I'm in the market for a new Mac notebook, and I really like the form factor of the 13" MacBook Air, as I'll be biking with it every day. I currently have the 2009 15" MacBook Pro, which is powerful but too heavy. I will either get a 13" MacBook Pro or a 13" MacBook Air. My question is, will the MBA be enough to use as a development machine running a full LAMP stack in a VM, or will I need to get the MBP? Specs and prices:
13" MacBook Air:
- 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo
- 4GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
- 1440x900 px
- $1,907.00 (including external USB SuperDrive and Ethernet adapters)
13" MacBook Pro:
- 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo
- 8GB RAM
- 320GB 5400RPM
- 1280x800 px
So, essentially the same price, but the MBP gets better CPU and RAM, while the MBA gets a much faster HD and more screen resolution, the same as the 15" MBP (crazy, right?). The benchmarks I've seen so far indicate that the MBA feels much faster than the MPB for everyday tasks, due to the SSD, but for hardcore use like Photo & Video editing, the MBP wins out.
My question: for LAMP development in a VM (Slackware with LAMP stack), is the bottleneck CPU + RAM or disk I/O? Parsing lots of PHP files and executing them seems to indicate disk I/O. Also running TextMate, FF+Firebug, Chrome, iTunes.
Thank you for suggestions! I really want the MacBook Air, it's so sexy.