MBA for MBP trade is it worth it ?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sgalbo, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. sgalbo macrumors newbie

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    I have the MBA
    Originally released mid 2009
    (with the 1 USB)

    13.3-inch glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    128GB solid-state drive
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
    Built-in iSight Camera
    Running Lion

    And the person wants to trade a MBP

    2011 Macbook Pro 13.3
    2.4 GHz Intel core 2 duo processor,
    4GB of 1066 MHz DDR SDRAM
    13.3 inch LED-backlight glossy widescreen display: 1280 by 800 pixels
    Built in isight camera
    8x slot loading superdrive
    Mimi display port
    Backlit keyboard and ambient light sensor
    Preinstalled Mac Os X and iLife
    All original packaging and software discs.
    More info

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...o-2.4-aluminum-13-mid-2010-unibody-specs.html

    Mine is still covered under the 1 year warranty until December 20, and theirs is covered till Feb 2012, I am just not sure if it is a good deal or not. Thanks for your help.
     
  2. sgalbo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    More info for comparison: Other than the typical weight difference, the MBP has a larger HD although not as fast as the MBA, and also has more memory. SO if anyone has some opinion or imput I would appreciate it.


    Model Family: MacBook Air
    Processor: 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo (SL9600)
    Manufacturer: Intel
    # of CPUs: 1
    Codename: Penryn
    Display:
    Size: 13.3"
    Finish: Glossy
    Resolution: 1280x800
    Backlight: LED-Backlit
    Base Memory: 2GB PC3-8500 SODIMM
    Brand: Apple
    Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n
    Color(s): Aluminum
    Original OS: Mac OS X 10.5.7
    Battery: 40-watt-hour non-removable lithium-polymer
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (256MB)
    Base Storage: 128GB SSD SATA 1.8"
    Optical Drive: N/A
    Model Number: A1304
    Sales Number(s): MC234LL/A
    Machine Number(s): MacBookAir2,1
    Dimensions: 12.8 in x 8.94 in x 0.76 in
    Weight: 3.0 lb
    Production: Jun 8, 2009 - Oct 20, 2010
    Factory: Remanufactured Model
    Production Year: 2010
    Production Week: 17 (April)
    Production Number: 1177


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    Model Family: MacBook Pro
    Processor: 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (P8600)
    Manufacturer: Intel
    # of CPUs: 1
    Codename: Penryn
    Display:
    Size: 13.3"
    Finish: Glossy
    Resolution: 1280x800
    Backlight: LED-Backlit
    Base Memory: 4GB PC3-8500 SODIMM
    Brand: Apple
    Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n
    Color(s): Aluminum
    Original OS: Mac OS X 10.6.3
    Battery: 63.5-watt-hour removable lithium-polymer
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 320M (256MB)
    Base Storage: 250GB 5400RPM SATA 2.5"
    Optical Drive: 8x DL Superdrive
    Model Number: A1278
    Sales Number(s): MC374LL/A
    Machine Number(s): MacBookPro7,1
    Dimensions: 12.78 in x 8.94 in x 0.95 in
    Weight: 4.5 lb
    Production: Apr 13, 2010 - Feb 24, 2011
    Factory: China
    Production Year: 2011
    Production Week: 01 (January)
    Production Number: 14302
     
  3. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    That is NOT a 2011 MBP, it is a 2010 MBP purchased in 2011. Huge difference in the CPU with the 2011's running about 2x faster.

    Aside from that if you want/need a notebook that does heavy duty work or need to store plenty of data then the MBP is good swap since you can use up to 4x the RAM (8gb ram upgrade costs only about $40 these days) and add a much larger hard drive, up to 1TB (currently hard drive prices are inflated due to floods in Thailand hurting supply). Plus you can get 2x faster backup with firewire 800 and I get backlit keys (don't think that is included in the MA).

    Anyway, if you want more power or storage and don't mind carrying an extra pound of machine :rolleyes: then the MBP is good swap. Personally I would not hesitate but needs/desired vary
     
  4. Maschil macrumors 6502a

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    yep!!! what he said....seems like now is the best time to sale your hard drive and buy an ssd.... pulled two 500gb 7200rpms wd scorpio blacks from my xps and sold them for 130... well below the 178.00 the next person was asking...on amazon..
     
  5. sgalbo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the input. My MBA does have back lit keys, but now I am thinking I may wait to trade to get a newer one that is 2x faster. I would really like a newer one that is 15". I figured these 2 were comparable aside from HD and weight.
     
  6. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    RAM is also another factor. The 2011 13" MBP's can do 16Gb ram. If you are just doing light work you are fine but if you need storage or power to do the heavy lifting then any 13" MBP is better - just slip in an SSD..
     
  7. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    I'd go ahead and swap now for two reasons.

    First, the MBP is going to be faster and more expandable if you end up keeping it. It will support up to 8 GB RAM and a 1 TB hard drive, the Air is effectively sealed and cannot be upgraded. The MBP also has superior graphics with the 320m compared to the 9400m.

    Second, the MBP is likely to retain more value down the road, in part because of its expandability. Lion on 2 GB of RAM is quite slow. Also, the slightly longer warranty period on the MBP will help it hold value a bit longer as long as you either sell it while it is under warranty or add Applecare to it (which I would only do if I were to keep it).
     
  8. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    If It Was Me

    I'd sit back and think. The MBA is a sight faster than the Pro, but the swap (on paper) is a good one.

    Penryn....? Yes okay but it's what you do with it that matters...That Pro to me is a good swap.
     
  9. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    I think you got that turned around. The 2.13 GHz Air is slower than the 2.4 GHz Pro.
     
  10. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Sorry

    Having an Oldie day! but still think the swap is a good one.
     
  11. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    I have them too!

    I agree re the swap, but then I'd never buy an Air in the first place.
     
  12. netdog macrumors 603

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    If you have heat issues with your MBA (which I expect you do), then trade.

    For my money, the 2010 MBAs are fantastic, but anything before or after tends to run hot.

    I also wouldn't want to be tethered to a machine with only 2GB of RAM though honestly I think the MacBook Air is the ideal form for my needs, and with a cool running 4GB 256 its function is wunderbar.
     
  13. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    Me too. I'm a "Pro" kind of guy. Don't mind the extra weight and need to extra power. But of course there are two types of people and apple sells to both.
     

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