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Macbook Air Vs Macbook Pro


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#1 sn0zb0z

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 05:33 AM

Hi.

 

I'm looking to buy either a Macbook Pro or Air.

 

I found two which have the following specs:

 

Air

13.3 screen

i5 2.6ghz processor

8GB RAM

128GB SSD

Release date August 2014

 

Pro

13.3 screen

i5 2.4ghz processor

8GB RAM

256GB SSD

Release date October 2013

 

These are not from the Apple site so hoping the specs listed are correct and the site hasn't made a mistake.

 

I'll mostly be using it for surfing the web, some Microsoft Office and some (basic) video editing.

 

The price difference is the Pro costs about £120 more than the Air.

 

Which one is best? Is the Pro worth the extra £120?

 

Thanks.



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 09:01 AM

I have the Air which is perfect for what I use it for travelling emails and storing photographs etc of my travels etc

I have never had a pro but if you will be doing video editing etc and not ravelling around much with it I think the pro would be the way to go. BUT don't take my word for it other members might give you a better answer than I have knowing much more and have more experience than myself.

Good luck which ever way you go.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 07:00 AM

G'day, the main difference between the Air and Pro is the CPU performance where the Pro has a higher end i5 then the Air, although based from your uses, the extra CPU performance is not needed and i5 in the Air will be more then sufficient for your needs. The extra £120 could be spent on a larger SSD for the Air or accessories like an external Super Drive (Optical Disk Drive), adapters, extra chargers etc.  


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 07:32 AM

Thanks for the replies :)

 

Out of interest, I will want an external disk drive, is the Super Drive the only option? If not, is there a cheap option? I'll barely use it, but it would be useful on occassion to have it. I know the Super Drive isn't cheap though.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 07:44 AM

There are plenty of other USB optical disk drive available like this that are much cheaper then Apple's Super Drive.  Depending on the capacity of the external hard drive, you can get a Samsung 2TB portable hard drive, meaning an external power source is not required and it is slimmer.


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 07:45 AM

There are plenty of other USB optical disk drive available like this that are much cheaper then Apple's Super Drive.  Depending on the capacity of the external hard drive, you can get a Samsung 2TB portable hard drive, meaning an external power source is not required and it is slimmer.

 

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 10:19 AM

If you plan on getting the Mac Book Air be careful with it. My roommate who took very good care of his had to ditch it after his screen began to crack. It started small then continued to grow until the computer was unusable. Computer was less than two years old. Looking through the Apple Care website it seems this problem happens a decent amount of the time with the Airs so be careful.


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 02:18 PM

If you plan on getting the Mac Book Air be careful with it. My roommate who took very good care of his had to ditch it after his screen began to crack. It started small then continued to grow until the computer was unusable. Computer was less than two years old. Looking through the Apple Care website it seems this problem happens a decent amount of the time with the Airs so be careful.

 

Thanks for the warning :)






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