one side, I've seen the pics of the air hooked up to the CD, and it works, but not as clean, not a major deal though. Even though this machine will outperform the Air in apps like photoshop/premiere, I really hate buying at the end of a models cycle, but again it's a refurb, so I'm getting it for a few hundred less than retail.

    3. 2011 Macbook Pro ??

    This option will only work if they announce and start selling soon, within 3-4 weeks I can wait, but if the price is up there, I'd prolly end up getting an Air or last years MBP refurb. I have a feeling that the new MBP's will be just a 15 and 17" air, with more options and ports. I really only use USB and SD card slot, no need for firewire.

    I hate to admit, but I have mac fever...but at the same time, I need to get something, so hopefully I make the right decision. I'll probably be working on this machine hooked up to the CD about 60-70% of the time, if that makes a difference.

    Any recommendations are appreciated.
     
  2. aCondor macrumors 6502

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    Go with the 15" Pro. The increased processor speed and HD is valuable if it will be your only computer. Alas, you are buying at the end of the cycle. I would recommend waiting a month or two until the new cycle begins (hopefully) but it seems like you will need it sooner than that.

    From what I have heard, refurbished Apples are just as good as a new one, with substantial discounts.

    The Air looks nice and is zippy, but would't be a good stand-alone laptop for work, IMO.
     
  3. newdeal macrumors 68020

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    If it were me I would cancel the order on the cinema display, buy a refurb 27" core 2 duo imac which will run you less than the cinema display cost, you can use it as a computer by itself for your more cpu intensive applications (photoshop etc) or if you really wanted to you can also use it as a monitor for the 13" air although I don't see why you would really want to do that since the imac would be more powerful than the air anyway. I have never seen a 27" cinema display but I can't imagine that its that much better than the 27" imac screen and the 27" imac screen can also be used as a secondary display which is nice
     
  4. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a

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    He needs something portable to bring to work. I'm sure he doesn't want to bring an iMac to work everyday.

    I would tell you to wait since the new Macbook Pros are about to be released soon, but since you need one urgently. Go for the 15" Macbook Pro rather than the 13" Air. Since you're going to be using CS5 and such, a larger screen will benefit you not to mention it is an i5.

    The problem is that when the refreshed version comes out, you will have to pay more than 1500 for a 15", unless you want a 13".

    Go with the 15" it's going to serve you well as a primary computer.
     
  5. lfkiter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I hate to part with my iMac, but I do need something portable for work now. I checked and cheapest refurb 27" imac was $1439, i got the cinema display new at mac connection for $899, no tax free shipping...i am leaning towards the 15" i5, i know that will work for what I need, I guess i just have to prepare myself when I see the new MBP's...doh :( my budget is sort of tapped, so I also look at it like I really can't fork out 2k for new MBP when they come out. I'll try to wait another week or two, and maybe we'll get a little insight on the new ones, that would really help make my decision.
     
  6. newdeal macrumors 68020

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    The imac is like the same price as a cinema display but you get a free powerful computer, and a free mouse and a free keyboard...that would then allow him to get the air and not have to worry about wether or not he has enough horsepower to run certain apps like photoshop on the air.
     
  7. aCondor macrumors 6502

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    There is a $500 price difference. How is that anywhere close to "free?"

     
  8. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    Since your wrote "some" Adobe, I take it you are not a power user. Since you are buying the 27" screen for home, I would actually go light on the laptop since you don't need a monster laptop display and would suggest the 13" MBA refurb if you can find it in stock.
     
  9. newdeal macrumors 68020

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    The cheapest 27" imac on refurb is actually $1269. The cinema display is $999 normally so I guess it isn't totally free...but you get a computer, keyboard and mouse for $269 so thats pretty close to free in Apple terms. Especially since the keyboard and mouse is $140 so the computer is like an extra $129 and it allows you to not worry about buying the air because you won't need the power when you have the imac.
     
  10. lfkiter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ya first and foremost, i've gotta get a laptop, would love to keep or upgrade my imac, but i need to work away from home alot of the time, and don't want to sync constantly. i mainly use photoshop and coda, also use illustrator and premiere when i have to, but not that often. my main concern is photoshop, if the air is speedy enough to handle resizing, and basic actions it could work..also the resolution on the air and the base 15" is the same, but since i'll be using them with the cinema display thats only going to be an issue about 40% of the time..most of the time I'll be hooked up to the big display. Decisions, decisions...i really like the feel of both computers, but i just hate buying towards the very end of a products cycle...i know something will always be coming down the pipeline, but it is nice to have the latest for at least 200 days..haha...maybe I should get the air, and if it doesn't work out, I can sell it and get new mac book pro or last years refurb??? thanks you guys for all your suggestions.
     
  11. bwrairen macrumors 6502

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    Is 3" of screen real estate really that important to you?? Why not scrap the 27" ACD and just buy yourself the air? Then you will have a powerful desktop for CPU intensive tasks, and the portability of the air. Seems like the cheapest solution to me. The 24" 2.8 extreme is still a pretty decent workhorse. I don't understand why you wouldn't rather have a fast desktop taking up the same space as a monitor.

    Syncing these machines would be painless over wifi.
     

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