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P. R. Broersma | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Oct 26 2013 5:10 PM

I am planning on getting a new macbook pro or air. I am trying to decide between these two right now: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=cat13504&type=page&pageIdentity=searchDriven&useProductString=true&productString=1218721377178*1218434733272&unProductString=1218815256935*1218725802337*1218725803576*1218725803711*1218721416338*1218646128473*1218815255477*1218815253960*1218646127726*mp1308860082*mp1308860075*mp1308860013*mp1308847113&catId=&usc=abcat0500000

I am unfamiliar with the potential benefits of the flash drive and noticed that the processor for the Air is much smaller. The Air also has less RAM. I am curious to know of anyone's feedback on what would be best. I run Logos 5 with a fairly good size library (Platinum plus many additions). What will have the best performance?

Thanks!

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 26 2013 5:39 PM

Make sure you get 8GB of ram minimum and SSD will allow Logos run very fast. 

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 26 2013 6:15 PM

Philip Broersma:
I am unfamiliar with the potential benefits of the flash drive and noticed that the processor for the Air is much smaller. The Air also has less RAM. I am curious to know of anyone's feedback on what would be best. I run Logos 5 with a fairly good size library (Platinum plus many additions). What will have the best performance?

Several thoughts:

  1. MacBook Air's are great computers, but you must purchase as much as you will need at the get go... they are not upgradable.
  2. I concur, you will need 8GB of Ram.
  3. An SSD is much better than the stock drive for a MacBook Pro.
  4. You can upgrade the MacBook Pro drive to an SSD at a later date (I just did this week). 
  5. The size of the drive is also important. Stock from Apple, 256 would be the minimum in my mind (In other words, 128 GB isn't enough). (In my case, I upgraded to a 240 GB SSD drive for $149.)

Of the two choices, I would go with the MBP. You should, however, check prices here: http://appleinsider.com/mac_price_guide/# You may be able to get BB to price match. 

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Laura Otto | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 26 2013 6:57 PM

The new MBP has a 1TB SSD available along with 16GB RAM. With this you should be in good shape.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 26 2013 7:11 PM

alabama24:
You should, however, check prices here: http://appleinsider.com/mac_price_guide/# You may be able to get BB to price match. 

Another place to check is Apple refurbished => http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac (seem to remember some special prices in Dec 2012)

My friend is Thankful for a 13.3" MacBook Air with 1.7 Ghz i5, 4 GB Ram, 128 GB SSD with a Logos folder using 27 GB (and has 70 GB free).

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 26 2013 7:24 PM

Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :):
My friend is Thankful for a 13.3" MacBook Air with 1.7 Ghz i5, 4 GB Ram, 128 GB SSD with a Logos folder using 27 GB (and has 70 GB free).

I think most people would be very disappointed in that system... if they use their computer for anything other than Logos. (For example: I have over 50 GB of music & 75 GB of photos... I don't keep all of it on my laptop, but I do regularly have about 25-35 GB of photos). As for the Ram... I think 4 GB is sufficient IF you aren't going to be multitasking. I regularly have Logos open along side of Word, Safari & iTunes.

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P. R. Broersma | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 26 2013 7:38 PM

What do you all think of this one? http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-174-macbook-pro-174-with-retina-display-13-3-34-display-8gb-memory-256gb-flash-storage/6942007.p?skuId=6942007&id=1218815255477

It has 8GB of RAM and 256 SSD. Is 256GB of space sufficient? 

Another question-- because they just updated the pro, is it advisable to buy the refreshed one or the old one? It looks like I can get a bit more for my buck with the old one, but I could be wrong. Being a seminary student I am trying to be a good steward of my limited resources. 

Thanks!

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 26 2013 8:12 PM

alabama24:

Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :):
My friend is Thankful for a 13.3" MacBook Air with 1.7 Ghz i5, 4 GB Ram, 128 GB SSD with a Logos folder using 27 GB (and has 70 GB free).

