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Old Dec 12, 2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Trade 2012 Ultimate 13 Air for 13 RMBP 512 ssd?

I have a friend of mine who is willing to trade my 2012 ultimate 2.0 8gb 512gb air for his lightly used 13 inch retina i5 8gb 512ssd


I am finding it so hard to say no, I really like the retina display. I typically get new machines whenever they come out anyways just cause its a disease I suffer from.

I know a lot of talk is going on here about a possible AIR retina but for the time being I wonder have any others made the switch? tell me your situation. thanks
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 10:33 PM   #2
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I wouldn't trade for a 13 rMBP. Myabe a 15 rMBP but really I would just keep the MBA. The 13 rMBP doesn't really offer that great of a deal.

What do you use the computer for?
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 10:45 PM   #3
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I need portability, I do WISH the 13 RMBP def had a better processor but it doesn't.

I own a used car business. So I have vmware and run windows, iphoto, I upload high def pictures of cars to cars.com and my website and other that itunes internet
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 10:46 PM   #4
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Interesting scenario. But I would make this trade 10 out of 10 times. The added portability of the Air, in my opinion, does not outweigh a Retina Display, a 2.5 GHz chip and an HDMI port.

My fiancée and I bought a 13" rMBP together and, while there is slight sluggish UI performance here and there, I have yet to ever notice it when I'm not looking for it.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 11:02 PM   #5
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Interesting scenario. But I would make this trade 10 out of 10 times. The added portability of the Air, in my opinion, does not outweigh a Retina Display, a 2.5 GHz chip and an HDMI port.

My fiancée and I bought a 13" rMBP together and, while there is slight sluggish UI performance here and there, I have yet to ever notice it when I'm not looking for it.
you just made me smile so is the UI stuff only in safari? do you notice any big difference in weight?
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:12 AM   #6
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you just made me smile so is the UI stuff only in safari? do you notice any big difference in weight?
Other than the screen what do you gain with the 13 rMBP? Same amount of SSD space, same amount and speed of RAM, same GPU, same claimed battery life, slight bump in CPU speed 1.8 to 2.5. The only thing I don't know is if both have similar SSD speeds?

If you want the retina display + slightly faster CPU in a slightly heavier package then go for the rMBP.


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Old Dec 13, 2012, 09:00 AM   #7
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Other than the screen what do you gain with the 13 rMBP?


But the screen is a huge deal. That shouldn't be weighed the same like cpu specs or hd specs like "256 gb hd vs 512 gb". The screen is the one constant you're always going to benefit from(expect when using external displays).

I would jump on that trade in a second for a rMPB except the question...why is your friend wanting to trade it?
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 09:17 AM   #8
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If portability is not an issue (for me, it is hugely important as I travel a lot), and you actually need a superlative screen for your work, I'd suggest that you go for the deal which you have been offered, as it seems (on the face of it) to be a very good one.
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But the screen is a huge deal. That shouldn't be weighed the same like cpu specs or hd specs like "256 gb hd vs 512 gb". The screen is the one constant you're always going to benefit from(expect when using external displays).

I would jump on that trade in a second for a rMPB except the question...why is your friend wanting to trade it?
Yeah for sure the screen is big. Wasn't trying to downplay that but for some it might not be as big of an issue. Each person has to decide that.


OP, seems the general consensus is to go with the rMBP. Here are a few articles that might help you decide one way or another:


http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/23/3...and-ultrabooks

http://us.gizmodo.com/5959780/13+inc...o-not-worth-it

http://www.cnet.com/macbook-pro-13-inch-retina-display/
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I have a friend of mine who is willing to trade my 2012 ultimate 2.0 8gb 512gb air for his lightly used 13 inch retina i5 8gb 512ssd


I am finding it so hard to say no, I really like the retina display. I typically get new machines whenever they come out anyways just cause its a disease I suffer from.

I know a lot of talk is going on here about a possible AIR retina but for the time being I wonder have any others made the switch? tell me your situation. thanks
take it - hands up, a better deal
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 05:37 AM   #11
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Yeah, that sounds like a pretty sweet deal. You are trading up. You can always go back to the Air in the future. It seems like a pretty good opportunity to try something new...
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 07:34 AM   #12
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I absolutely love my Air ... but I would make this trade.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 07:48 AM   #13
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Thumbs up Arbitrage opportunity

Make the trade, sell the rmbp, buy a new MacBook Air and spend the profit on beer & dancing girls.
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