Which MacBook (pro v. Air) is right for me

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Centris 650, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. Centris 650 macrumors 6502a

    Centris 650

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    I've been iPad only for about 6 years and have loved it. However, I've recently found myself doing more and more design work and videos at work and even though my iPad Pro is great, it's really hard to do these chores on my iPad.

    I work in a very anti-Mac environment and while I should be able to justify my purchase I don't want to push my luck in shooting for the moon.

    I'll need this new MacBook to have some longevity while still able to get the job done in later years.

    My main needs are:
    Photoshop
    Illustrator
    iMovie (maybe eventually going to Final Cut Pro) for quarterly movies

    Other needs:
    Pages for writing up training docs
    Keynote for weekly presentations
    Numbers for some light accounting needs

    I was looking at the 13" MBP with 256 gb hd and 16gb ram

    I really like the MBA but was concerned about only 8mb of ram and the lack of an update last Monday.

    While I might be able to get a MBP approved I know the price would be unsettling to people who think $700 is too much for a PeeCee.

    I need to get the best bang for my buck and was wondering if a MBA would be a good fit for the long haul or not.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Alphonsus macrumors member

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    Definitely get a MBP, I suggest if you want the most bang for your buck go to Apple's refurbish store, you get $150 off for either the one with out touchbar or one with it
    --- Post Merged, Jun 12, 2017 ---
    The refurbish store also has the 2015 model
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    One more vote for a MacBook Pro.
    It simply runs away from the MBAir insofar as "horsepower" is concerned.
    It will also give you "the longevity" you need.

    As Alphonsus suggested above, if cost is a consideration, a refurbished 2015 model could serve you well. I chose the 2015 over the 2016 because I wanted the legacy ports and I liked the "old-style" keyboard better...
     
  4. Rina11 macrumors member

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  5. Centris 650 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Centris 650

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    UPDATE
    My proposal to the IT dept was
    13" MBP
    with 16GB ram
    128GB hd
    As I talked with them they asked why didn't I ask for the faster processor or the larger HD. I might be getting my hopes up but it sounds like I might get the choice of one of them. So....which would you choose and why? Faster processor or larger HD?

    Thanks!
     
  6. Ma2k5 macrumors 6502a

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    Larger SSD definitely.
     
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    SSD the processors make little difference and more storage space is always welcome.
     
  8. csurfr macrumors 6502a

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    Also, it has been shown that the 256gb ssd in the MacBook Pro is much faster than the 128gb ssd in read/write tests.
     
  9. pallymore macrumors member

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    I just submitted a similar proposal a few minutes ago.
    default CPU,
    16GB ram
    256 SSD.

    If you have to choose between a slightly faster CPU and more storage, I'd recommend storage.
    It may depend on what kind of work you do, but 128G simply cannot cut it these days.
     

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