Macbook Air or Macbook Pro for Photoshop CS and iTunes running simultaneously?

My usage is very simple: I build websites and I listen to music while I do. Meanwhile, I might have a dozen windows open in Firefox and possibly MS Office open with a large file or maybe two.

So: Photoshop CS, iTunes, heavy duty Firefox, and sometimes MS Office.

Is the Macbook Air up to the task of running these simultaneously without dragging or do I need a MBP?


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  • Your question is fairly old.. but still I will add my experience.. Having MacBookAir (13-inch, Mid 2012 - 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5 - 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3) and doing about the same I am experiencing that this is just about on the edge of the machine. Expecially when connected to the external HD 27" DELL display. It seems, that the machine is struggling with producing the graphical signal more than anything else.

    There is no lag, no problem with performance, it only seem to be graphically heavy.. Running Photoshop only and working with large files seem to be fine on its own. But when listening to music at the same time it seems to use fan all the time..

    • Answered by Peter Z
    • Jan 19, 2017