I am currently considering buying a new laptop in early April and I have been struggling to choose the right model for me. I can afford a 1500$ Mac so the choice is between a Mac Book Pro 13 inch and a Mac Book Air 13 inch.
First of all, let me just say I am a student and I need a good computer to complete my tasks. The apps I am going to use the most are Safari, default Mail, Calendar, Notes and Reminders apps and Office suit. I do not play games although I might use Photoshop (or a similar, more affordable program) for basic image editing (no 3D editing or so).
On the one hand, the Mac Book Pro has a 2.9GHz (up to 3.6GHz) i7 dual core with 4MB cache, 8 GB memory and 750GB storage. Its resolution is 1280 by 800 pixels.
On the other hand, the Mac Book Air has 1.8GHz (up to 2.8GHz) i5 dual core with 3 MB cache, 4 GB memory and 256 flash storage. Its resolution is 1440 by 900 pixels.
The Mac Book Pro has a better processor, but it is still a dual core chip. I heard both i5 and i7 chips have Hyper tread which means they run as they were both a quad core chip. Is this true? Does it worth to buy the Pro for that?
Then, 8GB memory versus 4GB memory. As I said before, I’m a student, so I do not need 8 GB RAM. My concern, however, is the future. Do you think 4GB RAM is enough to run future apple OSs without losing performance?
The storage is not a problem. 256 is more than enough for me (I only use 60/70GB including the operative system). Flash Storage is the way to go but I heard it has a limited life (about 100.000 write/erase cycles) and it tends to lose performance after some use. Is this true?
Lastly, the screen resolution. I am working on a 1366 x 768 pixel monitor and the Mac Book Pro's resolution feels like a downgrade.
Honestly, what do you think?
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