Thinking of moving from Dell Inspiron 640m to a MacBook, which is best, Air or Pro?

Main useage is emails, internet, excel, iTunes, photo management, word and skype.
Currently experiencing major difficulty in working on more than 4 windows being open, speed and general sluggishness. Also can't stand the complexity of the administration management of the system.

3 Answers from the Community

  • If you want a disc drive to play cd's and dvd's I suggest getting the Pro (i did). If you don't and want a lighter weight laptop then the Air is your best bet. Depending on which you prefer, you will be happy! I am.

    • Answered by Cliftonia J from New York
    • Jun 11, 2012
  • Answer

    Get the Mac Book Pro's.Mac Airs comes in sizes 11 to 13 inch screens while Pro's Come from 13 to 17 inches in Screen Size.

    • Answered by Christopher W from Anchorage
    • Apr 1, 2012
  • Pro:

    - Air uses SSD. SSD has limited P/E. Don't save anything that you want to hold onto on an SSD.
    - Pro has an optical drive. You may not use the optical drive often, but you'll need it for entering product keys. You can also swap the optical drive for a Data Doubler, which means that you can have two hard drives inside of your laptop. This can be useful if one drive crashes, or if you need more storage space.

    The SSD in Air runs a few seconds faster than an HDD, and since it has no moving parts it also runs cooler, but I have never had a problem with a mac laptop overheating unless the external environment was too hot (like sitting outside at a cafe in Palm Springs in the middle of August, or inside of an un-airconditioned apartment in Burbank in the middle of summer).

    Secondly, the the majority of the heat in a laptop is not generated by the hard drive, but by the processor - which, also, is not a moving part!

    • Answered by Eberhardt H from Santa Monica
    • Feb 13, 2014