New MBP or current MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Dtp8513, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Dtp8513 macrumors regular

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    I am looking to upgrade my computer and I was not overly impressed with the current specs on the "leaked macbook pro info"...

    I was actually exploring the possbility of getting a MBA instead. I would go for the top of the range one (around 1800 i believe after upgrading processor, ram, and superdrive).

    Can anyone comment? I am having a tough time deciding!
     
  2. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020

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    I think this would be best addressed tomorrow when there's ZERO speculation of the specs of the new MBP.
     
  3. KPOM, Feb 23, 2011
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    Agreed. We need to see the CTO options (SSD will be one), as well as some specs and reputable benchmarks to make informed decisions. Sometimes computers are a lot more than their "specs," as the Rev D MacBook Air showed.
     
  4. Hands Sandon macrumors 6502

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    I'd go with the Air simply because of the unreflective and yet glossy screen. Try it out at least, and if it's really not for you, switch.
     
  5. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    im in your boat...

    if leaked 13" pro specs are true....then easy...air

    now wait and see.
     
  6. JayDH macrumors 6502

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    I just purchased the 13" MBA Ultimate today to replace my late-2008 15" MBP. The MBP had horrible battery life and was just too big and ran too hot.

    I saw the leaked specs and doubt that the new MBP will fit my needs better than the Air, so I pulled the trigger. That being said, if they release something spectacular tomorrow, I can always exchange :)
     
  7. iTouch1987 macrumors member

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    but then...do you wait for Mac Air Sandy Bridge with i3/i5 in June.

    Ugh the wait is unbearable.

    i too, since seeing rumors of specs/redesign in 2012, am leaning towards air as well.
     
  8. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a

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    Intel gpu are garbage
    I'd stick with a c2d with nvidia any day
     
  9. Dtp8513 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the comments guys.. any updates after tomorrows announcements will be greatly appreciated...

    something to add- i plan on using photoshop and some digital camera software as well if that changes things.. not really a gamer anymore and i travel alot for work...
     
  10. gdeputy macrumors 6502a

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    What kind of photoshop?

    The i5 is more powerful than the C2D, for photoshop I would imagine a decent difference. For most tasks I don't think you would notice anything, honestly SSD will make MBA feel snappier for MOST stuff.
     
  11. vincenz macrumors 601

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    I'd spring for the MBA for sure. It depends on your current needs too though.
     
  12. PeterKG macrumors 6502

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    An updated MBA in June is simply a RUMOR. Have fun waiting.
     
  13. Cheplampardfan macrumors member

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    Love my air... Suits my basic needs... I'm sure the pro will be awesome tho..
     
  14. unknown mr T macrumors member

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    I really want SSD in my new laptop..., I just dont know what to do now..., buy a macbook air (base 13 inch) or just a new mbp and add sdd as a option :S I am not really using my laptop for movie editting and those kind of things. I do use matlab sometimes so dont know if there are people who have experience with that program on a mba?
     
  15. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Now that we know the specs, the 13" MacBook Pro looks compelling for those who don't need the lightness of the MacBook Air. A 13" Pro with a build-to-order SSD running the Core i5 (or optional Core i7) will be significantly faster than the "Ultimate" 13" Air. Perhaps that's why they kept the 1280x800 screen in the 13" Pro.
     
  16. unknown mr T macrumors member

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    yeah, but how much does a BTO 13 inch mbp with SSD cost?
     
  17. caljlo macrumors newbie

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    sorry to hijack but I have pretty much the same question and would appreciate some input. Right now I have a black macbook, 2.16 ghz with 2gb. It runs great, but I am going to law school in fall and need something to last me the next 3 years. Would a 13 air provide a noticeable difference? or should I just buy a discounted 2010 pro?
     
  18. tmoerel macrumors 6502

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    Easy!

    Who wants 1200x800 resolution in a 13". Sooooo low and old fashioned!
     
  19. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a

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  20. KPOM macrumors G5

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    The price points seem identical to the old model ($1199 and 1499 for the "base" 13" models). That would mean that the Core i5-equipped model with the SSD would be $1999 unless they have lowered the price of the SSD (the store isn't up yet), and the Core i7-equipped model would be $2299.
     
  21. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I disagree. The 2.7GHz Core i7 was unexpected, and Thunderbolt has the potential to be great for external devices once peripherals start shipping for it.
     
  22. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a

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    And how cheap do you expect hard drives to be that support 10gb/sec?
    The resolution is low on the mpb
    No ssd
    Gpu is questionable. Intel? Ya bad

    Ya real winner mbp
     
  23. KPOM macrumors G5

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    OK, the store is up now. The 256GB SSD is a $650 update (pretty steep if you ask me), so that means that the "base" 13" MBP with the 256GB SSD is $1849, or just $50 more than the Ultimate 13 MacBook Air. Alternatively, you can go aftermarket and get a 256GB SSD for about $500 (and have a 320GB HDD as a backup)

    If you don't need the thinness or high-res screen of the MacBook Air, the MBP with SSD is a compelling option now.

    The 256GB SSD is a $600 upgrade on the Core i7-equipped 13". The 128GB SSD is a $250 upgrade on the Core i5 and $200 on the Core i7.
     
  24. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Were you seriously expecting standard SSD on the $1200 model? Perhaps the 16GB boot drive, but did you really think they would sell a "Pro" with a 64GB SSD instead of a HDD?

    The resolution is low on the 13" Pro, but the Core i5-equipped model with the 256GB SSD is $1849 compared to $1799 for the 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Air. That $50 gets you a superdrive, a faster processor, Firewire, and Thunderbolt. If you don't need the smaller size of the Air, the Pro is compelling again (the old Pro wasn't).

    The GPU has been discussed ad nauseum. Apple had no choice unless they ditched the optical drive or made the device bigger to accommodate a discrete GPU. Sandy Bridge is better than the older Intel graphics. It's somewhere in between the 9400m and 320m.
     

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