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uziiuzair says

Air is perfect and its not so hot as PRO. All MBP is hot (even newest with new CPU) and this is very bad when you work in hot countries or in summer. This is impossible to work on MPB in hot days or under hot sun. Air is cold, light and easy to take with you (and cheaper). And its extremaly fast for work for Envato (I think you will not use your macbook for 3DSMAX animation rendering or so, so you don’t need MPB). I have both and iMacs, and can say that Air is better for outdoor work.

The college I would be attending has given me some information. We would be starting with AutoDesk Maya. And in college, we would work on a Mac Pro. I believe the MacBook Air/Pro that I would buy would be used for home assignments.

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doru says

the apple one with 16Gb of ram looks ok. only a bit overpriced

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dedalx says

MBA with 8 gb ram will be enought for work. Ram is very important (more important than CPU) in Macs because some bad apps with incorrect memory usage can drain ram quickly and slow down all OS (apps like Photoshop). 3D apps will work good on MBA too, but of course some huge processes like Animation rendering to video can take a lot of time (this should be made on Mac Pro, not on notebooks).

MBA is the vest for work on the way, iMac 27” is best for home/office use. Mac Pro for something very powerful. I actualy don’t know how MacBookPro can be used, its will be good only if you don’t have money for iMac+MBA and want to have high perfomance computer and use MPB in the road and MPB+Cinema Display at office. But I think MBA+iMac will be better and less priced that MPB+Cinema display.

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DOGmotion says

I recommend you to buy notebook with Windows.
You will not be less professional if you don’t use apple products.

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uziiuzair says

I recommend you to buy notebook with Windows.
You will not be less professional if you don’t use apple products.

I’m already using a windows machine :)
Its not about professionalism but more of an interest.

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Australia says

I have 15” pro retina i could sleep with it

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MSFX Moderator says

Always check this site first… they’ve just had a minor refresh so not a bad time to buy although a more major refresh may come in a couple of months…

http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#Mac

I would also say go with the 15” Pro and max it out… I bought a 17” pro 4 years ago and it’s still a solid machine, never lets me down… worth the investment.

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GelatoLabs says

I was in the same situation this time last year and in the end I went with the MacBook Air simply because it was all I needed. I do already have a reasonably powerful Windows desktop so I wasn’t looking for a particularly powerful laptop, but in all honesty for web development and web design the Air is plenty enough for most.

The only thing I could say however is whether or not you plan to use this new laptop as your main machine, in which case I’d somewhat lean towards the MacBook Pro but then again if you don’t usually do many intensive tasks then the Air should in theory be powerful enough.

As others have said the MBPs have only just recently been updated and at this moment in time I would suspect that the MBP is the better buy unless you are willing to wait a bit for the new Airs to come out.

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kailoon Envato team says

Air – light, cold, enough for web development and light graphic design works, cheaper.
Pro – heavy, hot, good for power user. Recommended to have SSD, huge performance boost.

My pro was dead few months ago, now I am using Air, Its an improvement. All come down to your personal usage and daily routine.

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Joost Moderator says

Whatever you do, I strongly recommend against anything 15” or larger. 13” is an ideal size for a laptop you intend to actually carry with you through college or university. Sure, if you’re just going to be driving to work each morning and set it up for the day a 15” will do fine. But when it’s in your backpack wherever you go, you’ll appreciate the form factor of a 13”.

That said, I’m currently using a 2010 Macbook Pro 13” that has lasted me through the past four years of university, and I intend to use it at least for another few years. At home, I plug it into a larger monitor (but I don’t have a desktop machine on the side), and at the uni I usually rely on the (ubuntu) desktop machines that are available there when I’m working for longer periods of time.

If you’re getting a Macbook Pro and you’re considering the 2012 model, do add an SSD. It’s an easy and cheap upgrade, and honestly, when have you used the DVD drive of your current machine last? Personally, I’ve taken out the superdrive and mounted it in a cheap SATA enclosure I got from ebay.

I guess it really depends on what you’re going to do with it. The Pro is a more powerful machine, but that does reduce its battery life a bit and makes it a heavier carry. Personally, I’m not sure if I would get the retina model, as I appreciate the storage space of a SSD + HDD combination. Then again, if you’re looking for 8GB of RAM and the latest processor, the retina would be the way to go.

It really depends on what you want to do with it. Does it need to be highly portable? Do you need processing power? Do you need RAM? Do you need storage, or is there a desktop/server/HDD on the side?

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