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    Default 2011 MacBook Air

    Just need an opinion MacBook Air 2011 with 4gb of ram and 128gb SSD hard drive or a 2012 MacBook Pro that can be upgraded? I know the Pro can have up to 16gb of ram and I can put in a new hard drive where as the Air I can't do much of anything besides add a flash hard drive.

    MacBook Air is $250
    MacBook Pro is $200
    Last edited by BradKamin; 08-21-2016 at 12:16 PM.
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    Default Re: 2011 MacBook Air

    If those are the only choices, I'd go with the newer model.
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    Default Re: 2011 MacBook Air

    I have a 2010 MacBook Pro and the thing last because I was able to make those improvements in ram and hard drive. Don't forget you can also replace the battery if this is a intermediate to long term use computer.
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    Default Re: 2011 MacBook Air

    Looks like I found something cheaper $200 for a 2012 MacBook Pro although it does have a dent. Worth the price even with the dent?

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    Default Re: 2011 MacBook Air

    You might Wonna hide your serial number next time? Yeah I still use the Mid 2012 Macbook. It's still a good on there.
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    Default Re: 2011 MacBook Air

    You're really looking at two computers meant for two different things and users.

    I have the 2011 4 / 128 11" Air. When I initially started looking around at Mac notebooks, I looked at the Airs (11 and 13") as well as the Pro. I was concerned about the storage on the Air (since long dismissed - tons of stuff: lots of docs and pdf, over 1000 pics, 30 films, 1200 tunes, and still 40GB free - bigger, less-often accessed stuff on an portable drive); I liked the idea of flash drive over HDD (without a pricey 'upgrade'); I wasn't overly concerned over the RAM (given the type of software I ran - no CAD or other media-heavy editing); I didn't need a optical drive (I had an USB external, portable one that I hardly ever used); and I really liked the drop in weight and overall size (essentially, not far off the size of an iPad, but a 'real' computer with useful ports) for travel / portability, so that's what had me go to the 11". And, so far, I've been able to upgrade the OS without any significant usage issues.

    The Pro certainly upgradeable (for a price) and its got the horsepower on board to do processor-heavy lifting (but if you're using most included apps or as a WP or to cruise the internet, its really not required), but that's not the only thing comparatively heavy. The most valuable 'upgradeable' item on the Pro might be the battery, depending on how many cycles it's gone thru, and if the plan is to use it mostly as a portable.

    Both models haven't had any substantial internal upgrades in several years (the Air closet to current, though - not saying much), while obviously you need to check the screen and the keyboards to ensure all's good there. On the Pro, make sure the optical drive works - and doesn't eat CD / DVDs.

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