2012 cMBP hi res vs base late 2013 rMBP

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  1. muadgil macrumors newbie

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    A guy near my place sells a cMBP with hi res anti glare, 2,66 i7, 8go, 512 ssd, 1go 650M, and 80 battery cycles at 1100€
    I was about to buy a refurbished rmbp base model late 2013 for 1529€
    This is to change my ageing C2duo 2010 13 inch mbp.
    What would you do?
    Knowing that I rarely take my laptop out of my place. It's a couch one. So portability is not an issue. But I find retina screen gorgeous. I often use lightroom so the anti glare option appeals me too...
    The 2 year old i7 will be largely enough for my need and im a casual gamer (SC2, D:OS, no fps at all)
    So apart for the retina screen I guess the other one wins.
    Easy choice or not?
     
  2. TechZeke, Aug 29, 2014
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    TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    I switch from a 2012 cMBP with 16GB RAM, 2.3 i7, GT 650M, and 480GB SSD to a base late 2013 rMBP. I definitely prefer the weight reduction and screen on rMBP. I never used to the full potential of the power of the cMBP anyway so the cut to 8GB of RAM and a 256GB wasn't a big deal, nor was it noticeable. If truly need all the power, go for the cMBP, but the base late-2013 is a powerful machine.

    Iris Pro will blow through SC2, not sure what is D:OS though. You won't miss the 650M at all. I don't. Plus not having to deal with 2 GPUs is a blessing.

    EDIT: FYI, my uses are AutoCAD, some pixelmator/Intensify/SnapHeal, and gaming.
     
  3. librarian macrumors regular

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  4. Angriff macrumors member

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    Does the cMBP have Applecare? If not, that should probably factor into your decision. The refurbished model would come with a 1 year warranty with the option to extend it to 3 years any time within that first year.
     
  5. muadgil thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys for your answers.
    The lack of warranty on the cMBP is indeed a problem. It has a better price/power ratio , but my tranquility (3 years with no undealable issue) is worth it...
    I'll go with the retina one I think.

    And D:OS is Divinity Original Sin. Baldur's Gate like recent RPG
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd definitely go with the rMBP over the cMBP at this stage. Warranty is another big plus. You can't be too careful.
     

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