Which Macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ArmyBrat99, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. ArmyBrat99 macrumors newbie

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    Okay I am trying to choose which is better

    Macbook pro 13" base
    Macbook air 13" base

    I will be using

    Microsoft Word, X-Plane 9, Age Of Empires 3 & 2, Sid Meier's Pirates & Civ 5, Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Star Wars, Python, Facetime,itunes iphoto imovie,

    Also 2 mac Logitech rumblepad gamepads joystick ect.

    My Dad has a job in Germany for the Us government and we get every year a free trip to the states and we go on long road trips in the EU


    Going to be 14 in May just ask if you need anything else ty
     
  2. evopanop macrumors member

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    Hm...

    The two major issues with the base 13" MBA are the Hard Drive space and the processing power. The base 13" MBP definitely has it beat, hands-down, on those two fronts.

    That being said, it sounds like you travel a lot, so the extra portability of the 13" MBA may be worthwhile for that factor alone.

    In the end it really just depends what you care about most - the portability or the power. :)
     
  3. ArmyBrat99 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    at home we have two imacs with like 2.4ghz but i plan to use this in college and i do want the better one if there is a better one
     
  4. ArmyBrat99 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    why?
     
  5. macalec macrumors 6502

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    Because some of those things may need a larger Hard Drive. With the pro, you get more space for your money. With the Air, you are limited to the SSD, and with the higher capacity, the price increase drastically.
     
  6. ArmyBrat99 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    okay one more ? how to keep it safe what would you do?
     
  7. B... macrumors 68000

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    Use the Kensington Lock slot.
     
  8. macalec macrumors 6502

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    Do you mean physically safe or system safe?

    Physically they make a kensington port on there to lock it to a table, etc. (This is not available on the Air).

    In terms of software, you need a password obviously, they also have a Filevault which encrypts the contents of the home folder.
     
  9. ArmyBrat99 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  10. ArmyBrat99 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    also what accessories should i get
     
  11. macalec macrumors 6502

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    It depends what you need.... for sure get a case/sleeve, applecare, airport, etc....


    What are you looking to do with it more than whats included?
     
  12. ArmyBrat99 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thats about it thanks for the help i will clos ths
     
  13. ArmyBrat99 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    autocad flight sims
     

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