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Archie7
Jul 29, 2013, 09:30 AM
Hi guys!
I'm a musician. I had a MBP 15" mid 2010. Had a big problems with it (actually MBP is in apple service) But after they will repair I want to sell it and buy 13".

I'm using Logic Pro to record rehearsals and also arrange music. Also I will play Simcity 5 sometimes after they will release for Mac ;) and it's my main computer so music and net browsing I will do too.

I will want to use other display to get logic pro at home on a bigger screen. Because I travel a lot so 15" is too much to have if only at home I need a big screen. I think to buy MBA, MBP or rMBP 13" 2013, with 8GB and not more then 256 SSD. I think for now Air have the best PCU 4th and intel hd 5000. Also I can't wait more then 2weeks so I will not be able to buy new release of rMBP and MBP.

What do you think is the best choice for me? Can i get some tips to decide better? :)



ZBoater
Jul 29, 2013, 09:37 AM
Given your circumstances, an MBA 13".

sonicrobby
Jul 29, 2013, 09:41 AM
Yeah I agree, the air. Since you dont need the extra kick for what you do, nor the desire for retina screen, and the fact that you travel a lot, the air seems to best fit

Archie7
Jul 29, 2013, 12:05 PM
Thanks! I think the same but.
1. MBA 1.7GHz Intel Core i7 4th haswell dual-core and Intel hd graphics 5000
2. rMBP Intel i5 2.5 GHz 3th dual-core and intel hd graphics 4000
Price is similar. Is that a big difference with graphics and intel? I'm wondering.

ZBoater
Jul 29, 2013, 01:06 PM
The difference in graphics is a lot.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7085/the-2013-macbook-air-review-13inch/4

Archie7
Jul 29, 2013, 01:28 PM
The difference in graphics is a lot.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7085/the-2013-macbook-air-review-13inch/4

YES. It's much better! WOW. Still wondering because I don't want to regret that I did not take retina beauty :apple: insted of great graphics and proccesor.

ZBoater
Jul 29, 2013, 01:48 PM
The retina screen is very nice. If you can wait, then you will have more choices. Even if there were Haswell MBPros I would still buy the MBA because size and portability are more important to me. I can work for hours on the MBA screen with no issues. So for me, it was an easy decision. A retina MBA would be perfection....

Archie7
Jul 29, 2013, 02:58 PM
"A retina MBA would be perfection.... " I totally agree!! :apple:

You wrote "work on MBA screen with no issues" That means, retina displays have some issues with working longer?

ZBoater
Jul 29, 2013, 03:28 PM
"A retina MBA would be perfection.... " I totally agree!! :apple:

You wrote "work on MBA screen with no issues" That means, retina displays have some issues with working longer?

No no, not at all. Some people say MBA's screen has issues working on them long hours, and that you "need" a retina screen to solve that problem. There is no question the retina screen is nicer. But the MBA screen is nice. But some people complain about eye fatigue. Not sure what that is about.

technowar
Jul 30, 2013, 09:22 AM
Not my intention to hijack the thread, but is it fine to keep the 2013 MBA running 24/7?

kodeman53
Jul 30, 2013, 09:36 AM
Not my intention to hijack the thread, but is it fine to keep the 2013 MBA running 24/7?
Yes - Why wouldn't it?