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September 23, 2011 7:42:45 AM

So I HAVE to get a MAC laptop for my school. I never bought a mac before so I don't really know what is good
Should I get the macbook air or pro? I already have a PC laptop thats good as the 15" macbook pro...
so I don't need a good macbook pro to bring to school. and I think macbook air 13" is good for bringing to
school for lightness and slimness. But I don't know...Should I get the 13" macbook pro instead?
And when will the new macbook air or pro coming out? I need to get the laptop before July of next year...
should I wait? o_O

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September 23, 2011 8:42:29 AM

I would go for a rain mac, but if thats not available, the new Mac Air is a nice piece of design without as many flaws as the Pro, the main one being the fan on the Pro sounds like a jet turbine while the Air is nice and quiet.
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September 23, 2011 11:24:04 AM

Exilink said:
So I HAVE to get a MAC laptop for my school. I never bought a mac before so I don't really know what is good
Should I get the macbook air or pro? I already have a PC laptop thats good as the 15" macbook pro...
so I don't need a good macbook pro to bring to school. and I think macbook air 13" is good for bringing to
school for lightness and slimness. But I don't know...Should I get the 13" macbook pro instead?
And when will the new macbook air or pro coming out? I need to get the laptop before July of next year...
should I wait? o_O


Based on my experience, and I've used the 2011, 11" and 13" MacBook Airs (MBA) as well as the 2011 13" MacBook Pro (MBP) I'd say the a 13" unit would likely meet your needs for all-around computing. However, when you say "...need a Mac for school". What will you be doing with it and how long does it have to last you...and what's your budget?

Without knowing these details its easy to recommend the 13" 2.7Ghz i7 MacBook Pro as an all-around machine based on cost, power, portability, and longevity. I infer that you're using one of the fewer and fewer tools that's only available for OS X which is why a Mac has been specified? As long as only light gaming (or no gaming) is part of your criteria this machine will likely do you well for a long time. A recommended upgrade is a 7200 rpm drive (or hybrid or SSD (if possible)).

Now, a 13" MacBook Air is nice machine, is fast, has a great screen resolution (with a ppi count that makes it incrediby sharp) and is quite light, but if that that few pound saving over a 13" MacBook Pro is not paramount and you're not trying to impress your campus-mates with slick thin-ness of the MacBook Air, I'd say the 13" MacBook Pro recommended above is your best bet...and its a very fast machine for general use and lighter multi-tasking/threading use. It's a great compromise between power and portability.

Lastly, a MacBook Pro gives you the option to replace the optical drive with a second hard drive if desired. Something you may find quite useful over the life of your computer.

EDIT: In response to the noise MacBook Pro noise noted above:
When the CPU in the MacBook Pro does finally spin up (both cores are continually and FULLY stressed for an extended period of time (which, IME, is uncommon), the noise increases gradually. Though it is quite noticable, I don't find it irritating as it sounds, as noted, like a jet turbine slowly spinning up. I always think this sounds cool, but this is purely subjective. The MacBook Air's cooler will spin up under the same circustances and generally sounds the same while doing so.

I would not really consider this unless you know you plan to be stressing the laptop's CPUs fully and for an extended period of time for the majority of its use. Both machines are generally very quiet, in my experience.
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September 24, 2011 2:38:27 AM

Exilink said:
So I HAVE to get a MAC laptop for my school. I never bought a mac before so I don't really know what is good
Should I get the macbook air or pro? I already have a PC laptop thats good as the 15" macbook pro...
so I don't need a good macbook pro to bring to school. and I think macbook air 13" is good for bringing to
school for lightness and slimness. But I don't know...Should I get the 13" macbook pro instead?
And when will the new macbook air or pro coming out? I need to get the laptop before July of next year...
should I wait? o_O
Go for the MBA which would be suitable for your needs as a student.This is the new MBA which just came out a few months ago.
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September 24, 2011 11:13:19 AM

musical marv said:
Go for the MBA which would be suitable for your needs as a student.This is the new MBA which just came out a few months ago.


The MacBook Air is nice, but I'm not sure I'd give up an optical drive, just yet, for the sake of thin-and-light. I guess you can always use an external if/when needed.
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September 24, 2011 11:49:41 AM

there are schools that require macs.. eh i would drop out.
you can see if your laptop can be a hackintosh. hackintosh.com has links for compatable hardware lists.
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September 24, 2011 11:59:15 AM

farrengottu said:
there are schools that require macs.. eh i would drop out.
you can see if your laptop can be a hackintosh. hackintosh.com has links for compatable hardware lists.


