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Old Aug 2, 2013, 04:52 PM   #1
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MBA / MBPr [13"] - Tax Free Weekend :(

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.

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Old Aug 2, 2013, 04:58 PM   #2
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Retina. Upgradable, rj45 connection and better screen
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Old Aug 2, 2013, 05:03 PM   #3
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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?
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Old Aug 2, 2013, 05:32 PM   #4
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It also appears Best Buy is selling the retina for $1299 new.

The plot thickens.
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Old Aug 2, 2013, 05:44 PM   #5
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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...
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Old Aug 2, 2013, 06:05 PM   #6
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It also has the new 802.11ac! I don't even have a router that supports this.
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Old Aug 2, 2013, 09:35 PM   #7
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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"
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Old Aug 2, 2013, 11:48 PM   #8
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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.
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Old Aug 3, 2013, 01:30 AM   #9
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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.
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Old Aug 3, 2013, 08:13 AM   #10
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check it out on macmall if you dont want to pay taxes
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Old Aug 3, 2013, 07:30 PM   #11
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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.
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Old Aug 3, 2013, 07:40 PM   #12
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Lowest priced 13" at my local best buy is $899 without tax. How did you avail it at $800?
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Old Aug 3, 2013, 07:55 PM   #13
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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.
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Old Aug 3, 2013, 09:10 PM   #14
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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!
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Old Aug 4, 2013, 10:47 AM   #15
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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.

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

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