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Macbook Pro & Air comparison!

Macbook Pro & Air comparison!

This is a guest post by Yousuf Khan who blogs at HaveFunForever. If you wish to write for CallingAllGeeks, check our guest posting guidelines.

If you are an Apple Fan-boy then you will defiantly like to go with Macbook Air but if you are a normal PC user than the question is which one should you buy? Macbook Pro OR Air and Why? Well the answer is based on your usage, if you are frequent traveler than most probably you will like to got with MB Air because of it’s size and weight.

Below I will state the details of both Macbook pro and Macbook Air so you can easily choose one from them. Remember that here I am comparing simplest 13 inch models of both machines.

Size & Weight

Macbook Air is an ultra-portable netbook. Macbook Air has a thickness of just 0.16” at its thinnest point and 0.68” at its thickest point. Whereas Macbook Pro is far thicker then the Air with a thickness of 0.95”, Macbook Pro is also as heavier as 2 times than a Macbook Air with a weight of 2.04 kg compared to the Air’s 1.3 kg.

Macbook Pro & Air, Size Comparison

Processor, Cache And RAM

Now this is the place where Macbook Pro wins than Air. Macbook Pro has a processor of 2.4GHz with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache and 1066MHz frontside bus and 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 RAM. Whereas Macbook Air has a processor of 1.86GHz with 6MB on-chip shared L2 cache and 1066MHz frontside bus and 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM.

Storage

Macbook Pro comes with a 250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive whereas Macbook Air comes with 128GB of flash storage. If compared than Macbook Pro have more disk space then Air but with slow speed. Yes! it’s right, Macbook Pro’s hard drive is slower than Air’s. Macbook Air boot up quicker than the Pro.

Graphics & Camera

Both machines comes with NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB DDR3 SDRAM and supports resolution up to 2560 by 1600 pixels at millions of colors, even on external monitors. Macbook Pro comes with iSight camera whereas Macbook Air comes with Facetime camera.

Keyboard and trackpad

Both machines comes with Full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys and Multi-Touch trackpad for precise cursor control; supports inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities.

Ports

Macbook Air comes with 2 2.0 USB ports, 1 SD card slot, Mini Display Port, Headphone mini jack, microphone support and a MagSafe port.  Macbook Pro comes with all of these ports plus Gigabit Ethernet port, One FireWire 800 port, Audio in and a Kensington lock slot.

Battery

Macbook Air comes with Built-in 50-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery with 7 hours of usage time and 30 days standby whereas Macbook Pro comes with a 63.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery with battery timing up to 10 hours.

Communications

Macbook Air comes with AirPort extreme  and Bluetooth 2.1  + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology whereas Macbook Pro comes with AirPort extreme, EDR and Gigabit Ethernet port.

Optical drive

Macbook Pro comes with 8x SuperDrive which can read/write CDs/DVDs while Macbook Air don’t come with any optical drive though you can purchase an official super drive sold separately for $79.

Summary

From all  these details , it is clear that Macbook Pro is built for power whereas Air for portability. If you are frequent traveler than go for Air otherwise MB Pro is the choice for Pros and professionals.

Do tell us which one are you looking to buy! Did I missed anything? If yes than comment it below.

Article by Yousuf Khan

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  • John Wyatt March 11, 2011, 8:36 am

    You know, unless you really need to travel light, I’d still opt for the MacBook Pro. It’s a little heavier but it’s a full fledged, no compromises Mac.

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