Decision of Life time, can rip you apart to decide, which is the actually the right choice. One big reason you would be thinking that you can give to me or yourself for buying the Macbook Air is that it costs a lot less and you don’t want to waste too much money. Let me tell you it is a tough choice and you may have been debating the decision for weeks and months still you can’t have figured out what is the right choice. I was in the same boat, few days back.
You may have watched numerous Youtube videos and reviews and some would have suggested that the MacBook Pro 2015 is better others would have suggested the Macbook Air 2015 is great.
I promise you that you will be able to figure out what you need to buy and why you should? Once you finish reading the article. But let me first briefly give an account of the basic differences.
MacBook Air Or MacBook Pro 2015
I think you would have gone through the detailed Specs for both the laptops and would have found out the performance benefits of the Apple Macbook Pro vs the Macbook Air. Let’s assume for a minute that you are planning to buy the 128 GB version of either the Macbook Pro or Air. Here is quick peek into technical specs sheet.
Technical Specs Comparison -Macbook Pro 2015 Vs Macbook Air 2015
|Specs Comparison||Macbook Air 2015||Macbook Pro 2015|
|Processor||1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache||2.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache|
|RAM||4 GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3||8 GB of 1866 MHz LPDDR3|
|SSD||128 GB SSD PCIE||128 GB SSD PCIE|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 6000||Intel IRIS 6100|
|OS||OS X Yosemite 10.10.5||OS X Yosemite 10.10.5|
|Screen Size||13.3 inches||13.3 inch|
|PPI||125 PPI||227 PPI|
|Track Pad||Non – Force Touch Trackpad||Force Touch Trackpad|
|Weight||1.35 KG||1.58 KG|
|Battery Life||Upto 12 Hours||Upto 12 Hours|
|Thickness||1.7 cm||1.8 cm|
|Price||Rs. 57,000 or $ 950||Rs. 80000 ($1200)|
*Pricing can vary.
Technical specs give you a perspective that obviously the Macbook Pro is better as far as specs and performance is concerned. But it don’t tell which is right for you.
The Macbook Air is thinner and lighter and has more battery life. The big question, I think is the additional Rs. 24,000 or ($350) which you need to spend if you are planning to get the Macbook Pro 2015 Vs the Macbook Air 2015.
I had this dilemma which you might be having a couple of weeks back but finally took the decision after a lot of analysis – paralysis. Let’s first look at Pros and Cons for both the laptops then I will give you my final advice.
The Mac Book PRO offers Best in Class Display , Keyboard and Trackpad – it is stunningly Gorgeous.
MacBook Pro 2015 or MacBook Air 2015
Faster Processor more snappy performance, better at doing multi-tasking opening 20 windows in a browser, working on images and editing videos, compressing data. The faster processor makes the Macbook Pro more future proof compared to the Macbook Air.
4 GB More RAM – This is one of the compelling reasons, 4 GB Ram on Mac Book Air may be sufficient now 1-2 years down the line may need an upgrade. The Indian Macbook Air model don’t come with the 8 GB version which is available in the US and other countries till now.
Retina Display – The screen resolution of the Macbook Pro is 2560*1600 which is incredible(with 227 PPI) and the text and videos look much better on the Macbook Pro compared to the Macbook Air. The MacBook Air 13 inch display has a resolution of 1400*900 which is better than most laptops with 1366*768 resolution but would have loved it if it was even 1920*1080, a full HD display. It is the best display I have ever seen on a laptop.
The other significant difference you will see is the color reproduction on the Macbook Pro screen is unmatched to any other laptop screen. Colors are more natural and closer to reality on the Macbook pro display.
All these subtle differences make the Macbook pro display far superior.
I strongly believe the Keyboard and display and the trackpad makes a lot of difference in the user experience.
Force Touch Track Pad: – The trackpad is force touch on the Macbook Pro while the Macbook Air 2015 has a normal trackpad. The force touch trackpad on the MacBook pro is best I have experienced so far. It eliminates the need to use the external mouse which I prefer to use even with the best of Dell or Lenovo laptops.
Battery Life: Both the notebooks have insanely good battery back up, but here the MacBook Air scores slightly more due to additional 1-2 hours of battery life.
Thinness and Weight – While the MacBook pro is quite light in weight, only 1.48 Kg the Air is light as a feather weighing only 1.1 kg. The thickness for Macbook Pro is while MacBook Air is even thinner to the Macbook Pro.
Let’s also look At the Performance bench mark for both Macbook Pro 2015 and Macbook Air 2015.
GeekBench Mark Macbook Pro 2015 or Macbook Air 2015
Macbook Pro is about 20% faster in the geek benchmark Vs the Macbook Air.
Unigene Heaven Benchmark 4.0 – Macbook Pro 2015 or Macbook Air 2015
The difference in the Unigene Heavens bench mark suggests Macbook Air and Pro are quite close in graphical performance.
Disk Speed Test – Macbook Pro 2015 or Macbook Air 2015
Not too much of a difference in data transfer speed both utilize the same PCI-E based SSD.
Battery Life – Macbook Pro 2015 or Macbook Air 2015
Macbook Pro 2015 or Macbook Air 2015 – Colors and Screen View-ability
Clearly the Macbook Pro 2015 Wins over the Macbook Air 2015 with more natural colors and smoother high PPI display screen.
Concluding Thoughts – Should You Buy MacBook Pro 2015 or MacBook Air 2015.
I think we have covered most of the differences and Pros/Cons benchmarks and specs for both the notebooks. It is time to make up the mind which is the right choice for you.
Let me put it bluntly there is no absolute right choice. Everyone have different needs and wants, so I am just penning down – Why you should go with either of them.
As far as I was concerned, after being in two minds for weeks. I decided to take a walk in 2-3 Apple retail stores and asked the salesperson to demonstrate both the machines. You also need to do the same before you buy. You will get a clearer picture and decision will become easy.
The user Experience is Way Superior.
While I like the Macbook Air for it’s Low cost, Slim and thin profile, still felt some of the things were missing. I wanted to have a powerful machine which I can use for next 4-5 years. I don’t intend to change it after 2-3 years and extra cost of Macbook Air was justified by, retina display, additional Ram, and Force touch trackpad.
The Macbook Pro is expensive and is not for everyone can afford it, had some real positives for spending the extra money. The retina display is just gorgeous, faster processor and 8 GB Ram ensures you can use it for the next 4-5 years easily. Force touch pad is also an added advantage.
Money is to be spent only once and if you have it no need to make compromises. That was the case for me. If you are looking for a light weight notebook, not so expensive – MacBook Air is great to run all your daily tasks like email, internet surfing, Keynote presentations etc.
But if you are willing to go the extra mile and want best of every thing there is only one choice – MacBook Pro 2015. Do Share your thoughts or queries in comments below if you are still undecided.