Macbook Air for A Web Designer

Macbook AirI have owned and used Macbook Pro models for a long time, back to the G3/4 models and have built my side business of web design around these machines. In the last 2 years life has changed, I am currently employed by an advertising agency as Digital Marketing Director, my side business is limited to the clients I already had before and my ministry involvement is minimal at the moment (my desire is to be back to full-time ministry soon of course).  So my needs for a powerful laptop are not the same either and mobility has become just as important to me as performance. I took the risk and sold my 2010 Macbook Pro and bought a 2012 Macbook Air from craigslist. Great decision!

My Macbook Pro could run all the Adobe CS 5.5 Master Suite programs except for Flash Catalyst, but that was due to OS issues more than hardware. I read so many blogs and reviews on the Macbook Air and mostly negative about using Adobe products, but I just had to see for myself. I was able to install most of the Adobe CS 5.5 Master Suite except for Adobe Premier and After Effects and to be honest I was not going to install those to my Macbook Air anyway.

My Configuration:

  • Processor  1.8 GHz Intel Core i5
  • Memory  4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
  • Graphics  Intel HD Graphics 4000 512 MB
  • Software  OS X 10.8.2


The Macbook Air is twice as fast at loading programs, obviously due to the SSD hard drive. Loading Illustrator and Photoshop files for large banners I create take little time to load and I really see no difference between the two machines.


There is something to be said for the weight and size of my 13" Macbook Air, perfect! I did not want to go as small as the 11" Air but the 13" is perfect, I carry a much smaller bag around to coffee shops.

Battery Life

The known problems with the previous Macbook Air battery life have simply disappeared with the 2012 and newer models. I can spend 3-4 hours running Photoshop with a full charge. if I am just using the internet, email and reading my Bible programs more like 5-6 hours easy. I have no complaints on battery life.

Overall, the purchase was a win and I only had to pay $300 out of pocket after I sold my Macbook Pro to get the Macbook Air. If you are a graphic designer that has an iMac or better at home or work and just need a laptop to keep up on some of your design work, the Macbook Air is just fine. Also, I run my Logos 4 Bible Software on the Macbook Air faster than I ever did on my Macbook Pro and so my ministerial friends could benefit from a sleek and cool machine like the Macbook Air

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  1. A fulltime expert, And I can re-assure you, ALL YOU NEED IS A MACBOOK AIR. I choose the 13" now, for a little bit more residence and time resource of power energy life-time, without much involved body weight AT ALL. I went with the i5, because it is more than enough to run everything, I assurance. Enhanced the ram to 8GB and known as it a day. Most storage area position area position I keep off-site in 1.5TB areas, since I don't use much when managing on only one project.



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