2015 13" MBP or 2015 Macbook Air?

Rocko99991

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I am on the fence between these two Macbooks.

I can get the 2015 Air, 8gb ram, 128gb for $700 new or do I get the 2015 MBP Retina, 2.7ghz, 8gb ram, 128gb refurbished from Apple for $929.

Is the retina display that much different than the Airs screen? Is it worth the $230 or so difference?


I will only use this for browsing, pictures, spreadsheets, etc.I won't be traveling with it much at all.

Any help in deciding would be appreciated.
 

seeforyourself

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I am on the fence between these two Macbooks.

I can get the 2015 Air, 8gb ram, 128gb for $700 new or do I get the 2015 MBP Retina, 2.7ghz, 8gb ram, 128gb refurbished from Apple for $929.

Is the retina display that much different than the Airs screen? Is it worth the $230 or so difference?


I will only use this for browsing, pictures, spreadsheets, etc.I won't be traveling with it much at all.

Any help in deciding would be appreciated.
The 2015 Mbp retina is day and night better
 

QueenTyrone

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I am on the fence between these two Macbooks.

I can get the 2015 Air, 8gb ram, 128gb for $700 new or do I get the 2015 MBP Retina, 2.7ghz, 8gb ram, 128gb refurbished from Apple for $929.

Is the retina display that much different than the Airs screen? Is it worth the $230 or so difference?


I will only use this for browsing, pictures, spreadsheets, etc.I won't be traveling with it much at all.

Any help in deciding would be appreciated.
That 128gb is super low, dunno if I can recommend that one too you. I would still say go with the mbp
 

ZapNZs

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I like the Air a lot, and can sometimes recommend it over the MacBook Pro (mainly, when pricing is an issue.) But the $200 premium for the MBP comes with A LOT of value - better screen, better CPU, faster SSD, better iGPU, better portage, and both the Air and the 2015 Pro 13 get insanely good battery life and have insanely good durability/longevity.

How will you use this computer? What features in a system do you need the most?
 

Rocko99991

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I like the Air a lot, and can sometimes recommend it over the MacBook Pro (mainly, when pricing is an issue.) But the $200 premium for the MBP comes with A LOT of value - better screen, better CPU, faster SSD, better iGPU, better portage, and both the Air and the 2015 Pro 13 get insanely good battery life and have insanely good durability/longevity.

How will you use this computer? What features in a system do you need the most?
Browsing, email, music and pictures. I liked the Air over the other MB because I do not want the usb-c and dongle to to deal with. I also love a nice screen.
 

Populus

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Browsing, email, music and pictures. I liked the Air over the other MB because I do not want the usb-c and dongle to to deal with. I also love a nice screen.
Hey wait wait wait forastero... The 2015 MacBook Pro doesn't have any USB-C port. Actually you have more ports with this MacBook Pro rather than the MacBook Air.

2015 13" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz) comes with 2x Thunderbolt 2.0, 2x USB-A (traditional USB 3.0), SD Card Reader, and the awesome magsafe. Plus the headphone jack.

My two cents go for the 2015 rMBP, just like everyone else.
 
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Rocko99991

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Hey wait wait wait forastero... The 2015 MacBook Pro doesn't have any USB-C port. Actually you have more ports with this MacBook Pro rather than the MacBook Air.

2015 13" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz) comes with 2x Thunderbolt 2.0, 2x USB-A (traditional USB 3.0), SD Card Reader, and the awesome magsafe. Plus the headphone jack.

My two cents go for the 2015 rMBP, just like everyone else.
I should have clarified. I am considering the 2015 rMBP because of the ports as opposed to the new rMBP without them. Apple still has them refurbished.
 

ZapNZs

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Browsing, email, music and pictures. I liked the Air over the other MB because I do not want the usb-c and dongle to to deal with. I also love a nice screen.
I think you will really like either, but if you really like nice screens, then the extra $200 is very well spent for this upgrade alone.
 
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windows4ever

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When I was making my decision between those 2 models over a year ago, the price difference was $400. I chose the Air but later came to regret it and sold it. For the extra $230, you won't regret the decision.
 
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Rocko99991

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Well I got the rMBP and man is it nice. I do miss the light/thinness of the Air, but the Pro is faster and I really enjoy the screen. I am shocked they don't have a better screen on the Air.

Thanks everyone for the help.
 
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