1. anon(5519613)'s Avatar
    Hey there,

    I am an university student that uses a lot of editing software like Photoshop, Final Cut... And the Mac computers that are closer to my budget are the 2013 MacBook Air 13'' and the Non Retina Macbook Pro 13'', so I want to know which would be a better option in terms of performance and such.
    I already know about the Air being more portable and having not such good resolution screen (which isn't a big deal for me because it doesn't look ugly to my eyes).

    Thanks in advance :)
    05-21-2014 06:57 PM
  2. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Go for the non retina MBP. Because even if you can only afford a base configuration now, it has user-upgradeable RAM and hard drive. Apply your current budget to getting as much RAM as possible. If that is maxed out and you still have budget available, upgrade the hard drive to an SSD. But you can upgrade the RAM and change to an SSD later if necessary. They are both easy to install on the non retina MBP.
    Last edited by Karenkcoulter; 05-21-2014 at 07:32 PM. Reason: added more info
    05-21-2014 07:30 PM
  3. rayz336's Avatar
    In your situation, I'd go for a MacBook Pro
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    05-21-2014 07:50 PM
  4. koerk's Avatar
    I already know about the Air being more portable and having not such good resolution screen (which isn't a big deal for me because it doesn't look ugly to my eyes).
    The Pro's screen actually is inferior to the air's in regard of resolution. 1280x800 is just too little real estate IMO.

    Go for the Air!
    Can't recommend you a spinning hard drive. Get 8GB of RAM in the air and it should last you long time.
    05-22-2014 03:07 AM
  5. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    The Pro's screen actually is inferior to the air's in regard of resolution. 1280x800 is just too little real estate IMO.

    Go for the Air!
    Can't recommend you a spinning hard drive. Get 8GB of RAM in the air and it should last you long time.
    Unless they are no longer selling it, the Pro has two different choices of screen resolution.
    05-22-2014 07:45 AM
  6. koerk's Avatar
    Unless they are no longer selling it, the Pro has two different choices of screen resolution.
    The 13" pro? Don't think so.

    Edit:
    Just got that you were saying
    The OP was referring to the 13" pro, not 15". Or am I not seeing clear here?
    05-22-2014 10:25 AM
  7. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    The 13" pro? Don't think so.
    You're right. I was thinking of the 15" non-retina Pro which did come in two different resolutions.
    OP could possibly look at getting a second-hand or refurbished 15" non-retina Pro. The default model had 1440x900 but there was an upgraded option that offered 1680x1050.
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    05-22-2014 10:31 AM
  8. koerk's Avatar
    Right. Didn't understand where you were going

    Since the OP mentions portability of the air, I don't know it the 15" cmbp would suit his needs.
    05-22-2014 10:34 AM
  9. anon(5519613)'s Avatar
    Go for the non retina MBP. Because even if you can only afford a base configuration now, it has user-upgradeable RAM and hard drive. Apply your current budget to getting as much RAM as possible. If that is maxed out and you still have budget available, upgrade the hard drive to an SSD. But you can upgrade the RAM and change to an SSD later if necessary. They are both easy to install on the non retina MBP.
    Hi, thanks for replying
    You suggest a change to SSD on a MacBook Pro, but doesn't the air come with it already? And also, on terms of performance, let's say with both having 4GB of RAM, which stands up?

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    05-22-2014 11:09 PM
  10. anon(5519613)'s Avatar
    Right. Didn't understand where you were going

    Since the OP mentions portability of the air, I don't know it the 15" cmbp would suit his needs.
    Thanks for your reply!
    Interesting to see that you prefer the Air!
    Yes, 15'' would be a bit bigger than what I need and if the 13'' is kind of heavy I can't imagine the 15'' one.
    Would you recommend refurbished Airs?

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    05-22-2014 11:13 PM
  11. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Thanks for your reply!
    Interesting to see that you prefer the Air!
    Yes, 15'' would be a bit bigger than what I need and if the 13'' is kind of heavy I can't imagine the 15'' one.
    Would you recommend refurbished Airs?

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    Apple gives the same warranty as new for their refurbished products.
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    05-22-2014 11:21 PM
  12. koerk's Avatar
    Thanks for your reply!
    Interesting to see that you prefer the Air!
    Yes, 15'' would be a bit bigger than what I need and if the 13'' is kind of heavy I can't imagine the 15'' one.
    Would you recommend refurbished Airs?

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    Sure.
    Never bought one myself but I only hear good things about it.
    05-22-2014 11:54 PM
  13. anon(5519613)'s Avatar
    Sure.
    Never bought one myself but I only hear good things about it.
    Nice!
    I really want to know if I will have any limitation on an Air when I use After Effects or Final Cut (I have read something about the GPU).

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    05-25-2014 11:07 PM
  14. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Any sort of video rendering should benefit from a quad-core processor which I don't think is available on an Air.
    05-26-2014 09:42 AM

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