Which is fastest? 13MBP or 13MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Lindberg, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. Lindberg, Jun 14, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2012

    Lindberg macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    Denmark, Aarhus
    I am going to buy one of the two 13" machines: MBP or MBA.

    I can see the MBP has a faster CPU but the MBA has the advantage of SSD harddrive?

    How are these differences notable when you use the machines?
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I have a MBP 17" and a 13" MBA. Boot times on the MBA are a lot faster obviously, and file save operations or anything that requires a read / write to the HDD / SSD is faster on the MBA.

    However, my MBP (17" OCT 2011) is the main workhorse for portable computing for several reasons....First and foremost is real-estate...The 17" screen is a joy to use...And secondly, storage. The MBA with it's 256GB SSD just does't have enough to be used "Stand Alone" at least, not for my purposes.

    I love both of them, but if forced to part with 1? It would be the MBA, it's more my "Fun" machine, not for games, but for late night in bed web browsing, etc. It's great...I do a little light photo editing on it, but the GPU isn't up to gaming either if that's what you want to do with it.

    I'm lucky to have them both, but the MBP comes out on top for me, It's big and heavy I know, but it's a great workhorse.

    Best way to decide is to go to a store and get hands on.

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