[Macbook] MBA or MBP?

Thinking of upgrading my trusty Macbook white early 2009 w/ nVidia 9400M graphics.   First off, I'm slightly disappointed that *all* macbook are using onboard intel GPU so my guess is that gaming performance would not be that great!   Anyway, I guess I should set my priorities:

As light weight as possible and as big of a screen as possible.   I'll be using it for coding and given the large amount of data involved, I suspect amount of ram would be more important than CPU speed...

So I'm looking at:

#1:  13in MBA w/ 2.2Ghz i7 (TB to 3.2Ghz), 8Gb ram (max) and 256Gb SSD 1.35Kg, at HKD$11k
#2:  13in MBP w/ 2.7Ghz i5 (TB to 3.1Ghz), 8Gb ram (16Gb max) and 256Gb SSD 1.58kg, at HKD$11.5k

Advantage for #1 is i7 & lighter weight while #2 got faster clock although on i5 only, more room for RAM upgrade AND Retina display.

So to me #2 seems to be the sweet spot?   More importantly, is the RAM and SSD easily upgradeable?     The upgrade costs again seems excessive and from my limited experience on my MBW, it was relatively easy to upgrade the RAM & the SSD.

If u don't mind a bit heavy, MBPR is much better (13" or 15")
Mine was upgraded from 11" MBA to 13" MBPR , actually size of 13"MBPR is even smaller than 13" MBA but a bit thicker ! (once you get used to retina display, u will never go back to normal display)

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本帖最後由 evec 於 2015-8-5 19:24 編輯

large amount of data, big display, good GPU, big ram and very light

Hardware
2.7GHz 12 核心配備 30MB L3 快取記憶體
64GB (4 x 16GB) 1866MHz DDR3 ECC
1TB PCIe 快閃儲存
雙 AMD FirePro D700 GPU,每個配備 6GB GDDR5 VRAM


Mac Pro 產品價格:HK$74,868        Quantity (Mac Pro)        產品總價格:HK$74,868


Sharp 32 吋 PN-K321 - 4K 超高清 LED 顯示器 產品價格:HK$29,998        Quantity (Sharp 32 吋 PN-K321 - 4K 超高清 LED 顯示器)        產品總價格:HK$29,998

總費用明細
購物車小計        HK$104,866
免費運送        HK$0
總計        HK$104,866

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本帖最後由 Jester 於 2015-8-5 19:37 編輯
If u don't mind a bit heavy, MBPR is much better (13" or 15")
Mine was upgraded from 11" MBA to 13"  ...
kinghung 發表於 2015-8-5 17:43



    Yes I'm definitely leaning toward MBP.    What are the number of cores for the i7 in MBA vs. i5 in MBP?   Is MBP still using Haswell while the MBA is already using Broadwell?

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large amount of data, big display, good GPU, big ram and very light

Hardware
2.7GHz 12 核心配備 30M ...
evec 發表於 2015-8-5 19:21


This looks like a desktop right?   I'm looking for a notebook.    Moreover, dropping HKD$100k on a computer is not my thing.  Tx.

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Bigger monitor。。。。。。

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MBA is very light in weight but it has 2 usb ports only.

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