2011 MacBook Pro vs 2010 MacBook Air: Specs Compared Your Choice?

Apple followers are a loyal bunch that braves the onslaught of Android devices in order to stay true to their brand. Luckily for them Apple feels fit to furnish them with enough updated technology to keep their interest alive.

One of the latest releases comes in the form of the 2011 MacBook Pro series, and Peter over at PR News picked up on the 2011 Pro’s impressive specs list. But with the Pro series refreshed for 2011 and the ultra thin 2010 MacBook Air still performing well, which one do you choose when in the market for a new laptop?

Well let’s just take a look at a pair of 13-inch models to make a fair comparison. First up is the Air which when bought in basic entry level form comes in at $1,299.00. For this you gain a super fast1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor supported by 2GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. You do have the option of specifying a 256GB SSD, however this will push the pricing up to $1,599.00.

When compared to the MacBook Pro packing the same 13-inches of screen display, you are treated to either a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core or 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 which as AppleInsider state, makes the new Pro twice as fast as the superseded model. Marry this to 4GB of RAM and hard drives or 320GB or 500GB, and your left with the $1,199.00 and $1,499.00 respective starter price.

So there you have it, specs to leave you wondering which way to turn, and if you thought that battery life would be the deciding factor, both have up to 7 hours. Of course as we reported on recently the new Lenovo ThinkPad T420 manages an astonishing 30 hours plus in the battery department, which makes the Mac’s seem somewhat average.

At the end of the day, we think it comes down to personal preference, if you crave the attention that an ultra slim laptop provides then choose the Air. But if the performance of your device is paramount, then opt for the new 2011 MacBook Pro. Either way the chances are you will be happy with your Apple product. Tell us which one floats your boat?

  • Guest

    Air 320m Graphics
    Pro Integrated

  • Guest

    btw the air does NOT have the backlit keyboard. once you get used it, it's hard to adjust to not having it!

  • Gerard Byrne

    Air for me for convenience. Love the machine in 11"

  • Jr

    I have them both. The Air 13 inch with 256 and the new pro 13 inch with the i7. I have run them both for a few days and I have to say I much prefer my Air. The lightweight convenience and the super fast everything is great. I really never use a disk drive so not having one makes no difference, though I do have an external Incase I ever want or need to use it. The new MacBook pro just seems too large and heavy in comparison. The back lit keyboard is great, but not a selling factor. It would have been nice to see a new design. Plus, with the new Airs their selling point was “the future of MacBooks”, but them roll out with the same design. I was surprised to not see some major design change. The Thunderbolt is of no use right now, and for most uses the i7 seems just as good as my Air. It’s slower at loading then the Air and just very heavy once used to the Air. It is personal preference as I say both machines are great, but I’m about mobility, so the less weight and useless things (CD drive) the better. Maybe next years Pro will be a game changer, but to me, you cannot beat the Air right now.

    • Alexey

      Nice comparison … thx )))