Which Macbook to choose?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nkbish0p, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. nkbish0p macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys. I am currently using an Early 2008 Macbook which I purchased before going to University. It's now reaching the stage where I feel it's about time for a replacement and I am stuck deciding on which of the following to replace it with

    1) 128gb 13" Macbook Air (Base 13" model)
    2) 13" Macbook Pro without Retina Display

    I have a decent Windows desktop which I can using for gaming etc. so use of the laptop will be mostly a mix of

    - Browsing internet/checking email (other generic stuff)
    - Light usage of microsoft office (I have a work laptop for most of this)
    - Some photo processing
    - Streaming Sports in HD over WiFi
    - Playback (and storage) of HD movies (downloads)

    I would want to keep the laptop for a minimum of 5 years (as I have with my current Macbook) without performance degrading to the extent that it would be insufficient to perform the above to an adequate standard.

    I wouldn't need to carry the laptop around on a daily basis so weight isn't a huge concern.

    Please let me know which option you think would be most suited to my needs! :)
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Personally, I think 128GB may be a bit too constraining for most uses, if you plan to have it for 5 years.
     
  3. nkbish0p thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That favours the Pro then I suppose... Though not ideal I do have a fair few external HDDs
     
  4. froggyjo macrumors newbie

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    Go with the Air and use external HDD if needed. So much faster, snappier and more convenient than the old MBP with HDD ...
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    No offense, but I just don't like that solution. I've seen that offered a number of times and the problem I have with it (I know its probably just me) is the need to include a second piece of equipment when I travel.

    I opted for the rMBP with a 256GB drive, so I wouldn't have to deal with including an external drive.

    For others it no big deal, but its not my cup of tea
     
  6. nkbish0p thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Best solution would be the Pro with the 256g SSD I suppose. Unfortunately for £320!!!!!!!:confused: extra that just isn't an option

    Edit: That being said the retina MPB (with equivalent drive) would actually be cheaper than this oddly enough
     
  7. Badrottie Suspended

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    Your 2008 MBP is not dead yet or show any problem. Keep it until it die. :apple:
     
  8. nkbish0p thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Unfortunately it's not a pro, just the regular white plastic Macbook!

     
  9. Badrottie Suspended

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    Oh sorry my bad but MacBook is fine cuz it is not dead yet. :apple:
     

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