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Please nerdify me.

We are thinking of getting a new computer and I'm looking at the difference between the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, and don't really know what I need, or what all the techy jargon means. Can anyone explain why one might choose one over the other (other than cost), or share what your experience has been like using either. It would be our primary computer and used mainly for surfing, skyping, posting photos on flickr/ making photo books, office functions...

Any thoughts oh wise ones?
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Old 10.08.2012, 00:06
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Re: Please nerdify me.

As a non-Apple expert, I would say that the Air is better for travelling and looking cool on the train.

If you're using it at home then the pro would be more fitting.
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Re: Please nerdify me.

Non-geek advice here too:
The difference between Air and Pro is for us, technologically challenged, that Pro has a CD/DVD reader and Air hasn't. My guess is that there is more capacity of some kind in a Pro, so depending on what you use your computer for, how much video/picture/multimedia thingies you do, you'll know to go for the normal one (Air) or for the boosted one (Pro).

I took the time to go to an apple store and made the sells man beg for mercy at the end (just a figure of speech, I was nice to him), asked all possible stupid questions with no shame whatsoever and made him translate in human language any technical terms, even the one I think I know, just in case. He worked hard for this money for app. 30 minutes, but I must say that I feel I did the right choice to fit my needs.
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Re: Please nerdify me.

If it's going to be your primary computer then go for the MacBook Pro, and if you can go up to the 15-inch variant then I'd recommend that you do.

The MacBook Air is really only a computer you would use as a secondary portable device in addition to your main computer. The vast majority of Air users that I know are also running an iMac/Mac Pro setup as their primary workstation. You have to take into account that the Air was designed with one thing in mind - Portability. Therefore there are compromises with it that may or may not affect you depending on what you want to do.
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We are thinking of getting a new computer and I'm looking at the difference between the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, and don't really know what I need, or what all the techy jargon means. Can anyone explain why one might choose one over the other (other than cost), or share what your experience has been like using either. It would be our primary computer and used mainly for surfing, skyping, posting photos on flickr/ making photo books, office functions...

Any thoughts oh wise ones?
just buy the one you think looks nicest.
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Old 10.08.2012, 10:16
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just buy the one you think looks nicest.
Do either of them come in kiwi green with purple polka-dots? If so, that's the one I want! (My PC is all silver and black, how boring )
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Re: Please nerdify me.

The pro comes with more memory, a dedicated graphics card and better chipset. If all you're going to do is browse the web, emails, photos and the odd home movie, the air might be all you need.

If you want to do anything more processor intensive, heavy photoshopping, lot's of video editing, music and so on, go for the pro. Higher screen resolution is also a must for some more complex apps, just to be able to see all your controls.
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Old 10.08.2012, 10:41
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Re: Please nerdify me.

Neither, buy a Windows Ultrabook
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Neither, buy a Windows Ultrabook
I will never go back to a PC after using a Mac.

Sorry to be so dense, but I don't really know what a graphics card and dedicated chip set does? I do some photo-editing, but primarily with flickr. However I wouldn't mind starting some tutorials with photoshop, etc...seems like I should lean towards the Pro.
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I will never go back to a PC after using a Mac.

Sorry to be so dense, but I don't really know what a graphics card and dedicated chip set does? I do some photo-editing, but primarily with flickr. However I wouldn't mind starting some tutorials with photoshop, etc...seems like I should lean towards the Pro.
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Re: Please nerdify me.

I have no idea what a Mac is, but I would start your nerdification by getting rid of the distinctly un-geeky profile pic..

but seriously, go for the Air. The reason you don't know about dedicated graphic chips is because you don't need to... not for what you said you want to use it for.
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Re: Please nerdify me.

The latest Macbook Airs are more than powerful enough for the sort of usage you mention. I've got a 13" model, and it's great. Fast, light, great battery life (although it's plugged in most of the time). I had the previous model as well.

It will happily work with pictures, photoshop, movies etc.

You'll probably use the DVD drive less than you think you will. Apple sell a USB drive for the Air if you really must have one.

The 13" Air has a higher screen resolution than the 13" Pro, and it (the Air) comes with an SSD as well - there's almost no reason to get a 13" Pro given the existence of the Air. (SSD is the type of storage, and means the whole machine feels faster, all the time, compared with other laptops with a hard drive)

If you really want a larger screen, of course a 15" Pro is the only option. But bear in mind it's much, much chunkier than an Air. Can always get an external display if you want more screen space.

My big suggestion would be, go with 8GB RAM and at least a 256GB SSD. That will give it a longer useable life.
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Re: Please nerdify me.

Just a detail:my dear sells man also said Fotoshop works perfectly well on the AIR. You'd have to do more specific things to need a PRO. Just sayin'...
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Re: Please nerdify me.

I would spring for the air. My wife has the 11" air and she loves it; it's very portable, and even "big handbag" friendly. Go for the 4gb option.

if you have the cash, a 27" thunderbolt screen + keyboard & mouse/trackpad as well.

That way you have a nice portable that you can plug in at home and it becomes a proper desktop. The dual screen are useful too.

Note: if Photoshopping or video editing are in your work brief, I'd consider an external hard drive for the Swap file. It can be left plugged into the 27" screen above.
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Re: Please nerdify me.

The Air is smaller (including the screen), lighter and cheaper. It is more convenient to carry around because of its size, but it doesn't have a disk drive so you can't download stuff from a disc, watch a movie on DVD, listen to a cd, etc.

The Pro has a larger screen, comes standard with more memory and has a disc drive. I believe that it also has a longer battery life although I may be mistaken about that point.

I looked at both and ended up with the MacBook Pro with the 15" screen. I love it and it does everything I want to do, which mostly involves internet stuff, word processing, home budgets, and some light photo editing and storage. With the addition of a 10 dollar App from the Apple Store, I've also been able to make dvd's for the kids school projects as well as Photo/home movie DVDs. Also, even though it's bigger and heavier than the Air, it's still tons thinner and lighter than the Dell that it replaced.

In my case, the disc drive was the deciding factor. My elderly parents aren't exactly tech savvy, so I can make a photo and movie DVD of the kids, drop it in the mail back to the states, and my mom can just pop it in the DVD player and still feel connected with her grandkids.

One final thing, that I would suggest that whichever way you go, you spend the money to get the one year of Face to Face tech support. It costs around $100 and it gets you the ability to schedule as many one on one tutorials as your schedule will allow in any Apple Store. You just schedule the appointment on line, show up at the appropriate time and spend an hour with a tutor going over whatever application or program you've signed up for.
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The Air is smaller (including the screen), lighter and cheaper. It is more convenient to carry around because of its size, but it doesn't have a disk drive so you can't download stuff from a disc, watch a movie on DVD, listen to a cd, etc.

In my case, the disc drive was the deciding factor.
There is a simple solution to this problem (I love my Air. If you plan to carry it around, the weight difference is quite noticeable):

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Re: Please nerdify me.

I considered the external drive, but it by the time you add external disc drive, bigger monitor for home use, etc. the price has exceeded what I spent for my Pro by quite a bit.

I think that the correct answer depends on what's important to the individual. According to Apple, my MacBook Pro weighs 2.6 pounds more than the Air. That doesn't seem like a lot of extra weight to me for the benefits that you get, but if you are going to lug the thing around every day then you are probably right.

In my case, I accepted the extra weight but saved myself some bucks and the clutter of having to plug in a bunch of external stuff. I don't even use a mouse, just the touchpad below the keyboard.
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Re: Please nerdify me.

Linux.

there. you're nerdified.
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