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Macbook Pro's are better than Macbook Air's

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Started: 5/22/2014 Category: Technology
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Hello, fellow debaters.

Round 1: acceptance only
Round 2: max 2 points
Round 3: max 3 points
Round 4: max 4 points
Round 5: Rebuttals only- no points
You may NOT have rebuttals in any other round but the fifth. Also, no swearing.

If you violate the conduct you get a automatic 7-points for the other group.

This will be fun, and thank you,


I agree with the terms and conditions of this debate. Good luck.

Debate Round No. 1


Ok let's do this!

Argument 1: Retina Display

Macbook Pros have an option that is very useful and that Macbook airs do not have: Retina Display.

"When you pack so many pixels into a display " over 4 million on the 13R09;inch model and over 5 million on the 15R09;inch model " the results are positively stunning."

So, when you buy a macbook pro with Retina display, you get razor-sharp text because of the astonishing amount of pixels that this product has to offer. Even just searching the web is stunning-because of the HD clarity.

But don't just take my word for it-

"It has a great screen....Retina display is an excellent idea."- David Pierce, The Verge

"gorgeous Retina display"- Neil Hughes, Apple Insider

Argument 2: HDMI port

Going into small specifics now!

Both the thirteen-inch and the fifteen-inch macbook pros with Retina display have a HDMI port. Now, what is a HDMI port? It is the ability to simply connect your computer to your High Definition TV. All Macbook Pros (with Retina display) have this feature where as NONE of the Macbook Airs have this.

Thank you,



Argument 1: Teaching.
Macbook Airs are very good for teachers because, if they like, they can easily carry the laptop without getting tired or harming the computer. 11 inch Macbook Airs are about 2.38 lbs. 13 inch Airs are about 2.96 lbs. This allows maneuverability for people like teachers that may want to carry the computer in hand.

Argument 2: Entertainment.
Sub-point 1: Movies.
Macbook Airs have a very good iTunes movie playback compared to the Pros. The 11 inch Air has a 9 hour movie playback and the 13 inch Air has a 12 hour movie playback. While the Pro's have only around 8-9 hours.
Sub-point 2: Gaming.
Improved graphics performance is one of the key changes for the Haswell processor line. The 13-inch MacBook Pro has always relied on Intel integrated graphics, unlike the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, which offers switching graphics processors to balance performance with battery economy. The 2013 Retina MacBook Pro features Intel Iris Graphics, which can use 1024 MB (a lot) of system memory.
Subpoint 3: DJing.
This also goes back to my Argument 1 about being small and lightweight. The fifteen and seventeen inch [Macbook Pro] versions may be too big and menacing. They can ultimately block the DJ from the crowd. The Macbook Air is perhaps the smallest Mac machine you can get " and it ain"t cheap, but DJs might lean towards it due to its super light weight.

So for the two reasons of being lightweight and better for entertainment purposes, the Macbook Air is better than the Macbook Pro.

Thank you,

Debate Round No. 2


Good job! OK my turn:

Argument Three: BIG BIG AND BIGGER (1)

For this 'BIG BIG AND BIGGER' point (I will at least have two) I will explain and show how Macbook Pros are the better computer because of screen size ability.

The LARGEST a Macbook Air can go is 13 inch, where as a Macbook Air can go all the way up to a 15 inch screen!

Why is this better? Well, a bigger screen gives a better experience when watching movies or playing games, and a bigger screen = bigger everything ON the screen, thus easier to read. And before you say that because it is bigger, it will be less clear, think again. RETINA DISPLAY.

Argument Four: BIG BIG AND BIGGER (2)

This part will focus on big memory/storage. I will compare the most memory holding Macbook Air (13-inch) versus the biggest memory Macbook Pro (15-inch Retina Display).

First of all, the Macbook Air has a 4 GB and a 8 GB option but the Macbook Air has up to 16GB of memory.

Secondly, the Macbook Air has up to 512 GB flash storage compared to a whopping 1 TB flash storage amount for the Macbook Pro! This makes the Macbook Pro better because it has a capability to hold way more files and can run way more amount of programs.

Argument Five: Choices, Choices, Choices

The Macbook Airs have only two options for buying, 11 inch and 13 inch, where as the Macbook Pros have THREE options, 13 inch, 13 inch Retina Display, AND 15 inch Retina Display.

This is a BIG advantage because if you want something smaller for work or something, you can get the 13 inch normal display. If you are a photographer or just want great graphics you can get the 13-inch Retina Display. If you want amazing graphics and a ridiculous amount of storage and memory for a high-tech job, get the 15-inch Retina Display!

Thank you,


Good job!

Argument 3: Wireless Web.
Nobody likes wires. They get in the way, and often limit maneuverability. Well, the macbook Air has from approx.9-approx 12 hours of wireless web. While the macbook Pro only has 7-9 hours.

Argument 4: Education.
We can probably agree that macbooks have benefits regardless of Air vs Pro. Well, if you were a college student, you would want the macbook benefit for less. 13" Macbook Air's cost from $900, 15" Macbook airs cost from $1000. Now, the Macbook Pros. All Macbook Pro's regardless of size or display cost more than $1200! That is more money than needed for the macbook benefit.