I think most people would be very disappointed in that system... if they use their computer for anything other than Logos. (For example: I have over 50 GB of music & 75 GB of photos... I don't keep all of it on my laptop, but I do regularly have about 25-35 GB of photos). As for the Ram... I think 4 GB is sufficient IF you aren't going to be multitasking. I regularly have Logos open along side of Word, Safari & iTunes.

Logos 5 is the primary application used on my friend's MacBook Air so 4 GB RAM is adequate.

Keep Smiling Smile

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 26 2013 8:28 PM

Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :):

Logos 5 is the primary application used on my friend's MacBook Air so 4 GB RAM is adequate.

I'll buy that. Smile

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 26 2013 8:48 PM

Philip Broersma:

What do you all think of this one? http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-174-macbook-pro-174-with-retina-display-13-3-34-display-8gb-memory-256gb-flash-storage/6942007.p?skuId=6942007&id=1218815255477

It has 8GB of RAM and 256 SSD. Is 256GB of space sufficient? 

Another question-- because they just updated the pro, is it advisable to buy the refreshed one or the old one? It looks like I can get a bit more for my buck with the old one, but I could be wrong. Being a seminary student I am trying to be a good steward of my limited resources. 

Thanks!

Some thoughts:

  1. I used to buy computers every couple of years whether I needed to or not. Then I got married and it was 3 years. Now I have kids and it's longer than that. Smile I have a 4 year old iMac and a 3 year old MacBook. I know that buying a new computer isn't in the cards for a while yet. Instead, I upgraded my HD to an SSD, and previously updated the ram. I may upgrade my HD on my iMac as well. 
  2. The Air isn't very upgradable, but it's very nice. I am very glad to be able to extend the life of my computer by making small purchases. I don't know how "upgradeable" the new MBP will be... It is more like the Air than previous models. 
  3. The new MBP does NOT come with a CD-ROM drive. Apple is usually on the forefront of killing off older tech before everyone else does. I still find uses for a CD-ROM drive, but much less than ever. If you don't have another computer with one, you need to think about it. 
  4. On the other hand... If you think it might be a while before you can pull the trigger again, it might be worth getting the newest tech so that your specs are as close to "up to date" for as long as possible. 
  5. I think that 256 is ok for a laptop... But you might need more storage for other stuff (as I mentioned above). My iMac has a 500 GB drive, but I'm thinking of changing it out for a 1 TB drive @ 7200 rpm. 
  6. Traditionally, there are some good times to buy. KS4J pointed out refurbished models in December from Apple. At that time they may have some of the newer models, or larger stock of the older one. Best Buy typically has a sale on Macs the week leading up to thanksgiving. You might also want to look into a BB credit card. In the past they offered no interest payments, or best buy reward gift certificates. They recently changed banks, and I'm unsure what they offer. 

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Patrick S. | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 27 2013 11:03 AM

Philip Broersma:

What do you all think of this one? http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-174-macbook-pro-174-with-retina-display-13-3-34-display-8gb-memory-256gb-flash-storage/6942007.p?skuId=6942007&id=1218815255477

It has 8GB of RAM and 256 SSD. Is 256GB of space sufficient? 

Another question-- because they just updated the pro, is it advisable to buy the refreshed one or the old one? It looks like I can get a bit more for my buck with the old one, but I could be wrong. Being a seminary student I am trying to be a good steward of my limited resources. 

It is the model before the current one. It is not really on special price - they are clearing out old stock. The brand new model - which has tangible improvements over the old model - is only slightly more in price.

http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/22/hands-on-with-the-new-2013-retina-macbook-pros/

It has:

  1. Newer better processor
  2. Better graphics system which - for a Retina display - is important
  3. Lighter and thinner
  4. Ability to go up to 16 GB of RAM (and you can never have too much RAM) the older model maxes out at 8GB.

I would, given the investment you are doing, try to go the little bit extra and get the newest model.

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