LOL. Since you can do anything, of consequence, on a Mac that you can do on a PC (including, easily running Windows) I can understand. I would, howevever, like to know what, in particular, causes the requirement for a Mac.
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September 25, 2011 3:09:04 AM

das_stig said:
I would go for a rain mac, but if thats not available, the new Mac Air is a nice piece of design without as many flaws as the Pro, the main one being the fan on the Pro sounds like a jet turbine while the Air is nice and quiet.
I have a MBP and hear nothing from my fan at all.It is the 13 inch model
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September 25, 2011 4:09:22 AM

The Mac Book Pro is completly silent, that was a troll posting up there.

I would get the air, Pro is for prefessionals who needs mobility, the Air is for students. You may even consider an Ipad
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September 25, 2011 4:19:55 AM

I made a poll cuz it's kinda hard to decide even after reading all these XP
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September 25, 2011 7:09:37 AM

leandrodafontoura said:
The Mac Book Pro is completly silent, that was a troll posting up there.

I would get the air, Pro is for prefessionals who needs mobility, the Air is for students. You may even consider an Ipad


They're both good laptops. Personally, the "Pro" models I like better. However, if you're looking at the 13" model keep in mind that the MacBook Air has a higher resolution screen and its quite noticable. 1400x900 vs. the 13" MacBook Pro's 1280x800. If you don't need the optical drive or FireWire drives you could just get the MacBook Air, I guess. However, if you think you may want to ever change your hard drive (or add the secondary hard drive, I've mentioned) then the MacBook Pro is indeed the way to go.

Again, they're both really nice machines, IMO.
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September 26, 2011 3:00:56 AM

halcyon said:
They're both good laptops. Personally, the "Pro" models I like better. However, if you're looking at the 13" model keep in mind that the MacBook Air has a higher resolution screen and its quite noticable. 1400x900 vs. the 13" MacBook Pro's 1280x800. If you don't need the optical drive or FireWire drives you could just get the MacBook Air, I guess. However, if you think you may want to ever change your hard drive (or add the secondary hard drive, I've mentioned) then the MacBook Pro is indeed the way to go.

Again, they're both really nice machines, IMO.
You cannot wrong with either model. Curious did you get my email?
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September 27, 2011 10:55:19 AM

musical marv said:
Get the MBA it is lighter and easier to use and it has a SSD also.



Hmmm...why do you think the MacBook Air is easier to use?
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September 28, 2011 2:39:55 AM

halcyon said:
Hmmm...why do you think the MacBook Air is easier to use?
Portability wise and better screen resolution also. Also has a SSD which is faster than the standard HD which comes with the MBP.
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September 28, 2011 11:01:57 AM

musical marv said:
Portability wise and better screen resolution also. Also has a SSD which is faster than the standard HD which comes with the MBP.

Yeah, I guess higher performance does make it easier to use.
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September 28, 2011 11:43:54 PM

The size and weight really matter in classes, the MBA is the way to go. The macbook pro is only preferable if you'll be doing rendering or a lot of gaming. I recommend getting a case for it as they get bumped around a lot in school and aluminum is very soft.
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September 29, 2011 1:54:32 AM

No matter what MacBook you wind up getting do get a shell-case for it. No reason to risk getting it marred up when you don't have to. I'd also recommend getting the Moshi wrist rest and Marware keyboard cover (I'm a bit anal about keeping my gear nice and in new condition).
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September 29, 2011 2:43:00 AM

halcyon said:
No matter what MacBook you wind up getting do get a shell-case for it. No reason to risk getting it marred up when you don't have to. I'd also recommend getting the Moshi wrist rest and Marware keyboard cover (I'm a bit anal about keeping my gear nice and in new condition).
What are the pros and cons about these products? thanks Marv
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September 29, 2011 2:59:00 AM

musical marv said:
What are the pros and cons about these products? thanks Marv


Well, IMO, the Pros are that they're protective. The cons are that they're not free (if that is to be considered a con).

Shell case
Wrist rest/guard
Keyboard Cover

...most people don't care about keeping their laptops in new condition, and unless you have a MacBook or MacBook Pro these items may not even be desired or available, so many would say, therefore, that they're a waste or not necessary. I swear by them though, they are unobtrusive and perform their function well, IMO. Which is to protect my investments and keep them in good condition.
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September 29, 2011 3:00:34 AM

I vote for hackintosh, apple does not deserve your money if your school is FORCING you to buy one. The school should supply one if it is a requirement.
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September 29, 2011 3:05:07 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
I vote for hackintosh, apple does not deserve your money if your school is FORCING you to buy one. The school should supply one if it is a requirement.


Well, if you're spending ~$80K-$100K for an education they probably figure you can get a laptop.
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September 29, 2011 3:16:35 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
I vote for hackintosh, apple does not deserve your money if your school is FORCING you to buy one. The school should supply one if it is a requirement.



