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    I need help and i'm losing hair deciding
    Pro or Air?
    I know the pros and cons of both, at least for me
    Pro has more ports and guts, more storage space and a cd drive, but weighs a ton
    Air is awesomely thin and light but no cd drive and only up to 256gb of storage

    I can't friggin' decide. I need some help. Please weigh in

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    Quote Originally Posted by alucard76 View Post
    Pro or Air?
    I know the pros and cons of both, at least for me
    Pro has more ports and guts, more storage space and a cd drive, but weighs a ton
    Air is awesomely thin and light but no cd drive and only up to 256gb of storage

    I can't friggin' decide. I need some help. Please weigh in
    Sounds like you got all the answers...so make your own decision...why would you want others to decide for you??

    By the way...the MacBook Pro's don't "weigh a ton". If you think that they do...it's time to hit the gym...and start lifting some weights!

    Good luck with your decision,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
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    While I thank you for your somewhat snarky yet useful response, I want others to chime in so I will make my own decision after I garner more insight. I've never owned a mac before. I do have to go to the gym, but that's irrelevant to the fact that there is an undeniable 1.5 lbs difference in the 2 and a dramatic difference in thickness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alucard76 View Post
    I've never owned a mac before.
    Probably should have mentioned this in your initial post!

    Quote Originally Posted by alucard76 View Post
    I do have to go to the gym, but that's irrelevant to the fact that there is an undeniable 1.5 lbs difference in the 2 and a dramatic difference in thickness.
    You didn't mention which MacBook Pro you were considering (13" or 15")...and this would certainly have a bearing on the weight of the computer!

    Also...there was a time when the "standard" 14"-15" laptop computer weighed 6-7lbs. Now a 15" MacBook Pro weighs 5.6lbs....and a 13" MacBook Pro weighs 4.5 lbs. So either human beings in the last 10 years have gotten weaker...or "wimpier"!

    One VERY important parameter you didn't mention is ram. Once you buy a MacBook Air...the ram is NOT upgradeable (you're stuck with what you got)...and the max. ram for the MacBook Air models is 4gig. The max. ram on the 2011 MacBook Pro models is 16gig.

    Good luck,

    - Nick

    p.s. By the way...I can't help with the hair loss!
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    p.s. By the way...I can't help with the hair loss!
    Thats funny.
    60% of the time it works every time.

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    No worries, I have a full head of hair

    It seems like here in Canada, I can't upgrade to 16gigs, only 8
    I think I've decided about 90% on a 13" Macbook Pro. Now I just have to figure out i5 or i7, 4gigs or 8, and how much storage

    Oy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustProofCorn View Post
    Thats funny.
    If I had a solution for hair loss...I would use it on myself!!!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by alucard76 View Post
    No worries, I have a full head of hair...
    For now!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by alucard76 View Post
    It seems like here in Canada, I can't upgrade to 16gigs, only 8...
    Apple's "Official" max ram for the MacBook Pros is 8gig...but folks have found that 16 gig can be successfully installed (this happens occasionally).

    Quote Originally Posted by alucard76 View Post
    I think I've decided about 90% on a 13" Macbook Pro. Now I just have to figure out i5 or i7, 4gigs or 8, and how much storage.
    Easy answer for the hard drive size & amount of ram for a MacBook Pro...just buy one of the stock configurations for now...and upgrade later as you need it (Apple charges too much for ram).

    You have to decide on the cpu (i5 or i7)...which is mostly a $$$ decision.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Thanks for the help

    So I can always add both RAM and drive size afterwards? I had no idea

    Is i7 that much better than i5?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alucard76 View Post
    So I can always add both RAM and drive size afterwards?
    Absolutely!

    Quote Originally Posted by alucard76 View Post
    Is i7 that much better than i5?
    Find the models you're interested in...then compare the scores:

    Mac Benchmarks

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    You're a beauty Nick

    Last question. Let's say I buy a standard 4gigs Ram and 500gb storage. In a year or 2 I want to add more of both. Do I buy them both let's say at a Tiger direct or Best buy and bring it to Apple, or would any computer store do the install. Sorry, Mac's are all new to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by alucard76 View Post
    You're a beauty Nick
    Sometimes "snarky" too!

    Quote Originally Posted by alucard76 View Post
    Last question. Let's say I buy a standard 4gigs Ram and 500gb storage. In a year or 2 I want to add more of both. Do I buy them both let's say at a Tiger direct or Best buy and bring it to Apple, or would any computer store do the install.
    Well...this all depends on your abilities. We usually recommend a website called iFixit.com. This site has really good DIY instructions for most upgrades & repairs...then there's YouTube videos as well.

    If you have "zero" confidence in your abilities to upgrade your own computer...then that may put a "wrinkle" in what you purchase now. You could go to iFixit.com...and review the ram & hard drive upgrade/replacement procedures...and see if you're up to the task.

    - Nick

    p.s. FYI...OWC:

    www.macsales.com

    ...is a great place to purchase upgrade items as well. But that still leaves you with the install issue.
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Even if I'm not confident in my ability to do it myself, I can bring purchased ram and hard drive to a computer store or apple and they will do it for me, for a fee. Is that right? The diy would be to safe the costs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alucard76 View Post
    Even if I'm not confident in my ability to do it myself, I can bring purchased ram and hard drive to a computer store or apple and they will do it for me, for a fee. Is that right?
    Sure...most "brick & mortar" stores that sell ram & HD's have installation services...they just cost too much for my liking!

    Quote Originally Posted by alucard76 View Post
    The diy would be to safe the costs?
    Absolutely!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Do apple stores do these installs too?

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