Potentially moving from '08 Macbook to '11 Air. What should I expect?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by brmaki, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. brmaki macrumors regular

    brmaki

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    Debating between a 2011 Air or Pro. Both are available on Craigslist at the moment...the Pro is a bit more but I think I could talk the seller down. As of right now I use my '08 Macbook for mostly web surfing, iTunes, day to day stuff and the occasional Logic Pro session. When I record with my band I use a lot of tracks, but when I'm just messing around it's down to 3-5 tracks of both analog sources and soft synths. Any advice would be great!
     
  2. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    I went from a 2008 15" 4gb MBP to a 2011 13" i5 4gb MBA a couple years ago. What is the spec on your old machine? Mine was core2 duo 2.4ghz. The MBA was about twice as fast for CPU bound tasks. Of course the SSD was way, way faster than the slow hard drive in the old machine, so the overall impression was that the 2011 MBA was substantially faster than the 2008 MBP.

    I ran Logic Pro on the 2011 MBA and it worked great, but I only work with a small number of tracks. With an inexpensive 2 channel USB interface I was getting ~7ms roundtrip latency. I later upgraded to a 4 channel USB interface and latency increased to about 13ms.

    I have now upgraded to a 2013 MBA with the i7, 8gb and 512gb and it's another step up (latency with the 4 channel interface dropped to 8ms). But the bottom line is that the MBA you're considering will be a huge upgrade from your old machine.

    One thing to consider - what version of MacOSX are you running on the old machine? If the new MBA has 10.7 or newer on it, some of your old software may no longer work. Apple dropped support for "Rosetta" in 10.7 and that was needed to run old software originally written for the power pc platform.
     
  3. lagisibuk macrumors 6502

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    basicly, Air vs Pro will depends on what you do with your macbook.
    I'm love retina pro even i have air 2010 (core2duo)...
    but, when i buy air 2013 (haswell), i think air is sexy :rolleyes:
     
  4. themumu macrumors 6502a

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    I think if your Macbook is working well for you, then an '11 Air would do the job too, slightly better because of faster storage (SSD). My main consideration would be screen size (are all the computers in question 13"? do you prefer a bigger screen or a smaller one?), storage capacity and RAM (since on Air you cannot really change those after buying). If you are fine with the Air's SSD size and RAM, then I'd get that. Can't beat it in the skinny department ;)
     
  5. brmaki thread starter macrumors regular

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    My current Macbook is 2.4 ghz Intel core duo w/ 3 gigs of ram running Logic Pro 8. I realize that after I make the jump to a new machine I'll need to upgrade to Logic Pro X, but I'm ok with that.

    themumu, I'm looking at 13" models which is what I'm used to so I'm not to worried, though I don't think I would want to go down to the 11" haha.
     

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