With the other options for an apple laptop or an ipad, why are people buying a MBA? A relative of mine wants a apple laptop badly , so i've been looking at them. I dont see why i would buy an MBA over a macbook pro. Am i missing something?
if you have to ask, yes you areWith the other options for an apple laptop or an ipad, why are people buying a MBA? A relative of mine wants a apple laptop badly , so i've been looking at them. I dont see why i would buy an MBA over a macbook pro. Am i missing something?
How often do you bring your laptop around with you?With the other options for an apple laptop or an ipad, why are people buying a MBA? A relative of mine wants a apple laptop badly , so i've been looking at them. I dont see why i would buy an MBA over a macbook pro. Am i missing something?
Agreed; but I would not have understood it until I actually had it for some time...if you have to ask, yes you are
Mobility. If you are mobile a lot with a notebook and can live within the MBA limitations (cpu, ram, storage, ports etc) its a phenomenal machine thats a MUCH better mobility experience than the 13" MBP.
The MBA is a laptop stripped to its essentials. A good quality screen in the smallest really usable size and resolution. A full size keyboard and a large comfy trackpad. Solid wireless connectivity. Rigid metal design. Pretty good battery life (~4 hours). OSX.
Macbook Pro is very nice however way too heavy for many female users.
The OP question is akin to asking: 'What's the appeal of the 17" MBP since there are smaller models that essentially do the same thing.'...The whole reason apple has so many different computer models is that they have so many different customers and each person likes something different or values something different.
Agreed. Different machines for specific tasks....why do you think its called an "AIR"
iPad is the new MacBook Air*, but it is not a MBA**.
i like that classification actually.iPad is the new MacBook Air*, but it is not a MBA**.
* Its the new ultraportable machine from Apple.
** The Air is a more powerful and does more computer-related tasks while the Pad is more for for watching, reading and browsing.
I thought it was a good analysis, too. I recently bought an iPad instead of an MBA. I did so, however, only because the software I habitually run, including Fusion and Windows 7 in Unity mode, meant that the MBA, with its 2Gb RAM limitation, wouldn't work for me. The danger for anyone considering an iPad is that they expect it to do too much. Although the iPad is smaller, lighter, easier to handle, and a bunch cheaper than the MBA, there is a lot it won't do. That's why it's very important to consider that, when you get beyond Web browsing and reading, the iPad has significant limitations. It's an ultra portable device, as is the MBA. As such, both have strengths and weaknesses and its up to the prospective buyer to decide before buying either which strengths are more important and which weaknesses less so.i like that classification actually.
As long as you are satisfied that the MBA's 2Gb of RAM will be enough for your purposes, I think you will likely be very happy with it. But for its limited RAM, I would have bought an MBA, too, but didn't for the reasons stated in my last post. As nice as the MBPs are, they are significantly thicker and heavier than the very svelte MBA. Enjoy!Hi ... first post from a long time Apple user.
The appeal of the Air to me is simply the weight, how thin, I like the way it looks.
I'm a Photographer and have a Mac Pro as my main machine for doing the heavy work, Last week I bought an i7 Macbook Pro and the moment I got home I felt it was the wrong purchase .... reasons? it was too heavy and too big to pack in to a bag along with two camera bodies, lenses, etc etc. I stuck with it for a week and tried to convince myself otherwise and felt it was overkill. I don't need that much power in a notebook and I wouldn't want to edit hundreds of images on a 15" screen.
So what did I need? A light weight, reasonably powerful, quick, robust notebook. Something I can pick up and move away from my desk and sit on the sofa or out in the garden .... it had to run OSX as I have too much invested in applications to switch OS .... plus I really enjoy using OSX over Windows. Now all of the above features could be had in a 13" MacBook Pro with more power and less money .... but still heavier and not as comfortable to use in my opinion. I genuinely feel that the MacBook Air for laptop use has better ergonomics with the keyboard area being lower profile and not requiring my wrists to rest on the edge of the casing like they did on the MacBook Pro.
I returned my MBP Pro and took an Air instead and absolutely love it .... I'm comfortable with the fact I paid nearly £400 more than the more powerful base level MBP Pro, I'm comfortable with only having one USB port and no built in superdrive, I'm comfortable in admitting that looks were a deciding factor .... who can honestly say they don't take aesthetics in to account when making any kind of purchase?
I'm completely happy with my purchase of a MacBook Air ...
And for another $500 less than that, I can walk to the library to read books, go online, check my emails, but it doesn't make an iPad.