MBA or MBP

grimreaper1377

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I'm kind of in a dilemma here. I bought a macbook pro last week, but foundnout that it was defective since it would go up to 120 degrees. I took it into the genius bar, and they said that I could swap it out for another. But now I'm considering an Air since it's much lighter and I have an iMac at home to do some more heavy duty stuff. Any suggestions?
 

Schtumple

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The performance decrease you'll see by going to the Air will be pretty big, I'd suggest sticking it out with the Macbook Pro or going for the top end Macbook.
 

Raptura

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Are you willing to buy and carry around the superdrive for the Air if you need it? I mean, you'll want to have the portability of the laptop too. More harddrive space on the Pro too... I'd say stick with the Pro
 

mobilehaathi

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Do you need the power of the Pro? I'm guessing not since you seem to be seriously considering the Air...If you needed more than the air, you could always check out the MacBook...
 

Abstract

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I'd get an MBA. If you want to do more than type out a few documents, surf the net, post at MacRumours, or listen to music, you can use your iMac.

If you didn't have the iMac already, or you seemed like a power user, my suggestion would be different.
 

isethx

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if i had an imac at home i'd go with the air to browse the net ect around the house... but that's just me!
 

Abstract

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Hell, if you want more portability, I say go with something like an EeePC and put OSX on it. The huge "Hackintosh" thread may even have a few pointers in there on getting the OS working.
 

Scepticalscribe

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It seems to be the old power versus portability argument again; it largely depends on which feature you need most, the power of the MBP or the portability of the MBA. I'm a fan of the MBP - I have one and find it excellent - but the decision is yours and it will depend on which feature you feel you will need more.
Cheers and good luck
 

neiltc13

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It seems to be the old power versus portability argument again; it largely depends on which feature you need most, the power of the MBP or the portability of the MBA. I'm a fan of the MBP - I have one and find it excellent - but the decision is yours and it will depend on which feature you feel you will need more.
Cheers and good luck
And I'm gonna repeat a point that I've made in so many other threads here - the only viable reason to have a MacBook Pro over a MacBook is the GPU. If you aren't a hardcore gamer and don't do video editing then you will be totally fine with MacBook. Aside from the GPU they are just as powerful as each other.
 

mobilehaathi

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And I'm gonna repeat a point that I've made in so many other threads here - the only viable reason to have a MacBook Pro over a MacBook is the GPU. If you aren't a hardcore gamer and don't do video editing then you will be totally fine with MacBook. Aside from the GPU they are just as powerful as each other.
I would say that, for the vast majority of people's uses, this is totally true.
 

Abstract

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....the only viable reason to have a MacBook Pro over a MacBook is the GPU. If you aren't a hardcore gamer and don't do video editing then you will be totally fine with MacBook.
That's a bold statement, even if it's not 100% accurate. ;)

I don't need the graphics card, but I want the higher resolution screen of the 15" MBP, FW800, and the larger LCD to go with my higher resolution screen (so I don't need to squint). I don't need FW right now, but I can see myself needing it later. In fact, if the 15" MBP were to be upgraded to 1600 x 1050 resolution, it would be even better. The MacBook sure has hell won't get that resolution any time soon.
 

Batt

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That's a bold statement, even if it's not 100% accurate. ;)
Right. I'm not a gamer and the GPU could be an Etch-A-Sketch for all I care, but I love the 17" screen and the backlit keyboard.
And to weigh in the the original purpose of this thread - Air.
 

vikingdave

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Wait until October 14th, go with 4GB MacBook Air

I would wait until mid October. I highly expect 4GB MacBook Air with larger drives.

My ideal laptop would be a MacBook Air with 4GB RAM, and 250GB Samsung SSD that should be commonly available by year end.
 

The Awesome

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I would wait until mid October. I highly expect 4GB MacBook Air with larger drives.

My ideal laptop would be a MacBook Air with 4GB RAM, and 250GB Samsung SSD that should be commonly available by year end.
Yes! 4GB of RAM would be awesome since the RAM will still probably be soldered in the Air.

250GB SSD would be great, though not very possible. Expect something in the range of 80~100GB since the normal hard disks will be probably refreshed into the 120GB range.