Argument 5: Graphics/Speed.
Rob Griffiths, Senior editor at Macworld, decided to get a new macbook. He wrote an article about his time. In the said article, there is a portion on graphics and speed. "A 13-inch MacBook Air configured with upgraded RAM and storage space (and with the faster CPU) was only $150 less than an equivalent 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. For that extra $150, I"d get better graphics (Intel Iris versus Intel HD Graphics), and a notably faster CPU (a 2.8GHz Core i7 versus a 1.7GHz Core i7)."

Thank you-

Debate Round No. 3


Ok here it goes! I will only do three points.

Argument 6: SuperDrive

A superdrive is basically a CD slot, and is used for playing CD's. NONE of the Macbook Airs have this feature built in to them but one of the Macbook Pros have this feature BUILT-IN: The MacBook Pro 13-inch. This is an advantage because with your computer, at no extra charge, you can play CD video games, watch movies on a CD format, and burn things onto a CD.

Argument 7: Too Small for the SDXC card slot

Yes, I know a common argument for Macbook Airs is that they have the ability to go all the way down to 11-inch. That comes with disadvantages though, like not having a SDXC card slot. That means that that computer can not have this certain data chips plugged into the computer.

Argument 8: Core Processor

Macbook Air- "1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor"

Macbook Pro- "2.4GHz or 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor"

"A dual-core processor is a single, integrated circuit with two separate cores or central processing units. Dual-core processors give a significant performance increase over single-core processors with complex software and games---particularly with multi-tasking. Applications and games that support dual-core technology will benefit from the dual-cores while only performing one task; however, older applications that do not support dual-core will not see much of an increase, except for the benefit of increased multi-tasking support."

GHz is the speed of the processor. Thus, a higher GHz=a faster computer= a better computer= Macbook Pro is a better computer.

Thank you,


mcalcara forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4


It is a real shame you forfeited that last round.


That is a small difference and often the school will get kids to get the laptops themselves from carts so the teachers will not have to carry multiple at a time. Maybe the airs are more maneuverable but your point was "teaching" and weight should not make a difference in the teaching of students. Like stated before the pro has 16 GB. Much more room to download educational programs therefore being better for teachers and helping students to a bright future of success!


Well, you mention movies, but guess what? Want to watch a movie? Go to the movies or watch TV! Yes, maybe that laptop can play movies better, but there are many other and better ways to watch a movie! If you want to watch a movie you don't need a computer! This goes not only for airs but all computers. Just use a tv!

It is true that the graphics require more room but which computer has less room? Macbook Airs. So what if the graphics on the pro take up more room, you get more room with the pro anyways!

Finally, you bring up DJ's. Well, have you heard of 13" Pro's? they are only two inches bigger then airs so instead of using an air the DJ may lean towards the smaller pro.

"Wireless Web"

How about people just connect the laptop with one small wire and keep the laptop charged? And when you are on the go just use the laptop minimally! Come on. No person should be online for 9-12 hours unless you work on your computer.


If the costs are that much of an issue you should not even get an apple laptop. They are all very expensive regardless of the type. I would also argue that the costs are worth it, like pointed out before pros have more room and more room means more educational programs which means a better future for kids.


Do I need to repeat myself?

"Macbook Air- "1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor.

Macbook Pro- "2.4GHz or 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor."

Macbook pros are faster and even though you said differently the fine people at apple would disagree with you.

The 13" has 2.9GHz, 13" with retina has 2.8GHz and the 15" has 2.6GHz. Both of the airs had only 1.7 GHz. My statement is supported by apple.

I am very tired and thus I will end my rebuttal here!

Thanks for debating me!

Vote Pro!


mcalcara forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
10 comments have been posted on this debate. Showing 1 through 10 records.
Posted by Zarroette 2 years ago
Both suck.
Posted by mcalcara 2 years ago
ok sorry.
Posted by dynamicduodebaters 2 years ago
Posted by dynamicduodebaters 2 years ago
accept plz mcalcara
Posted by dynamicduodebaters 2 years ago
Posted by dynamicduodebaters 2 years ago
i can change it i think
Posted by mcalcara 2 years ago
oh. ok. my school supplies us with macbook airs so I would debate for them...
Posted by jacobie1121 2 years ago
Btw I'm a part owner of the DDD so that's how I'm answering
Posted by jacobie1121 2 years ago
I'm for Mac book airs but con for the resolution
Posted by mcalcara 2 years ago
Just to clarify- are you for or against macbook airs?
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Vote Placed by Blade-of-Truth 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct - Pro. Con forfeited R4, & 5. This is rarely acceptable conduct in any debate setting, because of this, Con loses conduct points. S & G - Tie. Both users maintained accurate spelling and proper grammar throughout the debate, because of this, it is a tie. Arguments - Pro. Rebuttals... massive advantage that worked in Pro's favor at the end of the debate. Con failed to utilize this opportunity to provide rebuttals himself which ultimately hurt his chances of convincing me to his side. For these reasons, Pro takes argument points. Sources - tie. Both users utilized sources throughout this debate and both were of good quality. Because of this, I find the balance to be a tie.