Should I get a 13" Pro or Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by joebos617, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. joebos617, Aug 7, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2011

    joebos617 macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2011
    I've been kind of going back and forth on this for a while. I'm in my last year of college and I just decided that I want to work with video editing stuff like Avid or Final Cut for a career. I want this to be an investment and do what I need it to do for the next 3-5 years. This is only a question because I like the feel of the Air and that I don't have to spend more than I want to on an SSD upgrade if I get the Air.

    The 13 inch is all I can afford.
  2. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    if you are serious about video editing then DO NOT get the Air. It's a fine machine and all, BUT you cannot upgrade the RAM. For me, as a video editor, that is a deal breaker
  3. 2hvy4grvty macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    If you're serious about video editing, don't get the MBP 13 either.
  4. [DL] macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2010
    Air is a definite no for the purpose you listed.
  5. Djlild7hina macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2009
    ^ neither is the 13 mbp... 15 mpb would be your safe bet
  6. Pyre1582 macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2011
    Out of those two choices, and if you're set on 'just' those two choices, then the 13'' Pro would be better. Sure, the Air has an SSD but... well, it's SATA II and don't offer the speeds that you could get with SATA III.

    Ultimately, you should really go up to 15'' Pro for the uses you've listed but the 13'' will do a decent job I imagine.
  7. joebos617 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2011
    So I'll get the pro and use my TV for extra screen space. This isn't a big deal, but I want to know if there's any easy way to downgrade to Snow Leopard.
  8. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    from what I was told by an Apple Tech is that if the machine you buy ships with Lion there is no way to install snow leopard. something about a firmware thing...

    if you want a machine that ships with snow leopard, look on amazon, bhphoto, or the refurb store
  9. Pyre1582 macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2011
    From what I've seen around online, it is possible to downgrade from Lion to Snow Leopard but it isn't exactly easy.
  10. thinkinblue613 macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2010
    Planet Earth
  11. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    a lot of the mac retailers (amazon, for one) are still shipping macs with snow leopard; if that's what you want, CALL amazon (for example), and confirm that...
    then go for it.

    i do pro audio work (Logic) on a late-2008 13" macbook; the new one should do really well...
  12. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010
    Don't know a thing about video editing but...

    I would buy a 15 inch pro with Hi- Res. Then aftermarket to max ram and a SSD. Put down as much money as you can, then finance the rest. Barclay's has a good plan, as long as you pay it off in the time frame and not accrue interest. If you are into video editing for the long term, you need a really, really good machine. Also, get AppleCare.
  13. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Definitely the 15" for serious FCP and AMC work. If you really can't afford that, a 13" MBP with 8GBs of aftermarket RAM should suffice, just.
  14. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    i have a 13". it works for me. but, it sounds like it wouldn't be the best computer for you. you seem like someone who could benefit from a 15". why would you want to downgrade to snow leopard?
  15. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    both the 15 and 13 pros can handle video editing better than the air.

    the difference is how long ur willing to wait and convience
  16. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    You can downgrade easily with the current machines, I strongly doubt it will be possible when the new generation rolls in.

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