I am about to have my college-supported/supplied computer replaced, and I have question re MacBook Pro versus the MacAir. As I am often lugging my computer about, I would like, if possible, to switch to the lighter MacAir. However, I need to be able to run SPSS/PASW and MatLab on the MacAir. The newest MacAirs can be configured with an i7 processor, 1.7Ghz (which, while slower than my current processor, has a "turbo boost" to 3.3Ghz, which is faster . . .), and can have 8GB memory. As it will run 64 bit OSX Mountain Lion, it should support all the programs listed above (the MatLab modules I am interested in all have Mac OS versions). . . but my IT support staff have not had any experience with MatLab or SPSS on any MacAir models.
Any advice pro/con would be appreciated.
P.S. I am currently wedded to the Mac as it runs music notation and sound software that I also use.