My first MacBook.Please help.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by RegularGuy09, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. RegularGuy09 macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2015
    I am looking to buy my first macbook.I want this laptop as my daily computer for the next four years.I am a student,and I will use this computer for web browsing,watching videos,listening to music and college level Java/C programming.

    I looked at the macbook air,and everybody told me this is the laptop to look for if I needed a very portable and light computer.But I dont,I dont NEED portability,I travel like once a week.Will this computer be enough for my needs for the next four years?I can only afford the base-13 inch MacBook Air.Or the base 13-inch 2012 MacBook Pro non retina.Will that be a better buy?

    Pardon my ignorance.Any help will be appreciated :)
  2. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    I would recommend the 13" Air.

    It has significantly better battery life, significantly fast storage, and the same amount of RAM. It's thinner and lighter and it has a higher resolution screen. (1440 x 900) vs (1280 x 800)

    The only thing it really lacks in is storage space (128GB SSD as opposed to 500GB HDD), but you can pick up an external drive later on for really cheap (less than $100 for 1TB) and USB 3.0 will make data transfer fast.

    You say that portability and travel isn't important to you, so battery and lightness may not mean much, but the Air also has significantly better graphics (read more fluid performance) than the 2012 MBP.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Either one will easily handle the needs you described for the next 4-5 years, as will any Mac model made in the past 5 years. Get the one that appeals to your taste and budget.
  4. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    If you do not need the ports and superdrive, definitely get the air!
    It's a fantastic machine! :)
  5. RegularGuy09 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2015
    Wow,such helpful replies in such a short time.Thanks a lot guys,you really helped me clear my apprehensions.Thank you.I've decided I am going to buy the 13inch base MacBook Air.:)
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Excellent choice. You will not be dissapointed.
  7. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Enjoy :)
  8. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    You could also get an 11" and an external monitor if you're only going to travel with the computer once in a while. Then you get more screen real estate than the 13" (with the external monitor) and more portability for the few times you do travel with it.

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