Mac Book Air 13" or Surface Pro?
I'm very close to setting off on my first journey DM journey. I'm expecting to travel a lot and am hoping to find remote jobs to help me along the way. I'm in a position where I can invest in a new laptop to help me achieve this and need your advice! -- Do I go for a Mac Book Air 13" or Surface Pro? -- Have you tried and tested any of them? Made the switch? Suggest anything else? possibly come across something better to accompany you on the road? My criteria are; that it's lightweight & has a relatively long battery life. What will I use it for? my current area is digital marketing but I want to learn new skills to broaden my opportunities on the remote job front. So preferably, whatever I choose will need to be flexible in that I would be able to run certain programs in the foreseeable future. Would appreciate your advice
Answer @ 2/22/2017 12:40:00 AM by OskarR65
I wouldn't buy the MacBook Air these days. It is lagging behind on the rest of Apples products. Check the MacBook instead. Also depends on what you will be doing, the iPad Pro is very capable of most tasks these days!
Answer @ 2/16/2017 6:40:00 PM by SkeeMarley
i would never, ever ever buy a machine with windows again for anything remotely serious. they are just not durable and they deteriorate quick both at the soft and hard level.
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    Haven't found that to be the case, but then I've done my research each time I've purchased a new laptop and durability was one of the key factors. I'm also platform agnostic, so if a Mac computer was the best option I would buy that.
Answer @ 2/16/2017 11:40:00 PM by Gaming
Macbook Airs are now very cheap and still working well. Also web browsing is faster than Windows machine with 2x higher specs. Also Windows machines are slowing after half year of use. I switched recently to Air and will never buy windows machine again.
Answer @ 2/21/2017 3:40:00 PM by Celal91
I've used both, currently using a Surface Pro. Prefer it over the Air 100%. I use it for pretty much everything (including marketing and design). It's a decent spec laptop in a small, light package. I have the i7 8GB version and it runs the whole Adobe suite, video editing etc with no problems whatsoever. The Surface Pen is great as well, and being able to use it as a standalone tablet adds another option.
Answer @ 2/14/2017 7:40:00 PM by make one up
I just made the switch from Surface to Mac and so far very pleased. Battery life, in my case, improved significantly on the mac and am able to perform all the needed tasks with ease. Only thing I miss is the ability to switch between tab and laptop as well as touch screen.
Answer @ 2/21/2017 5:40:00 PM by Msquared
I second the macbook air. Bought the 2017 one, best buying decision I've made this year. Great for development and design as well if you want to learn those skillsets (some tools are made exclusive for Macs). Also a lot of remote workers run them so if you run into problems in your travel (I lost my chargers a few times :p), you can borrow/ get help from others. Good luck ~
Answer @ 2/13/2017 9:40:00 AM by kdmc40
Based on my experience you might need both it really depends on employers software. What I'll suggest get a Mac and if in case that you will need a "Windows System" you can use bootcamp on your mac and have dual boot. Windows and Mac. And then your employer can provide the software need it. If you choose the Surface and need some Mac software you will need to get a new laptop because Apple Software is only legal to be used on Mac's. Just make sure that you get at least 512 Gb hard drive. Most employers who run Windows they have "CAL LIcenses" you can download free Windows 10 in .iso format and install it then your employer will send you the activation key.
Answer @ 2/13/2017 6:40:00 PM by SquidStudios
Kinda off the subject, but a laptop, like a vehicle is not an “investment.” Investments are meant to increase in value over time. A good working/travel Computer is the ASUS Zen Book. It’s cheaper, lighter, and has a longer battery life than a MacBook. I actually returned a MacBook Air for the Zen Book.
Answer @ 2/18/2017 3:40:00 AM by JohanaA71
Get a Lenovo. Best thing I've ever bought. 6hr runtime. Get one that is hot swappable batteries. Means you can swap the battery when it's still on. Mines the x240 I think. The screen is small but you can get second screens that only need USB power.

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