2011 MBA vs 2013 rMBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by aspacelot, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. aspacelot macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I've been stalking the forums for years but I guess this is my first thread, so, Hello!

    Preface: I did forum search MBA vs MBP, but couldn't find anything matching my specific scenario.

    Story: I've got a 2011 MBA which I'm still very much in love with. I have behemoth PC/Gaming laptop that is "portable" but not really, and I bought the MBA because I absolutely love the fact that I can take it everywhere without it weighing me down and it's stupendous battery life. A friend of mine was showing off his 13" rMBP and I was very impressed with the display. It reminded me of what it was like when I jumped from an iPad 2 to iPad 4... just astounding.

    Biscuit: I'd like to know if there are any MBA to rMBP converts, and how it's working out? Is it worth it? I can still get a good chunk of change via eBay and other sources for my 2011 MBA to go toward a rMBP. Do you think it's worth it?
    How I use it: Web, email, CS6 (mostly Photoshop, some After Effects and Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Indesign), XBMC, VMWare Fusion (never Bootcamp) to an XP machine for Windows specific functions (joining a domain, secureCRT, NOT gaming, etc.), at night I hook it up to a Dell U2713HM @ 2560x1440 w/ trackpad/keyboard (the fan on my MBA really gets going while watching video or backing up to my time capsule when connected to my display). I don't really game on it at all.

    My MBA specs: i5, 4gigs RAM, 256gig storage (storage is not a consideration as I have a NAS set up at home to keep my media and have only used 123gigs so far on my MBA).

    So... is the rMBP as portable/have as good battery life/worth the performance boost?
     
  2. thadoggfather macrumors 604

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    I too am considering the leap, and I have the same computer except the 128GB version.

    Inquiring minds want to know :cool:
     
  3. aspacelot thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. ka-spot macrumors 6502a

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    I have base Air 2011 and I can't wait for rMBP 13" with 256 SSD..
     
  5. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    It sounds like it might be best for you to wait for the new ones to come out since it doesn't seem like you need a new computer urgently.

    The updated 13" rMBP should have better integrated graphics and better battery life. There are also rumors that it might be a bit thinner because of the lower power and heat of the new processors.
     
  6. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    Seems to me all preference. Im not sure how well the early 2013 rMBP compare to the 2011 MBA, but asumming haswell updates come in the Mid/Late 2013 rMBP models, the battery life would definitely be an improvement from the 2011 MBA.

    But if you are looking at the base model of the rMBP 13" I dont think it will be much of an improvement. There will be speed and graphics boosts compared to your MBA, but maybe not enough to justify a jump. Again, all preference. The screen enough would convince me, but it may not be enough for other people.

    So I would say do nothing until they release the new rMBPs later this year. You can either pick up the latest model, or get the older model at a cheaper price.
     

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