The Resident Anime Addict
10th December 2006
My friend is upgrading her macbook and turned to me for some tech help. Mac's are a mystery to me, windows machines are my forte!
So, she just wanted to get the best macbook air priced at £999
13-inch : 256GB
- 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
- Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
- Intel HD Graphics 5000
- 4GB memory
- 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
But i took a look at the pro's to see if it was worth her throwing a bit of extra cash for a better machine and i was amazed at the new pro offered at the same price: Macbook Pro (UK)
13-inch: 2.6GHz with Retina display
- 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
- Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
- 8GB 1600MHz memory
- 128GB PCIe-based flash storage1
- Intel Iris Graphics
- Built-in battery (9 hours)2
The only tradeoff i can see is half the hard drive and 3 hours less battery in exchange for a better screen, graphics, processor and ram (aka a more future-proofed machine). Do you guys come to the same conclusion? Or have i missed something obvious inherent to mac's? I already explained the 2 differences i spotted and she said she could use an external hard drive for photos and videos and battery isn't an issue for her. Her current macbook has a hard drive space of 128gb and she's only just filling it up (3 years+ ownership). i'll also say she is a self confessed "apple whore" so it is going to be a mac regardless. Cheers guys George
7th December 2003
I'd say in most cases the Pro Retina is the better option.
The main advantage of the air is mobility. It is slightly lighter, thinner and the battery lasts longer. The pro is a much better PC though, as you noted. The Pro Retinas were recently upgraded with slightly better hardware.
128gb of SDD space isn't a whole lot, but external drives or cloud storage can help with that. But that really depeonds on how you use it.
This page has a nice comparison of various MacBooks: https://www.apple.com/uk/mac/compare/notebooks.html
Faktrl is Best Pony
10th September 2007
Mmm, lovely. I might get a Mac Book or iMac if I get into grad school :)
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15th December 2002
I might get a Mac too if I feel like pissing my hard earned cash into the wind on last-gen hardware.
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17th February 2007
I have a first gen MacBook Pro and absolutely love it. Between the Air and the Pro, I'd go with the Pro. It's a better deal.
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20th November 2007
As much as I hate Apple, Macbook Pro is a very nice computer. The real question is, what does she use it for that makes the extra $400 or so worth it? I imagine a Macbook Air is plenty speedy on its own for the stuff most people use it for.
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