13" macbook pro retina vs. macbook air

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SHNXX, Apr 30, 2014.


Which do you prefer as your laptop (for a woman who carries it everyday)

  1. Macbook pro 13" retina

    34 vote(s)
  2. Macbook air 13" (new)

    10 vote(s)
  1. SHNXX macrumors 68000

    Oct 2, 2013
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    I have both machines, and prefer my 13" rMBP all the time. Reasons?

    1. Retina display. It's really good. Ignore those who say retina is overhyped - it's really that good over the standard display.

    2. Power. I've 16GB RAM in my 13" rMBP and never regretted it, because I use it to run about 2-3 VMs on it at the same time for development purposes. The Air can only go to 8GB max, but 8GB is adequate for most people.

    Although the 13" rMBP is slightly heavier (by about 200-300g), it's worth it. I don't really notice the weight difference between it and my 13" Air.
  3. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a


    May 15, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    The rMBP has a smaller footprint than the MBA, which makes it more portable.
  4. MacTCE macrumors 6502


    Dec 20, 2013
    Upstate NY
    There really is a big difference between the Retina and non Retina displays. That and the spec bump on the MBP is why I choose that over the MBA.
  5. Hammie macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2009
    Wash, DC Metro
    My wife has a Late 2012 MBA and I have a Late 2013 rMBP.

    We each love our respective Mac. ;-)
  6. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
    It comes down to what you're using it for.

    If you're not a video, photo editor, and can wait until the fall, wait and get the retina MBA. That way you'll have a retina screen and the most portable laptop that Apple offers.

    I'm a photo/video editor and have done a lot of video work believe it or not on my 2011 11inch MacBook Air. The SSD makes the biggest difference in speed. The lightness and portability is amazing.
  7. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2010
    I think that 12" Retina MBA everyone is talking about will be here in the Summer.
  8. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    Pro bruh. They are around the same price and you get to do more with the Pro. The air is nice but it doesn't have an HDMI port or the retina.
  9. SHNXX thread starter macrumors 68000

    Oct 2, 2013
    yeah i guess retina MBA would have been good.
    too bad it didn't come out this time.
  10. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    MBA if you need the battery life, rMBP for everything else :)
  11. SHNXX thread starter macrumors 68000

    Oct 2, 2013
    Okay. She decided to go with a rmbp. Two rmbp in the house!
  12. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a


    May 15, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    It's worth keeping in mind that the battery life of the rMBP is excellent. Not quite up to the MBA, but you can get 10 hours out of it. That may be more than needed for many.
  13. mmomega, Apr 30, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: May 1, 2014

    mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    I've had the '11, '12 and currently on the 2013 MBA 13" but I have to say I may be going to the 13" rMBP for my next portable simply for the retina screen. I love my MBA but every time I use my wife's rMBP I get instant jealous just for the screen alone.

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