Im in the process of comparing the Macbook Pro and Macbook Air. What's the difference and which one will I get the most for my dollar?

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  • Best Answer:

    Honestly Alfred, that really depends on how you will be using your Mac on a daily basis.

    If you're usually always on the go, and need something to quickly give you access to the web, emails, spreadsheets, documents, PDFs, etc. the Air is a great choice. (This is not always the case by any means, but usually those who get the Air may have other computers as well, such as desktops, and just need something on the go) On the other hand, the MacBook Air is pretty great. You get the Flash Storage options, that lets the Mac wake up just like an iOS device. You get 30 days of standby time if not using the Mac, the latest Graphics from Intel, a drive that's about twice the speed of ATA drives, and all in a body less than 2.38-2.96 lbs. depending on the display you get.

    Now, if you need a power house, the MacBook Pro is your answer. With it's Quad-Core iSeries processor (15-inch and 17-inch only), it is capable of doing twice the shear number crunching of the MacBook Air. If you are going to be editing video day-in and out, this is a must have. This Mac is also offered in the 13, 15, and 17-inch display models. Even if you get the 13-inch, that's still loads of power. 2.4GHz, 4GB for RAM that you can update to 8GB, and on the higher up models, you get not only one, but two graphics boost. First, is the Intel 3000 card, and you also get the (ranging from) AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB GDDR5 (base 15-inch) to the AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 (17-inch)

    Bottom line, the MacBook Air is great for when on the go. Its light, ultra portable, and quite fast. But if you need the most for what you pay for, I'd recommend the Pro. It has more RAM, hard drive, display, and even graphic options. Also, you can update the Pro once you purchase it, something you can't do on the Air. (not even RAM) So if you like the freedom to alter your hard drive, RAM, later on, I'd get the MacBook Pro.

    Sorry for the long response, but I do hope it helps!

    • Answered by Darren R from Chireno
    • Mar 27, 2012
  • I was in the same boat a few weeks ago and decided to go Pro just in case I wanted to upgrade more RAM. From my understanding the Air is much harder to upgrade due to the dynamics. Even though it's (Air) sleeker and much lighter, I am very satisfied with the Pro. You will get more for your dollars by going Pro than leaving your decision up in the Air.

    • Answered by Felicia G from Atlanta
    • Mar 24, 2012
  • Pro. They're comparable today. In four years, you'll be replacing the Air and merely expanding the Pro.

    • Answered by Bob L from Portland
    • Mar 25, 2012
  • To be short and sweet: Pro has more storage and a little bit heavier than the Air. Also Air does not have CD/DVD player. I like the Pro (13") because it's not too big or too small. But, Air is alright too if you travel a lot and need work done, then Air is for you.

    The Macbook Pro has a CD/DVD player while the Air does not. Which is one of the reasons I chose Pro. But, if you travel a lot and need to get things done, Air is for you. I also got the Pro because I type a lot and because I need a lot of storage since I'm a college student. I also got the Pro because I record so I need the storage. Air can record too but not enough storage. Their only differences are the CD/DVD and the storage that's about it.

    • Answered by Claudette B from Gallup
    • Mar 25, 2012