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2017 MacBook Pro 6 85.71%
2018 MacBook Air 1 14.29%
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Old Jun 14th, 2019, 02:43 PM   #41
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Upgrading that gen MacBook Pro is beyond simple and so worth it. They have a kit to replace your SuperDrive with another drive if you wanted as well. You’ll be amazed watching your old Mac boot up into MacOSX in under 25 seconds.

The retained value of Macs is a big one. Macs are highly sought after, PCs are typically not unless it’s a Microsoft Surface or something. Macs are depreciating assets, PCs are an expense.
My friend had a 2010 unibody MacBook and like you said they were super simple to work ok. We did the superdrive replacement with a large standard hard drive for all his photos, musics, and movies and used an SSD for his OS. Added many years of use to that machine and boot up speed and apps opening were lightening quick. Now you pay an extreme Apple tax because of all their proprietary hard drives and ram. I think the value of an Apple computer was better before hand because you knew you could do things to increase its lifespan. buy a computer with 8 gigs of RAM today and in a few years that will be antiquated and have trouble handling anything beyond browsing the web.
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Old Jun 14th, 2019, 06:27 PM   #42
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Yes, but the price is significantly higher then a standard SSD.
Not all SSDs are created equal, though. Doesn't excuse the pricing but the gear Apple embeds is fairly high end.
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Old Jun 15th, 2019, 09:52 AM   #43
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Not all SSDs are created equal, though. Doesn't excuse the pricing but the gear Apple embeds is fairly high end.
I agree, I was looking at name brand good quality SSD's.

I do believe the Apple SSD is faster, I just wonder at what level do you really notice the increase of speed? I have a 1TB flash drive in my 5K iMac. It is snappy and fast but it feels no different then my PC at home running similar processor with a Samsung SSD... If anything large file transfers or moving around is faster. Now hard to really compare because of the different OS but if Apple really made a faster drive why is it not noticeably better then everything else?
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The funny thing about these what should I buy threads: they always go off on a tangent. Basically combine the worst of my two options and that's what I got. I figured it'll get me by for a year or two until I can justify buying a quad core 13" MBP. AutoCAD is fast enough on it. There was a good manager's discount so I paid just under $1,000. When I compare how much I paid for my very first 12" iBook G4 back in 2005, it's an extremely capable machine.
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Old Jun 26th, 2019, 03:48 PM   #45
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The funny thing about these what should I buy threads: they always go off on a tangent. Basically combine the worst of my two options and that's what I got. I figured it'll get me by for a year or two until I can justify buying a quad core 13" MBP. AutoCAD is fast enough on it. There was a good manager's discount so I paid just under $1,000. When I compare how much I paid for my very first 12" iBook G4 back in 2005, it's an extremely capable machine.
I always thought AutoCad worked better on Windows? I don't use it, just heard that from a few people who prefer Mac but opted for Windows for running AutoCad
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AutoCAD on Mac is great.
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I love unlocking my computer with my Apple Watch. I assume I have to be nearby.
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Old Jun 28th, 2019, 08:39 AM   #48
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I love unlocking my computer with my Apple Watch. I assume I have to be nearby.
As far as I have tested, its about 5 feet.

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Old Jun 28th, 2019, 02:40 PM   #49
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I'm in the process of deciding between these two laptops that'll be purchased for business use brand new. The MacBook Pro is $1599 which is $200 off MSRP while the MacBook Air is at MSRP. My main uses will be video editing and AutoCAD, maybe some gaming.

MacBook Pro advantages:
Better Geekbench score
Better GPU
Brighter display with wide gamut

MacBook Air advantages:
Lighter
TouchID
Supposedly improved keyboard

I think I am leaning towards the MacBook Pro, the only thing that would sway me to the Air is TouchID. No, I don't have the budget to go up to a TouchID MacBook Pro.

My alternate is continuing to work on a 2009 iMac which is quite slow, sometimes annoying with AutoCAD, really annoying when trying to video edit (it's slow).
Hey fellow Edmontonian!

I am typing on a 2017 MBP w/ touchbar, love it. I've also had a 2018 MBA in my hands, and it may have been in my head but I felt like the keys had a tiny bit more travel. That being said, I don't mind the 2017 keyboard.

For the type off work you do, why not a 2015 MacBook Pro? You can get a used loaded to the max 15" unit for the same price as the 2018 MBA on sale...

https://www.onebitetechnology.ca/pro...81-product_cat
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Old Jul 3rd, 2019, 10:44 AM   #50
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I always thought AutoCad worked better on Windows? I don't use it, just heard that from a few people who prefer Mac but opted for Windows for running AutoCad
Later this summer I'm going to help my 10 year old build a new PC, so I can always use that when I need more power.

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Hey fellow Edmontonian!

I am typing on a 2017 MBP w/ touchbar, love it. I've also had a 2018 MBA in my hands, and it may have been in my head but I felt like the keys had a tiny bit more travel. That being said, I don't mind the 2017 keyboard.

For the type off work you do, why not a 2015 MacBook Pro? You can get a used loaded to the max 15" unit for the same price as the 2018 MBA on sale...

https://www.onebitetechnology.ca/pro...81-product_cat
Hey Jeff, you missed me by about a week! I will keep you guys in mind. I had a 15" a decade ago and thought it was too big. So 13" MBP quad core it is when I have the capacity to upgrade.
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