Should I go from Mid 2012 Pro to 2013 Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MyAppleWorld, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. MyAppleWorld macrumors 6502

    MyAppleWorld

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    So last year I bought the 13" Macbook Pro (with DVD drive)

    Base i5, 500gb hdd and upgraded the RAM to 16GB myself.

    The reason I bought it over the air was because I wanted 16gb to run 2 or 3 virtual machines concurrently. Also I needed 500gb storage.


    Over the last 12 months I have not really ran VMWare a great deal and don't see that changing much but I still need to run atleast 2 virtual machines (windows 8, windows server)

    The reason i am thinking of changing is because what I dislike the most about the pro is:

    heavy and bulky
    slow boot
    battery drain during sleep (10% goes overnight)

    I suppose my questions are:

    Will the macbook air 'sleep' all night day after day with minimum battery drainage? Sometimes I go 1 week without using the laptop but I hate waiting for boot from cold.

    Will this yrs macbooks run vmware OK? better than my Pro with RPM drive?
     
  2. robvas macrumors 68020

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    8GB is plenty for 2-3 VM's

    The Air will go 30 days 'sleeping'

    The Air has an SSD so VM's will run so much faster than they do on your MBP
     
  3. Michael Goff macrumors G3

    Michael Goff

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    I forget, what type of video card is in last year's non-retina pro?
     
  4. robvas macrumors 68020

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    The 13" Pro (and the Retina Pro) has the HD4000 just like in the 13" Air
     
  5. Michael Goff macrumors G3

    Michael Goff

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    So it just has the intel HD 4000 and doesn't have a dedicated GPU?

    Hmmm... probably would be a decent upgrade then. Faster, slimmer, lighter, less storage though unless you pay out the nose or use external.
     

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