MBP 2015 v MBA 2017 please help

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by emilyhart, May 10, 2018.


MBP 2015 new @ £700 (was £1199) v MBA new @ £500 (was £900)

  1. MBP

    12 vote(s)
  2. MBA

    0 vote(s)
  1. emilyhart macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2018
    macbook pro mid 2015 v MacBook air 2017
    I have been offered either of the following and cannot make up my mind which to buy. I currently have a mid 2010 MacBook pro which is getting a bit old now and I'd like to upgrade:

    There are two choices:

    1. 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display- original cost £1199 offered at £700

    Still in box has never been used. Is my sisters which she got and has never used,

    13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

    2.7GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz

    8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM

    256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage

    Intel Iris Graphics 6100

    Force Touch trackpad

    Accessory Kit

    Backlit Keyboard (British) & User's Guide (English)


    2. 2017 Apple MacBook Air- original cost Jan 2018 £850. Offered at £500 (family friends unwanted gift, never been used)
    13.3", Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB PCIe-based SSD
    6 months old, never been used. 2 year John Lewis warentee.

    I need it for family photo editing, illustrator and photoshop.I am not a designer but use to be so do like the option of playing with these programmes from time to time. I use to do a lot of photography and like to edit photos. I may one day go back to do picture editing work.

    Which one do you think I should go for based on the spec/ price/ needs?
  2. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010
    The 2015 15 inch. The Air is just so old in general.
  3. jksu macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2009
    vote for 13” mbp retina. much nicer screen,
    trackpad, and more SSD space. unless portability and battery life is major priority then consider MBA but the screen is so outdated...
  4. emilyhart thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2018
    Thank you for your reply. The MacBook Pro is actually a 13 inch not a 15 inch. Would you still advise me to buy the MacBook Pro over the air?
  5. SteveJUAE macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2015
    Land of Smiles
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    One more vote for the 2015 MBPro.
    A solid Mac laptop that will serve you well for years.

    You said it's still "brand new in the box"?
    Jump on it !!
  7. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    The only thing going for the MBA is longer battery runtime, and even that isn't a huge difference. I keep trying to convince myself to replace my early 2015 rMBP with something else and I keep failing. ;) It's such a sweet machine (and I've owned a *lot* of Apple laptops, including 13" MBA laptops).
  8. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010
    My bad thought the title said 15 lol. Either way I would go with a pro. When I got my 2015 13 inch pro I considered the air but you lose so much for battery life. My 13 inch lasted 10 hours or so it was fine
  9. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010
    The 13 pro (2015) and even the new 15 inch is just as portable imho
  10. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I am with every one else, MBP. The air screen was barely Ok when it was new, now it is down right embarrassing compared to it's retina cousins.
  11. sergeyz macrumors member


    Feb 14, 2018
    Yet another vote for the MBP. It runs on battery for about 1.5 hours less than the MBA and is a bit heavier, but otherwise the MBP is significantly better
  12. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    It's also got a smaller footprint on a desk or table than the 13" MBA.
  13. Fthree macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2014
    2015 13 inch here still going strong and will keep hopefully a few more years.

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