Macbook air vs macbook pro non retina?
Im a school student torn between the macbook air 2013 and the mid 2012 macbook pro. I hope to use it for all my school work (word, excel, powerpoint etc,) and some light gaming.
I can get the education discount and the base 13" air with 8gb ram works out at roughly the same as the base 13" macbook pro with only 4gb ram. But the air only has 128gb storage, and the macbook pro has 500gb.
What are your recommendations? Any help is welcome! Thanks :)
- Asked by Hassan K
- Jul 23, 2013
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2 Answers from the Community
I have owned A LOT of MaBooks through the years. I personally would shoot for the MacBook Air. I know many people say the MacBook Pro is great for upgradability but honestly there is not much to upgrade until soon enough upgrading to a new Mac. The MacBook Air would suite you perfectly. It is blazing fast and for your needs this would be the path to go. You cannot upgrade the ram so I'd go for the 8gb and that is MORE than enough ram. You can always upgrade the SSD as well down the road from OWC. The MacBook Pro (non-retina) has become outdated and in order to future proof yourself for the next 3-4 years you're best to purchase the MacBook Air. Best of luck!
- Answered by Tyler G from Wake Forest
- Jul 26, 2013
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Light gaming and work? Well, clearly the MB Air. It has a better Graphics card, a better battery life. It is lighter, cheaper, faster (new processor architecture used)... In fact, I can't find any pros of the MBPnR except the number of IO ports and the HDD size.
But these aren't pros at all in fact. You don't need a lot of IO ports for work.
Now, the storage. I think, 128GB is quite enough (well if you won't use the torrents :) ). If you don't have enough storage, buy yourself an external SSD or HDD and connect them via thunderbolt.
So, clearly the Macbook Air!!
With respect, AndreK.
- Answered by Andre K
- Jul 26, 2013
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Macbook Pro w/ Retina vs. Macbook Pro vs. Macbook Air
- Asked by Shelby H from San Jose
- Oct 12, 2012
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