1. steveh552's Avatar
    Windows is starting to annoy me, hate the latest versions. I bought an iPhone 5s and love the ease of use and how it just works.

    So having said that I am looking at getting a MacBook. First off it will be my first Mac and I'm sure I will eventually have hundreds of questions. But the point of this post is that I'm not sure what to get, the air or pro, heck I admit I really don't know the difference between the two.

    I have decided I want the flash memory instead of a standard hdd. It will mainly be used to surf the web, watch videos and if I ever get back into it photo editing.

    I understand I'm going to be very limited on my hard disk (flash disk?) size which is going to be difficult, I currently have over 300gb of music and movies alone. Photos will be put into the cloud via Dropbox and google drive.

    Also what software should I look into investing in? How difficult will it to get my music and videos to transfer over?

    I'm sure these are all noob questions but any advice will be appreciated.

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    01-15-2014 07:53 AM
  2. steveh552's Avatar
    Also is it suggested to buy at the apple store or is best buy suitable? Any difference to note?


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    01-15-2014 08:00 AM
  3. rayz336's Avatar
    Best Buy or the Apple Store is suitable, you may even find better prices in Best Buy. If you have an external hard drive it'll be very easy to get your music and videos transferred over. As far as software iPhoto may handle what you'd like to do if you're only doing basic editing. If you're doing more advanced editing you should probably pick up Photoshop or one its alternatives.
    01-15-2014 08:06 AM
  4. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Buying from Apple direct gives you more customization options beyond the standard configurations. But if one of the standard configurations meets your needs, then going to BestBuy or any other retailer is fine.

    Are you planning on traveling a lot with the laptop? If so, I'd go for one of the MacBook Airs probably the 13". Otherwise, since you mentioned that you may get back into photo editing, I'd probably recommend the retina MacBook Pro simply because the retina resolution makes everything including photos look better. The Pro also has more "horsepower" in general, but unless you are a really heavy Photoshop user, the Air will get the job done just fine. If you have the money, get at least 8GB of RAM. Yes, everything will work fine with less RAM but if you are keeping the laptop for the long run, you'll be happier with 8GB or even 16GB. Either the Air or the Pro is perfectly fine for videos and surfing the web.

    As for software recommendations, the laptop will come with iPhoto, GarageBand, and iMovie (collectively, iLife) and you can download office apps Pages, Numbers, and Keynote (collectively, iWork) for free. And the Mac AppStore has lots of software and games, it just kinda depends on what you want to do with it. And unlike the iPhone/iPad, you are not limited to the AppStore and can download software from other sources. Also, look in this forum's Mac section and you'll see a number of posts of people giving their most recommended softare.

    As for all your photos/movies/music, it should be easy to transfer. The Mac comes with a utility that can assist in this. As it seems that you may have too much stuff to store on the limited SSD, you might want to invest in an external drive (either USB3, Firewire (if the Pro), or Thunderbolt), that you can attach when you want to access that media. Another option (assuming that you only want to access the media while on your home network), is to get a NAS (network-accessible storage) that connects to your router and then the media would be accessible to any PC, Windows or Mac, that connects to the network. That's a bit more expensive and a bit harder to set up than just an external hard drive that connects directly to the laptop.
    01-15-2014 08:17 AM
  5. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Best Buy or the Apple Store is suitable, you may even find better prices in Best Buy. If you have an external hard drive it'll be very easy to get your music and videos transferred over. As far as software iPhoto may handle what you'd like to do if you're only doing basic editing. If you're doing more advanced editing you should probably pick up Photoshop or one its alternatives.
    Pixelmator on the Mac AppStore is much cheaper than Photoshop and will serve most needs if iPhoto isn't enough. Hard-core professional probably needs Photoshop, but the home hobbiest probably doesn't.
    01-15-2014 08:19 AM
  6. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    One other thing...neither the Air or the retina Pro have DVD drives. So if you want to watch DVDs on the laptop, you'll need to pick up a USB DVD drive. Apple's one works well, but Amazon sells them from many manufacturers for a lot less money.
    01-15-2014 08:21 AM
  7. Algus's Avatar
    The Air offers portability and tremendous battery life at the expense of raw horsepower. The 13'' Air's 1440x900 resolution is beautiful and by no means a laughing matter. It is simply inferior to the retina Macbook Pro's display. If you constantly travel with your Air, you will appreciate the extended battery life and the lightweight form factor. If you see yourself docking your laptop to a home office setup mostly, the Pro's superior performance will probably work for you.

