MacBook Air or Pro?

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Hey all.

So, I decided to take the plunge and wanted to rent a MacBook, over here in Germany we have a company which exactly does that, you can rent a device for a specified time and pay a monthly fee.
The question now though is what device I need.
For me personally I don't know how well mac OS works on lower end hardware, so I'm asking you.
My tasks I want to do are checking mails, righting and editing documents in pages, numbers, word and excel if possible, read PDF's browse the web, so no real high end gaming, software development or music/video production/editing for me here.
I would tend to the MacBook Air because it's a bit cheaper, but I wanted to get your input first before I take the plunge.

Greetings Moritz.



Submitted by Jenna Pepper on Monday, January 6, 2020

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I use a MBP and it's very nice. I've not tried the Air but I'd be very wary of buying anything with a dual core CPU for even light computing tasks.

Submitted by gamer2004 on Monday, January 6, 2020

macbook air can do everything like that. If you want you i think can customise it.

Submitted by Jared on Monday, January 6, 2020

In reply to by gamer2004

I used a Macbook Air for several years with no issues. I would suggest if you buy one to spend the extra for 16 gigs of ram if possible to future proof your self, but renting one with 8 gigs to try out should be fine.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Having had both over the last year I'd say go for the MBA, the battery is better and it's a full keyboard. I've never had any issues with power to run any of the apps I use. I'd say that for an extra 50% of the price, you're not getting anything that useful. There are a couple of things I do like, having 4 usb-c ports and having them on either side, but the Touch Bar is awful in my opinion, an expensive wedge of glass.

What ever you go with though, I'm sure you'll be delighted... Just get windows on there too.

Interesting. I thought I heard that the MVA models got the touchbar this year but it seems I was wrong. Still not really a fan of dual-core chips but the fn keys make a good argument if everything else runs smooth.

Submitted by J.P. on Wednesday, January 8, 2020

I’ve owned both MBP and MBA. I just sold MBP for new Windows computer, and kept MBA. Unless you are doing something that’s audio or graphic intensive, MBA is fine. I agree with another commenter, if you buy.. increase ram over the basic.

Submitted by mority on Thursday, January 16, 2020

Hmm dang, need to think about that still, and with the new MBP 13 inch beeing registered with the EEC and possibly ariving in Spring around March I would guess, I might pick that one up then.

Greetings Moritz.