MBA or MBP 13" vs 15"

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  1. nizmoz, Nov 17, 2010
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    nizmoz macrumors 65816

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    I had a Macbook Pro 15" late 2009 model and miss it. It was my first MAC that I I ever owned. I sold it after 6 months for a Dell XPS which I am not very happy with due to my job making me have a laptop for work. Well I can bootcamp the new one so I am not too worried about that, but if they have a problem, they can buy me a work laptop as I am not going to put up with them telling me to get one for me to use for them anymore. I do not really do any gaming and like to browse the web and read. I also like to get emails, edit pictures since I have a SLR. The Macbook Pro I had was great. Did all that. I just didn't like it's weight as much as I had hoped. The AIR however might satisfy me. My budget is around $2200 max.

    I just can't seem to make up my mind between the two again. Now that the AIR has more power, etc it's a great choice. But my worry is, 2-3 years down the road, it may need more memory and 4gb is all it has and is limited too.

    What are your thoughts on this? I like the new resolutions on both systems. So that is a key player as well. I have a Desktop machine PC at home that is my gaming rig with a Quad Core Processor, RAID5 and so on. It is my powerhouse that is 3 years old but going strong. So this will be my alternate on the go machine mostly. Eventually I might replace this home pc with a IMAC or something, but not till it dies!
     
  2. dougelo7 macrumors member

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    The Air's RAM actually doesn't matter as much as you think, because the flash storage can function as VRAM at nearly the same speed.

    I recommend you buy a 256GB MacBook Air, upgraded with the 2.13Ghz processor and 4GB RAM, for future-proofing. I think it's $1,800, which means you still have $400 left over to get some nice accessories. :)
     
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    I also forgot to mention: The 13" Air has as the exact same amount of pixels as your old 15" Pro. So you won't feel cramped at all. :D
     
  6. miata macrumors 6502

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    Doesn't swap mean lots of writes to SSD and isn't that what wears out SSDs faster than anything?
     
  7. Airforcekid macrumors 65816

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    True but it should easily last 5 years with heavy use most will last 20+ years.
     

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