13" retina MacBook Pro with 4GB/128GB worth it?

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  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

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    My wife has the base 2014 13" MacBook Air which seems to run perfectly fine with the 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD configuration. Via the Apple Refurb Store, they have the Late 2013 13" 4GB/128GB retina MacBook Pro for just $999.00.

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/F...-24ghz-dual-core-intel-i5-with-retina-display

    Does anyone here actually have this model and are there any concerns with it? Mainly the RAM and driving that retina display. The 128GB storage is plenty for me, though, I have read here that the 256GB SSD is faster in benchmarks. Thanks!
     
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    If that does it for your workflow, then jump for it! What are you using it for? With memory compression that OS X uses now 4Gb should do the trick for most light usage scenarios. That said 8Gb is more future proof.

    Personally, I'd be hard pressed to live within 128Gb of storage space - but that is just me.
     
  4. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Mainly MS Office apps, browsing, email, iTunes, iMovie (rarely), very rarely Draftsight.

    All of our media files (photos, videos, music) are stored on a Mac Mini server.
     
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    Well, the ssd performance is indeed better in benchmarks, when it comes to the 256 gb model. But in the very end of the day, I doubt that you would notice any difference at all (except the capacity of course).
    I would be more concerned about the 4gb's of ram in that machine as this does not make it future proof.
     
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    You will be a very happy man with the rmbp 2.4/4/128 :)
     
  7. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    I think the for $999 + tax its not a good deal - may be fine for your use
     
  8. SL4VE macrumors 6502

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    I have just bought this machine for similar use and I am more than happy. It's a very rapid machine tbh and I don't see any issue with 4gb ram at all. People on here make you think it's inadequate but in the real work the OS manages the ram brilliantly.

    I had a 2010 machine running Yosemite without any issues. Although it was slow. So no doubt this macbook should last at least another 4 years.
     
  9. Hieveryone macrumors 68020

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    I would never get 128GB SSD or 4GB RAM.

    I thought 8GB ram would be plenty but now that I'm using my MBPr for more things than I originally thought, 16GB would have been better.

    256GB is enough for me but somewhat tight. I use an external drive.

    If you don't do much on your computer beyond excel, browing internet, pages, microsoft word, powerpoint, email, 128/4 is fine.
     
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    I think the linked mode is fine for your stated needs, I'd go for it :)
     
  11. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the replies. I ordered one up from the refurb site and hope to get it Wednesday. Worst-case, it's too slow or something and then I'll return it. Best-case, it's only $1000 and suits me for a couple years or I then pass it to my wife as basically a screen upgrade compared to her MacBook Air.
     
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    I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
    The 2013 low-end model is astounishing.
     
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    Sounds like it will work just fine for your needs :)
     
  14. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Get 8GB of RAM.
     
  15. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Why? Seems for my use 4GB should be ok, right?
     
  16. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, I had the 4/128 retina pro for some time before going back to the Air. It is a great machine and for your needs, it will work perfectly for several years. People bark for others to get 8GB of ram just for the hell of it. 4GB of ram goes a long way with your workload. My workload is the same and for the kind of users we are, 8Gb of ram is a complete waste of money.
     
  17. ChrisDB macrumors member

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    Are u crazy ? Macbook Air is fine with 4 gb but Macbook Pro needs to drive that insane retina display and 4 gb is not enough . Intel Iris have only 1 gb of shared memory with 4 gb of ram and 1.5 gb of memory with 8 gb of ram . Even with 8 gb of ram , macbook pro retina still lags so I don't want to imagine what is the performance on 4 gb .

    Also 1000 $ is way too much for this . Wait for Broadwell chips or buy the Macbook Air .
     
  18. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816

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    The lag has nothing to do with RAM. If 8 GB doesn't solve it, then 4 GB didn't break it.

    4 GB is fine for the OP and most of the planet.
     
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    This forum would tell my grandma to get 16GB if she came on here asking for advice. Hell the PCs at work and the engineering labs at my university run CAD software perfectly fine on 4GB of RAM with Windows 7. At work specifically, I have 2-3 instances of Microstation/InRoads and 3-4 instances of Excel and Internet Explorer(They won't allow us install other browsers at work)
     
  20. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    It's just fine. I won a 13" late-2013 in a raffle (2.4/4/128) and it's fine for daily usage and some Photoshop.
     
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    Capathy is not crazy. The retina screen is not driven by the RAM. All rmbp display the same slight UI lag independent from their specs. Rest assured that :apple: does not sell crippled macbooks.
     
  22. ChrisDB macrumors member

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    You are contradicting yourself .

    "Slight" UI lag ? The 13 inch model is almost unusable . I can get a better performance from an old windows desktop .
    iPad Air 2 has better GPU performance than MacBooks with intel iris .
    This is a crippled product .
     
  23. Meister, Dec 7, 2014
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    Your rmbp must be broken.
    Mine is everything but certainly not unusable
     
  24. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    You have no idea what you are talking about. Not only is the performance excellent on the 4gb model, 1,000 is a great price.
     
  25. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Yes, just like 64MB used to be ok. The standard is going up, might as well preempt it.
     

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