Resolved 2013 Macbook Air or 2012 rMBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Tingalayo, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. Tingalayo, Jun 16, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2013

    Tingalayo macrumors newbie


    May 14, 2013
    Austin, TX
    Im planning to buy a new macbook. But I want some feedback to see what you guys think would be a better option for me.

    The two models im looking at are:

    2013 Macbook Air 13"
    1.7ghz i7, 8gb, 128gb

    2012 rMBP 13"
    2.5ghz i5, 8gb, 128gb

    I will be using it for web development and the usual tasks (facebook, email, etc). I dont do any gaming. Also, the weight difference between the laptops is not an issue for me. Normally I keep my laptops for about 3 years.

    Thanks for any responses! :)
  2. SMDBill macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2013
    Since you didn't mention whether cost, size, weight or appearance was most important, I'd suggest the 2012 rMBP since you aren't tasking the processor with your activities. Note that the GPU in the rMBP will be pushed harder because of the retina screen and having weaker graphics than the new MBA's, but I would imagine the overall experience would be better in the rMBP.

    If battery life is important, the MBA wins by a mile. I don't know of another machine that can touch that battery life with i5 CPU power. Plus the SSD can read/write much faster in the MBA.

    Still suggest the rMBP but the MBA is an awesome machine based on specs alone, with the only real downside being the screen when compared to the rMBP.
  3. SilverOath macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2013
    I'd recommend the Air, at least until the rMBP receives an update. While the rMBP doesn't weight a whole lot more, the added bulk is noticeable. I know you said that wasn't a concern - but given the fact that both are oriented towards portability I think its worth commenting on.

    Right now the Air will trump the rMBP in performance and endurance. The rMBP does have a gorgeous screen, but I found that on the small form factor the screen didn't really do a whole lot for me. It's too small a screen to get the real estate from the high pixel density... and it didn't have the raw CPU/GPU power to run a lot of the programs I'd want to use for taking advantage of the screen.

    If you have old eyes and it's going to sit on the desk a lot I'd maybe say try the rMBP out... but if you plan on carrying it around and are true to what you said are you expectations... the MBA I think is the real winner.
  4. Tingalayo, Jun 24, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2013

    Tingalayo thread starter macrumors newbie


    May 14, 2013
    Austin, TX
    Decided I would go with the 11" 2013 Macbook Air. Just placed the order for the 2013 11" Air, 1.3 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD.

    Thanks for the help, guys! :)
  5. Persian-apple macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2012
    big mistake! really big mistake rmbp isnt the newest but it is better than the others take a look at top ten laptops rmbp is the first! just google it i have 15inch 256ssd rmbp and i can play every game i like batman arkhM CITY... or max payne 3 dead space 3 almost at high -very high setting!

    but macbook air is no powerhouse but rmbp GDDR5 GT650 is a real one! in is overclocked almost higher than gtx660!

    but AIR MBP is worse than it ! anu thing which is newer isnt better but in newtech any thing expensiver is better you should have notice that!
  6. Tingalayo thread starter macrumors newbie


    May 14, 2013
    Austin, TX
    I was looking at the 13" rMBP it doesn't have a dedicated graphics card just integrated (hd 4000). I didnt want to spend $2,000 either on the 15" rmbp.
  7. lagisibuk macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2013
    Always Somewhere
    I'm developer...
    for develop mobile apps, EDC apps, web apps...
    design marketing tools kit and
    using office application...

    I think, rMBP it best choice... you get better diplay than a new air :D

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