2013 13" MacBook Air or 2012 13" Retina MBP for $255 more?

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2013 13" MacBook Air or 2012 13" Retina MBP for $255 more?

  1. 2013 13" MBA MD760LL/A

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  2. 2012 13" rMBP MD212LL/A for $255 more

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  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    The retina screen of course is absolutely gorgeous. But even with the Best Buy Black Friday sale right now, is it worth the extra $255 for it compared to the new MacBook Air that just came out? I am looking at the base model for each.

    Assuming that I would apply the $100 Back to School coupon to either one, and the current sale pricing at Best Buy, the pre-tax price of each machine are:

    2013 13" MBA MD760LL/A: $944.99
    2012 13" rMBP MD212LL/A: $1199.99

    Pros for the MBA are: price, battery life, weight, faster SSD, newer chipset, newer graphics

    Pros for the rMBP are: the screen, extra ram, slightly faster processor
     
  2. sofianito macrumors 65816

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    How much does cost a eateable pizza in US? $15?

    If you stop eating pizza during 17 days, you could then afford to pay the $255 difference and get the retina... :D
     
  3. alex0002 macrumors 6502

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    Do you have another Mac or pc, or will this be your main or only computer? I wouldn't want to buy a machine limited to 4GB of soldered in ram unless it was just a secondary machine.

    Is there a third option with a MBA with 8GB of ram?
    Or a cMBP which allows you to upgrade the memory?
     
  4. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I do have a 2012 Mac Mini that is our home server computer that has all of our music/photos/videos/files. The MacBook though would be my primary machine that I use, sometimes connected to a 24" monitor at my desk as well.
     
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  6. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    But pre-tax, it would be $70 more for the refurb from Apple. Why would I want the refurb?
     
  7. RicoRich196 macrumors member

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    Why wouldn't you? Apple refurbs are top notch and have the same warranties new machines have, and you can add AppleCare. There really is no losing going Apple Refurb.
     
  8. B... macrumors 68000

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    Are you really promoting a refurb over a brand new machine which costs more than $70 less?
     
  9. henry72 macrumors 65816

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    I'd definitely take the retina display simply because it is just AMAZING! Downside is that you might have to flight for a Samsung screen :D
     
  10. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That was my point as well. While I have also bought from the Apple refurb site as well and the products there are just like new, why the heck would I not buy a brand new unit for less money?
     
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  12. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, that's where I'm definitely leaning.

    Pretty set on the base 13". Thinking of the 2.6/256 GB version for $200 more, but since I have a Mac Mini, I don't really need the extra space on the laptop. I read benchmarks that the 128 GB SSD is a bit slower than the 256 GB SSD. Just keeps adding up....$250 here, $200 there...

    I think I'm mostly enamored by the "deals" that are going on and the awesome retina screen vs absolute need.
     
  13. lagisibuk macrumors 6502

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    why you dont think to get 15" retina, either is refurbish or second hand :cool:
     
  14. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I don't really like the much larger 15" unit. However, if I actually found a killer deal, I'd consider it. But I currently am using a 11" MBA. the 15" in comparison seems huge. 13" is kinda the sweet spot.
     
  15. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well, I picked up the 13" base rMBP from my local Best Buy. Don't have time to play around with it tonight, but hope to open it tomorrow and see how it is!
     
  16. jread macrumors regular

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    You made the right choice. The 13" rMBP us superior to the Haswell MBA in every way except for battery life. Yes, the Haswell MBA has the HD 5000, but in my experience the weaker processors in the MBA do not take full advantage of it. I still get better graphics performance out if my 13" with HD 4000.
     
  17. DarkSel macrumors regular

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    Curious as to why you didn't wait for the Haswell rMBP?
     
  18. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Mainly because I really don't know when those will be available. And I'm assuming the base 13" version will be at least $1499. At $300 less, I thought it was a good deal.
     
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    I see Best Buy this week has had the 13" base 2013 MBA on sale for $999 so with the education discount, it now becomes $899 ($300 less than the 13" base 2012 rMBP).

    I still do like my rMBP though. While it has a slight lag, the 1680 x 1050 screen is great for my fantasy football cheat sheets :)
     
  21. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    BB still has the sale this week on the 2013 MBA 13" for $999.99 ($899.99 after the edu coupon). With new rMBP models now hopefully out in a month or two, I wonder if returning the 2012 rMBP for the 2013 MBA is the better option and then see what happens.

    With the current sale price on that MBA, it would save me $300 and then worst-case I'd probably be able to get this same model for about $1100...or the new Haswell rMBP depending on how much it costs.
     
  22. dmk1974, Aug 21, 2013
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    dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I bought a 2013 MBA 13" base model for $899.99. Had to at least try it out. Very similar to the 2012, but the battery life is incredible! My real-time testing so far has yielded over 9 hours of actual use. Probably more on the next cycle since I had TimeMachine and Spotlight indexing running.

    I think the 2012 rMBP is going to have to go back. We'll see what happens when the 2013 rMBP comes out (hopefully soon).
     
  23. christof macrumors 6502

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    What are you thinking now? I have an rMBP 13, but I think the battery life (and size/weight) of an MBA 11 are becoming more appealing. I'm considering the 11 MBA since its pixel count is slightly more dense. God, I wish Apple would release an rMBP 11.
     
  24. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I agree, an 11" rMBP with a 16:10 screen would be the ultimate laptop for me.

    I wound up keeping the 13" 2013 MBA and am glad I did. As long as I don't compare it right next to a retina screen, it was a much better value, fast enough for my needs, and the battery I get real-life 9+ hours on it.
     
  25. robvas macrumors 68020

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    Missing my 13" rMBP I recently sold for a 13" Air. Mostly the screen but the slightly more compact footprint was nice, as was the 8GB/256GB (but you can get the Air setup like that...)

    I have had the 13" Air, 13" Pro, 13" Pro Retina, 11" Air, and 15" Pro.
     

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