Questions about Macbook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nycmi, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. nycmi macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2013
    Hi all,

    I'm coming from a Macbook Pro 2.8ghz Core 2 Duo 2009. I like to do some light photoshop and illustrator. I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Audio Production so I'll be running a bunch of audio programs. I'm also learning coding in my free time.

    I'm about to pull the trigger on a Macbook Air, though I need some advice on what model to get. Looking at 13 inch. Budget is $1600.

  2. fark macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2013
    Upgrade memory, SSD and CPU, in this order until you hit your budget.
  3. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    Go with 8gb ram and 256gb ssd first which is the sweet spot. One of the reasons I sold my 2012 11" was the 128gb SSD, got tired of carrying external hard drives and constantly deleting files to make room. SSD's are also much slower when full. If you can afford it, throw in the i7 cpu which will nicely fit in the $1600 budget with the back to school program that Apple is running right now.
  4. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    +1. Solid advice given the budget. You are really going to like the MBA... :D
  5. hindmost macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2009
  6. mattferg macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2013
    I think if your budget is $1600, if you're happy with less battery life and the small increase in size, the rMBP might be a better fit for you. It'll run faster than the i7 Air, comes with 8GB a standard and has more thunderbolt ports to connect audio accessories. I'm a technical theatre student myself so I do some sound work along with design, but I use a PC for really intensive stuff because my Air is mostly just a portable machine :) It's up to what you're most happy doing really.

    Otherwise, if you really want an Air, I'd go for the i7/8/256, it sounds like it'd fit your needs the best!
  7. MBPr15, Aug 18, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2013

    MBPr15 macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2012
    Tried a new air for a few days. Everything about it is great, but the display.
    Going from a previous retina model, it was unbearable. Battery life was great, but not what I was hoping for.

    Now have a 13" macbook pro retina, and life is good.
    Weight difference is negligible -

    For photo editing you will prefer the retina display for detail ... not to mention crisp text in pretty much every app you use. Until the air does retina - skip it.
    Go for max ram, and SSD
  8. nycmi thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2013
    Hi all,

    Thanks heaps for the replies.

    Its the form factor and the battery life which are the two biggest points for me as I travel fairly regularly. I just need to know that what I'm getting can support my needs. The 8gb ram/i7/256 sounds pretty neat.
  9. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    That's a good choice, of course as you can see on my 'stable' of machines I've had much experience with Apple's Macbooks. The MBA is superior for travel due to battery life and weight. However, the Haswell rMBP 13 should have much better battery life vs the 1st gen Ivy Bridge machines. Still doubt it can match the MBA 13's stamina though as the retina screen is a power hog.
  10. SusanK macrumors 68000

    Oct 9, 2012
  11. nycmi thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2013
    I dislike the idea of the 13 inch Retina Macbook Pro, without the dedicated graphics card and generally disliked the 13 inch Macbook Pros.

    Thanks heaps,
  12. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    I've owned or used (at work) several iMac's, PowerBooks, MBP's and MBA's over the years, many which I really liked, but IMO this Ultimate 2013 MBA (i7/8/512) is the finest Apple computer I've ever used. I think you will love yours as well! :)
  13. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    U sound like the President of the Olympic Committee, every olympic, he proclaimes, This is The Best Olympic EVER! :)
  14. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    kma :)
  15. jadAce macrumors regular


    Aug 10, 2013
    And it just keeps on getting better and better though. :)
  16. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I went from a 2008 15" 2.4ghz MBP to a 13" i5 MBA in 2011. The 2011 MBA ran circles around my old MBP. You will be really happy with the performance of the 2013 models.

    I just sold the 2011 MBA and got an 11" i7/8gb/512gb MBA and I love it. It runs Logic and Final Cut Pro really well. After using the 13" machine for 2 years, I decided to drop down to the 11" since it's just SO portable. I can handle the smaller screen when travelling, but at home I always use a big external monitor and keyboard.

    The new i7 MBA actually scores a little higher on the geekbench tests than the 13" rMBP. It's a great machine. If you can spend just a little bit more, consider getting the 512gb SSD. For audio and graphics work, you will be glad you have the extra space a year down the road. :)
  17. imjoee macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2012
    Depends, how long are you willing to keep it?

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