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Question: Should I buy a MacBook Air or a MacBook?

I'm really stumped. The Air looks awful and a lot of people are saying it's a bad choice, but others say it's a good buy. I'm used to a MacBook Pro from 2011 so any of these feels like a step down, but is it?


In my country a MacBook is $250 more than the MacBook Air, but is it better?

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Nov 13, 2017 1:15 AM in response to AnrBjötk In response to AnrBjötk

Either would be better than what you have when it comes to horsepower . The MacBook although it has a core M don't let that fool you . It matches and beats an i5 from three years previously . The MacBook will also be lighter than the Air . Were the MacBook does have the handicap is ports . It only has the single usb-c port . There are tons of adapters out for this to not be a problem and it is the future of compatibility as more devices are using them already . The Air has serval IO ports and has a i5 . It will out perform the MacBook in horsepower . It has a larger battery and offers longer battery life too . The Air has the same screen as your MacBook Pro if it is the non-retina version . It is a TFT panel and is fine but not as pretty or vibrant as a retina display . Geekbench scores show that a new one will out perform yours from 2011 . So either one would be an upgrade worth the time , you should decide on what means more to you .

Nov 13, 2017 1:15 AM

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Nov 13, 2017 9:39 PM in response to AnrBjötk In response to AnrBjötk

It means the MacBook will struggle when doing the same job that the MacBook Air can do when under heavy load . The Air or MacBook Pro would be great for large and heavy cpu intensive tasks were as the MacBook with it's core M can do them but will hit it's limit and throttle back it's cpu because of heat . It doesn't have a heat sink like the others do . It has peak performance that is great but it can only do that peak performance for short intervals then the thermal throttle hits and it scales back it's output . Under everyday usage for what the MacBook was designed for it is more than fine , you don't ever notice anything . It is though when I have used it for video editing when you will see it take longer than a i5 equipped laptop like the Air or MacBook Pro . It can do it but it will take longer .

Nov 13, 2017 9:39 PM

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Nov 16, 2017 8:44 PM in response to AnrBjötk In response to AnrBjötk

I was under the impression that the 2017 MacBook was equally powerful or more powerful than the Air....

Nope, your impression was wrong. The MacBook is less powerful, but lighter in weight, smaller, and has a Retina display. The MacBook Air also has more ports.


I own a MacBook and it's great for traveling, a 2nd Mac. I also have a Mac Mini desktop Mac, so I purchased the MacBook for when I travel or for use in other rooms around the house.


If it's going to be your only Mac, you should probably be looking at another MacBook Pro.

Nov 16, 2017 8:44 PM

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