Quick MacBook Pro versus Air Thoughts

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Amasashi, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. Amasashi macrumors member

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    About a month ago, I decided to sell my 27” iMac because I needed mobile computing for my new job. The decision basically came down to a MacBook Pro or Air, both the 13” models. I’ve used the Pros before back in 2009, so I knew what they would be like. The newly released Airs, on the other hand, were new and intriguing. Since my computer needs are rather low, I decided to go with the Air and be an early adopter of the future of notebook computing.

    In the end, I returned the Air for a Pro.

    The main issue for me was the display. The Air displays just can’t compare to the Pro, especially in terms of color gamut. In a nutshell, the colors seem washed out and blown out. To be fair, it’s not a bad display, especially when compared to PCs; but if you compare an Air to a Pro or, worse yet, an iMac, there’s truly a difference in quality. I tried my best to live with it, but I simply couldn’t, so in the end I sold my Air for a Pro.

    As far as the other issues pertaining to the AIr, the lack of an optical drive didn’t bother me that much. I was using the Air as my only computer, and it served that role quite well. Even though I frequently use my computer to watch DVDs, it wasn’t that much of a hassle to connect an external DVD drive. The benefit of not having the extra weight of an optical drive when I didn’t need far outweighed the slight inconvenience of attaching an external drive.

    The limited hard drive space on the Air’s SSD wasn’t really a factor for me. I kept most of my major files on an external drive, which I hooked up to the Air when necessary, which was quite rare. 99% of the time I was perfectly happy with the immediate files I kept on the SDD.

    There were other small differences between Air and the Pro, all very minor. The keyboard on an Air has less travel than a Pro, making it a bit more tight, which I guess is due to its thin form factor. To me, it was neither better nor worse, just different. Once I got used to it, I typed equally as comfortably on an Air or a Pro.

    Also, the trackpad is a bit more responsive on a Pro. Very minor, but just wanted to point that out.

    All in all, I think that the MacBook Air is a great computer for those without heavy computing needs. The form factor is a godsend and makes the machine incredibly light and mobile. The SDD makes launching applications and transferring files lightening fast. It’s literally a hybrid between a MacBook and an iPad.

    If I weren’t an amateur photographer and didn’t cared so much about color, I would be perfectly happy with using an Air as my only computer. However, seeing how I just can’t let the color issues go, I had to reluctantly switch to a Pro. But the day they put IPS displays in an Air, I will go back to one immediately, no questions asked.
     
  2. rebby macrumors 6502

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    Did you calibrate the screen on your MBA? After calibrating mine it was much better and perfectly acceptable for photo editing. I could say the same about any of my MBP's as well.
     
  3. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    The high resolution of the Air is something I wish I had in my 13" Pro
     
  4. punchwalk macrumors regular

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    I would LOVE to see a 1440x900 13" MBP. I'm a sucker for display panel quality so the better panel in MBP vs MBA is a key factor for me.
     
  5. aCondor macrumors 6502

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    Agreed. I love me some screen real estate.
     
  6. VMMan macrumors 6502a

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    Did you consider using the MBA with external LCD for your photography hobby?
     
  7. Longdrive macrumors member

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    Agreed-Calibrated ATD and problem is solved....
     

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