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orangeman wrote on 24 January 2012 - 03:53 PM:
The Air's processor isn't slow. It runs at a lower clockspeed because it is designed to produce less heat and consume less power on typical loads. When needed, the cores can turbo up to around 2.XGhz depending on the model. This performance complaint was refuted when the models were first released.
4GB is fine for most Photoshop files buy 8GB provides a good cushion if and when you edit multiple large files at once. I've ran and done work in Photoshop and Lightroom with 1GB so memory isn't necessarily the main concern.
I'd personally hold out for the next refresh in a few months. The unibody Macbook Pro has thermal issues and the newer Intel chips might finally resolve those problems. There's also talk of the Pros ditching the optical drive and having some different internals and maybe external appearance.
orangeman wrote on 24 January 2012 - 04:49 PM:
The concern is whether you care for the optical drive or not. They'll probably be removed in future revisions and if you really hate that thing but want the higher-performance of a Pro, wait it out. Future Pro models assuming the optical is out should have a better battery life and thinner profile, making it lighter also (under 4 pounds).
If you can live with the optical drive and the weight that comes with the current Pro models (as opposed to the Air), go for it. Whatever happens, you can pop in some memory down the line and swap the optical drive for a drive caddy later on.
o________O wrote on 18 January 2012 - 03:14 AM:
I thought OSX was a nice fresh start too, I have no complaints about the software. During the first year, I loved my MB and detested windows, until I realised how bad the hardware was compared to windows notebooks that were half the price. I don't ever expect to use the hardware to full capacity (bad idea anyway) but I like having the additional power?
What's your reason for wanting a MB exactly? Tired of windows? Want something different? You won't run into many issues regarding compatibility nowadays, so I wouldn't really worry about that, but are you willing to spend 2x as much money for a notebook that's noticeably less powerful for its aesthetic appeal? My main complaint about MB's is their price for performance which is shockingly bad, although the software is nicer. I'm set on getting the 5750, just sayin'.