MacBook Pro Specs For 2011 Vs MacBook Air 2010

By Posted 24 Feb 2011, 16:48

The MacBook Pro specs for 2011 are truly amazing, but how do they compare to the MacBook Air 2010 model? The first thing that you need to know is just how much faster the new Pro is, but as always this comes at a price. The standard models are still reasonable, it’s not until you start making a few upgrades that things get a little pricey.

The best two to compare are the 13-inch MacBook Air and Pro, as it would be unfair to look at the 17-inch Pro. Both Apple notebooks offer two choices, so lets look at the Air first. The first model has a 128GB SSD, 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of RAM. The only difference with the other choice is a 256GB SSD. Prices start from $1,299.00 and $1,599.00 respectively.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro looks very reasonable at first glance, as they come with a choice of a 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or a 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7. Both have 4GB of RAM and a 320GB or 500GB hard drive, and that is the downside. The prices for these are $1,199.00 and $1,499.00 respectively, but increase to $1,449.00 and $1,699.00 if you select an upgrade to a 128SSD.

Both the 13-inch MacBook Air and new MacBook Pro offer up to 7 hours of battery life, which is good by some standards. However, when you compare it to the new Sony VAIO S Series and the Lenovo ThinkPad T420, which both offer over 30 hours of battery life with a unique battery set-up, then things start to look a little bad for Apple.

We had hoped that Apple would have used some new battery technology, since they have a patent for it. Maybe this will be incorporated into the 2012 redesign? For more details on all MacBook notebooks visit Apple.

Will these new MacBook Pro upgrades persuade you to part with your current MacBook Pro?

  • Joe

    I was debating between getting a 13 inch Macbook Air and the new 2011 13 inch Macbook Pro. I was disappointed that the new Pro does not get a higher 1440 x 900 resolution screen like the Air has. I was also hoping the Pro would have a SSD/HD hybrid drive. Since neither of these materialized, I think I will go for the Air. Since I'm not doing CPU intensive tasks, the Air probably will be more responsive, because of the SSD and instant on feature. Sorry, for me the Pro doesn't cut it.

  • Heath

    I have been also waiting for the new pro 13" to arrive but to be honest Thunderbolt is great but that is it!! i too will be Purchasing the new 11.6" air.. i really wanted to wait to see in June if they update it but i just can not wait any longer.

  • Weight

    When I read that 7 hours were only "good by some standards" and that others provided up to 30 hours "with a unique battery set-up", I was a little disappointed by Apple. You've done well leaving out, that the Sony Vaio's official battery life is 7 hours, the Thinkpad's is 9 (while weighing a whopping 2lbs more than the Air).

    And that the "unique battery set-up" means buying and carrying and extended battery with you, increasing the weight even further.

    Though that's of course an option, if you're frequently without electricity for more than 7 hours.

  • John Hoe

    I am debating getting a new MacBook Air 13 inch over the MacBook Pro 13 inch. I love the portability of the Air and am really looking forward to the flash drive and extended battery time of the Air. I think that I will go with the Air. Only because it is so much lighter and more portable, along with the other specs.