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    Hey guys, I've got a situation here...

    Macbook Air (late 2010): 11" 2gb ram (max 4gb), 1,4gHz, 64GB= 849 euro
    Macbook Pro (late 2010): 13.3" 4gb ram (max 8gb), 2,66gHz, 320GB= 1199,95

    Which should I get? The MBP specs are very good but the price's much higher...
    I'm only going to use it for Dj purposes, running programs like Ableton Live, Traktor Scratch Pro 2 and maybe Cubase, SSL etc.
    Will the MBA be good enough? The price fits my budget alot better...
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    11" screen seems damn small

    Either will have enough grunt to cope with Traktor ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherlock Ohms View Post
    11" screen seems damn small

    Either will have enough grunt to cope with Traktor ...
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    I would go for the MBP for the power.

    I have used a 1.6GHz netbook and it worked fine, as long I didnt go crazy with the FXs. The small screen didnt bother me, but I did wish Traktor had more options for moving or resizing the interface...
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    Quote Originally Posted by deejaysoul View Post
    I would go for the MBP for the power.

    I have used a 1.6GHz netbook and it worked fine, as long I didnt go crazy with the FXs. The small screen didnt bother me, but I did wish Traktor had more options for moving or resizing the interface...
    I like going crazy with FX and samples . That means a MBP would be a better choice because of the 2,66gHz?
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    Quote Originally Posted by photojojo View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherlock Ohms View Post
    11" screen seems damn small

    Either will have enough grunt to cope with Traktor ...
    Quote Originally Posted by deejaysoul View Post
    I would go for the MBP for the power.

    I have used a 1.6GHz netbook and it worked fine, as long I didnt go crazy with the FXs. The small screen didnt bother me, but I did wish Traktor had more options for moving or resizing the interface...
    This MBA with a 4GB ram update, will it be fast? I use TSP2 with 2 track decks, and 2 sample decks, I use 2/4 FX modules and I'm thinking about buying an A10 for 4 deck timecode...
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    Air if you want traktor to open really fast..
    and Pro if you want anything else out of your computer

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    If you're worried about price why dont u get a powerful pc? I got mine in my description for around $800 US. Unless you really want a mac. Then I would go MBP. If you're gonna do it you might as well spend the extra couple hundred and get something you know can handle everything you will put it through. It's not hard to strain a 1.4 ghz processor.
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    The biggest downside I see with the MBA is that lonely USB port. You better get a damn good hub, probably will require external power, if you plan on connecting several controllers/soundcards

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    11" is small and 64 GB is a lot less than 320. Plus, it's not like MBPs are THAT big to tote around. I would spend the extra money.

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