MBP i7 to MBA 13". Opinions wanted, please.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MikeinJapan, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. MikeinJapan macrumors regular

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    Hey guys

    I just want to bounce this off some people before jumping in.

    I bought my MBP in 2008 when the unibody was released and it had the 9400m and Apple replaced it with an i7. I love it but the glossy screen isn't the best and it is a little heavy. I am heading to back to uni to do an MBA and won't be upgrading and my applecare runs out in a year.

    The new MBA is small enough for commuting (when at uni) and fastest enough for me. I rarely take my pro above 50% CPU. I used to play a lot of games but haven't installed a game in over year on my mac.

    I can sell my MBP and get a 13" MBA (128GB) with 4GB RAM with a little change to boot to put towards Applecare so I will be covered. I should also say that I have a Mac Mini for media center that will become my mass storage.

    I just surf the net, edit a few photos and edit a few movies a year. Soon I will be writing and translating (freelance).

    Does anyone have an opinion on this change?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It should be fine for you. In photo and video editing, a faster CPU would increase the performance but if that is something you only do casually, then MBA is sufficient.

    In fact, I'm getting the same MBA soon :)
     
  3. MikeinJapan thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think for me it is the antiglare screen and size/weight. I also want the coverage of the applecare while at uni as I won't be able to finance a new laptop while paying for the masters.

    I just think I will miss the backlit keyboard. (not a deal breaker).
     
  4. bamf macrumors 6502

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    I have the exact same model MBA you are talking about getting, and I think you'll be fine given the usage pattern you mention above.

    I've found myself leaving my 15" i5 on my desk lately and using that as my portable desktop if I need more "oomph" for something.

    In every day usage so far the new MBA seems more than capable. I'm loving mine.
     

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