So you are in the market for a notebook that you can easily toss in a backpack and carry around. You are looking forward to join a college or your primary purpose is web surfing, email and some portable photography. You want to run Photoshop, iPhoto or Aperture on it and then do some light editing while on-the-move. So, which one should you get – Macbook Air 13 inch model (2011) or the new Macbook Pro 13 2011 model that comes with Core i5 and Core i7 processor options. Answer these questions to yourself to help you decide.
First you need to ask yourself whether you want a fast computer or not. While Macbook Air outperforms the HDD-equipped Macbook Pro, the latter is faster when batch processing and crunching videos (processing / exporting videos in iMovie).
Second, Macbook Pro is more future proof – you can add your own components to it as most, if not all components in Macbook Air are soldered down. Heck, you can even add a 8GB RAM stick and a solid state drive on your own to Macbook Pro later on (if you feel the need).
Third, you need to ask yourself if you will need optical drive or not. If you use it now and then, get Macbook Pro. Otherwise, get a Macbook Air with external DVD writer.
One area where the Air scores over the 13 Pro is the display. Macbook Air’s display packs 1440 x 900 pixels whereas the display of Macbook Pro packs the same old 1280 x 800 (which has not change ever since Pro models were introduced). Also, Macbook Air is much lighter; looks slimmer and beautiful. Macbook Pro is also beautiful but weighs more.
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