2012 mba 13 or 2011 mbp 15

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by fleawannabe, Jun 14, 2012.


New MBA 13 vs Early 2012 MBP 15(pre update)

  1. MBA 13(2012 After Update)

    2 vote(s)
  2. MBP 15(2012 Before Update)

    6 vote(s)
  1. fleawannabe macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2011
    *I currently own a late 2007 iMac*

    Since the release of the RMBP, craigslist is overflowing with used MBP 15's with Apple Care until June or 2015 for 1500 dollars. Im debating on that or a new MBA 13 2.0 with 256GB HD and 8GB 1812 with Apple Care.

    I do not travel much, but I will be taking the mac to school some days so I do not need crazy portability.

    My uses will consist of surfing web, Aperture, Garageband(Logic soon), Word, Excel, Emulators (nes,snes,genesis,ps1,ps2,n64)

    I do also have a good bit of media, 80GB in music alone.

    MBP 15 PROS
    1. Bigger screen
    2. 750 HD with option of opitibay SSD
    3. Quad Core
    4. Dedicated GPU
    5. Cheaper

    MBA 13 PROS
    1. Slim and Sexy
    2. Faster SSD
    3. Lighter and more portable

    Any Input is welcome, Please help.

    Thank You
  2. jaysen macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2009
    Personally, It's a no brainer - MBP15... SSD is nice, but you can always buy one separate and for way less + dedicated GPU... This is also dependent you get a lightly used one from CL...
  3. fleawannabe thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2011
    Thanks for the input. That is the way I am leaning towards, just wish it had the usb 3.0 but that is not a huge deal.
  4. Zwikker macrumors regular


    May 28, 2012
    Morgantown, WV
    Apple store has 15" late 2011 refurb model for $1359! Go for the new one instead of an used one :)
  5. kylera macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Apeture and GarageBand/Logic can use all the screen size they can get, and unless you're thinking of the ATD, you might as well get a refurb 15-incher.

    Hell, an MBP with an ATD would be even better :p
  6. fleawannabe, Jun 18, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2012

    fleawannabe thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2011
    You mean go for the refurb one over a used one?

    The USED one I found on craigslist is a late 2011 with 2.4 quad, 4GB of ram and 750HD, also comes with some software like MS office and It has apple care until October 2014. For me to buy that refurbished would be 1900 with apple care. Thats why I have been going more for used at the moment.

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