Macbook Pro Late 2008 Unibody vs Macbook Air

Hi all - not sure if this is the place to post this?

I currently have a Macbook Pro 15.4" Unibody - Late 2008 - 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo - NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 256 MB of dedicated GDDR3 SDRAM and a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory - 256Gb Hard Drive - 2Gb RAM.

I am looking to move to a newer & possibly lighter machine - and am considering a Macbook Air.

I currently use around 150Gb HD space - and only ever use the integrated graphics (aside from when I rarely boot up in Windoze which I understand defaults to the NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT). I rarely use the optical drive and use a max of 2 x USB ports. My usage revolves around Safari - Mail - Pages - GarageSale - iPhoto - Dreamweaver CS4 (occasinally) & Word. I would like to retain my 1440 x 900 screen estate - and backlit keyboard.

I wondered which Macbook Air would offer me improved performance and would be a worthy upgrade over my current machine?


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    I have a 2011 model 11" Air with the i7 upgrade and it is the Best Computer Evaaaaar! - the i7 upgrade is noticeably faster than my wife's i5 model when compared side by side.

    That is the only tip I would give for an Air. We have some people at work with i5 Airs and they complain about them being pokey.

    The biggest speed improvement you will notice is the SSD. My work computer is an i5 13" Air (just like my wife's) and it is much much much faster than the i5 Macbook Pro I used to have because of the SSD.

    • Answered by Wiley S from Lafayette
    • Jan 5, 2013