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New MBA or Old MBP?

Started Jun 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
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tom e
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New MBA or Old MBP?
Jun 12, 2012

I am looking for a new laptop for my daughter who will be off to college in the fall. Her old MB is chock full (110Gb or so on her 128Gb drive) and slower than molasses in January.

I thought I would want to get her a new model today when they were announced, now I'm not so sure. I find the prices of the new models daunting.

Here is my either/or:

New MB Air with 512Gb SSD, $1900 with student discount (plus $100 iTunes gift card). Will need to buy the external superdrive as well.

Old MB Pro 13" MD314LL/A with 750Gb HD for about $1400.

Weight is about 3 pounds vs 4.5 pounds.

She is not a videographer or have other heavy processor demands.

Yes, I know no thunderbold on old MBP.

I find it hard to choose the MBA as much as I like them. Any compelling reasons that I should still go for it?

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