Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dj99mac, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. dj99mac macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2012
    Since MBAs are not upgradable, I was considering buying the top end 13'' MBA, 2.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, which costs $2199.

    But then... if I get 13'' MBP, 2.5GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive (so far $1199), and upgrade it with OWC 6G SSD 480GB ($600) and Crucial 4GB RAM ($26), then the total comes down to $1825.

    I would hate to add an extra 2 pounds in my backpack, but ~$375 difference is no small amount.

    Am I missing anything? Any advice?
  2. iBrody macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2008
    But would you be able to live with the nagging in the back of your mind telling you that you would have been happier with the MBA? Lol.
  3. jaguar451 macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2002
    Depends on what's most important to you -- weight & higher resolution screen, or performance and expandibility being the primary differences.

    I'm extending the life of my late 2008 MacBook Unibody to 8GB RAM and a new hard drive. (More memory than I could have gotten at purchase.) Which will then get handed down to wife and kids when I buy the new 13" MBP

    With the MBP you could also do a dual-drive setup, replacing the SuperDrive with a smaller (128MB?) SSD for the OS / Apps, keeping your documents on the 500 GB HHD.
  4. eric/ Guest


    Sep 19, 2011
    Ohio, United States
    Now every time I see OWS I think occupy wall street.

  5. dj99mac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2012
    Thanks for your comment. I have similar plans as yours; in fact, I have a black MacBook (early 2008) that I plan to upgrade with extra RAM and OWC 480GB SSD, and give it to my wife.

    I just read a very nice article comparing 13'' MBP & MBA:
    Something I learned is that MBP's display has better color gamut. Though I am not a graphics designer, I am picky with colors.

    Recently I bought a Dell display and found myself using that external monitor most of the time. So I guess the extra resolution of MBA won't mean much to me.

    By the way, I usually use my computer for writing papers, organizing papers via Papers, and organizing photos via Aperture. Occasionally I use iMovie or Photoshop. And for that matter, I think there wouldn't be much difference in the computing power between MBP or MBA.

    It seems, at the end, for me, that the issue comes down to whether it is worth to spend extra ~$400 just for lighter weight. A difference of 1.5 pounds is significant, but there are a lot of nice things I can do with the saved $400.

    Ah... one more thing, MBP has anti theft slot, but MBA doesn't, and I thinks this is important. Though the anti theft cable is not 100% secure, I find it very useful when I work in the library.

    So I am leaning towards MBP; but since I am in no hurry, I would like to wait to see if there are other comments.
  6. Cubeeless macrumors regular


    Apr 6, 2012
    I have bought the MBP 13 and I think that this is the right decision, was in the same situation.

    Now I want to add 8gb ram for 59.99 and 240 gb SSD from OWC for round about 260 and use the 500 hdd as external hard drive.
  7. dj99mac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2012
    Thanks for your comment. By the way, do you have a hard drive enclosure in mind for the 500 hdd?

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