What should I get? Air 2018 or Pro nTB 2017

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lgestopen, Dec 19, 2018.

  1. lgestopen macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2018
    It'll be my first time getting a Mac (I'm a college student) and I want this to be a really good investment. I've been choosing between the new Air and the 2017 Pro without the touchbar. I was leaning towards the Pro 2017 at first but after reading news and threads about the keyboard, I am now leaning towards the Air. I also recently discovered that Apple has repair service programs specifically for the Macbook Pro nTB concerning issues with the battery, the SSD, and the keyboard.

    Is the risk worth taking for the MBP 2017 nTB or is it better to go for the new Air 2018?

  2. Howard2k macrumors 68020


    Mar 10, 2016
    I would take the Pro unless you're adamant that you need the extra super weight benefit of the Air. The Air has the T2 chip, which has been problematic. Huge potential, but a roll of the dice at this point.
  3. ajay96 macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2013
    I just picked up the base model MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar, and it's pretty decent for everyday tasks. I use a desktop at home, so it's something that's great for on to go work and something to use in class. I got it for $1149 at Best Buy. (If you're in the US)
  4. Wags macrumors 65816

    Mar 5, 2006
    Nebraska, USA
    Not sure if you were thinking repair programs for the mbp was good or bad.
    Ultimately good at this point. You are covered with those issues if anything goes wrong.
  5. littlepud macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2012
    Get neither the Air nor the nTB 2017. A refurb 2018 TB with quad-core CPU is way better value even though it's $250 more.
  6. lgestopen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2018
    Probably both good and bad. Good because as you pointed out if the problems arise, it means that I'm covered. Bad because it also means that the MBP nTB 2017 somewhat has recurring problems that even Apple had to fix through these programs. Based on everyone's replies though, I think the MBP is still the better option than the MBA 2018
  7. Dominus Mortem macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2011
    They are both the same form factor. Both weigh nearly the same (.25 or so of a pound difference). The differences are:

    Pro: brighter screen (huge issue for me, dimmer screens tire my eyes quickly). The pro has the better CPU and GPU.

    Air: Has the gen3 keyboard vs. the gen2 of the Pro. Maybe this is a pro, maybe not.

    Personally I'd choose the pro every time. I would think the decision would only be difficult for you if you think the keyboard differences might be an issue.
  8. akswun macrumors regular


    Dec 29, 2009
    I was in the same situation during black Friday. I'm coming from a 13" 09 MBP.
    I ended up with the 2017 13" nonTB Pro, though the air seemed appealing because it was newer. But in the end the pro is faster. After over a few weeks with it and a few dj gigs its been solid. No issues with the keyboard either, but it is a lot different than what I'm used to. I find the biggest change for me is the trackpad and getting used to the pressure of dragging files.
  9. lgestopen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2018
    Thank you guys for your comments. I've made up my mind and will get the 2017 MBP nTB. Feel free to keep adding opinions between the two. Again thanks for the help :)

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