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Dnix
Aug 2, 2013, 04:52 PM
It's tax-free weekend in my state.

[Edit: irrelevant now, Best Buy is offering better deals anyway.]

These are my options:

MBPr 13" 128GB 8GB - $1200-ish
2013 MBA 13" 128GB 4GB - $800-ish


MBA I am stuck with 4GB.
MBP has better I/O, possibly worse graphics performance with the display, but I get 8GB.
8GB MBA is possible from Apple, but would essentially be a $500 RAM upgrade.



HE15MAN
Aug 2, 2013, 04:58 PM
Retina. Upgradable, rj45 connection and better screen

Dnix
Aug 2, 2013, 05:03 PM
By RJ45 you mean ethernet, I thought it had none?

What's so upgradable about it? Both have soldered-in RAM, and equally swappable hard drives don't they?

Dnix
Aug 2, 2013, 05:32 PM
It also appears Best Buy is selling the retina for $1299 (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/MacBook+Pro%26%23174%3B+with+Retina+Display+-+13.3%22+Display+-+8GB+Memory/6936592.p?id=1218815253960&skuId=6936592&st=macbook%20pro%20retina&cp=1&lp=1#tab=reviews) new.

The plot thickens. :eek:

blesscheese
Aug 2, 2013, 05:44 PM
Unless you absolutely need the thinnest and lightest laptop around, the rMBP is probably better...it is faster, and the screen capabilities are better.

One point to consider: the new MBA has the HD 5000 graphics, vs. the HD 4000 graphics of the rMBP. How much of a difference is this? Debatable at this point...

Dnix
Aug 2, 2013, 06:05 PM
It also has the new 802.11ac! I don't even have a router that supports this.

Memole
Aug 2, 2013, 09:35 PM
depends what do you need
but if i where in your shoes i would go for MBA for serval reasons


Better Battery Life
PCIe SSD
New WiFi AC standard
Better GPU
You can run all OS in native EFI mode ( Windows 8 in EFI works flawless on MBA 2013 )


Reasons why to go for rMBP 13"

IPS Screen is better to MBA TN panel
Better Screen Resolution (Retina)
2 Thunderbolt ports is better than one and also you have a HDMI Port


But since rMBP have power hungry screen HD 4000 may be laggy on some tasks it does stress out GPU to push those pixels but if you need 2 thunderbolt ports and/or HDMI port and if you just prefer IPS Retina screen and dont mind slower GPU, pontential problems with rMBP screen and last year tech then go for rMBP 13"

NorCalLights
Aug 2, 2013, 11:48 PM
I'd get the MBA... I prefer my laptop to be as portable as possible, I don't need tons of I/O, and the battery life on the MBA is killer. Graphics performance will be a bit better too. The MBA screen is quite high DPI anyway (even though it's not "retina").

But you can't go wrong with either one.

Dnix
Aug 3, 2013, 01:30 AM
Thanks for the input guys.

Well it looks like there's restrictions to this tax-free thing, in regards to computers, that I wasn't aware of. But it seems that Best Buy is actually honoring it, based on some coupon / loophole that I was made aware of from a family member who purchased a MBA.

I REALLY wanted 8GB. But the only ones with 8GB standard at Best Buy, are the retina models.

How bad is the HD 4000, really? I won't be gaming, or doing anything remotely intensive graphic-wise. The same family member pointed out that a salesman at Best Buy described the 13" MBPr as "not worth getting" because of the integrated graphics & screen combo. I really didn't think it would be an issue for my usage. :(

There is the option of getting MBA with 4GB, but so much for "future-proofing" my laptop.

Memole
Aug 3, 2013, 08:13 AM
check it out on macmall if you dont want to pay taxes :)

Dnix
Aug 3, 2013, 07:30 PM
Well, I walked out with a haswell macbook air 13" for a little over $800. It's a good price, I will just have to make due with 4GB.

They were very helpful at Best Buy, I was a little shocked.

ducatiti
Aug 3, 2013, 07:40 PM
Lowest priced 13" at my local best buy is $899 without tax. How did you avail it at $800?

Dnix
Aug 3, 2013, 07:55 PM
Sale price + education discount + their slightly odder version of tax-free weekend + some kind of price match the guy did.

I'm still scratching my head at it dude, I can't find my receipt right now. When I do, I'll take some pictures.

IndoX
Aug 3, 2013, 09:10 PM
Sale price + education discount + their slightly odder version of tax-free weekend + some kind of price match the guy did.

I'm still scratching my head at it dude, I can't find my receipt right now. When I do, I'll take some pictures.
The guy did you a favor. You don't double dip into price matching and education discounts. It's either one or the other.

Regardless, congrats!

Dnix
Aug 4, 2013, 10:47 AM
The guy did you a favor.

No kidding. It had something to do with the MBA a relative bought, the day before at another Best Buy. I can't even fully explain it. :rolleyes:

[Edit: On second thought, why get myself or anyone else in trouble. Receipt removed, LOL. ]