Previous Generation 13" Air vs. Current Generation 13" Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by LaMerVipere, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. LaMerVipere macrumors 6502a

    LaMerVipere

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    I need a laptop to last me through the next 2 months as my main machine. I have a budget of $1200.

    Currently it's a choice between a previous generation 13" MacBook Air Core 2 Duo with 4GB RAM & 256GB SSD (MacMall has them on sale for $1150 right now) or the low end 13" MacBook Pro.

    I do a lot of PhotoShop work and sometimes edit RAW image files, that's the hardest the Mac would be pushed.

    Would the benefits of the MacBook Air (higher resolution screen, SSD) outweigh the benefits of the MacBook Pro (better processor, expanding RAM to 8GB)?

    Would appreciate anyone's input.
     
  2. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    Why not current Air?
     
  3. LaMerVipere thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    And? The 11" MBA that I have was $1200.
     
  5. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a

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    I think the current low-end MBP will easily outstrip the C2D MBA. Much as I'd like to recommend the previous-generation Air, the Pro is probably the better choice. If you judge by Geekbench scores, the Pro's performance is nearly double that of the last-gen Air.
     
  6. jb27 macrumors newbie

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    Did you take a look at the current refurbs? Just picked up a current generation 13" air for 1168 to my door (4GB RAM, 128GB SSD). Thing looks brand new!
     
  7. mac26 macrumors 6502

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    Get the Refurb. Current 13" MBA from Apple's website (only $1099), it is under your 1200 budget and it is much faster than older MBA and it is really for photoshop/ aperture as I use my MBA for those purposes and it's a beast!
     

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