I am deciding between a mac book air with 256GB flash storage or a mac book pro with 500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm. Which MacBook is right for me?

I think storage is the most important thing to me. I'm deciding between these two computers:

Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
Originally released June 2012
13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1440-by-900 resolution
4GB memory
256GB flash storage
720p FaceTime HD camera
Intel HD Graphics 4000

Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Dual-core Intel i5
Originally released June 2012
13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1280-by-800 resolution
4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Intel HD Graphics 4000

All I do on my computer is watch movies, surf the net, do very minimum word processing, store photos, maybe very very amateur photo editing and download tv shows, although I usually delete things when I am through with them. I had a 2009 mac book pro before and loved it. Did everything I needed, just ran its course. I'm not sure the flash storage is so exciting to warrant passing up a similar price deal on a 500GB Seerial ATA hard drive. Want to hear what other people think?

9 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    Go for the MacBook Air+ extra hard drive!!!
    I had a 2008 MacBook Pro unibody and that thing lasted for 6 years. Then one morning, it didn't wake up. That put me on the hunt for a new Mac. It was one of the hardest choices between two apple products. I started looking at youtube (on my iPhone) for the main differences between the 2012 MacBook Pro (non Retina), 2013 MacBook Pro Retina, and the 2013 MacBook Air. I was looking at the refurbished store to save $$$ too, so good call there. I read that the PCIE flash storage is way faster than the platter drives, I needed a fast computer with lots of storage. So I eliminated the 2012 MacBook Pro. Then I turned my attention to the MacBook Pro Retina and the MacBook Air. I also wanted a Very Very Very long battery life, so I ended up getting the MacBook Air 256gb and 4gb of RAM. To fix the storage issue I ended up getting a 3TB external drive at staples for $200. I have not been disappointed at all with my new Mac. I have all the storage that I will ever need at a slower speed and 256gb of super high speed SSD. I hope this makes your decision a little easer!!!

    • Answered by Nic A from Littleton
    • Jul 17, 2014
  • From my experience with Mac SSD is the way to go. I'd also recommend upgrading the RAM to 8GB. Everything will run smooth as silk with the 8GB/256GB configuration. They also have some refurbished models of Macbook Pro (2012, without retina) with the 512GB or 768GB SSD configuration.

    Hope this helps!

    • Answered by Marshall M from Aberdeen
    • Apr 12, 2014
  • Forget both. Find a Retina with 8GB RAM/256 Storage on the Refurb store. You won't look back.

    • Answered by Kieran L
    • Jun 27, 2014
  • Flash memory is almost instantaneous, so if you want to access your files quickly, and have large files save quickly,I'd recommend the option 1 (Especially since you said you don't use much memory).

    • Answered by Eric C from Oxford
    • Apr 14, 2014
  • It depends on if the movies you watch are on DVD or digital. The MacBook Air is an excellent device with amazing battery life, but no DVD Drive. The MacBook Pro is tried, trusted, and true, with long battery life, and a DVD drive. SSD's are great, but have their limitations, specifically size.

    • Answered by Ken F from Columbia
    • Jun 20, 2014
  • Retina Display is worth it!

    • Answered by Devra A B from Ripon
    • Apr 20, 2014
  • Flash memory is the way to go, its much more efficient and faster than the old Serial Ata drives. They're also less likely to break.

    • Answered by Lawrence K from Akron
    • Aug 27, 2014
  • Go for the SSD. HDD's take too much time to boot up. I would suggest a fully-upgraded MacBook Air (1TB, 8GB, i7). It would cost you about 1899 USD.

    • Answered by Rohan S from Cupertino
    • May 7, 2014
  • I upgraded from a 2007 Macbook to a 2012 Macbook Pro with 8GB RAM and a 500GB HDD. I immediately upgraded the 2012 to a 512GB Solid Stated drive, which is a flash drive. The performance improvement was amazing. You can upgrade to 8GB RAM and a Flash Drive from Other World Computing for around $400 dollars. My 2012 powers up from off in about 10 -12 seconds and overall it is very fast. You might find this interest, I still have the 2007 Macbook being used by my son for his high school work. I upgraded it to Lion, 4GB RAM and a 256GB Solid State drive. It boots up 20 seconds from off. It cost about $150 to upgrade the 2007.

    • Answered by Russ H from Fayetteville
    • Jun 19, 2015