I'd go with the MBA... your eyes is "where the rubber meets the road" as they say. Let Apple Care cover the HDD/RAM
Doesn't the MBA still use a blade type SSD? AFAIK it is replaceable, just a pain in the rear.
If there are that many concerns, why even go with a Mac?
Personally, I have a serious love / hate relationship with my MBP from 2010. The keyboard is second only to the one on my Sony Vaio Z but the battery life is now down to about 2 hours at most and there's no easy way to replace the battery. As such, my huge investment will quickly become an oversized paper weight. However, in that same vein, I would also hesitate to recommend many of the Ultrabooks for exactly that same reason.
ll other brands that I have looked into basically just don't compete with what you are getting for your money, and those that do cost as much as or more than a MBP anyway.
These aren't concerns; they are points of difference between the two models. All other brands that I have looked into basically just don't compete with what you are getting for your money, and those that do cost as much as or more than a MBP anyway.
Unless I'm reading the specs wrong (am I? this is a bit surprising to me), the current 13" MBA has a higher resolution than the current 13" MBP. (1440x900 vs 1280x800)
edit: Oh, right, this is what you said in the OP, I was reading it backwards.
Prior to the latest model MBA, it was limited to 4GB RAM, which crippled it for me, but you can get 8GB now.
The biggest performance limitation for me with the MBA is the dual-core processor, but you have to move to the 15" MBB to get a quad-core.
Other than the operating system, can you detail what the MBP and MBA provide that other brands don't? I'm just curious since I went through this very exercise not three months ago. :thumb:
Please, do a side by side comparison of Screen size, processor, GPU, memory, Storage, etc, and determine if the Mac actually IS better value or not!
Also, do you think that the 8 GB would be a good investment now? I was thinking that the CPU would be "aged out" before the RAM proved itself insufficient.