Swap MacBook Pro for MacBook Air, any thoughts?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DanHunt101, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. DanHunt101 macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2011
    Im thinking of trading my 2010 17'' MacBook Pro for an MBA and maybe even getting some change... anyone got any thoughts?

    My only worry is that I will be annoyed with screen size as I use Protools HD for sound editing on the go and watch a lot of movies. I love the quality and size of the 17'' screen on my MacBook Pro.

    Performance wise I'm guessing I won't notice much change?
  2. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    Again and again and again, this all depends on you!

    If you need the screen size and power of the MacBook Pro, leave as is.
    If you need the portability over power, replace it with MBA.
    Its always your call.

    Or you can buy 2 like me;)
  3. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    I'm guessing you didn't "SEARCH?"

  4. mcvaughan macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Unless you need more portability, stick with the Pro.
  5. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    you lose alot of upgradable options and power if ur downgrading to an air
  6. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    ^^^Actually, I feel that I "upgraded" to an Air, not downgraded. ;)

    I went from a mid-2010 2.4 GHz i5 MacBook Pro (only computer), to a 11" MBA i5 with 256 GB SSD, and now I can't even believe I used to have a 15" MBP.

    Mind you, I used to have a 12" 1 GHz G4 PowerBook, so an 11.6" MBA isn't that different in terms of screen size (0.4", or 1 cm).
  7. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    As long as you're happy, that's all that counts.

    Personally, I think 11" is way too small for any kind of productivity.
  8. BLOCKMONSTER macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2011
    I can't imagine doing serious work in protools on a MBA. I'd prob get frustrated and throw it against the wall. You end up freezing a lot of tracks. I can see the MBA and protools as an idea pad or somethin?
  9. skyttq macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2011
    just buy a new or used MBA.. best solution is save up and have both.
  10. DanHunt101 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2011
    If I could afford I think I would go with what most of you have suggested and have both!

    I'm not too worried about performance as I have access to a studio with ample spec. for big bounces and edits etc, its just on the go tweaks.. Screen size however, I think it's gonna be the deal breaker.

    Thanks to all who have given constructive comments so far, much appreciated!
  11. thinkinblue613 macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2010
    Planet Earth
    I would stick with the MBP but... It is all your choice!

    If you're getting the Air, make sure to get an external monitor. It'll help a lot when you're working at home.
  12. gakuran hitori macrumors regular

    gakuran hitori

    Nov 13, 2008
    To me a Macbook Air is a poor choice for a main computer unless you don't really do much.

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