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Programming limitations of a 2018 MacBook Air?

A possibly simple question to answer.

 

While I know that using a MacBook Air instead of a MacBook Pro for programming will obviously have it's drawbacks, I'm curious as to what those drawbacks actually are?

I have heard that compiling times are longer but given the lowest tier of a 13" Pro (upgraded to 16GB of RAM) versus the 2018 lowest tier model of the Air (also upgraded to 16GB of RAM), what would be the significant downsides to one over the other? I am new to the Apple ecosystem (I come from a PC background).

 

P.S. I'm on a budget, hence not upgrading to a quad-core or 6-core system.

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The simple fact that it has a low clocked 2C/4T CPU with no real cooling will be the biggest limitation. The limitations really depend on what you plan to do with it. 

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Performance wise I think it'll be fine, but I personally really fucking hate the keyboard and couldn't imagine using it for programming.

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1 hour ago, DrMacintosh said:

The simple fact that it has a low clocked 2C/4T CPU with no real cooling will be the biggest limitation. The limitations really depend on what you plan to do with it. 

But because the processor does yield less power consumption, in theory wouldn't it generate less heat long-term? That's something I had completely forgotten about if I am honest.

 

Either machine depending on which is chosen, would be used for media consumption alongside writing and compiling programs (Not games, software in particular).

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1 hour ago, kelvinhall05 said:

Performance wise I think it'll be fine, but I personally really fucking hate the keyboard and couldn't imagine using it for programming.

I would be using a secondary keyboard and a dock for a secondary display.

 

I use a Vortex Race III keyboard.

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1 hour ago, KhakiHat said:

I would be using a secondary keyboard and a dock for a secondary display.

 

I use a Vortex Race III keyboard.

Nice keyboard :D

 

If that's the case, I'd go for the Macbook.

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