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    Stuck between 13 inch Macbook Air and Macbook Pro

    Hi guys,

    I'm going to be buying a Macbook soon, I've slimmed it down to either the 13 inch Macbook Air or Macbook Pro (Non Retina). Whats attracting me more towards the Air is that it has a better battery life and is slimmer and lighter, which is useful as I will be traveling quite a lot. On the other hand, the Pro has a bigger internal hard drive and has a bit more juice, although I'm not planning on gaming or video editing on the laptop so I'm unsure of whether its a neccesity.

    I'm planning to get the Macbook Air as of the time of writing this post, but if anyone can offer any advice for either choice it would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Stuck between 13 inch Macbook Air and Macbook Pro

    Sounds like a clear cut case for the MBA to me. I've a 15" Pro Retina and it's great, but I picked it up for the power rather than portability.

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    Re: Stuck between 13 inch Macbook Air and Macbook Pro

    Tricky!!

    The MacBook air is very good, light and does pack quite a bit of performance, and the reduced internal storage can be overcome with external devices, either network connected, or USB. USB3 sticks are falling in price and a 32GB drive for data while out and about isn't that expensive.
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    Re: Stuck between 13 inch Macbook Air and Macbook Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    Tricky!!

    The MacBook air is very good, light and does pack quite a bit of performance, and the reduced internal storage can be overcome with external devices, either network connected, or USB. USB3 sticks are falling in price and a 32GB drive for data while out and about isn't that expensive.
    That's what I was thinking Peter, I'll probably be buying an external hard drive for backup anyway, so I guess it makes sense to go with the Macbook air. I would consider the Macbook Pro w/ retina display which is slimmer and lighter than the normal Macbook, but that's out of my price range at the moment, unless I find some good deals in the boxing day sales. Thanks for the advice guys!

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    Re: Stuck between 13 inch Macbook Air and Macbook Pro

    Personally I'd discount the non retina Macbook Pro completely. It's an obsolete design, hasn't been updated in quite a while and I'm surprised it's not been dropped yet.

    Currently using daily a 13 inch Air and it's a fantastic device. Previous to that I had a 13 inch Retina, and next time round I'll be going back up to one as frankly I was spoilt by the screen!

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    Re: Stuck between 13 inch Macbook Air and Macbook Pro

    Why not wait for the rMBA?
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    Re: Stuck between 13 inch Macbook Air and Macbook Pro

    Macbook Air and a micro SD adaptor with a cheap 64GB card that fits flush into the slot (the slows are shallower than full size SD). There is a few of these adaptors kicking about, so do your research, but its a quick and cheap storage upgrade for macbooks

    Don't worry about the extra oomph too much, if you don't think you will need it, you probably wont. I would get the extra 4GB RAM though, as its not an accessible upgrade

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    Re: Stuck between 13 inch Macbook Air and Macbook Pro

    Not really bothered about a nicer screen, more about power, it would have a shorter battery life as well I would assume.

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    Re: Stuck between 13 inch Macbook Air and Macbook Pro

    I have the 13" MBA that I use amongst other things for game development, a fairly demanding process, it copes much better than I expected it too. I frequently end up at 15+ hours battery life if I'm just editing code and not actually running the game very often. I only went for the 128GB SSD, which does feel at little tight at times, but I'll almost certainly expand with a 32/64GB MicroSD as people mentioned above (although I'd probably be happy with only an extra 20GB of space so I'm glad I didn't go all the way to the next size - currently have 54GB free, but I'm being careful) . Also regarding the RAM, it might be worth the extra money, but I'm not sure. I am using 4GB and for OS X it seems fine. Yosemite seems to have really improved memory usage with compression etc. Right now I'm running 2 screens (so 512MB dedicate to VRAM), a good 20 tabs in Safari, Xcode with a large project and debugger, iTunes, vim (with 10+ docs), mail client , blender (with some simple 3D models) and I have 1 GB of RAM free.

    A laptop like this I got to last me 3 years, I've had it 6 months and haven't hit it's limits yet. Yes, single-threaded execution is slow, even with turbo, but it's insanely light and the battery makes up for it. Especially as I often carry it to uni and use it all day - almost always without taking the charger.

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