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    Macbook Air or Macbook?

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    Macbook Air or Macbook?
    Hello i am a student in High school, i guess you could call me "Tech Savvy" because i run a forum (and know how it works). I use a laptop every day in the class room (have a learning disability) so i need a light computer (thus the mac line) i also need a computer that i well be able to right code on and develop websites on. I well also be running VMware (because of the student discount). The two laptops that it has come down to are the Macbook Air (base model) or Macbook (base model) they cost the same price at out local stores. What would you suggest?

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    Macbook Air or Macbook?
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    Both will accomplish what you need.

    However, you will be disappointed with the response of both the OSX and whatever OS you end up running in VMWare. Since using virtual machines requires the host machine to share its hardware with the virtual machine, both slow way down.

    If you have to run a separate OS other than OSX for school, then I would strongly suggest getting the MacBook with a larger hard drive (and upgradeable down the line where the Air is not.) You can double the memory for $100 on either - do it. It will make a big difference especially if you are ****-bent on using VMWare.
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    Macbook Air or Macbook?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deckyon View Post
    Both will accomplish what you need.

    However, you will be disappointed with the response of both the OSX and whatever OS you end up running in VMWare. Since using virtual machines requires the host machine to share its hardware with the virtual machine, both slow way down.

    If you have to run a separate OS other than OSX for school, then I would strongly suggest getting the MacBook with a larger hard drive (and upgradeable down the line where the Air is not.) You can double the memory for $100 on either - do it. It will make a big difference especially if you are ****-bent on using VMWare.
    Ok thank you i was leaning towards the Macbook. I well be buying from a local store and all they have are the base models. I need to run a VB for some of my programs and compatibility reasons for school

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    Macbook Air or Macbook?
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    Just an FYI look on apple.com refurb they have some of the new 2011 atleast they did erlier of the 13"mac pros lot more powerfull about the same price.

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.3GHz dual-core Intel i5 - Apple Store (U.S.)
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    Macbook Air or Macbook?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramimac1 View Post
    Just an FYI look on apple.com refurb they have some of the new 2011 atleast they did erlier of the 13"mac pros lot more powerfull about the same price.

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.3GHz dual-core Intel i5 - Apple Store (U.S.)
    Thanks!! Mom does not want me to get a refurb but i think they are just as good as the new ones (for what i want). She also thinks they are to much for a refurb but it is my money not hers

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    Macbook Air or Macbook?
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    It is bran new off the line and had an issue at the time of testing it the only issue..

    also same warranty and free shipping.

    That is how I bought my iMac same product especially since it is this model year and Twice the machine of the macbook

    Don't forget also that if you order a new one (not refurb) from apple you get a discount for being a student

    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/cam...co=MTAyNTQzODI
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    Macbook Air or Macbook?
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    I would look into Bootcamp before VMware. It is included with osx.
    MBP 17" 2011, 2.3GHz Intel Quad-Core i7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB RAM
    MacMini 2011, 2.7GHz Intel Dual-Core i7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6630M 256MB RAM
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    Macbook Air or Macbook?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramimac1 View Post
    It is bran new off the line and had an issue at the time of testing it the only issue..

    also same warranty and free shipping.

    That is how I bought my iMac same product especially since it is this model year and Twice the machine of the macbook

    Don't forget also that if you order a new one (not refurb) from apple you get a discount for being a student

    Apple Education Pricing - Apple Store (U.S.)

    Ok. And discount only applies to post secondary

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    Macbook Air or Macbook?
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    works from K to college as far as I understand.

    Click on the http://store.apple.com/us-hed/findyourschool

    and see if you school is listed.
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