Currently Being ModeratedDec 5, 2012 6:07 PM (in response to rfisher218)
Look, i've went into this hard dilemma and that's my conclusion:
Get the basic Macbook Pro and a Vertex 4 128GB, for a Total Price of 1300$, then sell the original Hard Drive!
What I think about the Macbook Air is that you simply get a Macbook Pro and throw some of its stuff in the garbage just to make it thin and light!
However, a Macbook Pro without an SSD is going to feel very obsolete in a few Years...
You will also need to get an external TB or something because 128 GB is obviously not enough in both cases.
In fact, The Macbook Pro is REALLY light compared to the average HP laptop.
If you get a Macbook Pro you will also get some extras on top like FireWire, Ethernet and CD Drive as well as the Original MagSafe that is better than Apple's updated MagSafe2 used in the Macbook Air.
One other extra-on-top is the upgradability, as the MacBook Pro is RAM, HDD upgradable, it can also get an extra HDD instead of the CD Drive.
One bothering thing about the MacBook Pro is that both USB Ports are next to each other and you sometimes can't use both unlike the MacBook Air.
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Currently Being ModeratedDec 6, 2012 3:38 AM (in response to rfisher218)
It really depends on what suits your needs. Macbook Air is marketed to be very light and mobile. I use one for mobility and to perform basic stuff like MS Office, Photos, Music, Videos, etc. If your wife is into gaming, heavier applications (which is obviously not) then go for Macbook Pro. But consider buying a laptop to which you can maximize its usage and will serve your purpose. Other laptops will give more functionalities but in fact will not be of any use vs. to what you really need.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 6, 2012 4:31 AM (in response to rfisher218)
I've been steadily downsizing for the last couple years, from 15" MBP to 13" to 13" MacBook Air. Tried the 11" Air but found that too small.
The MBA has a slower processor than the MBP. It has no optical drive and comes only with an SSD. The MBP can be built to order with an SSD or has been noted you can buy a 3rd party drive yourself (much less expensive) and install it. The installation is very simple. The MBP RAM can be upgraded which isn't true of the MBA. With the Air, what you buy is what you'll use until you replace it while the MBP can easily be upgraded: RAM and hard drive.
Other than the specs, the big difference between the two computers is portability. The MBP doesn't seem to be heavy but compared to the Air it is an immense anchor. Either the 11" or 13" MBA is the perfect computer for someone who will be toting a computer around all day or over long distances. It is also the perfect second computer.
Honestly, you can't go wrong with either computer but because of its light weight and slender profile it is my choice hands down.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 6, 2012 5:16 AM (in response to rfisher218)
Thanks for your responses.
I've almost talked myself into the Air, but I'm still trying to get over the "long haul" mental hurdle.
I know the Air can't be upgraded, which is why the hurdle exist.
Maybe I should rephrase the question... Do you think the Air's processor and memory will hold up over time as the OS and basic programs (Pages, Safari) get upgraded and updated? My assumption is yes, as Mac software is already streamlined and trim, compared to a Windows based software (or at least it feels very much that way). I looked on my wife's current laptop last night and after 5 1/2 years of use she's only used barely 100GB of her hard drive and that's with a TON of music and pics - because she runs, or even has, no other programs than an internet browser and basic Office programs. But even if extra room is needed I already have a 1TB external to help that.
Do I go with the Air because it's really all she needs right now and maybe for a long time to come, it's smaller, sleeker (doesn't look like mine haha)? Or do I go with the Pro simply because it can be upgraded over time?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 6, 2012 5:58 AM (in response to rfisher218)
I'd certainly choose the RAM upgrade, the 8GB model should be good to go for several years. The hard drive is where lots of people get hurt - 128GB sounds like a lot but it isn't. 256GB is a better choice. The big question for me is how soon 8GB becomes too little RAM and there's just no way to know. But what I do know is the resale value of used Macs is very good so I don't worry about how long I can keep a computer. Whether I keep a computer for 5 years and sell it or keep it for 3 years and sell it, my per year cost remains about the same.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 6, 2012 6:07 AM (in response to rfisher218)
From the way it seems, Macbook Pro is more of your choice, than what she needs. But honestly, go either way, is still a good choice. I am getting an iMac for home use and currently using Macbook Air on-the-go.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 20, 2013 6:20 AM (in response to rfisher218)
I dont suggest getting the macbook pro and upgrade the drive to solid state as that voids warrenty and you may damage the computer, I suggest getting the macbook air as it is not needed to have a powerful processor for web browsing and pages. It will also boot any software up faster as it has a flash drive, but if you are going to store LOTS of data I suggest getting the macbook pro or getting a external hard drive aswell as the macbook air.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 20, 2013 7:29 AM (in response to dwb)
i don't understand when people go on about limited upgradeability
if i upgrade my macbook pro myself to the max it can cope with, it's no longer upgradeable any further
so surely if you bought a non user-upgradeable computer and ordered it with the top specs, it's no different to the above?