Have you been to a Computer LAN before iam2thecrowe?
did you bring your own computer or expect the organizer / friend to supply one for you and everyone else?

i know of schools that do "provide one for you" and hike the fees up $1400 per year to cover it + a little more.
so you end up paying for it anyway but dont get a choice in what you spend your money on (MBA or MBP)
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September 29, 2011 4:13:38 AM

Depends on the programs you need to run. If it's just for something like iOS programming or some Mac program that doesn't need alot of processing power I'd get the air. On the other hand if you are doing to do alot of number crunching (financial models or something?) then the 13" pro is a better option and if you need to do some 3d modeling then you should get the 15" with a dedicated GPU. I don't consider a mobile version of the 6670 high performance graphics but for 3d modeling I'd sure take it over the HD 3000
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September 29, 2011 10:50:38 AM

A big reason to select the Pro over the Air is that I infer this machine has got to last you 2-3 years, perhaps more. I'd recommend getting the most powerful machine you can. The MacBook Pro is a bit faster than the MacBook Air (even though the Air is quite fast). As far as weight...you're a guy. 4.5lbs vs ~3lbs. Not a tremendous difference there. The Pro offers better expandibility as well. The Air is nice machine, but I'd not let the slight weight savings be the driving push to get one.

Again, I've had both machines and they're both nice.
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September 30, 2011 2:50:59 AM

halcyon said:
A big reason to select the Pro over the Air is that I infer this machine has got to last you 2-3 years, perhaps more. I'd recommend getting the most powerful machine you can. The MacBook Pro is a bit faster than the MacBook Air (even though the Air is quite fast). As far as weight...you're a guy. 4.5lbs vs ~3lbs. Not a tremendous difference there. The Pro offers better expandibility as well. The Air is nice machine, but I'd not let the slight weight savings be the driving push to get one.

Again, I've had both machines and they're both nice.
What macs do you use now? Curious did you ever receive my email to you? Thanks Marv
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September 30, 2011 11:00:00 AM

musical marv said:
What macs do you use now? Curious did you ever receive my email to you? Thanks Marv


Heya Marv, I use a 2010 Mac Pro, a 2011 15" i7 MacBook Pro, and a 2009 13" Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro. I didn't get your email but I'll PM you my email address.
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September 30, 2011 11:13:57 AM

Dude, get the 11" macbook air 100%. It just fit's beautifully in you backpack and it's really easy to manage. It occupies minimal space in your desk/sideways thing.
If it's only for school and taking notes and browse wikipedia and such, definitely get the 11" Air. Trust me, the 13" Air is just to big.
If you really want a bit more screen reel estate, get the MBP 13", but it'll be heavier and slower to boot up, which is important in class context.

What i recomend:
Get the 11" MBA
13" MBA is a waste
13"MBP > 13"MBA any day of the week
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September 30, 2011 11:17:36 AM

PedroJohnston said:
Dude, get the 11" macbook air 100%. It just fit's beautifully in you backpack and it's really easy to manage. It occupies minimal space in your desk/sideways thing.
If it's only for school and taking notes and such, definitely get the 11" Air. Trust me, the 13" Air is just to big.
If you really want a bit more screen reel estate, get the MBP 13", but it'll be heavier and slower to boot up, which is important in class context.

What i recomend:
Get the 11" MBA
13" MBA is a waste
13"MBP > 13"MBA any day of the week


The 11" MacBook Air is a great 2nd machine, if high-portability is desired. ...but as your only machine? If you're going to have an external monitor and you're going to go with the more-expensive Core i7 model, then maybe...otherwise I don't think that's the best choice for you.
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September 30, 2011 11:19:26 AM

halcyon said:
The 11" MacBook Air is a great 2nd machine, if high-portability is desired. ...but as your only machine? If you're going to have an external monitor and you're going to go with the more-expensive Core i7 model, then maybe...otherwise I don't think that's the best choice for you.



Exactly, but he stated that he already has a good main laptop, and that's why i think the 11" MBA is the perfect candidate for the job.
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September 30, 2011 11:30:37 AM

PedroJohnston said:
Exactly, but he stated that he already has a good main laptop, and that's why i think the 11" MBA is the perfect candidate for the job.


Yeah, as a 2nd ultra-portable machine...its a good choice. ...and the i7 model is surprisingly fast.
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October 13, 2011 1:00:16 AM

I got the new 13" pro for school and I love it. Works great!
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October 13, 2011 3:25:06 AM

circumventor said:
I got the new 13" pro for school and I love it. Works great!
I wish you well with it.Enjoy.
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October 13, 2011 10:03:00 AM

circumventor said:
I got the new 13" pro for school and I love it. Works great!


Nice. Enjoy it.
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April 28, 2012 2:57:53 PM

@leandrodafontoura - It's pr!cks like you calling people trolls for trying in inject a bit of humour in a post that p!sses off people and they never come back.

Plenty of postings that MBP have issues, and I recommended the MBA based on them.

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2797196?start=0&ts...

I suggest you have a little more respect for other members around here.
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