Digital DJ Tips reader Justin writes: “I’m considering getting a MacBook. But I am now faced with a dilemma: MacBook Air or MacBook Pro?
“My current DJ set-up consists of my laptop, my Mixtrack Pro and my speakers. Please can you give me advice on which MacBook to get?”
Digital DJ Tips says:
We’ve used both types, but of course the model is only half of the equation. RAM, hard drive size, screen size, processor speed etc all enter into it, as both computers have several options.
From our experience, both are fine running DJ software. It’s only when you move into more processor-intensive production software do you need to start worrying about processor speed. RAM is important, but 4GB is fine, which both Air and Pro have.
You should make sure the hard drive is big enough for your needs: If you have a huge collection, you’ll want a bigger hard drive. Mine, for instance, is under 10GB (I’m lean and mean when it comes to my music library), so this would never be a worry for me, even with the smaller models.
The MacBook Pros have Kensington lock compatibility, so if securing your computer when DJing in public is important to you, it has to be a Pro.
The Airs are undeniably easier to carry around, although they’re still not what I’d call light. Screen size enters into it too: I’d personally definitely say minimum 13″ screen to save your eyes and give you half a chance of fitting enough information on the screen when DJing. If you want 15″ or even 17″, it’d have to be the Macbook Pro anyway.
Also factor in the number of inputs and outputs. Again, an Air is fine for DJing (you only usually need one USB, so two is double your requirements) – but also there’s no Ethernet on the Airs. Do you need that?
Finally, only the MacBook Pros have Kensington lock compatibility, so if securing your computer when DJing in public is important to you, again it has to be a Pro.
These are only my views, so we’ll throw this open to Mac-savvy readers out there too.
So, Mac-owning readers: MacBook Air or MacBook Pro? What factors ought to be considered? What type of Mac do you use? Please share your thoughts and advice in the comments.
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