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MacBoor Air or Pro? Please help me decide, I am clueless and an Apple virgin

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PacificDogwood Sat 21-Sep-13 19:02:15

Well, almost.
I have an iPhone 4S which is clearly cleverer than me and sometimes frustrates me.

I am currently on a Dell Inspiron 6400 which is about 7 years old, used to be DH and is as slow as treacle, frequently crashes, requiring restarts etc.

We are slowly changing from a PC family to an Apply one I think although the desktop and main computer is still a PC which runs our network.

I use the laptop mainly for MNing playing in the internet, occasional work related stuff ie emails etc, and would like to have my photos on whatever new lap-device I get, rather than the desktop that is often monopolised by darling offspring hmm

So, any advice? Air or Pro? What size screen and memory/processing speed? Currently I am thinking I'd rather compromise on size and have shedloads of memory and speed - any thoughts?

I am not a gamer, so anything that would support htat is of no interest to me.

PacificDogwood Tue 15-Oct-13 18:54:46

Oops, thank you for all your help.
That's what I really came on to post.
Premature posting due to excitement blush

PacificDogwood Tue 15-Oct-13 18:50:53

Just to let all you lovely people know that I am typing this from my shiny new Air grin.
13 in, 4GB, 256GB.

I am vair, vair pleased gringringrin

PacificDogwood Mon 07-Oct-13 21:37:22

No, I am not bothered about the lack of player at all.
At a push I'd get an external one.

The Retina screen Pros are vair, vair nice but also Even More Expensive.
So, no. Sadly, no sad.

southeastdweller Mon 07-Oct-13 20:35:36

The new retina screen Pro's are lighter compared to the other Pro's and just as powerful. They weigh 1.6kg each so almost as portable as the Air's.
No player but then would you really play CD's and DVD's much on it?

Eastpoint Mon 07-Oct-13 04:57:07

Definitely buy it from the Apple Store. You can only get OnetoOne if you buy it direct & it's fab. You can sign up to one on one sessions to help you with a particular issue, there are courses you can attend on particular apps, like iMovie or iPhoto.

pacificdogwood Sun 06-Oct-13 22:48:34


Sorry to have to revive this thread.

I think I will buy from Apple store or online because that is a condition of their One to One support for the first year.

Dh thinks I am a fool to consider the Air because it has the less powerful processor and no player.

I like the idea of Solid State Memory (Flash) over a spinning harddrive and how small/light and sexy the Air is. I'd go for the 13in screen and add extra memory.

So, I feel I am back to my originaly question: Air or Pro??
<tears out hair>

PacificDogwood Thu 03-Oct-13 19:22:01

Thanks for that, I'll look at John Lewis - looks like a v good offer smile

nancerama Thu 03-Oct-13 13:15:46

I had to get my last MacBook Air from Currys, at the insistence of my insurer. I've had plenty of fun with the genius's in the apple store. So long as you register your machine online, it doesn't matter where it was bought as all machines come with AppleCare for the first year, I believe.

You may want to double check with Apple first though, just in case the deal with JL is different.

PacificDogwood Thu 03-Oct-13 10:14:13


I am still confused, but more knowledgably so IYKWIM.

I think my ideal machine would be a MacBook Air specced to the rafters with 8GB RAM and 512kb Flash grin = 1449 big fat smackeroonies sad. So that's not likely to happen....

The chap I spoke to was v patient with me and spent a lot of time on all my inane questions, but sadly could not make the decision for me. Bastard!

nancerama, if I bought from John Lewis would I be able to also buy into the Apple One to One support for the first year? I clearly need a lot of tuition to get my head round the Apple-Otherness hmm.

All the gadgets were v shiny and lovely and sleek - whatever I'll end up getting it will be MINE and mine alone <glowers at kids>. My Precioussssss grin

nancerama Wed 02-Oct-13 18:05:00

John Lewis have a 2 year warrantee on all electrical products at the moment. If you're going to buy, that's a great option.

southeastdweller Wed 02-Oct-13 17:59:06

So how did it go?

PacificDogwood Mon 30-Sep-13 21:01:55

I am off to the Apple store tomorrow <excited>
Only to get information and to windoshop, you understand grin
I shall leave my credit card at home, just in case...

Photos are a bit of a concern - that's one question to ask, ta.

SoupDragon Wed 25-Sep-13 21:12:02

I have the bigger Air and I love it. I use it for much the same as you other than photos- they are on my ipad.

The Flash drives make it boot up very quickly and I think that is also what makes it so thin and gorgeous

Ambassadoryouarespoilingme Wed 25-Sep-13 21:04:34

I have a 13inch Pro, and I think its great. I do need to lug it around and seriously considered the Air, but I do a lot of work on the laptop and need a computer which has a CD drive etc. I have no complaints, although by the end of a work day, i'm not sorry to put it down.
The best bit is the synching of your calendars across devices so I have a better chance of staying on top of what is going on.

southeastdweller Wed 25-Sep-13 20:55:53

Think a Pro is more suitable, then. You can't get 11" in those and don't forget the new ones are coming out soon.

PacificDogwood Wed 25-Sep-13 20:50:53

Ok then, Ancient Dell I am sitting on seems to have a 15 1/2'' screensize.
I probably won't be carrying it around with me that much unless I fall totally in love with it.
Hm. So, I'd better invest my money in memory and harddrive, eh? Rather than cuteness.

PacificDogwood Wed 25-Sep-13 20:47:33

What size am I used to? No idea... blush

<goes to get measuring tape>

ThePuffyShirt Wed 25-Sep-13 20:47:30

I have a newish pro and love it very much.

southeastdweller Wed 25-Sep-13 20:44:55

What size laptop are you used to then, OP?

PiratePanda Wed 25-Sep-13 19:08:01

I lug my 15" pro everywhere and I have chronic back trouble. It's got lighter and lighter over the years (my first was one of the original titanium ones....beautiful machine!)

ParkerTheThief Wed 25-Sep-13 17:51:28

If you're not going to be lugging it around on a regular basis I'd get a pro

trashcansinatra Tue 24-Sep-13 23:14:55

If you want to take it with you, go for an Air. If you need more disk space or want more grunt go for a pro.

We've just bought a 13" 256GB and it is fab, but disk isn't big enough for all our music and photos so they stay on the Pro (and a backup disk of course!)

nancerama Tue 24-Sep-13 23:04:41

I had a 13" MacBook Pro and loved it until it was taken in a burglary. For whatever reason, my insurers replaced it with an Air, and I have no complaints at all.

It's fast and so very light. DM has a pro, as does DH, and I find them heavy and unwieldy.

PacificDogwood Tue 24-Sep-13 22:56:03

So what makes the Pros that much heavier??

When I specced my 2k 13'' Air on-line it got really expensive because I added lots of memory. I don't understand the difference between, say, 2GB of 'storage' and 512k 'Flash' confusedblush

southeastdweller Tue 24-Sep-13 22:46:40

Oh and the new Pro's are out within the next two months, which means the current ones may get reduced then, as they were last year.

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