MBA or MBP???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by danish1542, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. danish1542 macrumors member

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    I am selling my stupid dell xps laptop and completely ready to switch over to a mac. I was hoping for something perfect to come out at macworld but of course i am stumped. My question is: should i get the macbook air or a macbook pro? im a college student and i honestly only use my computer for internet, email, word processing and music for the most part. I know youre going to say just get a macbook, but i like the new features of the MBA and i can afford the SSD MBA or a really good MBP. What do you think? thanks for your input...
     
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I say get the MacBook. The MBA and MBP are two very different machines. If you just need a computer then the Macbook is for you.
     
  3. adrianblaine macrumors 65816

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    If money is not an object, then I would go with the MBA. I had a 12" iBook for 3 years in college and it was extremely portable (even carried it around with me in Europe for a month). I have a 15" MBP now, and while it is portable, I don't carry it around with me like I used to carry my iBook.
     
  4. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    if money isn't a problem, get a macbook air along with a time capsule.

    edit: and an external display.

    edit #2: and this.
     
  5. sk8ordie macrumors regular

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    The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are completly different, I would think a better question would be MacBook or MacBook Air (both small). The Air is missing too many features that a Pro user would need (like firewire).
     
  6. danish1542 thread starter macrumors member

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    so pretty much what youre saying is i wouldnt even need a macbook pro with what i am going to be using the computer for. i have a 2.16 ghz core duo processor in my dell right now, is the 1.8 ghz core 2 duo comparable?
     
  7. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I wouldn't want an MBA as my primary computer. If you already had an iMac or 17" MBP then ok. But for a primary, I feel the MBA is a little lean on performance.
     
  8. adrianblaine macrumors 65816

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    You don't need much of anything to do what you need to do. An iPhone could handle everything except the word processing. You'd be fine with any of them. If I were in your position, I'd get an MBA. I'm not in your position though, and I need a much more powerful computer so I have an MBP.
     
  9. jdr70 macrumors newbie

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    Go macbook air. Sounds like you don't have any need for a pro.

    Good luck.
     
  10. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    If money is not an issue, but performance is, get a MBP. More power, more standard features, for a modest price bump over the MBA.

    If money is not an issue, but style/novelty is, get a MBA.

    If money is an issue, get a MB. Cheapest of the three, and second most powerful.

    YMMV.
     
  11. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    If you're trying to decide between an MBA and an MBP, you don't need either, and should just get a Macbook.
     
  12. juanster macrumors 68020

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    do you feel you 'll be carrying around this laptop a lot? if so get the mba, if not get the macbook pro, If the mba is enough for your needs then macbook pro is overkill, then again, a simple macbook probably would be too.LOL i dont blame you tough, if i had the money on me right now i woudl totally buy a MBP just because, my MB is alreayd overkill for what i do..
     

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