6 Replies Latest reply: May 10, 2012 6:58 AM by mdhurst
Sharya Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

this year i will entering college and i wanna mac but its hard for me to choose between air and pro

i will use it to sync my idevices and watch movie listen songs surf web imovie iphoto and garage band

also i havent used any cd's for last two years


whats the advantage of ssd over hdd ??

128 gb i guess its not enough but if it gives appreciable speed then i could use a seperate hard disk for movies and all


plz help me choose one or shld i wait for 2012 line up ????

  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)

    Do you not expect to use your computer for any school work at all? If not, your college career will be brief.


    What are you thinking of studying, if anything?


    The Air is not upgradeable. You can't add RAM or a bigger hard drive as you can (easily) with a Pro. The Air's greater portability comes at the expense of a probably shorter useful lifespan, as the storage and memory demands of the user and of future OS and application software increase beyond what it offers today.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,650 points)

    Actually the Air's are much slower then the Pro models. They use a lower powered CPU and can not be upgraded.


    So you don't use the DVD drive. You can take that out and replace it with another hard drive. You can also install your own SSD in the main drive bay and move the hard drive to the optical bay. Can't do that with the Air.



    IMHO the Air models are like NetBooks. If all you are going to do with it is web browsing and emailing they are fine, but not as good as a good Smart Phone, but if you are going to do any REAL computing there are better options.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,775 points)

    In general use Airs are significantly faster than Pro's but anything requiring real processing power will expose their lower powered CPU. For everything you mentioned the Air will blow the Pro into the weeds. Get an Air with 256G SSD

  • JettaRed Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    Consider an early 2011 MacBook Pro that is being steeply discounted while quantities last from http://www.macmall.com (http://www.macmall.com/n/Blowout-Deals/macCustomPages-175).  Use the money you save to upgrade the RAM to 8GB and you'll be set for most, if not all, of your college career.  Also, be sure to check out student discounts for AppleCare.

  • JettaRed Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    BTW, you can get 8GB of RAM from for your MacBook Pro from a number on on-line sources (www.newegg.com, www.amazon.com, www.crucial.com) for $46US or less.  If you feel comfortable installing it yourself (there are instructions in the owner's manual) you can save a lot of money.  However, if you don't feel comfortable, you can get it installed by MacMall when you purchase it.  It should cost only $99US installed (http://www.macmall.com/p/Axiom-Memory-Solutions-DIMM-Memory/product~dpno~8185432 ~pdp.gcbcdhf), but they may try to upsell you.  You can negotiate--DO NOT pay $400!  Worst case, buy the RAM for $46 and take it to a shop like Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, etc. and have them install it.


    Good luck!

  • mdhurst Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Take a hard look at the MacBook Air the weight and just overall ease of use is outstanding. With an external monitor and keyboard you will be set when back in your room. More and more items will be stored on a "Cloud" so 128G SSD is not a bad option, if you can afford, go to the 256G SSD.


    Either is a great machine, I currently have a MacBook Pro, but am getting tried of the extra weight, thinking of moving over to the Air as described above.