2012 Macbook Pro 13" vs 2013 Macbook Air 13"

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Jesper S. Jensen Regular Member • Posts: 365
2012 Macbook Pro 13" vs 2013 Macbook Air 13"


Within about  3 months, I'm going to buy myself a new computer. I've put my eyes on Apple, I want a Mac

Now, I do only have so and so much money to spend on a Mac, and this is how it looks :

Option 1; I've been looking at a 2012 Macbook Pro 13", standard config (500 gb HD +  4GB RAM)

This could be upgraded with faster SSD + RAM, when needed.

Option 2: 2013 Macbook Air 13", standard config (128GB SSD + 4GB RAM). On this, I could either order with 256 GB SSD (most expensive) or with 8 GB RAM ( the cheapest option )

In Standard config, the price is very similar in the shops I've compared. I'm going to use it as my everyday computer, I will also install Lightroom 5 for photo editing, and also perhaps do some video editing i iMovie.

Pros & Cons MBP : Pro: It's easy to upgrade, both HDD and RAM. It is "PRO" , maybe better screen despite low res (1280x800), more ports .

CONS: low res screen, slow standard HDD , heavy vs the AIR, 2012 technology, not so long battery life as AIR

Pros & Cons MBA: Pro: Extreme long battery life, portability, new processors, 2013 technology, more screen real estate than the BMP

Cons: Screen may not be so good for photo editing ? Small HDD (in std config), few ports, no ethernet port.

I've not taken into consideration, that Apple might be releasing new MBP's with new Intel processor in the fall.

So questions is; what should I go for ? Is the MBA 13" 128GB / 4GB just fine for editing small videos and photo's in Lightroom 5 ? I'm not planning to fill up the hard drive with the with Photoshop CC suite , so I expect that the 128GB would be okay

Would be great  hearing  from someone , who has experience with 2013 MBA 13# and especially working with Lightroom 5 also


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