New Macbook Air vs 2016 Pro (no touchbar)... office job

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by cics, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. cics macrumors member

    cics

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    Hi, I am thinking of buying the new air. I've always used the MacBook Air in the past, until 2016 when I switched to the Pro (without touchbar). I'm pretty happy with the pro, but I really miss the extreme portability and battery life of the air.

    I have an office job, but for my job I only use web-apps heavily. I usually have 2-3 chrome browsers open at the same time, with multiple tabs (usually 6-8), with web apps open... like gmail, google calendar, slack, salesforce, google sheet...

    Now I want to switch to the new Air but I wonder how the CPU would handle my workload. Do you think I should be fine?

    Thanks
     
  2. Ghost31 macrumors 68030

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    I do the exact same as you if not more and my 2018 air handles it perfectly. So far, the fans haven't even spun up once in the time that I've had it. no slow downs either. And personally, I like the feel of the MacBook Air better than the no Touch Bar pro. the new butterfly 3 keyboard is noticeably better, its got Touch ID and the wedge shape makes it easier to pick up (for me anyway). I say go for it man
     
  3. Airboy1466 macrumors 6502

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    I agree you should go for it gen 3 keyboard is amazing.
     
  4. Ma2k5 macrumors 68020

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    Gen 3 isn't amazing, given that there are reports of multiple failures with them - but it is going to hopefully be better than gen 2 (jury is still out on that one).
     
  5. Appledoesnotlisten, Dec 11, 2018
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    Some people (including me) prefer gen 2 over gen 3. It also comes with a 4 year warranty (who knows if Apple will extend the warranty to gen 3 as well).
     
  6. Airboy1466 macrumors 6502

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    I hope they do extend it to 3rd gen but I agree I love the 2nd gen keyboard it is so amazing.
     
  7. Appledoesnotlisten macrumors member

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    Yeah, Gen2 forever! There are two Gen3 in front of me and I realize that I like Gen2 more. People should conduct extended tests instead of blindly believing that G3 is better.
     
  8. ascender macrumors 68020

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    I prefer gen3 - for me it has a much more tactile feel than the previous gens and the noise is less harsh, but its one of those subjective things.
     
  9. Ma2k5 macrumors 68020

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    Some people have owned Gen 2 (e.g. me) who had to return it for a refund due to the keyboard becoming unusable within a month and I suspect many others like me who won't touch Gen 2 with a barge pole as a result. I am not even a heavy typist, I used to use cherry-mx red's, it doesn't get lighter than that!
     

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