I currently have both a 2011 13" MacBook Pro and 2011 iMac. I'm going to college this fall and I'm trying to get some feedback on wether I should stick with my MBP for college or sell it and get the higher end 11" MBA, I know the MBP has better specs and all but I like the portability of the air especially since I'm going to have a lot of books to carry to begin with. What should I do? Keep the Pro or sell it for the Air?
asked Jul 29 '11 at 14:05
Due to the SSD, the Air will fly. It will be faster than the Pro at everyday tasks. Encoding video and other intensive tasks will be quicker with the Pro. The 13" Air also has a higher resolution and the high-end 11" model and above has the same VRAM as the 13" Pro. Both the 13" Pro and both Airs have the Intel HD 3000.
I am on the 2011 Pro, I bought it a day after it came out. I am debating whether to get the Air or stick with the Pro, because I am thinking of swapping out the optical drive for a backup drive. If you aren't thinking of doing anything specialised like that and aren't working with video, the Air is perfect. The 13" model has an SD card though, so I'd go with that. The more I think about it, the more I see the Air as the perfect choice.
Also, since you are a student, trust me, that weight difference will pay off. You should try to find ways of reducing weight as much as possible. Get textbooks electronically if possible. The Air is ridiculously light and thin.
The Air has actually been found to score on par with last year's high-end 17" MacBook Pro on the CPU front. So audio and other things will probably actually be really fast on the Air, but things that require graphics horsepower will do better with the 15" Pros or even last year's Pros. Since it's between the 13" Pro with the same GPU, get the Air. Last years' 17" MacBook Pro used HDDs I believe, so the SSD will improve the benchmarks even more.
Summary: - The CPU is faster than last years' highest-end 17" Pro.
Conclusion: get the Air. It's a slamdunk! The only disadvantages are storage space and a second bay. Luckily, rumours that the SSD would be soldered on are untrue, so you can replace it if necessary. Or use an external drive if you have a large iTunes library and relocate it there. As for the second bay, maybe the elusive 17" Air will deliver on that ;).
Well what are you going to be doing in college? Anything that requires graphical power? You have not specified what you're planning to do with your laptop.
If you are going to be doing anything that requires graphical power whether it be gaming or video editing, its best to go with the MBP. But if all you're going to be doing is taking notes, then the MBA should do just fine.
answered Jul 29 '11 at 14:08
If power is your concern, the MBP is perfect obviously. It doesn't seem like the air should make a significant difference when it comes to carrying it. In fact, as for durability, the MBP may come into your favor. The air is also made with the same unibody enclosure however. I don't know, hard call for you. It depends on what makes the call... performance, or if portability is something of importance, then go with that. Very hard question here. You will find, though, that depending on applications you use, that you will lack performance and may find yourself in a pinch with the air. For the average user, that shouldn't be a problem.
answered Jul 29 '11 at 14:18