Forum Question: Difference Between Air/pro

I recently purchased an MacAir a little apprehensive that it does not have a cd drive. I love making pic DVDs and messing with music. Thinking maybe I should go back and get the pro. I surf the Internet edit pictures and mess with music. Sometimes I have to write a paper for a project but not on a regular basis. What do I do? Help

Comments: 7 Responses to “Difference Between Air/pro”

    1/26/13 @ 3:40 pm

    Well, aside from the obvious differences (price, weight, size) there is a difference in power — but it depends on which MacBook Air you are comparing to which MacBook Pro.
    However, the new MacBook Pros don’t have an optical drive in them either.
    The solution is to simply get an external USB optical drive. Apple sells one that is pretty reasonable in price. Third-party ones may be even cheaper, but not cheap enough to be worth it in my opinion.
    So then you have all the advantages of a lightweight MacBook Air, plus you get to burn DVDs if you still want to when you are using it at your desk.

      1/26/13 @ 4:44 pm

      Thank you- I have the 13in 4gb/128gb. Just so you know this is my first Mac computer. These numbers are a foreign language to me. My husband purchased this for me. I just want to be sure it’s the right machine for me, before I open it.

        1/26/13 @ 5:16 pm

        Hard to say if it is the right Mac for you — it is very subjective so it would take someone who knows you well to know that. Maybe take a visit to the Apple Store and look at each model. Ask someone there to explain the differences. Try the machines and see what you like.

      Mac Carter
      1/27/13 @ 7:22 am

      The one disadvantage between the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro that Gary did not mention — screen size. Currently the Air screen comes in 11″ and 13″ (diagonal) versions. The MacBook Pro comes in 13″ and 15″ screens. The larger 15″ Pro screen is extremely helpful if you want more screen space for opening and viewing multiple windows.

    1/28/13 @ 6:36 am

    I hoping Apple will shortly introduce a 15″ Macbook Air to solve that.

    1/28/13 @ 3:43 pm

    Didn’t comment on this yesterday, but thought, “what the heck.”
    No CD/DVD drive? = inevitable progress. Was not surprised to learn MBPs no longer offer it, as well as a 17″ screen.
    If Have the pocketbook,? MacBook Pro 15″ can do *anything and everything* an Air can – faster and better – with proper specs and software. Mine is “mid ’10” – have never looked back (after 40+ years of MSDOS/WINDOWS.). It’s still does “everything” I need, and then some. Get Gary MtLion Primmer and external-Drives.

    1/30/13 @ 10:50 am

    Dave is it possible to construct proper sentences, I don’t know about anyone else but I hardly understand what you have written, except I think you are trying to say that Macbook Pros are superior to the Air.

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