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Currently have a pro, which I've had since early 2011 but want to upgrade as the current one is slow, freezes all the time and the screen has heaps of marks on it, so I think it's had its day.

I'm wavering towards a air as they're a lot lighter and take a bit more wear and tear but I still feel like I should get a pro. Cheers!
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(Original post by southerngal)
Currently have a pro, which I've had since early 2011 but want to upgrade as the current one is slow, freezes all the time and the screen has heaps of marks on it, so I think it's had its day.

I'm wavering towards a air as they're a lot lighter and take a bit more wear and tear but I still feel like I should get a pro. Cheers!
It probably depends what you need it for. I have an air and love it. I can do everything I want like watch movies, use photoshop for basic stuff.

But anything more intensive like HD video editing, complicated modelling or heavy graphics and image editing would probably need a pro.
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Thanks for the reply, I won't be needing it for graphics, computer programming or anything like that, mainly for general use and writing essays, stuff like that
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The Air and Retina Pro have negligible weight difference with the new Pros being a lot slimmer and lighter than their predecessors. Main difference between the two lines now is the retina display and the better processor, up to you whether you want to pay the premium for these features.
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The Air and Retina Pro have negligible weight difference with the new Pros being a lot slimmer and lighter than their predecessors. Main difference between the two lines now is the retina display and the better processor, up to you whether you want to pay the premium for these features.
The Pro is still noticeably bigger and heavier. The MBP is 50% heavier (1.58kg vs 1.08) and even though their height is nearly identical (1.8cm vs 1.7 cm), the Air is much more svelte (because of the tinner edges) and looks and feels noticeably slimmer.
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The Pro is still noticeably bigger and heavier. The MBP is 50% heavier (1.58kg vs 1.08) and even though their height is nearly identical (1.8cm vs 1.7 cm), the Air is much more svelte (because of the tinner edges) and looks and feels noticeably slimmer.
You're comparing the 11 inch Air to the 13 inch Pro, if you look at the 13 inch Air it's 1.35 kg which is fairly close in weight. (85% of the weight of the 13 inch retina Pro to be precise.)
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i bought the Air this year for uni.
Pros:
lightweight and easy to carry around
Good for writing essays
Fast

Cons:
New yosemite X update resulted in wifi problems, had no problems the first month with maverick.
Can't play games (may be a good thing lol)
easy to leave marks on the screen and keyboard as you mentioned.

Overall great laptop if you need it for general internet browsing and doing uni work or whatever.
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Oh and mine is the early 2014 13 inch
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(Original post by southerngal)
Currently have a pro, which I've had since early 2011 but want to upgrade as the current one is slow, freezes all the time and the screen has heaps of marks on it, so I think it's had its day.

I'm wavering towards a air as they're a lot lighter and take a bit more wear and tear but I still feel like I should get a pro. Cheers!
I have a Macbook Pro from January 2011 and its in almost perfect condition. There are no marks on the screen and it has one little mark on the aluminium body. I really don't understand how people allow things to get into such bad conditions. My 13 inch MBP is running Mavericks at the moment with no issue at all and I frequently use Photoshop, Eclipse, Sublime Text, Ampps and Yummy FTP at the same time with no slow down. Have you tried using Onyx to improve the performance of your Macbook Pro?

http://www.titanium.free.fr/
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Pro purely for the disc drive imo.
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Pro purely for the disc drive imo.
That's a terrible reason, the only Pro with the disc drive is the old non retina one, which came out in 2012 - ancient by modern laptop standards. Most people don't need a disc drive very often, but if you do occasionally then you can get an external one fairly cheaply (£15 on Amazon), it doesn't make much sense to buy a worse computer for a legacy feature.
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(Original post by southerngal)
Currently have a pro, which I've had since early 2011 but want to upgrade as the current one is slow, freezes all the time and the screen has heaps of marks on it, so I think it's had its day.

I'm wavering towards a air as they're a lot lighter and take a bit more wear and tear but I still feel like I should get a pro. Cheers!
Air = Portability/ Battery life/ thinness
PRO = Outstanding screen/ More Powerful/ Same thickness just doesn't taper/ Less than half a kilo heavier( Still extremely light ) Same price

Personally when my Pro retina 13" gets 10 - 11 hours consistently on battery I see no reason to get an air anymore... You can't really feel the weight difference when commuting....

Depends what's more important to you...
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Thanks all for the replies, looking at the reasons above I think I will defiantly go for the Air as I really do need it for the portability, general use and battery life, also I don't use disks much and as you say I can defiantly get a disk drive cheaply.

(Original post by Pseudocode)
I have a Macbook Pro from January 2011 and its in almost perfect condition. There are no marks on the screen and it has one little mark on the aluminium body. I really don't understand how people allow things to get into such bad conditions. My 13 inch MBP is running Mavericks at the moment with no issue at all and I frequently use Photoshop, Eclipse, Sublime Text, Ampps and Yummy FTP at the same time with no slow down. Have you tried using Onyx to improve the performance of your Macbook Pro?

http://www.titanium.free.fr/
Yes I agree, I should have been more careful but I was bringing it to school everyday and bringing it all my classes. Its only got a few marks on the screen, I had the keyboard replaced but that was my own stupid fault, and also had the hard drive replaced back in 2012 (someone knocked it off a desk). I defiantly will take care with my new laptop!

I haven't tried using Onyx but I might give it a go
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Do you use it for development or just casual use such as browsing and office related work? If you don't do any development work then the Macbook Air will be just fine.
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Hello all,

Im thinking of getting an MacBook. Now the only problem is that I can't decide which one to go for MacBook Air or MacBook Pro? Which is one is better?
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Hello all,

Im thinking of getting an MacBook. Now the only problem is that I can't decide which one to go for MacBook Air or MacBook Pro? Which is one is better?
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No.
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Great so is a pro better in regards to essay writing etc?
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Great so is a pro better in regards to essay writing etc?
depends actually. Pro is more a performance all rounder super machine thingy. I just bought the pro to replace my desktop.

for writing and stuff you could just buy the air. (not much difference a part from the air's screen is slightly less fine). air is more portable.

i also used my pro for long hours of essay writing in the past so yeah.....
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Great so is a pro better in regards to essay writing etc?
Essay writing?
Any laptop can do that.

If your focus is on something as simple as essay writing, the only things that should matter is the actual keyboard and the screen and whether its big enough to see, etc such as the 11" screen being so small.

Otherwise getting that extra power on the pro is actually negligible, because it won't affect what you do.
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