15RMBP or mac mini ssd + 4th gen Ipad Solution?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jack2wai2, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. jack2wai2, Nov 5, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2012

    jack2wai2 macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2012
    Greetings. It is m first post here.

    I need to buy a computing device or devices now because my brother is going to college. He is taking my windows pc and I wish to switch to mac.

    However, I check online with the prices and see the combination of mac mini with ssd + Ipad 4 32gb equals to the price of base Rmbp.

    Which alternative should I go for?
    Is rmbp really that problematic or is it just maybe only 5% of users facing the problem and just whining all over the internet?

    Hope can make up my mind after listening to comments from you all.
    Thank you.

    (I always want something retina in my gadget list)

    All I want to do with my computing devices are
    1. Preparing assignment and thesis
    2. Web surfing
    3. E-mail
    4. Light gaming
    5. Music and Movies

    And I think retina display would do my eyes a good thing b'cos I spend almost 12 hours per day on screen
  2. markus843 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2012
    North america
    Well with the mac mini, you'd need a monitor, keyboard, and a mouse also. I'd honestly go for the baseline rMbp because of the OS (Operating system). It has more flexibility than an iPad, and it's portable, unlike the mac mini. The retina display is really nice, and worth it in my opinion.

    The cons for going for the rMbp(in my opinion):
    More flexibility
    More portability
    Backlit keyboard
    Better display
    Built in track pad

    Bad stuff:
    A bit less portability than an iPad (but it makes up for it from the OS)
    No iPad, just a computer

    In all, because you're going to go to college you should really go for the macbook, and because there is more flexibility than an ipad, and it would be portable instead of a mac mini.
  3. jack2wai2 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2012
    Isn't it rmbp problematic?

    I have gone online to survey about rmbp. However, a lot of bad comments about it. How about you guys think?


    Fyi, I already have a monitor and a trackpad.
  4. Mac-Tech macrumors regular


    Jun 4, 2012
    Toronto, ON
    Go with a 15" its alot better then what you need it to do...
  5. jack2wai2 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2012

    Btw, does it have a lot of problems like others say? I need things to be done, do not want the laptop, my tools to bother me too much.
  6. markus843 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2012
    North america
    There are people saying that they have image retention if you have an LG monitor, but if it's samsung you should be good. I dont really see any other problems with the rMBP.
  7. dragonev macrumors member

    May 28, 2011
    Well, there are no issues with mine as for now. I was also thinking about Mac mini (and yes - it is even more portable than rMBP if you have to dedicated desks with monitors and stuff). However, it is far from the powerhouse and still quiet inconvenient. So I went for rMBP.

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