Which one to keep...?

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  1. Nia3088 macrumors newbie

    Nia3088

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    I have a Macbook Air (late 2010) and a Macbook Pro (early 2011).

    I'll be giving one of them to my mother, who isn't particularly tech-savvy so she doesn't really care which one she gets. Which one is the better one to keep?

    The Air feels a lots quicker than the Pro, but has a weaker CPU. The Pro feels really sluggish because of the HDD. I know I can upgrade the Pro's storage to SSD, but I don't have the money to do that anytime soon (lots of other things that need to be bought first).

    Let me post the specs:
    Air (late 2010)
    1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB Ram 1067 MHz DDR3
    NVIDIA GeForce 320M
    128 GB SSD


    Pro (early 2011)
    2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
    4GB Ram 1333 MHz DDR3
    Intel HD Graphics 3000
    320 GB HDD

    Thanks in advance for your advice!
     
  2. Pakaku macrumors 68000

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    Whatever makes your mom hassle you less about will be better. I'd guess the Air.
     
  3. wallaby macrumors 6502

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    It's surprising that your MBA has the stronger graphics chip of the two (I think?). If the MBP is a 15", then the screen resolution should be slightly less dense than on the MBA: 1440x900 on both screens, right? So things would appear slightly "larger" on the MBP. You mom might appreciate that as she ages.

    These are your laptops, so I would recommend keeping the one that you will enjoy using more. Your mom will probably appreciate either.
     
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  5. Nia3088 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    Thanks for your replies!

    Re: Pakaku - Haha, yeah, you're right!

    Re: wallaby - The MBP is a 13" one. Yeah, she won't mind (or know the difference), but I just wanted to see what the forum thought about which one is better to keep for the future.

    Re: Meister - Yeah, I was thinking the same. Thanks!
     
  6. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    Just checked and the CPU on 2011 machine is about 3 times faster than C2D on 2010. Gotta admit I didn't expect myself this kind of difference - C2D is much slower than I initially suspected.
     
  7. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Yeah, the C2Ds just don't hold up these days - not to say they're not capable with an SSD, but there isn't a single mobile C2D that has more than half the performance of an i3-3110M.

    OP, I suggest you give your mother the MBA as it's thinner, lighter, and has an SSD so it'll run smoothly. Just a nicer product to use, I really think she'd like it between the two. Even though the Pro is more powerful, the HDD bottleneck would make for a slower real-world experience for her anyway. Then throw an SSD in your 2011 Pro and you keep that one.
     
  8. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    I have the same spec MBA. For normal computer ops like Facebook it's fine performance wise. An SSD make all the difference so even running VMs is fast. Put el cap on it will mean it is even better with compressed memory. I looked at eBay to sell mine but for a selling price of $0.4k it didn't seem worth selling for such a low price so I kept it.
     
  9. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    I would keep the Pro and add a SSD when you have the funds.
     
  10. Nia3088 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, I really started to feel the lack of processing power when I was editing some videos on iMovie last year...
     
  11. Nia3088 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    Thanks for your replies! I've decided to keep the MBP and give my mother the MBA. I don't think she'll be going anywhere with it, but it will definitely be easier for her to move around the house whilst Facetiming with her grandchild.
    Thanks once again!
     
  12. rambo47 macrumors 6502a

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  13. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    performance boost from overkill amount of RAM is absolutely nothing compared to the gains he will see after installing SSD.
     

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