    Without knowing exactly what you plan to do, I would guess the Air will be sufficient for your photo editing needs as it is fine for casual/hobbyist work.

    If you have several other computers in your home, it would be well worth your time and money to get a NAS setup so that all of your systems can access your music and photos. 128 GB of storage is still fairly substantial and should be adequate for any programs you need on your system as well as a selection of media.

    Depending on your budget and so forth, you could get something like this from Other World Computing and it would address your optical drive and storage needs.
    01-15-2014 09:56 AM
  8. steveh552's Avatar
    Thank you everyone for the comments. No matter what I get battery life will be better than I get with my dell and I usually never am away from a power port very long. Only travel is when I drive to Memphis, Dallas or fly to Vegas, and obviously I wont be using it while driving (although may at a rest area with wifi which I have started to find). I am not sure I will do much with photography, most of my photos now days are with my Iphone, but I am looking at picking up a new camera, not sure yet.

    Does the Apple stores stock more than just the basic configurations (which I can find at Best Buy)? I am not huge on ordering, I like to try before I buy.
    01-15-2014 10:16 AM
  9. Algus's Avatar
    Apple Store and Best Buy will both have demo units and kiosks set up. Apple store can be rough if you're on a budget cuz they like to throw all their computers up with those nice 27'' Thunderbolt displays and full wireless input setups. Ever since my trip, I've been slowly piecemealing a desktop together as I've gotten the money!

    If you buy from the Apple web store, you can configure options like the processor, onboard memory, storage, etc. This is very helpful and not something you will find if you purchase for instance at Best Buy. Apple retail stores and the online web store are kind of integrated and buying from the store is a lot like buying from the website. You can even use the Apple Store app on your iPhone while you are in the store to ring yourself out if you want.

    Since you have not experienced the machines first hand, it will definitely be worth a trip down to the store to have a look at the display models and play with them a bit.
    01-15-2014 10:21 AM
  10. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Thank you everyone for the comments. No matter what I get battery life will be better than I get with my dell and I usually never am away from a power port very long. Only travel is when I drive to Memphis, Dallas or fly to Vegas, and obviously I wont be using it while driving (although may at a rest area with wifi which I have started to find). I am not sure I will do much with photography, most of my photos now days are with my Iphone, but I am looking at picking up a new camera, not sure yet.

    Does the Apple stores stock more than just the basic configurations (which I can find at Best Buy)? I am not huge on ordering, I like to try before I buy.
    The Apple Store usually only has the basic configurations. But trying one out at the store should be fine. The configurations you can make by ordering online only make the machine more powerful or have more storage. So if you're happy with what you seen in the store, then ordering will only get you a better machine.
    Ordering can get you more RAM, processor bumps and a bigger SSD. As I said before if the standard config you want has less than 8GB RAM then I'd recommend ordering. Processor bumps are probably not worth it for your uses. And the SSD size is just how much money you're willing to shell out.
    01-15-2014 10:50 AM
  11. steveh552's Avatar
    Good food for thought.


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    01-15-2014 03:01 PM
  12. Aanya's Avatar
    Both MacBook Air or MacBook Pro are good for me. But I would suggest MacBook Air, because of lightness and as you mentioned you have minimum travel time. But pro graphic quality is best. Better you just go to apple store and compare both features by own.
    01-16-2014 12:09 AM
  13. MacGeekAZ's Avatar
    For casual use (watching movies, searching the web, light photo editing and organizing), I'd go with the MacBook Air. It is lighter than the Pro, and gets amazing battery life.

    Do stop by an Apple store or Best Buy and try the different models. To get a good deal, consider buying a refurbished one from Apple's online store. I just ordered a refurbished MacBook Air for about $300 less than the retail price. It's the latest model, too, not an older one. (If you do go with refurbished, remember that there was a big upgrade of the MacBook Air in 2013 - don't get the 2012.)
    02-16-2014 12:45 PM

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