Should I buy a Macbook Pro or Macbook Air?
I need something thats not too heavy so that I can carry it to school everyday.
and i just wanted to know what the differences between the two are
A MacBook Air is a very light weight laptop, people who went the iPad route are now realizing this is a better alternative. (built in keyboard, monitor stand, more storage etc)
You might have to have a desktop machine to go with the MacBook Air, or at least a external drive to store most of your files.
A MacBook Pro 13″ is a white MacBook essentially with a silver case, it has poor integrated graphics. (so not so good for 3D gaming) It can overheat as the CPU does everything. DVD drive. Does have more storage and more performance.
The MacBook Pro 15″ is the ideal professional computer, runs anything, plenty of storage, drives, powerful graphics. Weighs a bit, but not like the old models or PC’s in the same class which are almost 3x as thick. Separate dedicated graphics for best performance.
The MacBook Pro 17″ is pure HUMMER, it’s designed to crush and just intimidate. I got one two days ago and it does that exactly. 🙂
I’d say the best long term, cost effective investment would be a 15″ MacBook Pro. Next would be a MacBook Air.
Yes, Mac’s cost more up front, but if you factor in the Windows headaches, anti-malware running taking half of your processor capability and just general stress, Mac’s come out worth their costs.
If you need to run Windows, you can do that too. But you won’t be doing it any more than you have too after using OS X for awhile. 🙂
A lot depends on two or three things. How much money do you have to spend? That will help determine which two or three you can use. I like the Air. First it is fast, it is very light and it is not all that expensive. The only problem people have with it is the lack of a disk drive. However I have two external drives, both are fantastic burners and both were cheap. They also came with their own Mac Drivers. I have external HD, to the tune of 2tb and external zip drive and external floppy drive. If it is external I got it. Other than being hit with dumb stick when I went Mac buying a few months ago I would have been the owner of an Air. I own a MacBook Pro (intel of course), it is fast, aluminum, heavier than I can carry now days so I loaned it to a friend who needed an intel MacBook. She is in 7th heaven, loves the speed, the ports, the ability to use VOIP. She is a videographer, does wonderful work. She loves the heavy duty computing power over the G5 she has been using. MacBook (classic), Own two of these, (no kids), one on permanent loan and the other is part of my home herd (4 in number). I have this years MacBook. It is ready for Lion, already has the interesting touchpad, it is running at 2.4ghz, hey when I started with mac and one went to 7mhz, so I am more than pleased with the speed and power, plus I get hours of use, usually 0730 plus hours. So I am more than pleased except that it doesn’t have firewire. There is a work around, so I am not all that bothered by it. I think the Classic should handle anything college could toss out. Some demand a specific OS type program, but Macs run both Mac and Windows natively, so I don’t see that as a problem. U just get boot camp, follow the instructions and get a partition and put Windows in the partition. Have fun at college
If you want ultra portability, and will do basic things like word processing, surfing the internet, checking email, listening to music, then get the Air.
If you want to do tasks such as playing games, editing hd movies, making music, or if you have a large amount of data you need to store (more than 100GB) and don’t mind sacrificing a small amount of weight, then get the macbook pro.
Also, note that the $1000 air is tiny (11″ )and has a tiny screen….not optimal for word processing. But the 13″ air is fine.
The difference is that in the Macbook Air you can’t insert any disks because its so thin and there is not many space in such a thin laptop while the Macbook Pro you can put disks and there is more space!
I’d say get the macbook air. I have it and use it for school. It is VERY light and so useful. I find it better than the pro because the pro is all fat and lumpy while the air is thin and easy to transport
The Air is overpriced and not really useful for much except looking cool. The Macbook Pro is a lot more powerful.
Although, Macs in general are overpriced. You can get much better performance per dollar from a Windows machine.
Personally i think that you should buy a windows computer. They are not very expensive, and run better
I have a few that I would recommend and they have great price tags:
Apple MacBook Pro MC700LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop
*13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with edge-to-edge, uninterrupted glass (1280 x 800-pixel resolution).
*2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor (“Sandy Bridge”) with 3 MB shared L3 cache for excellent multitasking.
*Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory.
*320 GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
*4 GB installed RAM (1333 MHz DDR3; supports up to 8 GB)
*8x slot-loading SuperDrive with double-layer DVD support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
*Built-in FaceTime HD camera for video chatting
*Wi-Fi wireless networking (based on 802.11n specification; 802.11a/b/g compatible)
*Gigabit Ethernet wired networking (10/100/1000)
*Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) for connecting with peripherals such as keyboards, mice and cell phones
*Two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port
*SDXC card slot
*Thunderbolt port with native Mini DisplayPort output plus support for DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI, and HDMI (requires adapters, sold separately)
*Multi-Touch trackpad for precise cursor control with support for inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities
*Full-size backlit keyboard
*Stereo speakers with subwoofers
*Dimensions: 12.78 x 8.94 x 0.95 inches (WxDxH)
*Weight: 4.5 pounds
*Up to 7 hours of battery life
*Meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements
*Rated EPEAT Gold