Should I get the Macbook Air 13 or Macbook Pro 13 on Black Friday

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bbqchips, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. bbqchips macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2013
    Best Buy is offering the Macbook Pro 13 Retina for 1,050
    Its also offering the Macbook Air for $150 off.
    They both have 4 gb ram and 128 hard drive. Are there any differences besides for the retina on the pro?
  2. comics addict macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2013
    The Pro has a higher clocked CPU as well as a more capable GPU than the MBA. It all really comes down to what is it that you'll be using the notebook for. Care to give us an idea ?
  3. bbqchips thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2013
    Basic college work, as well as using microsoft office and quickbooks, as well as loading about 1000 pictures on them. Nothing CPU heavy like photoshop or final cut.
    The way I see it, its long battery life and lightweight vs. MBP good screen, and heavy laptop ( .5 pound heavier)

    The Pro sounds like something you would leave in your house to work on, while the Air sounds more portable, and not necessarily something you would use as a primary computer for your house? is this correct?

    I appreciate the feedback. Thanks.
  4. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    The Pro is definitely not something you would leave in your house to work on. The 13-inch Pro is every bit as portable as the Air, if not more so. It is only half a pound heavier, almost the same thickness, a way superior screen/other technologies, and it actually has a smaller footprint than the MBA

    But the Air is also powerful enough to be used as a primary computer. You could use either the Air on the Pro at home, on the road, or wherever.
  5. bbqchips thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2013
    So would you recommend I purchase the MBP for $150 more?
    Or will the MBA suffice?

    Will dual booting work well on either MBP or MBA if necessary?
    And do you think it's possible to become accustomed to the 13" after using a 15" for 5 years
  6. majkom macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    Try retina, than air, if you can live with inferior tn lcd of air, go air.. But, i would go rmb pro, that screen is next big thing! (Actually i sold my 2013 air to go retina;)
  7. bbqchips thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2013
    Will the MBA's 1.3 GHZ prossesor perform the above mentioned tasks like microsoft office, and quickbooks for mac without any difficulty?
  8. majkom macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    Dont know quickbooks but air cpu is ok for ordinary tasks like office, surfing, music etc...
  9. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
  10. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Definitely. You'll get a much better value. But then again it's also whether or not you think the MBA screen looks good.
  11. Unhyper macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2010
    My advice when it comes to computers is to buy a bit more than you think you need.

    I've never had a computer that made me think "damn, this is too much machine for me!" Needs change. I bought an 11" Air because I figured all I wanted to run on it was Scrivener (a word-processor) and a browser. I thought wrong. It was my first Mac and soon I wanted to run Aperture to organize my photos, I wanted to watch movies on it when on the road, and so on and so forth. For those things, it was woefully under-powered. It could do them, but they brought the machine to its knees. I eventually sold it after about six months and nowadays have an rMBP which can handle anything I can think to throw at it. And it's very portable.
  12. cheesyappleuser macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2011
    Regarding those options I'd go for the Air.
    The rMBP has a way too powerful screen for only 4GB RAM.

    I don't truly recommend any of those though; if you can grab the $1500 rMBP. It's just better than any of those setups you've mentioned.
  13. comics addict macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2013
    To the OP I would recommend you go to a Apple Store and get one of the specialists to answer any questions you might have and even get the opportunity to play with both notebooks and then decide what you think is best for your money and predicted usage. You can also call them via phone to ask them has many questions has feel necessary to arrive at a decision. Are you based in the United States ? Check out contact info here

    Some of the advice being posted here I feel that it's not adequate. Why pay more for something that you're thinking you might not really need, even in the long run? For a lot of folks that I know a difference of $100 or more is a considerable amount of money, just saying.:cool:

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