MBP 2015 v MBA 2017 please help

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

  • MBP

    Votes: 12 100.0%
  • MBA

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    12

emilyhart

macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 10, 2018
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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)



OR



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?
 

Closingracer

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Jul 13, 2010
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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)



OR



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?
The 2015 15 inch. The Air is just so old in general.
 

jksu

macrumors regular
Nov 26, 2009
244
68
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...
 

Fishrrman

macrumors Core
Feb 20, 2009
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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 !!
 

newellj

macrumors 604
Oct 15, 2014
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East of Eden
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).
 

Closingracer

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Jul 13, 2010
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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?
Yes
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
 

Closingracer

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

jerryk

macrumors 603
Nov 3, 2011
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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.
 

sergeyz

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Feb 14, 2018
60
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Russia
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
 

Fthree

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Mar 14, 2014
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308
2015 13 inch here still going strong and will keep hopefully a few more years.
 
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