|Feb 19, 2013, 04:34 AM||#1|
Another Buying Advice Post!
Hi, I have recently built myself a pretty powerful desktop PC so now have little need for the power of my macbook pro. I have a buyer lined up for the macbook pro so my original thought was to buy a macbook Air with the money from the sale of the pro.
Now that I have a powerful desktop I want my laptop to be very portable so I can just take it where ever I go without feeling like im lugging something about in my backpack.
All I will be doing with the computer is web browsing, reading kindle books, some hobbyist level photo editing, occasionally playing Counter Strike or Diablo 3 (probably once a week at most), general word processing and listening to music.
For this I am looking at the top spec 11" air, the native resolution being less than the 13" version should benefit me when playing those games, I don't NEED the extra screen real estate of the 13" for any of my uses.
What I was wondering is the processor upgrade to the 2.0Ghz i7, how much of a performance increase is this over the i5 1.7Ghz? This upgrade is £100, I am buying through the education store so will get 3 years of applecare and that is how long I intend to keep this machine so would that processor upgrade be worthwhile?
The spec I am looking at is :
2.0GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
128GB Flash Storage
£970 or £870 without the processor upgrade.
I noticed I can now get a 13" retina for £1070 but as tempting as that is it would probably just be overkill for my needs as nothing I do actually needs the retina resolution.
So I guess my real dilemma is i5 or i7?
|Feb 19, 2013, 04:45 AM||#2|
For your purposes you really don't need the I7...The I5 will be more than enough. I would advise the 13" if you can though....I tried both and found that the 11" screen was just too small for me. I have a 2011 13" ultimate with the I7, but apart from occasional photo edits I really don't need the extra power....I sold my MBP 17" as it just wasn't getting the use any more, bought a new Imac 27" max spec to replace my 2011 27" which is now for sale. I'd say the I5 13" is where you should look...If you can, get to a store and compare the screen sizes....There is a big difference IMO.
..That's All Folks
|Feb 19, 2013, 05:02 AM||#3|
Thanks, my wife has the 13" one just now but I will be going to the store today to take a look anyway.
If I do think the screen size is OK I will probably save myself £50 and get the 11" one but I know a lot of people just can't get used to the really small size.
|Feb 19, 2013, 09:34 AM||#5|
I went in to the store at lunch and had a look at them all including the rMBP 13".
The air 11" is really nice, the screen size seems fine and the weight is amazingly light. One thing I thought from picking up both 11 and 13 when open was the 13 feels a bit more back heavy whereas the 11 feels like the weight is more even distributed.
The rMBP is really nice, but I don't see the point in such a high res display powered by a HD4000, sure it will be nice for general day to day use but as soon as I try to do anything intensive I will have to drop my res and scale it down which just seems pointless.
I am leaning towards the 11" now, but will keep the 13" in mind while I am mulling it over. Still considering the processor bump but so far not convinced by anything I have read about its performance increase to £ spent ratio.
|Feb 19, 2013, 11:32 AM||#6|
Do u read ebooks hours on end? 11" has 5 HR batt life, and if u spend a hour on game I imagine that's going down to 3 HR.
Solution: FREE, Explanation: Is gonna cost ya.
|Feb 20, 2013, 03:37 AM||#7|
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