Macbook pro vs macbook air

tattooed hands

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My current laptop is becoming unreliable and needs to be replaced, so Im thinking about giving Apple a go.

Im looking at these
Buy Apple Macbook Pro MD101B/A Laptop (Intel Core i5, 4GB, 500GB HD, 13.3" Display) from our Macbooks range - Tesco.com=

Buy Apple Macbook Air MD231B/A Laptop (Intel Core i5, 4GB, 128GB Flash Storage, 13.3" Display) from our Macbooks range - Tesco.com=

Im not in to tinkering with computers, and to be honest Im a noob when it comes to doing anything other than basic functions.

I would like to do some basic recording with it and maybe play some games.

Im looking to spend no more than £1000
Any advice would be great.
cheers

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if you want to record with it, get a pro
 

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Yeah the pro has more storage but that won't matter so much it u get a time machine base station. Check them out.
 

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If you are interested in playing games, forget about Apple. Wait a couple of months until Windows 8 comes out. There will be a flood of new products on the market and you might find something that fits your needs and budget perfectly.
 

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Macs are terrible for games. If you want to do any gaming, forget about Macs.

When did the Airs get respectable? Last I knew, the only thing they had going for them was that they were thin. Now they're comparable to the lowest end Pro.
 

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Thanks for the advice guys,
playing games isnt a major priority, rather a bonus.

The biggest factor in me wanting to try Apple is the fact that my current laptop is less than 2 years old, and it has had to be repaired 3 times. So Im hoping Apple will be a little more reliable.

Portability is quite a big factor as I like to have my laptop with me a lot of the time, which is why I was considering the Air.

cheers
 

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Wait for the Win 8 Ultrabooks to hit the market before making up your mind.
 

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Will you be traveling with it much (to work etc) ?

If not I'd look HARD at the minis. I'm trying to wait till the new OS drops then I'm getting a high end mini with a solid state drive.

Regarding what sort of "recording" you can do on a mac, I've somehow carved out a career using one.

I posted this a week or so ago: Here's an example of what can be done with a Macbook pro running logic, an Apogee Duet (Firewire 400 version), a Telecaster, a Martin and a condenser mic.

old car.. old pueblo on Vimeo

If I can offer any assistance just holler

(Caution - two f bombs reside in this short)
 

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Awesome work!!

I take my laptop every where with me, as I dont spend to much time at home. So a mini wouldnt be convenient

Will you be traveling with it much (to work etc) ?

If not I'd look HARD at the minis. I'm trying to wait till the new OS drops then I'm getting a high end mini with a solid state drive.

Regarding what sort of "recording" you can do on a mac, I've somehow carved out a career using one.

I posted this a week or so ago: Here's an example of what can be done with a Macbook pro running logic, an Apogee Duet (Firewire 400 version), a Telecaster, a Martin and a condenser mic.

old car.. old pueblo on Vimeo

If I can offer any assistance just holler

(Caution - two f bombs reside in this short)
 

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If you are interested in playing games, forget about Apple. Wait a couple of months until Windows 8 comes out. There will be a flood of new products on the market and you might find something that fits your needs and budget perfectly.

I've tried Win8 and hated it!! :mad: I now use Ubuntu!! :D I much prefer Win7 over 8 but that's just me. Yes, I got it to do what I wanted but the learning curve is a bit much and it's way to "funky" for my taste, YMMV.
 

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Thanks for the advice guys,
playing games isnt a major priority, rather a bonus.

The biggest factor in me wanting to try Apple is the fact that my current laptop is less than 2 years old, and it has had to be repaired 3 times. So Im hoping Apple will be a little more reliable.

Portability is quite a big factor as I like to have my laptop with me a lot of the time, which is why I was considering the Air.

cheers

Windows people might crucify me, but that's the reason I went back to Apple. I had a Dell that was crapping out a lot.

Personally, I'd go for a Pro. I could be completely wrong for you, but for me, the difference in size, especially if you're comparing the same screen sizes, isn't a big deal. The Air has 2 USB ports, a headphone port and a Thunderbolt (Apple Proprietary) port. If you use wired internet at all, you won't be able to use it on the Air. If you want to use a CD burner, either get an external one, or deal without one. I don't have experience with either, but that's what I've seen from looking at the specs.
 

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The Air lacks a few features but its size would be a big plus for me. But Im not sure if I could deal with it not having cd drive.

The pro has a lot more features, same price but not quite as compact. The pro also seems to be more popular, so I think that might be the one I go for.


Windows people might crucify me, but that's the reason I went back to Apple. I had a Dell that was crapping out a lot.

Personally, I'd go for a Pro. I could be completely wrong for you, but for me, the difference in size, especially if you're comparing the same screen sizes, isn't a big deal. The Air has 2 USB ports, a headphone port and a Thunderbolt (Apple Proprietary) port. If you use wired internet at all, you won't be able to use it on the Air. If you want to use a CD burner, either get an external one, or deal without one. I don't have experience with either, but that's what I've seen from looking at the specs.
 

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I received an air as a gift. I love it, but would prefer the Pro. I do miss having the cd drive on it and a little extra processing power.

The SSD on he air has been incredible and fast, though. That's a big plus.
 

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The one thing that precluded me from getting an Air was that it does not have an internal DVD drive. So I have a MacBook Pro and LOVE it. The only issue I have had with Macs is the mail program using way too much memory (as in most of my 8mb or RAM). (do a Google search and you'll see what I mean). So, I just use my browser for mail.

Logic Pro rules now that it is only $199! Lotsa luck...
 

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Stop going to bestiality porn sites and maybe your computer wouldn't need to get fixed so much.
 

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