Which one to get Mac Air or Mac Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Martylaa, Jul 12, 2013.

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Which one or get?

  1. 11" MacBook Air

    6 vote(s)
    14.6%
  2. 13" MacBook Pro Retina

    35 vote(s)
    85.4%
  1. Martylaa macrumors member

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    I will be travelling to and working in China onshore and offshore, I am in need of a new laptop as I will be using FaceTime where possible, watching movies from my hard drive, playing a few games and finally for work/study as well.
    Should I go for the MacBook Air or the 13" MacBook Pro Retina model?
     
  2. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    ID probably try ask the same question in the MBA section
     
  3. tann macrumors 68000

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    Curious as to why not the 13" MacBook Air? I'd personally hit up the 13" Air, but depending what you do the 11" might be good too.

    The battery life/portability of them is really really nice.
     
  4. scbond macrumors 6502

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    The only person who can answer your question is you. Do you need the rMBP, do you prefer one over the other etc. etc.?
     
  5. Hildegerd macrumors regular

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    11" is a joke, then I would rather buy an iPad.
     
  6. jread macrumors regular

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    I would get a rMBP any day over the air, mainly due to the MBA screen being unacceptably horrible (in my opinion).
     
  7. Voodoofreak macrumors regular

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    rMBP is the only laptop in the market with its resolution and therefore one of a kind. There are so many better choices with better specs and better screens than any of the MBAs. Not battery life the MBA has great battery life to bad the screen is off of my 1999 gateway laptop.
     
  9. dazlicous macrumors 6502a

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    Get the Pro

    Why get the Air if you can afford a Pro
    It's a far better package over all, well maybe not at the moment but will be when they refresh the rMBP
     
  10. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

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    The rMBP's screen is 21st Century, while the MBA is mid 1990's. Sorry, but I spent a lot of time with the MBA, rMBP, and cMBP before deciding on the retina screen. I wanted the cMBP to look as good as the retina, but it simply doesn't. The MBA's screen okay in a pinch, but text is pixelated, and colors are dull.
     
  11. hbksabhi macrumors regular

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    Im having same problem deciding
    I cant get a 8gb mac air but thinking should i get retina pro diff is 400 dollar here
     
  12. Martylaa thread starter macrumors member

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    Not sure if I can wait for the Haswell retina pro, no one knows when it will be out?
    Is the Haswell Air better than the current retina pro?
     
  13. NickPhamUK macrumors 6502

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    MBA 13" blows MBP 13" away (at least until the Pro line is upgraded with Haswell).

    I've never looked at MBA 11", I would rather use an iPad.

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    MBP 13 < Haswell Air <<< rMBP 15 (a real powerhouse).

    Pro line will be upgraded somewhere in Sept I believe.
     
  14. Badrottie Suspended

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    MBA 11" because you obviously can only AFFORD it and you are traveling then it is very light to carry around. They are Haswell ready so go for it. :apple:
     
  15. beautifulcoder macrumors regular

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    I got the air. To me it was fan noise, heat and battery life that led me to the air.

    I'm sure the new Haswell rMBP will have significant gains but NOTHING can beat a chip clocked at 1.3 GHz for simple computing tasks in terms of heat and battery life. I'm a web developer and I don't need programs that will heavily utilize the CPU. In fact, if I develop something that causes my machine to fire up, I'll know I'm doing something wrong. :)

    My current Thinkpad PC is plain ghetto crap in all these three areas.

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    I really don't get where this comes from. MBA and iPad are two completely separate solutions. It is not always all about portability. One runs iOS and one OS X, for example.
     

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