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.
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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?