MacBook Air or MacBook Pro?

So I'm entering in my 3rd year of university, and it involves a transfer from a smaller campus to a large one. I already have a desktop for heavy duty work (games, movies, etc.) and I want a laptop that I can carry to classes with realative ease. I will be traveling alot as I have a full course load, so this laptop would be used mostly for going to and from classes or from my rental place to home. I have narrowed it down to either the 13" MacBook Air with the 256GB and the MacBook Pro 13", I just don't know which one would be better for dealing with traveling and taking intensive notes, etc. Any help would be great and thanks in advance!

3 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    Comparing my Macbook Air 11 vs Macbook Pro 13, I would recommend the Macbook Pro because of its more powerful 2.8 ghz processor over the Macbook Air's 1.8 ghz. It also has its own optical drive that comes in handy to burn your own music CD, play DVDs and load an occasional software. The one thing that I use my Air over my Pro model is for business trips because every ounce counts. Overall, I think you will be best off with the Pro model. If you decide to get the Air though, get 4gb of RAM because you cannot upgrade it later.

    • Answered by Adam A from Las Vegas
    • 10-Apr-2012
  • The MBA has a solid state hard drive which might take the constant movement over the spindle disk. The only problem with the MBA is that it has no way of allowing you to secure it with the standard PC lock, if you're always carrying it around though this isn't going to pose an issue, I wouldn't leave it unattended though, it is a good looking machine. I use my MBA in the office which I prefer to use over my MBP as I can carry it with ease.

    • Answered by Ed P from Sydney
    • 10-Apr-2012
  • Go for the MacBook Air, if you already have a PC for games and movies, then the Air will be a great choice, as it is very portable and you can carry it around with you, the Pro is only for people who are focused on video editing and want to change the RAM, HDD, Processor for gaming or heavy duty things, seeing as you already have that - you should go for the Air.

    • Answered by Ali D
    • 24-Feb-2013